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New House, Getting New Plasma, 42" vs. 50"

post #1 of 17
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New TV room is 14' x 14'. Trying to decide between a 42" and 50". Suggestions?
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by scasarano View Post

new tv room is 14' x 14'. Trying to decide between a 42" and 50". Suggestions?

60"
post #3 of 17
I would at least look at 50 inch. Pioneer 5020FD and 111FD with the recent price drop from Pioneer. Also the PZ800U Panasonic as it all depends on budget.
post #4 of 17
I agree with Rome. A 50" would work. You can look into the LG 50PG60, Samsung PN50A650, Panasonic 50PZ800, or Pioneer 5020FD depending on your budget for under $2500. These are all good choices. You can also look into the pro/commercial displays from Panasonic, the 50PF11UK as well.

Chris
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the advice. Due to budgetary concerns, I was leaning towards the Panny PX80 (hovering around $1000 at Sears for the 50"). I won't have any 1080p sources so 720p should be fine.
post #6 of 17
I would save up for the 1080p model, overall it is a better TV and you don't want to regret not having 1080p when you hook up a bluray player to it in the future. Plus you will have 1080i sources and those are easily changed to 1080p by the TV!
post #7 of 17
If the TV and couch are at opposite ends of the room, definitely get the biggest TV you can. 720p will be fine.
post #8 of 17
I agree with chrisherbert regarding the 50PX80. Its a good display for the money and at normal seating position beyond 10-12 feet, it would be very hard to see a slight increase in sharpness. Higher resolution does a better job of processing text and mosquito noise.

Chris
post #9 of 17
All about viewing distance. What is yours? Too close to a 720p 50" is not a good thing.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by ElwayLite View Post

All about viewing distance. What is yours? Too close to a 720p 50" is not a good thing.

I am 7.5 feet from a Panny 50PX80 and it is perfect for 720P.
post #11 of 17
If your seating distance checks out, get the 50PX80u. 1366x768 pixels is more than enough at any distance beyond 6-7 feet of so, and the panel itself is fantastic value. It easily outclasses everything else in its price range, and blacks better than nearly every other set push its PQ above countless other more expensive 1080p sets from lower tier manufactuers. If your only spending $1000 bucks, getting good black level should be your primary concern, not step-up resolutions that do little for the picture. There are other real PQ enhancements packaged in to the higher-priced 1080p plasmas, but they generally have nothing to do with resolution.

Another set you could look at is the pn50a450. I view this set nearly every weekend at my friends place, and while I find it pretty good, its blacks just aren't quite at the same level as the panny. My friend loves the thing though, and now despises his old lcd, which was a $4000 sony xbr2 with some pretty poor blacks and a whole lot of clouding. He sure doesn't miss 1080p.

Also, don't get a 42 incher. Thats not a very good HT size, and your room can easily handle bigger. I agree with everyone here and would say go for 50 inches.
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post #13 of 17
Neither get a 58" 800U I am sitting at about eight feet from mine and it is pure Heaven.
post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Can you guys recommend a wall mount for me? Will only need tilt.
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Originally Posted by scasarano View Post

Can you guys recommend a wall mount for me? Will only need tilt.

I would reccomend the 50" as well. It really is amazing how much the set seems to "shrink" once it is at home and on the wall.

If tilt is all you are looking for then the basic run of the mill wall mount will do. Most of these will only give you +/-15 degrees of tilt, but that is fine for most home applications. Also look at the inputs on the back of the set you get and make sure that your mount gives you enough access to the inputs. If you need to add an input at a later date, being able to see what you are doing back there is imortant IMO.
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Can you guys recommend a wall mount for me? Will only need tilt.

.. Peerless ST660 or ST670 if more flexibility needed for off-set; come in silver or black, most prefer black. check w/ amazon or google (froggle) for prices. good, reliable, reasonably priced mounts; i have two (st640/st660).
post #17 of 17
50" with ST660. PX80 is a great value.
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