Originally Posted by BigCoolJesus
PN50B550, which Chad B calibrated for me.
No IR. No problem. Even after a 6 hour marathon of Bioshock the other night, no IR.
Guess I have a defective Samsung, since horrible IR is apperently a required specification for all Samsung plasma's.
So yea, I'm enjoying my Samsung, especially since the color IS better than a Panny. And the blacks are magnificent as well.
Let me try this random fanboy game: I would urge people not to buy a Panasonic because I have heard SO MANY stories about the new G10's catching on fire randomly. It must be true, I know everything.
I opted for the Panasonic S1, and now i'm debating over the Samsung 550 and G10, because the green accuracy is a bit off on the S1(70hrs into).
However, while i want the best accuracy of colors, i'm a major gamer and for me the Panasonic S1/G10's ability to show all 1080 lines of moving resolution as well as being better at IR reduction(pixel orbiter) and having the deeper black levels and contrast(which does help bring out better color detail), overrides the Samsung 550/650 of better THX accuracy.
Actually if i return this 50" S1, i'm opting for the 50" G10 because it's THX has more accurate colors..especially green.
While the Samsung's have better color accuracy, as a gamer first, i'm choosing the HDTV with almost as good color accuracy(G10) as well as the better IR prevention, the best 1080p moving resolutiion, the better black levels, and the better build.(as in some Samsungs have an annoying buzz from the back).
No Plasma under $2000 is perfect, but as a gamer i see the G10 as being the better choice for under $1500(50" size).
I like the Samsung's line of the 550/650, as these are very good Plasmas, but for gaming there are more +'s for the Panasonic G10(even the S1) then the Samsung 550/650.
I will still keep an open mind here and look at both the G10 and 550/650 models and see if the color accuracy is more important then other aspects. If it does have the better color accuracy by a good margain and good enough blacks and i'm happy enough with the IR prevention and it's 1080p moving resolution, then i may just opt for the B650 model over the G10.