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Hello everyone, I have been looking for a Panasonic 42S60 for little while now, but I can't find them anywhere, so I am considering getting a used model from a previous generation: any recommendations? Looking for a 42" that does 1080p, and of course the best quality I can get, but I realize that this is a very limited range, so I'm open to suggestions. Don't care about the brand or any specific features.
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Decent used 42" 1080p models:

TC-P42UT50 (no AR Filter) (2012 model)

TC-P42ST30 (2011 model)

TC-P42G20 (or G25 or GT25) (2010 model)

TH-P42PZ85U (2008 model)

TH-P42PZ80U (2008 model)




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Thanks, Randy, I'll keep my eyes open.
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I've found quite a few p42u1 TVs, no UT or ST yet. frown.gif
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What about new in this size?
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What about new in this size?

I'm sorry, what do you mean? To my knowledge there aren't any 42" 1080p plasmas to be had anywhere (other than used).
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The best 42" plasma is still being produced but it's a monitor rather than a television, model number is 42PF50U (U / ER or W), the previous model shared a panel with the BT300U and by the accounts I've read there have been improvements since then

Have a search for "panasonic pf50 impressions " if that interests you
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Yes, that probably is an impressive 42" plasma; and honestly I don't have any problem with getting a monitor (as opposed to a television) since I don't really watch TV anyway. And yes, this plasma screen can actually be bought new -- but it just seems difficult to justify over $1000 for a 42" screen (not to mention the lack of a tuner and the single HDMI port).

Still, thank you for pointing this out to me.
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Ridiculous question I SHOULD NOT BE ASKING, but what is the lifespans of something like the 42PF50? Do these screens outlast more mainstream units (e.g. Vieria)? Are they built better? Just trying to think of what would justify the huge price jump for a unit that lacks so many features common to TVs (and even many monitors -- e.g. Built-in speakers).
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Do these screens outlast more mainstream units (e.g. Vieria)? Are they built better?
They are workhorses rated for 24/7 use, main advantages are beefier power supplies and rock solid construction, you probably have seen them overhead at shopping precinct but didn't notice tongue.gif

edit: picture wise they are atleast equivalent with the ST, I read somewhere they are VT panels but VT never came in 42 inch so we may never know
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Something else kind of interesting about them is thier power pull: looks quite a bit higher than something like the 42s60. Something to do with the power supply, I presume.

So a question for anyone who actually buys these professional monitors: do you not expect to upgrade your unit for a long time after you buy them? I suppose in that way the price makes more sense: I think I read somewhere that people, on average, keep their TVs for 7-8 years (could have this figure wrong, I don't remember the source); when buys a panel like this for home use do they intend to keep it for 20 years. Just wondering. smile.gif
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Ridiculous question I SHOULD NOT BE ASKING, but what is the lifespans of something like the 42PF50? Do these screens outlast more mainstream units (e.g. Vieria)? Are they built better? Just trying to think of what would justify the huge price jump for a unit that lacks so many features common to TVs (and even many monitors -- e.g. Built-in speakers).

Too expensive for a bedroom TV (IMHO) with low usage. :-)
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Too expensive for a bedroom TV (IMHO) with low usage. :-)

Maybe the TV turns a bedroom TV with low usage into a TV with high usage. :-)

Practical or not, I have to ask: my curiosity is piqued about these monitors.
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I think they can get a bit brighter than the consumer models because they might be placed in sunlight

input lag is low compared to tvs which have one chip to do all the processing

another thing to keep in mind you have to buy your own stand or mount
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EDIT: found the answer myself.
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Any other recs?
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There aren't that many other plasmas (meaning other than those mentioned in this thread already) that are both under 50" and 1080p. There are 42U1s and I think the 42C series may be 1080p... also a 46" plasma; not too may TVs that meet both criteria.
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I guess that an LCD may have to do. It will replace a 32" Toshiba CRT which has a great picture but is getting a bit flakey.
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How far away will the set be from the viewing position? Asked because at 8 feet my 720 Samsung PN43F4500 in the living room looks pretty great.

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1474305/samsung-pnxxf4500-owners-thread

Edit: And at $379 it is/was a bargain
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