Originally Posted by ktrio730
The TV will be in a 12x21 room. We will be watching from the 12 side against the wall, so the average viewer is going to be about 9.5 to 10 feet away...... I want size primarily, obv with quality as well. I would prefer a 60,.....
Thoroughly enjoy our Pan Plasmas. Latest is a 60ST50, but agree that the UT50 & Samsung E550 might the sleeper panels for 2012, if either fits your budget.
IF dipping below those on the price range, would also look at the LG PA6500 or PM6700 as sets that provide a lot of panel size & features for their price, albeit with PQ that might be a step below the other models listed.
One Other Consideration: You give viewing distance as 9.5 - 10 feet. What are your Sources for programming?
At a 9ft viewing distance, Blu-rays and HDDVDs (yep, have a handful...) often look STUNNING on the 60" ST50.
But that size panel, at that distance, does an Excellent Job at showing off
whatever FLAWS exist in the source material. The result is that SD DVDs, and much of the so-called "HD TV" programming, range from "Very Good" PQ all the way down to HORRIBLE!
And Streaming Movies (although our experience has been limited to Amazon HD), range from Mediocre to Disappointing....
Moving back to a 12 foot viewing distance helps considerably, but we frequently will choose to watch "HD TV" programs on our 50" set (which looks great at around 10 - 11 feet).
Your Eyes & Sensitivity to PQ Glitches will vary, of course - but jumping from a 42" to a 60" will "enhance" the visibility of whatever flaws exist in your source materials.