I'm looking to replace my old 42" 720p Panasonic TH-42PE7U with a new 50" 1080p set and I think I've narrowed it down to the following two options:Panasonic TC-P50S30
(regular $899.99)LG 50PV450
I normally would have gone for the Panasonic since I have been very happy with my current Panasonic and I believe Panasonic are known for making good quality units. However, a few things I've read online about the TC-P50S30 worry me.
- Varying brightness issue
- 900 lines of moving resolution (vs 1080 for the LG)
One of the reviews on the Future Shop site mentions a varying brightness issue affecting the Panasonic TC-P50S30:
Ron, Delta, bc - August 14, 2011
This set and it's companion 42 & 60" models have an annoying varying brightness issue. Panasonic in the US is sending out a Technician to update the firmware inside the units. HOWEVER, The Canadian Panasonic ( Conceirge ) is refusing to acknowledge the problem....saying it is 'normal'. If you own one, pester the heck out of Panasonic Canada.....if you are contemplating buying one, consider another manufacturer's offerings.
I did some Googling and found this CNET article
that talks about it in regards to 2009 and 2010 models.
Then I found this more recent 2011 CNET article
that seems to indicate that the 2011 models are better.
Is the TC-P50S30 a 2011 model?
Also, this review from Plasma TV Buying Guide
gives the TC-P50S30 a pretty good rating and doesn't mention any varying brightness concerns.
I couldn't really find any reviews for the LG 50PV450 online except for users reviews on retail sites. So that kind of worries me. All of the user reviews seemed to be positive though. However, the 2010 LG models all get pretty low reviews on the Plasma TV Buying Guide site.
Finally, I'm not sure what to make of the 900 lines of moving resolution on the Panasonic vs. 1080 on the LG. I assume the more lines the better. How can the Panasonic only have 900 lines if it's a 1080p display?
Does anyone out there have either of these sets and care to comment? Any Panasonic owners notice the varying brightness problem?
Thanks much for the help!