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brief version:
size: 50-something
budget: 2200$
viewing distance: 7-10 ft

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im looking into buying a panasonic plasma and need a few recommendations. ive been looking around online and have found several models of the same size, but the features dont seem to say anything to distinguish themselves (other than hdmi ports). i dont have much of a budget set. i guess 2200 should be good. id like to just make sure i get a good tv. ill get an entertainment center or whatever when i get the tv, but i imagine the viewing distance will probably be around 7-10 ft.

as for size, i am looking for anything in the fifty's. i would consider going higher though.

also, i have seen information about upcoming models. i didnt find any release dates or anything though. should i wait until these models come out before making a purchase?

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Budget?
Viewing distance?
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Budget?
Viewing distance?

i thought i had said something about budget...ill edit that

there isnt really a budget. im not saying i have an endless supply of money, i just didnt set a limit. that could have an effect on the quality of tv i end up with...

viewing distance. 7-10 ft.

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You need to set a budget.
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You need to set a budget.

ok, i went with 2200 for now.

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Must be a Panny?
If so, just my opinion, go for the 80u(no pc input) or 85u(pc input)...or jump to the 850.

Edit: In my opinion I would not buy the 800u.
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.. Samsung 58" A550, B&H; free shipping or Panasonic 58" PZ800U.
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I would say that if the TV is not going to be in an "Overly Bright Room" & you don't need an "Internet Connection" I would NOT wait for the new models.

Right now B&H Photo in NY (A 1st Class Outfit) has as far as I'm concerned the best 2008 Panny model the PZ800 in the 50" size with Free Shipping for $1,649.99 & that's what I would grab. This model has been selling for around the $2,000 mark & more all year long.

Your not going to find the 2009 Panasonic 50" V series replacement for the 50" PZ800 series at anywhere near that price until maybe after Christmas or until closeout time.

For more info & pictures of the TV, Back Panel, Remote Control & Etc check out crutchfield. com & for a review of the PZ800 checkout cnet.com
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I would say that if the TV is not going to be in an "Overly Bright Room" & you don't need an "Internet Connection" I would NOT wait for the new models.

Right now B&H Photo in NY (A 1st Class Outfit) has as far as I'm concerned the best 2008 Panny model the PZ800 in the 50" size with Free Shipping for $1,649.99 & that's what I would grab. This model has been selling for around the $2,000 mark & more all year long.

Your not going to find the 2009 Panasonic 50" V series replacement for the 50" PZ800 series at anywhere near that price until maybe after Christmas or until closeout time.

For more info & pictures of the TV, Back Panel, Remote Control & Etc check out crutchfield. com & for a review of the PZ800 checkout cnet.com

after browsing the interweb for a while, that was actually the model i was pretty much sold on. i check b&h, but they do not carry that anymore. i found it on newegg, though.

thanks again to all the info from everybody

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^^ .. 6Ave, enter "couponcabin"'; free shipping.
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I would say that if the TV is not going to be in an "Overly Bright Room" & you don't need an "Internet Connection" I would NOT wait for the new models.

Right now B&H Photo in NY (A 1st Class Outfit) has as far as I'm concerned the best 2008 Panny model the PZ800 in the 50" size with Free Shipping for $1,649.99 & that's what I would grab. This model has been selling for around the $2,000 mark & more all year long.

Your not going to find the 2009 Panasonic 50" V series replacement for the 50" PZ800 series at anywhere near that price until maybe after Christmas or until closeout time.

For more info & pictures of the TV, Back Panel, Remote Control & Etc check out crutchfield. com & for a review of the PZ800 checkout cnet.com

Maybe I'm wrong but isn't there a chance that the panny V series my have a better 24p ability than the pz800 series. I guess we'll have to wait for some reviews in the future. I myself am torn between the pio 5020 and the 2009 panny V 50". I have time since I'm watching a 42" panny industrial ED model. I'm sure my next plasma will be quite an upgrade in picture and color.
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Maybe I'm wrong but isn't there a chance that the panny V series my have a better 24p ability than the pz800 series. I guess we'll have to wait for some reviews in the future. I myself am torn between the pio 5020 and the 2009 panny V 50". I have time since I'm watching a 42" panny industrial ED model. I'm sure my next plasma will be quite an upgrade in picture and color.

Street price for the 50V10 will be cheaper than the 5020FD. It should be near $2k.

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"I would say that if the TV is not going to be in an "Overly Bright Room" & you don't need an "Internet Connection" I would NOT wait for the new models."


Are the new models featuring something that will help in an "Overly Bright Room"?


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Street price for the 50V10 will be cheaper than the 5020FD. It should be near $2k.

Chris

I hope you are fairly accurate with your price estimate. Of course the 50V100 has to be fairly close in performance to the 5020 for me to consider it. That would include picture performance, 24p performance and hopefully panasonic will keep all the picture controls that pioneer wrongly removed from their 5020 and 6020. Looking forward to the first V series review.
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cklim55, From what Panny told CNet it sounds like they have the 24p "Flicker" issue fixed so that might be another reason to pay more for the V Series but to me the 24p mode just isn't really that big of an issue.

Lend27, Yes, The new sets will be a lot brighter than the 2008 models so they should be a lot better in brighter rooms.

Another reason to maybe buy a 2009 model might be that it will use a lot less power but again to me, the 50" PZ800 at around $1,800 is the way to go or buy a "Tide Me Over TV" like the Panny 50" PX80 for under $900 like I did for my daughter with the idea of replacing it later but if you don't need a tv right now you just may want to wait & see how the new models fair in the Pro Reviews & exactly what the prices will be.
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that flicker issue is keeping me from jumping on this right now. i havent seen it for myself, but still id rather just avoid that.

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