Hey guys, I've never had a flat TV before and still using my 27" Sony from 1999 (ouch!) so I'm planning on buying a Plasma TV. However, I'm torn apart in between the Sammy 5084, Panny 42PZ700U and even considering the Pioneer 4280 - too expensive though for being 42" and 768p . A 50" TV is kinda too big for my place/couch setup. Wish they made the 5084 Sammy in 42" too.
Last week I saw the 5084 Sammy next to the new TH-50PZ750U Panasonic and right under it they've just gotten the new-hyped 4280 Pioneer - at the ABT Electronics store in North Chicago. They were all on Discovery HD and I could not tell any difference between the Panny and the Pio - as a matter of fact, the blacks on the Pio had a very vague tint of dark green (??) - might have not been calibrated.
The colors on the Sammy however were SLIGHTLY more vivid. The Panny was slightly dimmer/colors faded than the other too, but you could only notice this if you moved your eyes really quick across all three of them. Staring at the Panny alone though, you wouldn't be able to tell. It must be that "anti-glare" thing that the Pannasonics have on now.
On the other hand, I read that the new 8th gen. Pioneers have a new technology and they're capable of 3:3 pulldown for better playback of film content along with picture-in-picture and picture-side-picture, bla bla bla...
I'm also considering another thing that people seem to forget: that only A FEW stations broadcast SOME shows/movies in HD so I would be very interested in finding out how do these three brands' Plasmas deal with the SD programming. They all do more or less perfect in HD, but how about the non HD content - it'll be years till all TV broadcast will be in HD. I'm a news junkie and have the tv on, on CNN for hours.
It would be interesting to hear an objective and unbiased opinion of choice between these three brands. Anybody please?
Oh, and on top of everything, Samsung will have the latest LED LCD's technology out and selling later this year - "Samsung plans to put the product on sale worldwide in the second half of this year." See their 14th of June press release "SAMSUNG Introduces 70 Full-HD LCD TV with Local Dimming Technology" on the Samsung site. (sorry, no direct link, I can't post direct links yet, I'm under 5 postings).
I guess that once you decide to buy the TV, it becomes soon becomes "old" because of always-newer models coming out every few months...