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Samsung LED or Panasonic Plasma

by HDnewbie / June 11, 2012 8:49 AM PDT

I'm looking for a new 55" HDTV. I've got it down to a choice between the Samsung UN55ES6100 LED or the Panasonic TC-P55ST50 Plasma. My room gets some light but not a great deal as a covered rear porch blocks most direct sunlight. I'm not a big gamer and will mainly be using the tv for sports and general tv viewing. Which is the better choice and why?

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by mattrosen / June 11, 2012 12:38 PM PDT

I'm a LG fan all the way. I have the LW6500 I bought last year and I got the LM7600 as well. They are the best TVs I have used and great for viewing night/day. I highly recommend the Lm7600. But out of the TV you wrote, the St50 does seem like a great TV after reading CNET's review.

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You aren't comparing equivalent models
by Pepe7 / June 12, 2012 5:59 AM PDT

If anything, I would compare a higher end Sammy LED to that plasma, since it's one of the best current models offered by Panasonic. There's most definitely more bang for the buck in plasma right now, but if you are actually comparing a Samsung with an ST50, I would pick something up the food chain towards their 'flagship' models with better local dimming, such as an ES7500 or ES8000. Understand though, that with LED you pay through the nose for either one. Probably at least $700-1000 more. The 6100 IMO doesn't hold a candle to the ST50. You also benefit from plasma if your room isn't receiving direct sunlight and isn't horribly bright. No longer does your plasma need to be in a 'man cave'.

I will also link to an excellent quote about plasma overall PQ I read on CNET recently. Seals the deal for me anyway when someone asks what the benefit is over LED-LCD.

"....Plasma is the only technology (since CRT) that delivers a picture that actually looks real. Where colors feel natural. Where you don't feel you're watching a TV, but that you're watching the content....."

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by pinkzroxor / June 14, 2012 5:17 PM PDT

If you're seriously considering a plasma TV, then get the ST50. That's a pretty nice TV. As for LED, I agree with mattrosen up there. Ever since LG's LW series came out, I was all about LG. I don't know if Samsung was intimidated by it but their quality seems to have gone down since then. I think your debate here should be on whether to get LG or Panasonic

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