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Greetings. Going through the user manual, it is clear that this TV does not support 1920x1080 (1080p) for PC/Laptops.

Is this TV really a 1080p model? The specifications say so, of course.
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Through VGA it supports 1280x1080. If you go HDMI to HDMI or HDMI to DVI you should be able to resolve full res...

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Yeah, it's just a quirk of Panasonic plasmas, they don't accept full resolution through VGA. It'll accept 1080p via HDMI and it is most definitley a 1080p TV.
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Thanks for your very informational responses. While the world has solved perhaps the plasma vs lcd debate, how would this 58" plasma compare to a decently priced (mid range) 52" lcd (e.g Samsung or Sony).

These are apples to oranges. But in my mind, I am justifying the 58" panasonic as the size where LCD don't give the same return for the buck. But I don't mind going to 52" if the quality of a decent 52" LCD is now better than this plasma -- priced not higher.
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It should compare very well to a mid-range LCD.

How bright is your room? How is the seating set up? Is just one person watching the TV, right dead in the center, or do you have seats off the sides as well?
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Thanks for your quick repsponse.

The room has light coming in from windows. But we use shutters for serious viewing :-)
Surely LCD will win on reflections -- even Kuro will lose here I guess.

Squarish room 20'x20'. Seating along two sides: Not at all in the center. TV on one wall a bit off center:

That was one reason to choose the plasma. But when I looked at Samsung 52A650, its
coverage was decent off center, but am not sure of its black levels-- did not have a chance to compare it with a plasma.
Plus the 4ms refresh time was telling on big screens-- I could see jerkiness on 65" sharp. I figure the technology will go to 2ms refresh some time this/next year.

I was not willing to disturb the sales person to setup a comparable tests, particularly when their prices are awfully padded -- and I am most likely not going to buy from them much as I want..!
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In the store it's hard to tell how weak LCD viewing angles are, but in your home I think they will be unacceptable. Definitely go with a plasma.

The new Panasonics (like the G10) are probably a better betsif you can pay the premium over the '08 models.
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The room has light coming in from windows. But we use shutters for serious viewing :-)
Surely LCD will win on reflections -- even Kuro will lose here I guess.

Actually, the Samsung lcd has worse reflections because they use a super glossy screen. At the current price of the 58pz800u I would snatch it up in a heartbeat if I were you. If you want to save a few bills get a 50S1 or 50G10.
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Thanks for your comments.

The G10 is not available in 58". And the 54" model listed on Panasonic website
says it is available in May 09. I perhaps won't wait that long ;-) Even though it has blacker blacks.
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