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I'm looking to buy a new plasma to replace my 30" Samsung slimfit crt hdtv and have narrowed it down to 2 models-the Zenith Z50PV220 50" or the Panasonic TCP42S30 42", both are 1080P. The Panny is $30 more than the Zenith/LG but 8" smaller-but to be honest size really isn't an issue as I live in a small condo and my viewing distance is about 11' from the tv. My gut feeling is to go with the Panny but I also kinda want to "supersize" it, too. So which one do you think I should get and why-btw-I'm on a budget. Thanks
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you should look at the st30 panny it has a better black filter and panel then the s30
and a 3d tv has a better 2d pic then a non 3d tv. and at 11 feet go with a 50 inch or even 55 inchs
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Tough call, usually bigger is better because the tv's shrink after a while

Here's a short thread with some discussion on the zenith. I'd probably rec a panny over the other plasmas due to their performance and service.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1341004
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At 11 feet, you really should get a 50inch model. Even 720p if due to budget limitations. Good choices are Samsung PN51D550 or Panasonic 50ST30. Cheaper models are Samsung PN51D530 or LG50V450. And if you go 720, look at Samsung PN51D450.
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Another thread in this forum stated that Costco has the 50S30 for $630, so that may be your best choice. Although it is not as highly regarded as the ST30, it does nevertheless get good reviews.
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Well-I ended up getting the Panny TCP42S30 and couldn't be happier-in the end a 42" screen at 9' was plenty big enough.
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At 11 feet, you really should get a 50inch model. Even 720p if due to budget limitations. Good choices are Samsung PN51D550 or Panasonic 50ST30. Cheaper models are Samsung PN51D530 or LG50V450. And if you go 720, look at Samsung PN51D450.


I wonder why a 50" as opposed to say a 55 or 59? We're looking to replace our broken 52" and with Plasmas it's 50", 51", 55" and 59". The 50" & 51" seems to have a better deal cost wise when you look at about $300-400 more for 3-4 inches. We're about 10ft on one couch and about 8.5ft on the other.
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I wonder why a 50" as opposed to say a 55 or 59? We're looking to replace our broken 52" and with Plasmas it's 50", 51", 55" and 59". The 50" & 51" seems to have a better deal cost wise when you look at about $300-400 more for 3-4 inches. We're about 10ft on one couch and about 8.5ft on the other.

Just considering budget limitations. I would otherwise choose a 55 - 59" based upon the size of the room.
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[QUOTE....with Plasmas it's 50", 51", 55" and 59". The 50" & 51" seems to have a better deal cost wise when you look at about $300-400 more for 3-4 inches. We're about 10ft on one couch and about 8.5ft on the other.[/quote]

We sit about 9 ft away from the screen in our "home theater" area: our 720p 50" Pan made for a nice viewing experience, at that distance, with "full screen" programming (that is, 16:9 material).

However, we enjoy watching movies, and most DVDs (SD, HD, or Blu-ray) are Letterboxed, and thus the "active" portion of the screen - that is, the part of the screen is showing MOVIE - is somewhat Less Than 50."

OTOH, our 60" Pan provides more "active" screen area with a 2.35:1 Letterboxed movie than the 50" does when displaying 16:9 material - and when we DO watch a full-screen program on the 60" the screen size is wonderful.

As long, of course, as it is HD: SD Material, blown up to 60" at 9ft, looks distinctly worse than SD Material shown on a 50" screen at the same 9ft...

Pick you poison.
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Well-looking at a 30" screen at 9' for a few years-that's why a 42" looks huge to me and is good enough-besides I really didn't have room for a 50" screen.
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