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Post  mrblur on Wed May 02, 2012 1:35 pm

Panasonic VIERA TC-P50U50 50-Inch 1080p Full HD Plasma TV $799.99


Toshiba - 46" Class - LED - 1080p - 120Hz - HDTV 799.99

Samsung - 51" Class / Plasma / 1080p / 600Hz / HDTV 799.99
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Post  Iago on Wed May 02, 2012 3:22 pm

I am really not familiar with current plasma models. I could do some research, but not with that kind of short notice!
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Post  mrblur on Wed May 02, 2012 11:20 pm

thanks. I'm really liking the Panasonic. In reality I might take a look at them tonight and buy it friday night.

My brother has two Panasonic plasmas and they always look great when playing his movies. I dont want to buy online since I don't want to go through the hassle of shipping back if I need to return for what ever reason. So those are my choices.
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Post  Iago on Thu May 03, 2012 7:09 am

I always had good luck with Panasonic equipment back when I used to sell the stuff, so unless their quality has dropped you should be good to go. I have read good reviews of their plasma models in the past. Samsung was still an "up and comer" in the home electronics world back when I sold things and they certainly have done well. I had a Samsung DLP rear projector that was very faithful. Never been a Toshiba fan, but I cannot give you a good reason for that.
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Post  PhotoOtaku on Thu May 03, 2012 8:42 am

Toshiba doesn't make it's own panels, Panasonic does but is cutting back on production (selling facilities?), Samsung seems to be staying the course this year in regards to Plasma TVs.

Last "big TV" I bought (a Sony LCD), I ordered from TigerDirect and I have to say 1) I was impressed with the care the delivery guy showed (at the house, ...god knows what went on till it got there) 2) I still consider myself lucky (regarding this purchase). All in all, I'd do it again, ...for a unit I know I'd like at the right price. Just say'in. Where you shopping for these?

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Post  mrblur on Thu May 03, 2012 8:48 am

bestbuy I went to the wrong store they had neither on stock or display. Found a store in Downey where they have all three displayed. I'm really leaning towards the Panasonic. To bad Pioneer no longer makes Plasmas, I really think Plasmas are making a comeback after all the bad press.
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Post  Iago on Thu May 03, 2012 1:01 pm

Pioneers Kuro models were some of the best plasma screens available, but at a much higher price than you are talking about.

I bought my last RPTV online from OneCall and was very happy with them. That went freight, of course, since it was too big for normal delivery, so I got it unloaded to the curb and that was it. (Which was actually fine, since I would rather take over from there anyway.) But I was very impressed with how it was packaged for shipping, including motion detectors to show if the package had been excessively jostled.
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Post  Seamaster on Thu May 03, 2012 1:35 pm

Panasonic purchased the rights and R&D behind the Kuro technology, and apparently incorporates it into their new sets, although I don't how much of that technology is actually in the new sets. That said, Panasonic's new plasmas are very good and have good black levels. I have one, and so I am biased.

That said, there has been a lot of discussion around black levels fading on Panasonics as the sets age. Panasonic claims to have rectified the issue, but you just never know.

Samsung is also doing well and their plasma sets are also well respected, with solid black levels.

For a plasma, I'd stick to the Panasonic or Samsung. Nothing wrong with Toshiba, but they do better with their LCDs.
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Post  East on Thu May 03, 2012 5:44 pm

Samsung UN55D7000 led lcd here. Couldn't be happier.

http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/samsung-un55d7000/4505-6482_7-34468171.html


out of my price range....Ended up with the panasonic, looky so silky smooth.
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Post  ADOR on Thu May 03, 2012 11:04 pm

I say Panasonic. I have had good luck with there stuff. AND you could really upgrade while you were at it.

http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Panasonic-Retains-World-s-Biggest-Flat-Panel-HDTV-Title-with-145-inch-Plasma-TV.shtml

Panasonic 145" Plasma
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Post  Iago on Fri May 04, 2012 6:44 am

By the way, I was looking at your original post and it is worth noting that the 600hz number on the Samsung model, if that is really how it is listed, is complete bullshit. There is no such thing. The 600 number is accurate in that it is the number of sub-fields that plasmas use to generate a frame, so if the listing actually says something like "600hz sub-frames" it is cool, but if it just says 600hz that is crap. LCD manufacturers have started using some bogus numbers for their refresh rates as well. HDGuru has a decent breakdown:

http://hdguru.com/beware-of-phony-lcd-hdtv-refresh-rates/7726/

He also talks about it here:

http://hdguru.com/which-hdtv-specs-matter-meaningful-and-meaningless-numbers/7435/
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Post  Seamaster on Fri May 04, 2012 11:40 am

Ah, the language we could never have gotten away with on the old boards. Makes me smile.
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Post  Iago on Sat May 05, 2012 4:34 am

Well, I would probably trade that ability in for a few more users instead, but it is what it is!
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Post  mrblur on Sun May 06, 2012 8:28 am

Iago wrote:Well, I would probably trade that ability in for a few more users instead, but it is what it is!

ability granted, you may continue


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Post  Seamaster on Mon May 07, 2012 12:49 pm

Waiting . . .
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Post  Iago on Mon May 07, 2012 4:12 pm

Bullshit.
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Post  Seamaster on Tue May 08, 2012 11:01 am

Horseshit.
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Post  Iago on Tue May 08, 2012 1:08 pm

Methane cometh from pig shit.
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Post  Seamaster on Wed May 09, 2012 10:41 am

Better than dog shit.
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Post  Iago on Wed May 09, 2012 11:33 am

Hogwash.
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Post  ethelred on Wed May 09, 2012 1:51 pm

HELLo Again
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Post  Iago on Wed May 09, 2012 5:58 pm

Bull -- I mean, Hello!

Nice of you to stop by once in a blue moon!
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Post  ethelred on Thu May 10, 2012 6:24 am

Ya, the coversation finally degenerated to the point where I felt I could contribute. Wink
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Post  Iago on Thu May 10, 2012 11:03 am

BAG + {N-TYSH} for that one.
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Post  mrblur on Sun May 20, 2012 10:05 am

well
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