I am looking to buy a 50"-class plasma for my parents. They have a 32" CRT and the set is just too small for the viewing distance. They have DirecTV right now, with only SD service.
I am considering 3 panels that are all priced $499:
- Zenith Z50PV220 50" 1080p plasma (knock-off of the LG 50PV450)
- Samsung PN51D430 51" 720p (no reviews anywhere yet)
- Insignia NS-50P650A11 50" 720p (knock-off of a Samsung?)
I have a 42" 720p Insignia I bought over a year ago, and at the time it was a Samsung knock-off, so I went with it. So far, so good. I figure Zenith sucks these days, except that this panel is basically a dumbed-down version of the LG 1080p plasma. I just saw the 51" Sammy, and I have found nothing on it yet. Seems to be a Black Friday special at several outlets.
I suppose sound is important for aging parents, but I suppose I can always add a sound bar later on if necessary. SD performance is also important since they have SD directv now, and to upgrade to HD will cost them $100, plus monthly fees. Not sure the parents will go for it.
Sears is selling the Zenith, BestBuy has the Insignia, and three outlets have the (apparently) new Samsung 51" (BB, Walmart, and HHGregg).
Any thoughts on these panels? I just want to get the one that has good reliability, good sound quality, and good SD performance (for now), and decent HD performance.
I have a D-Nice calibrated Kuro (600M), so I know I am asking about inferior panels, but at black Friday prices, what the heck.