I'm looking at purchasing a Samsung PN58C550 or a Panasonic TC-P54G25 very soon. 4" screen size difference, but right now they are priced within $40 of each other and right in my price range. I hear about the buzzing of the Samsung and the black-level decrease in Panasonic, but I'm having a very hard time deciding between the two if those are the only things I have to worry about. A sales person at a local big box store told me this G25 series was the first to use the Pioneer technology since they acquired them a year or so ago (which Pioneer technology?). Not sure how true that is, but that sounds very promising. How much truth is there to that statement?
When I look to compare the two, the contrast ratio of the Sam is 2,000,000:1 (which on Samsung's site, they categorize that as "Good") vs the Pan of "Infinite Black" or 5,000,000:1 - which sounds awesome.
Honestly, I am leaning towards the Panasonic, but should I really be considering the Samsung? The room will be moderately lit during the afternoons, which I'm told the Panasonic will perform better in the room, but someone else told me the Sam has stepped up their anti-glare, so it might be a non-issue. Opinions?