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I currently have an old 32" Samsung LCD from January 2008. It's 720P 60hz. I've been considering a new TV, and have thought a lot about LCD or LED-LCD or Plasma, and with me having fairly bad vision, I have thought it would be cheaper for me to go the Plasma route, as they are generally cheaper and larger than the same priced model in LCD or LED-LCD types.

I would like a 1080P set, but right now size is the biggest factor for me, and I have found two Plasma sets, and the 1080P Plasma and LCD sets are slightly out of the range I'm wanting to spend. It's only a little upgrade for me for size and because I sit around 10-12' away when watching movies and gaming, so a 42" is the minimum I'd like to go, and it seems these Plasmas are a bit cheaper than I thought.

The first one is a 42" Samsung PN42C450B1D, and the other is a 42" LG 42PJ350.

I know it most likely comes down to brand, but which one would you guys suggest I go for? It will also depend which one is in stock depending on where I go, but the size is the biggest factor for me, and I currently have a Samsung LCD and am very happy with Samsung products, so I am slightly leading towards the Samsung. I guess I'm wondering if anybody has any experience with either of these sets or if anybody has had both a Samsung and LG set and which one was better in your own opinion?

Thanks.
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at this time, if you dont buy a 1080p, you will probably regret it later on..

out of them 2 I like the samsung more smile.gif
    
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LG 42LD450 is the cheapest 42" 1080P set that I can find from the places I'm looking. It's an LCD panel though, and not a Plasma TV. I feel like moving to a Plasma compared to my old LCD will give me a lot better picture, because to be honest my LCD doesn't seem all that great anymore. I just have figured if I go to a Plasma, even at 720P, it will be a vast improvement from what I'm used to, and more in my range.

I don't have a Blu-Ray player, and I mostly use Xbox 360 and stream Netflix. I watch most of my movies streamed from my PC, so it's mostly only gaming and Netflix HD streaming, and HD channels from DirecTV.

That LCD is almost $100 more than the Plasma. Is it actually worth paying an extra $100 for 1080P LCD if I don't use many things that gain from 1080P?

Also, this LCD is a 60hz TV. So really, I don't feel it's much of an upgrade, and I don't feel I am going to get enough gain just from having the set be 1080P capable.

To get a 120hz TV of the same model, it's almost $200 more than the plasma.
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I bought a 60" LG PK550 last year. I was in the same boat as you and did quite q bit of research. LG plasmas really are top notch ant have some of the deepest backs around. Much more so than the Samsungs. They also pull down 24p natively. I've heard quite bit of the Samsung sets buzz as well.

Panasonic and LG make the best plasmas hands down right now (besides the Kuros), but LG.edges Panasonic in aesthetics. My 60" is LED thin hanging on the wall. Samsung doesn't get much cred for their plasmas.
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I bought a 60" LG PK550 last year. I was in the same boat as you and did quite q bit of research. LG plasmas really are top notch ant have some of the deepest backs around. Much more so than the Samsungs. They also pull down 24p natively. I've heard quite bit of the Samsung sets buzz as well.

Panasonic and LG make the best plasmas hands down right now (besides the Kuros), but LG.edges Panasonic in aesthetics. My 60" is LED thin hanging on the wall. Samsung doesn't get much cred for their plasmas.

Thanks for that. See, I'm only basing my opinion on my Samsung LCD, which I feel is pretty nice for being three years + old.

I'm just bothered on whether or not having a 720P Plasma is going to be nicer in my own opinion than getting a 1080P LCD. In my opinion and the few times I've seen a Plasma the blacks and contrast and overall image and been much more amazing than the LCDs that I've seen.
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Some thing's to consider,what is your viewing angel ? Is the room this is going in a well lit room ? Lcds are typically better in well lit room's (lot's of window's) and plasma's are better viewing from extreme angles.Since you said your vision is poor the above thing's will have an effect on that.What is your budget a lot of people can find the deal's for ya if we knew a budget.
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It's in a room with only one large window that is completely covered up and little light gets through. My room isn't very bright at all.

I'm looking for something in the $400-$500 range, which limits my selection a bit.
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I've upped my want list, and now I am thinking of going for a 50" Samsung or 50" LG.

Any suggestions or links to help me figure out which one is a better TV or panel? I don't know anything about plasma.

Thinking of getting either a Samsung PN50C450 or a LG 50PJ350
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Check out this site, I joined here a week ago but I have been on there for a few weeks now to see what people had to say about the tv I am buying.Its a good site.Copy and paste your models in their search engine and you can find out about both.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/


Amazon has the cheapest price's imo.Thats where I found the cheapest price in the end.They have some price matching too.

You can get a 42" 1080P in the range you have.
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Get the Samsung. LG plasmas are junk compared to Samsung which have stepped it up the last few years. LGs don't have very deep blacks, the colour isn't all that great(Samsungs excel with colour reproduction). Blacks won't be as good as Panasonic, but the colour is better. For that price you should be able to get a Panasonic U2 which is 1080p and in the same class(low-end).

Check out the AVSforum. Don't just make a thread asking, do a thorough search and read up on different TV models with google and such. You don't want to get stuck with something you won't like.
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