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We're looking to buy our first flat screen, and have decided a 720p plasma will work fine for our needs.

Sears has a pretty good price on a Zenith 50 inch plasma right now, and I'm pretty close to pulling the trigger.

I've read the Zenith's are essentially the same as LG. There must be some differences, though... Can anyone explain what the differences might be? I guess I am mainly concerned with whether the Zenith brand might use any lower quality components than LG, or if the differences are mainly minor feature differences.
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The panel, power supply, and drive boards are the same. The main board sometimes has less input connections. Even the OSD of both TV's is the same. LG owns Zenith...
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...and has owned Zenith for at least ten years.
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We're looking to buy our first flat screen, and have decided a 720p plasma will work fine for our needs.

Sears has a pretty good price on a Zenith 50 inch plasma right now, and I'm pretty close to pulling the trigger.

I've read the Zenith's are essentially the same as LG. There must be some differences, though... Can anyone explain what the differences might be? I guess I am mainly concerned with whether the Zenith brand might use any lower quality components than LG, or if the differences are mainly minor feature differences.

As stated above, LG (which is Lucky Goldstar, maker of horrible cell phones, cheap microwave ovens and crappy VCRs and DVD players, etc) bought the Zenith brand name some years ago and slaps it on slightly decontented LG TVs and prices them a little lower. The internals are indeed the same. It's not your grandpa's Zenith, it's just a hollow shell of it's former self - but is a good value for the low low price.

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LG is the Hyundai of electronics. I wouldn't sleep on it. Their new plamas are far above my Sony in Build and PQ.
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I have had a Zenith Z50PJ240 for two months now and I love it! Got it at Sears. Love the thin bezel design. Very good picture controls. Remote is lame but otherwise I would get one.
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Zenith Electronics Corporation is a brand of the South Korean conglomerate LG Group by way of LG Electronics. The Zenith P60W38 plasma monitor replaces the P60W26. The Zenith P60W38 must be evaluated in a couple of different viewing distances while utilizing different input signals.

Spammer. These sentences were copy/pasted from an old 2004 Plasma TV Buying Guide article (found via google).

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LG is the Hyundai of electronics. I wouldn't sleep on it. Their new plamas are far above my Sony in Build and PQ.

Thanks! I went ahead and picked one up at Sears yesterday. It's going to be a holiday gift to the family, though, so it's still in the box (let me tell you - finding a place to "hide" a 50" plasma TV is a bit tricky!!) Can't wait to open it up, though!!
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Thanks! I went ahead and picked one up at Sears yesterday. It's going to be a holiday gift to the family, though, so it's still in the box (let me tell you - finding a place to "hide" a 50" plasma TV is a bit tricky!!) Can't wait to open it up, though!!

Did you at least open it up and inspect the screen and bezel for hidden damage?? If not, make sure you do so immediately. If you wait another 6 weeks and discover that the screen is cracked on xmas morning, you will have no recourse with Sears.

And hiding it for 6 weeks shortens the factory warranty too.

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Did you at least open it up and inspect the screen and bezel for hidden damage?? If not, make sure you do so immediately. If you wait another 6 weeks and discover that the screen is cracked on xmas morning, you will have no recourse with Sears.

And hiding it for 6 weeks shortens the factory warranty too.

Good point! I guess I'll have to try and unbox it and check it out....
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