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Hello all. My old 720p Samsung plasma has come to its last legs and I have not been happy with how quickly it has died on me (3 years). That being said, I am trying to stay away from them. I do not need any sort of Wifi connectivity or apps, as I already have an AppleTV and Xbox and basically everything else you can think of connected. I just want a solid display, plasma preferrably, and "around $700" because I want to mount it on the wall, which is going to cost me about $200 for installation + mount + hidden wires. So, as of now, I am thinking of going with the Panasonic TC-60PU54 (Sams Club equivalent, but much cheaper price from what I understand). I have been very happy with Panasonic plasmas in the past and think $700 is a great value for it's size and reviews. BUT, before I pulled the trigger, I wanted to ask you experts to see if you had any other last minute inputs. Thanks!
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Personally I would go for this years Panasonic S series Panasonic TC-PXXS60. Though the 60inch costs more that your 700$ budget. The 50 inch is 700 on amazon.
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Panny is a good choice. You can buy wall mount from monoprice and save $$ there. Check out your local craigslist and yelp reviews for plasma TV installs.
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Personally I would go for this years Panasonic S series Panasonic TC-PXXS60. Though the 60inch costs more that your 700$ budget. The 50 inch is 700 on amazon.

Wow, so you think the PQ and other features are that much better on the newer model? I just feel like I am sacraficing some valuable screen real estate by going from a 60" to a 50"??? Again, just want a solid PQ, no other added features. Really appreciate the help though, thanks!
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Wow, so you think the PQ and other features are that much better on the newer model? I just feel like I am sacraficing some valuable screen real estate by going from a 60" to a 50"??? Again, just want a solid PQ, no other added features. Really appreciate the help though, thanks!
A 60" tv to a 50" TV is a huge difference. I would go lesser quality to get a screen 10" larger.
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Based on the reviews, this year's series offer a significant improvement in PQ over previous years.

EX: This year's ST model was compared with last year's top of the line VT series in terms of performance

You would have to see the set in person and judge for yourself if the PQ improvement is worth sacrificing screen size. I believe there is a 400$ difference between the 50 and 60 inch S60. I would try to invest a little more and bargain with the retailer to reach a lower price point.
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I would NOT go from a 60" to a 50.. you will hate it.

However there really is not much out there these days in terms of "dumb" tvs.. Most of them have features you may never use.

However the Panasonic S60 is probably the best choice

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Also look at it this way, we spend so much money going to see a movie in the theater that has horrible black levels, low contrast levels and not the best of colors. Why, because of size! It is better to be emerged in a screen of lesser quality then to have to squint to see a smaller screen with a great pitcure.

Feeling like you are in the movie out weighs any great pq in my opinion.

Now if you can get a large screen with great pq, you hit the jackpot!
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I was in the same boat... Ended up going with that same Sam's club panny. It's not the greatest quality, I suppose, but for the price I paid it was really a pretty easy decision.
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Is there no chance you can save to double your budget over a few month period? Skip the latte before work or bring lunch to work? I hear great things about the pan st60.
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I'm not sure I could ever go down in size on an HDTV. I've gone from 42" to 50" to 55" and wished I could have done 60". At the same time, I a bit upset that to get the picture quality I wanted, I was "stuck" paying for features I didn't want - including 3D support (I hate 3D on TVs and in theaters), "smart" TV (I'm too much of a video and audio snob to accept what passes for quality from any streaming source I've tried) and even built-in speakers (I've used an A/V receiver and 5.1 speaker system with every HDTV I've had and somewhat lesser but still external sound systems with even my 27" SDTV back in laserdisc days). I can't get decent OTA reception so I could even do without an internal NTSC tuner. And since I route all my video inputs (satellite dish receiver/DVR, Blu-ray player, media player and Xbox 36) through my A/V receiver, a single HDMI input is all I need. But after you see the picture quality on a good set, such as the Panasonic Vierra ST60 series model I just bought, you just can't go back to some crappy LCD set by some third-tier manufacturer. Man, I do wish sometimes I wasn't such a snob on these things! This hobby gets expensive after a while! I've spent probably closer to $20,000 than to $10,000 on home theater equipment since my first HDTV and with retirement looming, I somethings think I could have used that money more wisely... Nah, what fun would that have been?
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