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I have been reading about the Dell 5001C in this forum. It's funny that I don't see too many reviews on this plasma on the net. Luckily I found this forum. I could have the information a month ago when Dell was discounting the 50 " at $ 1000 off (CAD). It was a very atrractive price, almost of price of 42".

I still can not decide. I read one thread that was huge. Generally, can you tell me if you are happy or sad with your Dell? There is no Dell retail store in Canada unfortunately that I can sample it.

Price is a big deal to me and I want a 50 inch. I want my friends to go WOW.

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The only issue I have is that inconsistent shadow detail problem.
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Image processing makes the picture far softer than it should look compared to other 50" plasma sets. You can't turn this processing off unless you feed the signals native into the unit.

Purple blacks

Poor Gamma at higher contrast setting levels.

As a stand alone ... sad ... but with an external scaler ... will be better.

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My father in law bought it. He is generally happy for the price of the tv. He has his computers from Dell. He had a tough time finding reviews also.

I found a couple of sources to help him

http://reviews.cnet.com/Dell_W5001C/...-31518052.html

http://www.reviews-plasma-tv.com/del...1c-review.aspx

Hope that helps you.
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The reviews helped.

Rick, what is your impression of your father-in-law's Dell TV?

thanks
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...I thought the PQ sucked. Re-sold my set and and happy to have done so.

Purple blacks, weird green/gray in dark scenes. I thought the PQ was unberable.

Michael hit it dead on...

"as a stand alone ... sad ... but with an external scaler" problem is that those things run $1200+ and at that point you are not really buying a bargain plasma.
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bubu, which Plasma did you buy to replace the Dell?
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I'm guessing it depends on your source material and what you predominately watch.

I have an HTPC for movie watching and typically watch hi-def sports... so for me, the set is fantastic.
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beautiful picture with well-lit scenes! the image really lew me away. then i saw what happened in the shadows and i went from "hmmmm" to "oh no!" after realizing there was no remedy. have worked with dell techs but they don't have a lue - obviously just trying to get me to keep the set. some movies are great, but others wth heavy shadows and low lit scenes are not. "the notebook" was almost unwatchable (great movie by the way!) - dark scenes looked like charcoal drawings they were so contoured. sure a post processor MAY halp - but that puts you at the level of a pio elite....

in a word - sad.

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beautiful picture with well-lit scenes! the image really blew me away. then i saw what happened in the shadows and i went from "hmmmm" to "oh no!" after realizing there was no remedy. have worked with dell techs but they don't have a clue - obviously just trying to get me to keep the set. some movies are great, but others with heavy shadows and low lit scenes are not. "the notebook" was almost unwatchable (great movie by the way!) - dark scenes looked like charcoal drawings they were so contoured. sure a post processor MAY help - but that puts you at the level of a pio elite....

in a word - sad.

lee

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I have been extremely happy with my Dell 50". I primarily watch DVD's and Hi Def programming. I would recommend this set.
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I have the Dell 50, and I 'm very disappointed. All I can say is ditto to everyone else with the dark scene issues. One would think that with a built-in analog tuner this would have been addressed. This also appears to be a "product" problem, since I'm on my second unit and the colors are the same. People say this set looks good in HD, and they're correct for the most part. Even in HD if a scene goes dark, here comes the the purple blacks, bla, bla, bla. DVD's are no better for me either. I wish I could send my set back, but can't so I guess I'll have to make it work.
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I agree on the shadow issue but I have a Video scaler so most of the problems are non-issue. I received my second set and there was clearly something wrong with the fisrt one. My new one was made/Qc'd late December and looks better then the old one and I have not touched the settings yet. I have to wait for some free time to set it up proper.

If I did not have my scaler I would not keep this set. Just not up to par with what an HD Plasma should be!!!

My 2 Cents as always.

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Interestingly CxTurbo's post in another thread was key to me almost keeping this TV. I was really hoping the video scaler would do the trick, but wanted more of a consensus on the effect of externally scaling the Dell. Lacking that consensus, I decided on the drop-dead last day to return the set.

Hopefully CxTurbo's experience with the external scaler will be enjoyed by other Dell owners. I think that if it gets around the shade contouring issues, it's still a decent deal. The way I see it, while an external scaler at 1 - 1.5k adds significantly to the price of a 3.5k set, in theory the combination should look better than any set with an internal scaler.

As for me, the Dell is going back, Panny's are nowhere to be found, and I finally put a deposit on a 50" Pio Elite.

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For this kind of cash. It's a definite No.

Should not have to drop another 1k or so, to get the PQ it should have had in the 1st place.

Should have bought the Panny 50 for an extra hundred.

Sad Dell, Very Sad.
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