Originally Posted by ForeverSilent004
I can get the TC-P50ST50 for $999.99, and the TC-P50GT50 is $1349.99, both free shipping. What do?
Am I safe to assume:
Back-lit LED > plasma > edge-lit LED > CCFL LCD?
From a personal perspective: Plasma > Back-lit LCD (CCFL OR LED) > Edge-lit LCD (CCFL OR LED)...
This should hold true within most Price/Size categories:
- the Sharp Elite is an LCD that many reviewers feel beats the majority of plasma sets for overall PQ - but also costs more than any other consumer plasma, to the best of my knowledge;
- one of the higher end Sony LCDs may well beat an El Cheapo Plasma panel - but, again, at a much higher price point;
- Personal Tastes and Specific Viewing Conditions / Usage might dictate one technology over the other.
If you like Cnet's reviews, their Top 5 2012 Panels - on the basis of OVERALL PQ (Price be Da***d) - are: Pan VT50; Sharp Elite; Pan ST50; Pan GT50; Samsung E6500 - and in that order. 4 plasma panels, and one expensive LCD.
Note that they have placed the ST50 above the GT50, even though the ST lacks THX.
Also note, however, that they rank the final 3 (ST, GT, and E6500) as being VERY CLOSE in overall PQ: features, price, and/or styling could easily sway the decision.
For my $$, would take the ST50 and "invest" the saved $349 elsewhere in my system, whether in other hardware, or expanding a movie (blu-ray) library.
But, of course, these are YOUR $$s......