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Help needed in picking a new TV.

by sailinggod17 / November 25, 2009 10:39 AM PST

Purchasing a new tv in the next two weeks and need some advice from the community about which to choose. Heres what I will use it for. Currently have digital cable (SD) and no HDTV, but i have a PS3 / blueray so I would prefer 1080p. Love gaming, movies, and tv, thats about it.

What I would like; 50" +, 1080p, and 120Hz or higher.

Lcd or Plasma? I have personally only used LCD, and have never had a problem with it, but am considering possibilities of a panasonic plasma etc.

Price? - Preferably less than 2G before tax.

Current models of interest: Toshiba 55" 55ZV650U, Sharp Aquos 52" LC52E77U, (those are the two possible LCDs)

Panasonic: either the G10, V10, or S1 in a 50 or 54" (little out of price range but possible)

Open to possibility of other models, but was leaning towards the Toshiba 55 or Aquos 52.

NEED HELP!!! please tell me your thoughts on those or others that are comparable.


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Have you...
by Pepe7 / November 25, 2009 2:38 PM PST

...compared all of these models in person yet? IMHO the Pannys are far superior to the LCDs you have listed. But what do *your* eyes tell you? Sometimes your preferences will not be the same as the more popular models or the models reviewed.

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The Panny's are going to be the best image quality by far
by minimalist / November 26, 2009 2:26 AM PST

Just make sure you can control the light and glare in your room. They have an anti-glare coating on the glass screen which makes the it only semi-reflective but even so a plasma looks its absolute best when you can darken the room significantly. They won't work for daytime viewing in a sunroom with light streaming in from 3 sides.

But if you have a room with fairly controlled light I'd say go for the Panny S1 series. You wont be disappointed in the PQ and the performance. They also have pixel orbiting so don't let the old scare stories about burn in worry you.

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