Hi all, Newbie here.
Thanks for all the great read about S60. I wanted to purchase the P55S60 tomorrow, but I still have some concern mainly I have never ever own a Plasma TV.
Here is my story and questions at the end:
My current TV is a Samsung LN-T4042H LCD 1080i that I purchase almost seven years ago for $1500. I still remember how easy it is to purchase an LCD TV. You choose a Brand name and the size and thats all. The TV has been good to me ever since and have no complain about it. It seems like a good time to upgrade to a bigger and better TV.
I read all the reviews on alot of TV the last few months and saw quite a few TV in shops. I still don't understand why do they show live TV in stead of nive Blue ray running for the TV. It makes it alot harder to compare in the shop. I was always scared of Plamas TV for the longest time. I had my eyes set on Samsung all this time since I have always own a Samsung TV and they all have been great. My original 27" CRT which my Mom was using to play retro game finally bite the dust not due to artifacts showing on screen after a good run of 21 years.
I went to Sears and dragged with my wife along after her shopping about 6 weeks ago and was trying to show her the S60 / ST60, they have live TV on and all the damn TV looks the same, and the sales guys said he cannot change the signal. No help there...
In the mean time we saw this beautiful Samsung TV on display playing Monsters vs Aliens. My wife and I was stunted and awe on how beautiful the picture look. I remember saying to my wife, Bob does not look that nice on our TV. Checked with the sales guys and he said its on sale for $1299. The tag shows it as the Samsung 55F6300. It was very tempting at the time. We browsed a bit more and saw another TV tag showing Samsung 55F6300 but it does not look as nice and the TV does not have silver trim on it. Drag the Sales guy over and he said it is the same TV. We are both confused at the time and I went back to the nice TV that we saw before, checked the back of the paneland it said 55F7100. We told the sales guys and he said it must have been a mistake and quickly took the tag away and exchanged it to the right one with the price of $1999. Too good to be true and we both left the shop disappointed.
A few week past and had a chance to bring my wife to Futureshop and finally saw the S60 and the ST60. The S60 was on the top shelf and it looks washed out even though the shop was not that bright. ST60 looks nice on the display wall, but not as stunning as the VT60 we saw later. Seeing the VT60 conviced my wife Plasma does look alot nicer than LED.
Since our buget will not allow us to purchase the VT60, S60 and ST60 is the only choice left.
With the the review, everyone said if you ahve the money, ST60 is the way to go. For myself, I cannot justify spending an extra $600 for the P55ST60, when I can get the P55S60 for $999.
I know this TV will look great in the dark, which thats usually what we do on weekdays. On the other hand, week end will be day time viewing. Will the TV look washed out? I have two slender windows on the side wall, they both have frosted glass looking plastic on it so it does not get as much sun light. I do see reflection of the window on my current TV big thick bezel. I know I can always put up blinds/curtains on those windows, but my wife does not like them at all. Behind the TV is a hugh window which have black out curtains. on the other side is the kitchen.
I don't do much gaming anymore since my son was born, so I am no concern about HUDs, but when my Mother in-law came over and babysit, she does mostly use the TV as the babysitter. I am concern about the IR since Netflix will be the main source of entertainent and my mother in-law does not turn off TV when they go and play somewhere else. Is it a concern for IR? Do I have to do all those thing to age the Pixels? I read on Cnet and they said it is not nessesary, is it true?
I just need some reassurance from someone that have this TV and in the similar situation at I do.
Thanks for your help in advance.