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StrikerZ's Avatar StrikerZ 08:15 PM 01-01-2013
Hello, everyone! I am looking to purchase a new TV while Best Buy and others stores are having savings of around $300. My problem is, I'm stuck between TVs, and yes I have been doing my research.

My situation:
I have an old Panasonic Plasma(http://www.crutchfield.com/S-iPbGOyKPhhp/p_13342PA20/Panasonic-TH-42PA20.html). The TV I have now has absolutely no problems, but it's time to get more modern. I will miss it though. Now, my room I want to purchase this TV for is a room in my basement, with a small window that no light really shines through(metal ring thing surrounding it on the outside and it is made of a blurry glass material), my Panasonic now has no issues with glare, so I don't think that will be a problem and I was going to with another Plasma. I usually play Xbox and PS3 on the TV with some Blu-Ray, Netflix, and TV watching here and there. I came between two plasmas:

Samsung PN51E550D1FXZA
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+51%22+Class+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/4846783.p?id=1218551143252&skuId=4846783&ky=2nMB3uueuQz44nt0hOOh9VC9xlrvPsJAC&ci_src=5784816&ci_sku=4846783&ref=25&loc=PGR

Panasonic TC-P50UT50
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+50%22+Class+(49-9/10%22+Diag.)+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/4841518.p?id=1218541223771&skuId=4841518&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=4841518&extensionType=pla:g&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!39882102311!g!!15734013071&gclid=CKKCsbr7x7QCFQLxOgodLwgAUQ

They both seem like great TVs for the price. The Samsung looked good in Best Buy, but a bit dim.

I don't understand the price difference, though. Anyone know why the Panasonic is a good amount cheaper? Considering I hear Panasonic produces the best plasmas.



I was going to go with one of these to buy on Thursday, but while browsing on this website, I found a long thread on the forum discussing some the of flaws with plasmas.

Some flaws discussed:
Bad burn and Image Retention in from HUD in video games
Buzzing sound(probably used to it from my plasma I have now)
Games not looking bright and looking more movie-ish

Now, these can be an issue for me as my TV's main priority is gaming.

I am now totally confused as to if I want a plasma or a LCD TV now. My price range is around the $800 mark on the Best Buy website. I guess that is a little over the $1000 mark without the savings going on.

hoozthatat's Avatar hoozthatat 08:34 PM 01-01-2013
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Originally Posted by StrikerZ View Post

Hello, everyone! I am looking to purchase a new TV while Best Buy and others stores are having savings of around $300. My problem is, I'm stuck between TVs, and yes I have been doing my research.
My situation:
I have an old Panasonic Plasma(http://www.crutchfield.com/S-iPbGOyKPhhp/p_13342PA20/Panasonic-TH-42PA20.html). The TV I have now has absolutely no problems, but it's time to get more modern. I will miss it though. Now, my room I want to purchase this TV for is a room in my basement, with a small window that no light really shines through(metal ring thing surrounding it on the outside and it is made of a blurry glass material), my Panasonic now has no issues with glare, so I don't think that will be a problem and I was going to with another Plasma. I usually play Xbox and PS3 on the TV with some Blu-Ray, Netflix, and TV watching here and there. I came between two plasmas:
Samsung PN51E550D1FXZA
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+-+51%22+Class+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/4846783.p?id=1218551143252&skuId=4846783&ky=2nMB3uueuQz44nt0hOOh9VC9xlrvPsJAC&ci_src=5784816&ci_sku=4846783&ref=25&loc=PGR
Panasonic TC-P50UT50
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasonic+-+50%22+Class+(49-9/10%22+Diag.)+-+Plasma+-+1080p+-+600Hz+-+Smart+-+3D+-+HDTV/4841518.p?id=1218541223771&skuId=4841518&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=4841518&extensionType=pla:g&s_kwcid=PTC!pla!!!39882102311!g!!15734013071&gclid=CKKCsbr7x7QCFQLxOgodLwgAUQ
They both seem like great TVs for the price. The Samsung looked good in Best Buy, but a bit dim.
I don't understand the price difference, though. Anyone know why the Panasonic is a good amount cheaper? Considering I hear Panasonic produces the best plasmas.
I was going to go with one of these to buy on Thursday, but while browsing on this website, I found a long thread on the forum discussing some the of flaws with plasmas.
Some flaws discussed:
Bad burn and Image Retention in from HUD in video games
Buzzing sound(probably used to it from my plasma I have now)
Games not looking bright and looking more movie-ish
Now, these can be an issue for me as my TV's main priority is gaming.
I am now totally confused as to if I want a plasma or a LCD TV now. My price range is around the $800 mark on the Best Buy website. I guess that is a little over the $1000 mark without the savings going on.

Ignore those who criticize plasma. It's the best display tech available for FP's today.

That being said I'd do the UT50. Super solid TV. Anything from the Panasonic PDP line has been clutch the past few years.
Dierkdr's Avatar Dierkdr 08:57 PM 01-01-2013

I would expect the Samsung to offer a larger feature set. The Pan will probably produce better black levels.

Both of those panels have received very good - excellent reviews this year.

If you could fit a 50ST50 in your budget, would push that to first choice (among those 3, anyway).

Otherwise flip a coin -- although all-in-all the Samsung E550 probably has an overall edge in the reviews I have read.

(FWIW: 3 Plasmas currently, all Panasonics)
hoozthatat's Avatar hoozthatat 09:26 PM 01-01-2013
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Originally Posted by Dierkdr View Post

I would expect the Samsung to offer a larger feature set. The Pan will probably produce better black levels.
Both of those panels have received very good - excellent reviews this year.
If you could fit a 50ST50 in your budget, would push that to first choice (among those 3, anyway).
Otherwise flip a coin -- although all-in-all the Samsung E550 probably has an overall edge in the reviews I have read.
(FWIW: 3 Plasmas currently, all Panasonics)

From what I've seen, and IMO, the UT50 is a more viable option than the E550.
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