Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
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To set the stage here is my videophile background. I have owned an Hitachi 51" RPTV for the last ten years. It has been flawless in its service with absolutely no down time. I still have a Mitsubishi 3103 33" CRT that has performed admirably for 23 years. Whichever television is selected will be connected to an Onkyo TX-SR805, Sony BDP-570, PS3, Denon SACD, and a DVR. The room is 22 X 15 and is below ground with the the only windows behind the TV. Our per week viewing time is split between 9-12 hours of network programs, 5-10 hours of NFL or TGC, and perhaps 6-8 hours of Blu-Ray.
I have narrowed my search to either a 50" plasma from Panasonic or LG with second choice going to an LCD/LED from Sharp or LG. After extensive viewing of all these and reading this forum for many hours, my decision rests on the following issues.
- how long will Panasonic make plasmas?
- will Sharp stay in business to supply replacement parts?
- in the long term will LCD/LED panels provide good picture quality?
- is Samsung QC as terrible as I've been reading here and elsewhere?
I do NOT need this to turn into the typical plasma vs LCD flame war as there are plenty of these around the forum. I know and understand the technical benefits, problems and urban myths surrounding both types.
Please stay on topic and I thank you all for your input.
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