The Official "I need help with a new TV purchase" thread

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  1. diehardgator1
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    Have just about settled on Pan tcp58s2 for $1273.00 with free shipping and no tax. I can get a flat wall mount $175.00 value for $29.00 with tv purchase. Do you think the floating blacks some are talking about is a problem? We will only use the set for tv as we do not play games. Some of you sound very informed and would appreciate your input. Thx
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    Even with the floating blacks (which isn't limited to Panasonic), you're still getting a fantastic set. It's also a software issue, not an issue with the panel itself, which means it should get fixed in a firmware update.

    One point I might make is that Panasonic has purchased all of Pioneer's plasma patents and technology, so if you can hold of a year, I'd expect a lot of the Kuro tech to be going into Panasonic's panels within the next year or two.
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    im ready to pop for the panasonic viera 46 inch plasma. my only concern is that it will be in the garage so quite a bit of sunlight. i can mute the light a bit with a canopy and a 4 x 8 rolling trellis with a thick vine on it strategically positioned out of the garage in the driveway.

    should glare affecting a plasma screen outweight the good motion capture and seemingly great value of this highly rated tv? 600 ish at best buy.

    only care about watching sports and xbox. hate my current 32 lcd for basketball as it blurs awful.

    thx.
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    Panasonics have great glare reduction on their panels. You'll be fine. It's also hard to even find a decent matte LCD screen nowdays, so that argument has mostly gone out the window.
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    is the 1080p gonna be worth 300 dollars more than the 720p for sports and xbox.
    thx for the opine.
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    I would say so, but not for 1080p alone. The 1080p panasonics typically have some better features and image processing than the 720p sets.
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    LG 47" 1080P 240Hz LCD HDTV LD650
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    Panasonic Viera 46" 1080P 600Hz Plasma TC-P46S2
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    Any thoughts on the 2 of these?

    Both 1080p, only 1" difference in size and both are the same price.
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    I sit about 8-10 feet away and the room has usually pretty dim but if the blinds are opened there could be alot of natural light
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    Being that you have blinds, no question go with the Panasonic. LCD cannot compete with plasma (especially panasonic) in terms of contrast, color accuracy, motion, or black level. LCD is only superior in terms of brightness and that isn't really a huge factor for a normal home.
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    In terms of LCD which brand would you recommend, Sony or Samsung? Have heard great things about both.
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    Personally I'm not a fan of LCDs when plasma is an option, but if you're going to go that route I would go with Samsung. Sony generally has a price premium that, IMO, isn't worth it unless you're going for one of their RGB LED backlit models.
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    Decided to go with the Sony KDL-46EX400 at Best Buy- 46", 1080p, 60Hz. It's Samsung equivalent was the same price and the Sony just looked better. Also the manager recommended it over the Samsung, said that's what he bought.
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    Out of curiosity, what was the Samsung you were looking at?
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    The Samsung LN46C530F1F. The Sony was $10 more.
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    I'm looking to purchase a Samsung 6500 through Amazon. Anyone have experience with purchasing through them? How easy is it to return a large purchase like that?
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    I just bought my Panny plasma through Amazon on cyber Monday. Had no trouble with it so have not had to return. Everything went smoothly though I would recommend getting Amazon prime to get a better deal on expedited shipping. Also, make sure its fulfilled by Amazon and not another seller.
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    Costco has a 65 inch panasonic plasma (3d) for $2,199 (TC-65PST34) -- anyone know anything about this set compared to Samsung's 65 inch LED?
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    Plasma > LCD unless your viewing room is a walmart showroom or equivalently bright.
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    Looking into the wifi type sets. 40 something range, LED. Not sure what programming can be picked up with them so far. Any tips would be helpful. Don't need 3-d and a home theater option if cheaper than buying the tv alone, would be nice. Something that picks up the same amount of wifi as the tv would.

    Just getting started, so even basics would be some help for me and appreciated.
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    Something like the LG ST600 will "upgrade" a TV to being web capable.

    http://www.lg.com/us/tv-audio-video/video/LG-ST600.jsp


    Also Apple TV, but it has less features.

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