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Anyone here have plasma flat panel hooked to their PCs?

I am looking to purchase a Plasma / Panasonic TH-42PX80U running it HDMI.
My video card is HDCP compliant and I have a LG blu-ray / Hd-player player combo. Any worries?
    
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Just make sure your screen saver works well. Plasmas can suffer image burn in just like the old time monitors that screen savers were made to save.
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Anyone here have plasma flat panel hooked to their PCs?

I am looking to purchase a Plasma / Panasonic TH-42PX80U running it HDMI.
My video card is HDCP compliant and I have a LG blu-ray / Hd-player player combo. Any worries?
Heya,

Plasma has the better image. However, it comes at a cost. Power consumption. Plasma HDTV's eat power big time. So if you leave it on, it will sit there and suck up electricity. If you use it, I suggest you shut it off when you're not actively viewing. Also, it generates a lot of heat. They often times have fans on them (I have a 42" one with 4 fans built into the top of it, Toshiba). If you leave a static image on it, it will burn in over time. This shouldn't be a problem unless you leave it showing the desktop or some background image, or a static screen saver, etc. It takes quite a while to truly burn in. If you leave an image up for a few hours, it will not be burned in. It takes days of static image to burn it in. This shouldn't be an issue for you at home. This is more of an issue for people who use them in the workplace to display the same thing all the time.

So hook one up while you can still buy them. Lots of producers are not making Plasma anymore due to them being banned here and there due to their enormous power consumption (ie, not green enough, so not politically correct at the moment in some places). It hasn't hit the US yet. But, you can't beat the color and crispness of a glossed Plasma screen. Just don't use it in a sunny room.

Very best,
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Plasmas are cheaper to produce (though, I thought they stopped making them a year ago? Check the manufacture date on that device...) and can get better black levels (contrast ratio) but they are VERY prone to burn in. They last about the same as LCD (50k hours).

Personally, I'd go LCD (and I did when I researched this a year ago for my tv). Plasma is only good because it sounds expensive (if that can make it good, that is..). It's not *that* much of an improvement.
    
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Thanks guys and MalVeauX you are right about Plasma and why they are leaving. Both Pioneer and Vizio plasmas moved out of that market.

Its that they are so much cheaper. I can get a 50" Plasma for 890.00

which a LCD, I can get a 40" for 800.00 so 10" difference which is pretty big and not even $100 diifference

I may go LCD.
    
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Thanks guys and MalVeauX you are right about Plasma and why they are leaving. Both Pioneer and Vizio plasmas moved out of that market.

Its that they are so much cheaper. I can get a 50" Plasma for 890.00

which a LCD, I can get a 40" for 800.00 so 10" difference which is pretty big and not even $100 diifference

I may go LCD.
Do not be swayed too easily. The plasma has a great picture! Energy consumption and burn-in are not the evils a lot of folks seem to think they are. Once up and running, a decent plasma does not consume that much more energy, and burn-in is incredibly difficult to achieve.
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My vote goes to plasma. They have deeper and truer black levels, richer colors, crisper picure, and overall better quality. However, they take more power(lots) and have a glass screen, so they will show glare in a sunny room. Vizio has already stopped making them, and Pioneer's production of them will stop in Jan 2010. I would recommend a nice Panasonic or Samsung plasma.

Remember a high end LCD is better than a cheap plasma and vice versa. So don't just buy the cheapest plasma and expect amazing results. I would get a 1080P 42" or 50".
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Thanks all; I took in a deep breath and decided to get this:


    
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Good choice! Toshiba wouldn't have been my first, but i got a 26" for my bedroom and I am really happy with the HD picture off of the basic cable feed...

I think mine is even in that same family its just not 1080p.

My living room tv is a 40" 1080p Samsung 40A550 that I will be hooked up an HTPC to eventually

LCD is the way to go for gaming and having a pc hooked up... Plasmas suffer burn in fairly easily, although not as bad as it used to be... But Plasmas produce some amazing picture, especially the quality ones.
     
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Never had a problem with my Panasonic Plasma.
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