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get the LED then a HTPC biggrin.gif
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Plasma. You won't regret it. Rocking 2 Panasonic plasmas for years now.
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post #23 of 35
Plasmas are the best bang for the buck (I love Panasonic).
I have a mid grade Sony 52" LCD $1800 a yr ago and its been pro-calibrated.
I talked my sister into 50" Panasonic Plasma (whatever is their bottom grade $1050).

My Sony is amazing with blue ray and native 1080p content, good with everything else.
My sisters Pana-plasma is amazing with everthing else netflix streaming, games, dvd upscaled, sports (most cable stuff translates better on plasma).

I should have bought the plasma in retrospect, but I was afraid of image retention since I use to play alot of ps3.

Speaking of image retention, my sister didnt do the proper breakin of the plasma with no ill effects to speak of. But I have left it on for 2-3hrs on a gran turismo 5 menu screen or dvd menu and the lighter parts of the image do retain when the source is turned off. But the little built-it image-remover on the Panasonics works great to remove it (2min run of the program and brand-new again).

next problem = lighting and large screens: With natural lighting and light-colored surroundings, the large LCDs have glare (yellowish tint/reflection) and large plasmas have mirror-reflection. My LCD does better in daytime but curtains and a well placed lamp can fix that for plasma.

A friend has a 58" Samsung Plasma in a room with windows on both sides of the tv (left and right), it does fine for most programs in light without closing the blinds. During daylight, Soccer/F1/Football great; dark-movies like AvP2, not so much (close blinds).

I'd go with Plasma, Panasonic with the intension of controlling lighting eventually. I really dont care for Samsung but there color programing or brightness is stronger than Panasonic and does better for day-time enjoyment (at the detriment of accurate color, imho).

Good luck, and sorry for the dissertation (I spent 9months looking at my options a year ago lol)
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post #24 of 35
Dont forget that if you plan to use it as a monitor at all, plasmas still have slight burn in issues. Its completely a non-issue for watching tv and movies, or even most games, but if you plan to put a static desktop on it, you're going to have to deal with problems. If you use yours like a monitor like I use my TV, I definitely recommend the LED, but if you are looking for the best contrast ratio with amazing black levels, and the most smooth picture, plasmas are great TV's.
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post #25 of 35
I use my 50" Samsung Plasma for a monitor and while their are some issues, they are very minor and after hours of BFBC2 you can see the outline of the map but it goes away as soon as you switch the picture so no big deal.

Like you, I spent a lot of time at Best Buy and I had a really hard time while looking at all the different (really the same) LCD's but once I saw 1080P on the plasma I was sold.

The only time I have ever noticed a problem from light in the room is when the sun shines directly onto the screen, but that will wash out ANY display.

Go Plasma all the way.
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post #26 of 35
don't worry about screen burn with plasmas. i notice a bit of pixel burn if i leave my ps3 on for like 20 minutes on the same screen or if my mom is watching a news channel with white letters, but once you change the picture they go away within about a minute.

you will pay a lot less on electricity with LED, and i have seen one at 240hz, and it looked AMAZING.

my plasma is a 52" samsung that i got for like 900 from sears. has been about 2 years now, and it is an amazing tv. great for everything, sports look absolutely STUNNING
post #27 of 35
if you go plasma download the color slides for first 200 hours of use.. ages the screen properly, worst thing u can do is watch any movies with letterbox bars for first while u get the screen. those black bars will burn in. after the screen ages its not an issue. i think its avs forum where u can download the file for the color slides. also check out highdefforum.com, its painful letting the screen sit there running boring color slides for first 200 hours but its recommended by color calibration experts.
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post #28 of 35
this months maximum pc magazine did a showdown and chose plasma over LCD! I was kinda shocked but it is what it is.
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post #29 of 35
This is interesting stuff. I was under the impression LED > LCD > Plasma.... So Panasonic plasma is the way to go? even w/ their "budget" model (looking at 50" at around $1k price point).
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The best line of plasma in 2010 i think is the Panny VT25, however all of TVs in my apt are Sammy biggrin.gif. I like Samsung than Panasonic and Samsung plasmas look strikingly beautiful. Check out Samsung 2011 line-up, the bezel is very thin so u actually get an extra 1". Imo, i think the PQ of Samsung plasma is way better than Panny. The new 2011 lineup from Samsung is the D. 2010 lineup is C.

Edited: The Panasonic budget series GT25 picture quality isn't very good.
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