Ok, I've read through hundreds (if not thousands)
of posts here trying to make a decision. Tax refund will be here mid-Feb. and I'm looking to get our first flatscreen tv to replace a 400 lb. Sony 34" CRT behemoth. Originally, I was set on LCD or LED/LCD, probably Samsung, Toshiba or Sony (in that order)
, but am thinking now that plasma is the way to go. I'm the type that would rather pay a little extra rather than compromise quality due to price. I'd rather go without than buy something simply because "it's all I could afford."
My needs/concerns are:
- LR is setup with wide angle seating, between 35-40 degrees to each side ranging from 8'-12', so viewing angle is a big concern
- Picture quality is a concern. I want to really enjoy the picture as we're HUGE movie buffs (have about 3,000 dvds now) and have now begun buying Blu-Ray in anticipation of the move to HD (new Star Trek was first Blu-Ray purchase)
- TV use is probably: 40% cable programming / 35% movies / 25% gaming
- Gaming - have a Wii, PS3 and PS2 that are played regularly
- Connectivity - the listed gaming systems, plus have a reg DVD player, older Onkyo surround sound system (non-HDMI), and a cablebox.
It seems the Panasonic plasmas are the way to go. Obviously I'd like as big as possible, but without breaking the budget either. I definitely don't want to go lower than 46"/48", and would prefer something between 50"-58". We do have a large picture window in the LR, but typically keep the blinds closed. Normally view tv at night with only one low-watt light on in the room.
After everything I've read, I'm liking the V10 series. Between the THX certification and the 24p Cinematic playback, it seems like the perfect fit for my preferences. The G10's don't seem bad either, though they sacrifice the 24p playback. The Panasonic Viera Cast is also a nice feature, just not sure how much it'd get used. I would prefer a set that has wireless capability to access vids & movies on my PC and the internet.
To this extent, I'd love some feedback and opinions on my choices and any other suggestions you may have. My budget is $1500-$2000. I'm leaning towards the TC-P50V10, while a little over my budget, I think I can justify the expense to the wife, and it does seem a good investment (IF I can find one, almost everyone seems out of stock now.)
This will be a huge investment for me as we only replace TVs about once every 10 years, so I'd prefer to get something that's semi-future-proof (if there is such a thing in electronics now, lol)
- Is the V10 worth the extra $$$ over a G10/G15 model given my preferences?
- Am I overlooking any other models or brands that are comparable?
- Can anyone point to a reputable online dealer or local retailer (BB, Sears, etc.) that still has the V10's in stock?
- Would a 54" G10/G15/S1 be preferred over a 50" V10?
- If V10's are completely gone by mid-month, any suggestions on a similar model without going over my budget?
- Any word yet on when new models like the VT25 will be in stock, along with pricing (though I'd hate to pay the high $ just because it's "the new thing", and besides, if I don't get it when the tax refund comes, there's a good chance I, or the wife, would spend it on something else (it happened last year) then I'll be stuck waiting another yearagain)?
Much appreciation and thanks to any and all that reply. I'm just on information overload now and it's all beginning to blur together. I'd just really like to hear opinions on the differences between the models I'm considering and the other concerns/questions I've made.
Also, can anyone point to where I can find out discount codes for the various online sellers (Amazon, 6th Ave., etc.)
? Or any that regularly have special promos like free S&H, free Blu-Ray player w/set, etc.?
Again thanks, and I hope there are lots of replies to this. If I've missed providing any info, let me know and I'll reply with whatever info I can.