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The right TV choice for a bright room

by amatuer / January 10, 2010 2:50 PM PST

Hello,
I am trying to decide between the Panasonic Plasma TH-P50V10A and the Samsung 46inc Series 8 LED. I prefer the plasma as it is the right size and appears to have excellent picture quality.
I was told by a couple of sales people though that if I have a birght room, then I should not go for a plasma, but a LCD or LED as the plasma is only good for dark rooms.
Our lounge are is relatively bright with large windows and no blinds just sheer curtains. Does anyone have any advice on this??
Thanks very much

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It is true that a really bright room can be problematic
by minimalist / January 10, 2010 10:03 PM PST

for a plasma (especially for daytime watching). They just don;t have the brightness that an LCD has. So can glossy screens so beware of Samsung and their super reflective models. Make sure anything you get has a matter screen (or at least an anti-glare coating)

But if you really like the plasma and are willing to get some better shades/curtains I think the issue can be overcome. At 50 inches, plasma is giving you much better bang for your buck than a similarly sized LCD so maybe a couple hundred is warranted on some light control.

Then again if your living room is anything like mine (7 large windows on three sides, several of which are directly opposite the TV) then upgrading your shades could be an expensive prospect (especially if you or your significant other is picky about the look). You just have to weigh the expenses v. the benefits of plasma.

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Ambient light affecting large HDTVs
by Pepe7 / January 11, 2010 1:30 AM PST

YMMV. You might also find similar annoyances of having to crank the brightness up so much on the LED-LCD that you still aren't completely satisfied with PQ even vs plasma that fares a little worse.

Personally, I'd start by getting a quote on basic curtains with better light control for good HDTV viewing in general.

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