Originally Posted by icanski2
I'm trying to chose between a Panasonic 50PX14 and an LG 50PQ20. The TV will be for my patio theater (yes it’s covered and will be in a dry location).The mounting location is fairly high and it will never have any direct sunlight on it. It will be used mainly for viewing sports and HD TV via Direct TV and OTA. I'm familiar with, and accept the limitations of a 720p display. Since it will be outside 720p sets are at the correct price point for my installation. I have viewed both of these displays at Costco and can’t really decide which one to choose. The LG is 50 bucks cheaper but that is mildly irrelevant with all things considered. I have used the search function and have found a wealth of great posts relating to these displays but was hoping for some fresh perspectives. The sale ends pretty soon so I need to pull the trigger on one today or tomorrow.
I was just in Costco today, looking at the exact same 2 tv's! They were side by side, so comparisons were quite simple. I do not own either brand, so I'm no fanboy of either. I think you'll find most people here will tell you to go with the Panasonic simply because of the better blacks, and Panny reliability. That said, MY personal preference only was the LG. I'll explain. To me, I simply do not like the Panny displays. They are dim and lifeless. I am aware of the factory settings, so no need to lecture here. Just a personal preference. I also noticed that when I walked in C, they had the 54" Panny next to the 55" Vizio 550 LCD. I had no idea when I walked in which was which. Turns out the Vizio had, in MY eyes, a MUCH better picture, and that's not even the new 551 model.
Getting back to the LG - much better pic than the Panny; MUCH better looking than the Panny; swivel stand unlike the Panny; and when I looked for the mfg date on the back of the tv I noticed that they had a cable plugged into the LG, while the Panny was running componant!!! As far as reliability goes, that nod would HAVE to go to Panny in a BIG way I believe, but no concrete proof.
Just my thoughts/impressions fwiw.....