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I'm looking at getting a new plasma TV. For various reasons, I've more-or-less narrowed it down to either the Samsung PN51E6500 or the Panasonic TC-50ST50. Any thoughts on which would be the better choice?

On the Samsung, Is there any reason I should spend the extra $200 or so to get the E7000?

Are there other brands around the same price point that I should look at? I need to keep the width to no more than 47 inches in order to fit my cabinet.

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I have read that the ST50 is similar to the flagship VT30 from last year. I think the ST50 after reading countless posts is probably one of the best bang for the buck tvs ever made. Don't get me wrong, I like Samsung and think they make a great tv but the Panasonics this year are hot!!! If you watch a lot of 3D it may be best to look at the Samsung a little closer though as there have been reports of problems with cross talk on the ST50.
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Thanks for the reply. At this point, I don't plan on watching any 3-D, so that should not be an issue. I just want an awesome picture with lots of cool features (apps, etc.).
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Thanks for the reply. At this point, I don't plan on watching any 3-D, so that should not be an issue. I just want an awesome picture with lots of cool features (apps, etc.).

I believe the Samsung will offer more cool features but the Panasonic will provide better picture quality.
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2nd vote for the ST50.
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I'm looking at getting a new plasma TV. For various reasons, I've more-or-less narrowed it down to either the Samsung PN51E6500 or the Panasonic TC-50ST50. Any thoughts on which would be the better choice?

On the Samsung, Is there any reason I should spend the extra $200 or so to get the E7000?

Are there other brands around the same price point that I should look at? I need to keep the width to no more than 47 inches in order to fit my cabinet.

Thanks.

Both have amazing picture quality. You would be happy with either one of them. Good luck with your purchase .
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Is the e6500 thx certified or does it really need calibration like the st50 does?
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I have the same questions. First plasma and seriously considering the ST50. Will this be a good purchase for my first plasma? Will I be disappointed?
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I have the same questions. First plasma and seriously considering the ST50. Will this be a good purchase for my first plasma? Will I be disappointed?

Read the reviews both professional and on amazon and I think it's safe to say that you would be far from disappointed!!
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Read the reviews both professional and on amazon and I think it's safe to say that you would be far from disappointed!!

Cool thanks. Does anyone know if price will go down later in the year ?
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Cool thanks. Does anyone know if price will go down later in the year ?

Possibly later in the year but for the performance you get I think that they are priced well right now. Usually in November I think prices start to drop and I'm sure you can find a good black Friday deal.
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Possibly later in the year but for the performance you get I think that they are priced well right now. Usually in November I think prices start to drop and I'm sure you can find a good black Friday deal.

Ok. So do you guys recommend getting the st50 over an 50 inch led. I'm trying not to go over $1300. I'm a little afraid of plasmas, since never had one. My preference is to get the best picture quality out my Panasonic blue ray player. Dont really care about glare since I have blinds and curtains. And most tv watching done at night.
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Ok. So do you guys recommend getting the st50 over an 50 inch led. I'm trying not to go over $1300. I'm a little afraid of plasmas, since never had one. My preference is to get the best picture quality out my Panasonic blue ray player. Dont really care about glare since I have blinds and curtains. And most tv watching done at night.

I prefer the look of a plasma over Led but you may be different. I think Plasmas offer a more realistic picture, Leds are brighter. It depends on your personal tastes. Go to a brick and mortar store and compare them before buying. I usually look at the tvs in the store and then buy them online at amazon or a similar retailer.
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I prefer the look of a plasma over Led but you may be different. I think Plasmas offer a more realistic picture, Leds are brighter. It depends on your personal tastes. Go to a brick and mortar store and compare them before buying. I usually look at the tvs in the store and then buy them online at amazon or a similar retailer.

Thanks. But as far as bang for buck what I'm hearing is that the st50 is unbeatable as far as size, quality and display. I'm almost ready to make the plunge to plasma, will wait to later on in the year to if the price drops a little bit
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Thanks. But as far as bang for buck what I'm hearing is that the st50 is unbeatable as far as size, quality and display. I'm almost ready to make the plunge to plasma, will wait to later on in the year to if the price drops a little bit

I made the jump last year from a Samsung LCD to the Panasonic St30 and now I much prefer plasma to LCD. I think the St50 would be a good start off point for someone looking to switch. Don't worry about it not having a THX mode and just use Dnice's settings and you are good to go. I got the 55st30 in May last year and I didn't see it much cheaper till around October. Of course now I am seeing the 65 for almost the same price I paid for the 55 so I wish I would have waited. I will probably look at the 65ST50 around the beginning of next year.



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I made the jump last year from a Samsung LCD to the Panasonic St30 and now I much prefer plasma to LCD. I think the St50 would be a good start off point for someone looking to switch. Don't worry about it not having a THX mode and just use Dnice's settings and you are good to go. I got the 55st30 in May last year and I didn't see it much cheaper till around October. Of course now I am seeing the 65 for almost the same price I paid for the 55 so I wish I would have waited. I will probably look at the 65ST50 around the beginning of next year.

Thanks for the input. I currently also have a Samsung 2009 LCD 37 inch. For regular tv
Watching its ok, but I'm liking what I'm seeing with plasmas especially with Blue ray. The st50 will fit the bill.
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Is the e6500 thx certified or does it really need calibration like the st50 does?

Every set benefits from calibration and no set requires it.
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I vote ST50 since buzz can be a problem with Samsungs.

Someone has finally posted a picture on the ST50 thread.

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There was someone in the ST50 thread that returned an E7000 for an ST50 and said that the ST50 beat the E7000 in everything but 3D.

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I will ALWAYS take a Samsung over Panasonic. ALWAYS!
It's called brand loyalty and I have four of them in the house now.
No complaints about any of them at all... enough said.

If your a Panasonic fan... more power to ya!


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If the Panasonic ST50 is as good or better than the Panasonic GT30 from last year than I would say you won't be disappointed. Samsung makes some great tv's but IMO they are slightly behind Panasonic in picture quality. Either way you choose you will probably be happy though.
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I vote ST50 since buzz can be a problem with Samsungs.

Someone has finally posted a picture on the ST50 thread.

Yeah, not to start a "buzz" war, but I had the D7000 and it had directional buzz that you could hear 10-12ft away over decent volume. The picture quality was incredible, but I couldn't take the buzz. In fact, the new E6500 on Amazon already has bad reviews because of buzzing.

My experience with ST50 and the buzz issue has been the exact opposite. I have tested my ST50 like crazy for buzz (since I was sensitive to it with the D7000), and cannot hear it unless I put my ear behind and in back of the TV, and even then only on rare ultra bright white content. Obviously you may hear a slight buzz on an all white background with minimal sound, but I haven't thus far watched anything where I could detect any buzz from even 2 feet away. I think it has to do with whether the buzz is directional or not. The Pannys don't seem to "beam out" the buzz the way the Samsungs do. The Samsung buzz I experienced also had a deeper tone to it that made it very noticeable.

You really can't go wrong with the ST50. I have a 60" and I could not be happier. Highly, highly recommended. The picture quality is unreal. I thought the D7000 picture quality was amazing, and I like the ST50 even better. The picture quality is so natural with the perfect amount of brightness (I have a pretty bright room). I noticed a huge difference in brightness out of the box on Cinema.

Amazon already has thirteen ST50 reviews, and all of them are "5 Stars." And you can add another one from me for fourteen "5 Star" reviews (once I play with it a few more weeks).
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I will ALWAYS take a Samsung over Panasonic. ALWAYS!
It's called brand loyalty and I have four of them in the house now.
No complaints about any of them at all... enough said.

If your a Panasonic fan... more power to ya!

Good for you. And I would always take a Panny over a Sammy. And that's not due to brand loyalty (I have bought 2 Sammy HDTVs and 2 Panny HDTVs over the years), but rather due to experience (with 1 Sammy lemon).
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I stick with Panasonic, too.
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Panasonic all the way. They just make better plasmas.
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I am looking to make the jump from a Panasonic 37dt30 to new ST or GT. Does anyone know which series can achieve a brighter picture between the ST and Gt models? Though I don't like my tv bright coming from an LED, I've gotten used to that a pop in the picture that most plasma's lack when it comes to brightness.
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Both make great plasmas each have there good points and bad points go try both and see is the best thing you can do. But to clearly say one is better than the other is rubbish,

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From my own experience (E8000 and GT50), I would try the E7000 if you want all the gadgets/apps and hope to get a quiet one. I would also do it with an easy to return company (I used Best Buy).

I switched to Panasonic due to noise levels that bothered me with the Samsung(s) (3 tries). My GT50 has a great picture, is much quieter, but less gadgets and the initial Samsung picure made a better impression for 2 and 3d.

They are both nice sets so you can't really go wrong.
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