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Panasonic Viera TH50PZ80U V.S Samsung PN50A550...which one ?

by LordSquee / September 4, 2008 12:44 AM PDT

I am buying one of the two set this week end I would really appreciate you're input on which one is better.

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TH-50PX80U and PN50a450
by Tuba4me / September 5, 2008 10:16 AM PDT

Hello. I've been looking pretty hard at the 720p version of both of these units, trying to decide which based on cost, reviews, etc.

Last night I want to Circuit City and Best Buy for several hours, these are the only places near me that have both units, and luckily they were side by side with each other, as were the 1080p units that you are looking at.

First thing was to find my way around in the basic menus of both televisions. Samsung unit had more features in the picture menu than the panasonic. I proceeded to set color, brightness, contrast, and cell light values to the same number on both units. Then I assumed a position about 10 feet away for about 2 hours watching those stupid loops they have playing.

I did notice that the Panasonic had a darker black tone to the picture than did the samsung. To me the color and clarity was better on the Samsung picture.

One example that really stands out in my mind, was during one of the Directv football ads, Jimmy Kimmel was standing in front of an unilluminated scoreboard. On the Samsung I could see the individual light bulbs on the score board and on the Panasonic the image sort of ran together like a solid black wall.

Then there was a nature loop in which I just felt like the Samsung had more clarity and color accuracy for my tastes while looking at rocks, water, flowers, etc. The Panasonic seemed to have color hues (green, blue, or red) on different scenes while the Samsung just seemed more natural to me. Also I liked the skin tones coloration on people better on the Samsung. I noticed that the Panasonic made everyone look sort of pale while the samsung gave people a more orange tint like the makeup they wear.

Overall I think I have decided to go with the 50" 720p Samsung plasma. I just don't see a need to spend an extra $500+ for a 1080p unit. It might be a little cleaner on 1080p source if you have them side-by-side but I don't think it will be much. Plus has the 720p Samsung for $999 right now and I'm ready to upgrade my TV right away after spending so much time looking.

In summary, I would just go to a store on a weeknight when crowds are minimal, familiarize yourself with the picture menus, and adjust the settings to more practical values on each tv and see what you like best. Spend some time comparing the images and see what suits your tastes better. If the same thing was the best for everyone there'd be no competition. Don't just buy something because so-and-so says it's the best, especially something that is as subjective as vision.

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by Riverledge / September 5, 2008 1:27 PM PDT


DOING A PERSONAL AUDITION FOR YOURSELF, as Tuba4me suggests is key to

your future happiness with either set/model.

Best shopping,


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by jonnybones / September 6, 2008 10:48 AM PDT


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here is my two cents
by gabereyes / September 7, 2008 1:46 PM PDT

Vision is not subjective; we all see the same assuming we all have perfect eye sight.
The problem is the environment that we see images in make all the difference.
A person?s face, a rock, and grass look the same in color and contrast under a clear sunny day, but if it cloudy out side and the sun is setting, everything can have a yellow or red tint to it.

This is no different then a TV in a store vs. a TV in your home.
The store lighting gives everything a different color tint in the store even if it not sinning directly at the TV set, and some, well most makes and models set the TV up to look good with this lighting, and can care less about what happens to the picture at your home.

So with this in mind and with the two TV?s you are looking at, I would say the Panasonic 50PZ800 is the best choice do to its near perfect THX picture mode, it will not look good in the store, do to the store lighting, but in the home it?s a different animal.
Plus if your like most people and have cable or sat and plan to use the their remote, the functionality of the Panasonic with a cable or sat remote will also work better, the Samsung has a very annoying volume problem, you have to keep pushing the volume button to turn up the volume you can not push and hold the volume, and the input menu when you select an input stays on the screen for about 3 full minutes.

I do think the Samsung is a good second choice, but it will not look as accurate and realistic as the Panasonic, even if you tweak the picture settings, it will need a calibration to keep up with the panasonic.

Good luck

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