Well, scrap the LCDs for screen size alone. I'd say either of the 50" is good value.
So I recently purchased a PN58C550 and I've noticed a slight issue.
If you put up an all black screen, about half way across there is a roughly 3 inch wide strip that runs from top to bottom that is very slightly darker than the rest of the screen.
Is this something that will fade in time or did I get a lemon?
Originally Posted by mikek
I was checking out my brother's Panasonic Viera 50 inch plasma over the weekend. I was specifically looking for IR.
This TV has no IR. Nada, Zippo, etc. I was even using it as a computer monitor and I couldn't believe that it had no IR.
I was also watched MLB network and when I watch that channel on my Samsung I always see the MLB logo stay on the screen.
On the Panasonic I saw absolutely no IR. So I don't know why this TV has no IR and the Samsung suffers from it a lot.
That's interesting because my Samsung PN58C550 hasn't had a hint of IR yet. I've been gaming on it, with games that have bright white HUD's. But I did calibrate it using the Spears&Munsil blu-ray and use those levels for gaming too. "Pixel Shift" is also disabled, since I am using Screen Fit mode for everything I view. I suppose in the overbright Dynamic mode then IR may be more of a problem. Here are my current calibrated settings for low-light movie/gaming. These may be low for most people, but movie colors look very natural and games no longer are too bright.
Cell Light: 15
...I myself am a happy new owner of a Samsung PN58c550, which I just took delivery of this morning. Loving it so far, no buzz, only a slight hum that I can only hear right next to the TV. I should qualify that statement by saying that I am a combat veteran and like all vets I suffer from a degree of Tinnitus so my hearing can't be trusted. Still the wife and kids have not noticed any buzzing so I think a low hum is all that's there.
I had some serious fears about glare, but a Plasma in the home is much less susceptible to glare than one in the store. That is unless your viewing are is draped in florescent light like a typical store showroom. I also had some fear about how dim the plasma would be compared to my LCD, but I am quite pleased by the amount of light the plasma puts off.
All in all I am happy with the PN58c550, but it has been in my home for only 12 hours so I need some time for a serious evaluation.