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Panasonic TH-58PZ70OU vs. Samsung FPT5884

by ni22ck / November 20, 2007 3:35 AM PST

I am going to buy a 58" plasma tv and can't decide which is the right plasma for me. It is between the Panasonic TH-58PZ70OU or the Samsung FPT5884 according to cnet each was given a 8.0 and have basically the same features, but I'm looking for some reasons and convincing one is better then the other and why...
(Black levels, colors, accuracy, contrast - anything will help)

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Panasonic FOR SURE!!!!!!!!
by fresh841 / November 20, 2007 2:42 PM PST


Those are the exact two TVs I was debating over for days before I ended up buying the Panasonic and here's why. Even though the Samsung FPT5884 is the brand new TV and it says it has a much better contrast ratio than the Panasonic 15,000:1 vs 5,000:1 the Panasonic blacks look waaaaaay darker. The Circuit City in my town just happen to have both those TVs right next to each other, and when I ask them to play the same content at the same time (they had Cars on Blueray) and the Panasonic color accuracy was noticable better. Go with the older Panasonic, it is by far the better 58" plasma... actual, it's the best 58" plasma TV even out right now, only cause Pioneer doesn't make a 58", they do 60" and 70" though...*sigh*

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Thank you
by ni22ck / November 21, 2007 12:58 AM PST

I was always planning on buying the Pioneer 6010fd. There was never a doubt in my mind, but lately I hav been spending too much money... Just moved to LA... So now I'm thinking I'll be close to happy with the second best, so I really do appreciate your opinion!!

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go with the panasonic
by masterying01 / November 21, 2007 6:11 AM PST

EVERY samsung tv on the market makes the colors too bright and fake. panasonic plasmas have a very realistic picture and is a perfect tv.

make sure you shop around for the best price though, there is a LOT of margin on these high end plasmas.

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by ni22ck / November 21, 2007 7:59 AM PST
In reply to: go with the panasonic

Here's my only thinking on the colors issue, which I've also noticed. When I would configure the Samsung it leaves you room to tone it down a lot giving you more room for future use, but with the Panasonic you can barely tone it down at all - meaning what you see is what you get. I would use cnet's tips and tricks for configuring the tv.

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Mis Information
by Mr772 / December 2, 2007 11:49 PM PST
In reply to: go with the panasonic

Samsung has the most natural color display of all palsma's on the market. This is Samsung's strongest feature. They even out perform the Pioneer in this area. Black levels are not as good as the pioneer and the pioneer has a better video processor but samsung wins the color accuracy comparison.

A side note to those people who are comparing sets side by side in the store. You must understand that these tv's are not calibrated in store and correctly calibrated black's and color levels will be much different that what you see in a big box store such as Best Buy or Circuit City.

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by Riverledge / November 21, 2007 8:24 AM PST

Diffinately get the TH-58PZ700U.


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