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Location: corner with window (don't worry its pretty dark) on one side, wall on the other. Stand mounted on furniture
Viewing distance: 7-12 feet
Viewing time: mostly evenings
Content: primarily cable HD television from Comcast, secondary - Netflix via internet, gaming - seldom, blu-ray seldom
Dimensions: leaning smaller (42-50), would like to lift it myself (~70 lbs?)
Features: internet connectivity, 1080
Nice to haves:
- Low power mode use almost no electricity
- Run cool
- Run quietly
Don't really need 3D

I'm one of those fools people that wait forever for technology to improve. I was hoping you could buy 42" OLEDs by now. It seems plasmas give the best picture with regards to fast movement. I buy computer monitors looking at input lag, viewing angles and colors. Now, I don't plan on playing my games on this because I have a good computer monitor on my desk. However, once a OLED comes out (not holding my breath), it would be greatto re-purpose the plasma for gaming; hence the desire for a smaller one rather than the huge ones (plus heat and apartment size viewing distance).

I'll probably get a new AV receiver for it, and probably the same brand for ease of integration.

Thanks in advance for your recommendations.

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Recommend the Panasonic 50UT50 or 50ST50.
The 50UT50 does not have an anti-glare screen filter and only 2 HDMI ports.
The 50ST50 adds anti-glare screen filter and has 3HDMI ports, plus extra calibration settings allowing an even better picture.
Both have 3D capability, but lesser models without 3D aren't as good 2D picture quality.

These 2012 Panasonic plasmas are a lot thinner and lighter than past years.
I got a 50ST50 and was able to easily lift it all by myself installed on its pedestal onto my 24" high TV stand.
The panel weighs about 50# by itself and under 60# with the pedestal mounted.
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Dimensions: leaning smaller (42-50),

You will probably have a tough time (at least in the US) finding a Pan ST50 in a 42" size - don't really know what other (1080p) models might be available in that size.

Assuming you are aiming for a Balance between Price & Performance, would use the Panasonic ST50 and the Samsung E6500 as the "standards of comparison" - think either should provide an enjoyable viewing experience, along with nice feature sets.

FWIW, we have a ST50 (60"), which provides an Excellent picture - although our particular panel has been prone to "Quick Onset, Short- to Medium-Duration IR."
Thus far, at least, it has simply been "IR" - temporary in nature - and am not overly concerned - but AM hoping that this tendency will fade as the panel continues to age.
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Dimensions: leaning smaller (42-50),
You will probably have a tough time (at least in the US) finding a Pan ST50 in a 42" size - don't really know what other (1080p) models might be available in that size.
Assuming you are aiming for a Balance between Price & Performance, would use the Panasonic ST50 and the Samsung E6500 as the "standards of comparison" - think either should provide an enjoyable viewing experience, along with nice feature sets.
FWIW, we have a ST50 (60"), which provides an Excellent picture - although our particular panel has been prone to "Quick Onset, Short- to Medium-Duration IR."
Thus far, at least, it has simply been "IR" - temporary in nature - and am not overly concerned - but AM hoping that this tendency will fade as the panel continues to age.

Anybody here have the 6500? I heard it has better bright room performance and less IR. Can anyone confirm this?
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From what I've read the Samsung has fewer IR problems. Is there any reason not to get the Samsung instead?

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The samsung will have lower contrast due to higher black levels and lower light output. Try reading some reviews on cnet to help. Good luck!smile.gif

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Samsung has excellent PQ! IMO that same as Panasonic but Samsung is better with Burn In and IR. Good Luck
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From what I've read the Samsung has fewer IR problems. Is there any reason not to get the Samsung instead?


The new Samsung plasma's have superior image-picture processing power
and you DO NEED that if you watch mostly HD cable/sat.
Samsung makes the processors for ALL the Apple ipads and iphones
so it makes since that some of the tech is used in the TV's.
The new 'Real Black Panel' is VERY resistant to IR unlike the current Panasonic line.
Those were the deal breakers for me anyway.

http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-33199_7-57449881-221/samsung-plasma-wins-cnets-accidental-burn-in-test/
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