Originally Posted by ballen420
Anyone have recommendations for a 55+" TV in the $1500 range. I don't have the time to go through the display forums. It's going in a finished basement so could do plasma.
I have a nice XBR4, but it's only 46" and could put it in the other living room. Looking for an excuse to buy a bigger tv but don't want to spend a fortune on it.
Yeah Harp, I just went through this myself. I ended up getting a plasma with an anti-reflective coating. It went into my basement "home theater" area, so plasma works well there, but I figure someday I will upgrade and move it upstairs where I have quite a bit of windows so that is why I made sure I went ahead and got one with the anti-reflective coating.
Whether it is true or not, I ended up purchasing on the premise that I could get a higher quality tv for less money if I went with a plasma. Once I started researching I decided I was going to go with a Panasonic. I eventually decided on a model that is only sold in Sam's or Costco stores. I went with a Panasonic TC-65PS64...http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-65PS64
. It cost $1398 at Sam's plus tax.
It is a 64.9 inch, and I really like it. It does not have 3D but it does have some smart apps that I haven't tried yet. The S64 models only come in 2 sizes...65" or 50".
The Panasonic TC-P**S60 models are the twins to my tv, but they don't have the anti-reflective filter. http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-P65S60
The S60's are sold everywhere. The S60's come in any size you would want up to 65". Right now Amazon is selling the 65" for $1288 and apparently Best Buy is selling them at the same price. (BTW, if you don't know Best Buy in general has changed is philosophies and is price matching a lot of stores these days...they have a list of like 35-40 stores they pricematch or something.)
The Panasonic TC-P**ST60 series of TV's would have been my choice, but supposedly it is a bad set to choose for gaming purposes because it has pretty high input lag. There is a 30 some page on this issue here at avs...http://www.avsforum.com/t/1467481/official-st60-input-lag-thread
I'd say my suggestion might depend on how big of a tv you want. And that might come down to how far you plan to sit from your tv.
IMHO, you can't go wrong with a Panasonic S64 like I got or its twin (without the AR filter) the S60. But, and I don't know exact prices, if you could step up to a VT60 then that would be my suggestion. The Panasonic TC-P**VT60...http://shop.panasonic.com/shop/model/TC-P55VT60
A quick check over on the avs Plasma Deals sections revealed that recently Amazon and other stores were selling the 60" VT60 (TC-P60VT60) for $2000, but people seemed to act like that was a special sale or something. But it makes me wonder what one could get a 55" VT60 for.
IDK, sometimes my 65" just seems to big, and other times it seems fine. Guess I am still getting use to it. I sit at just under 10 feet from it. For example, blu-ray movies in widescreen (screens top and bottom blacked out) the picture is not too big, but full on TV viewing sometimes seems a bit too much, and possibly gaming too. But I plan to wall mount it and that will push the screen a little farther back, but also down (my TV is currently higher than I would like).
I honed in on low input lag as one of my concerns. There is a device out there that is becoming the standard for measuring input lag and it is called the Leo Bodnar input lag tester. I think it costs about $125 to get it shipped from England to the US...http://www.leobodnar.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89&products_id=212
(I actually think it would be handy to have around for checking my avr and just my setups in general).
David Katzmaier of CNET has got the Bodnar Lag Tester and posted results for the NA Panasonics on Twitter.
All in Game Mode:
So my S64 should get 34.1ms since it is basically identical to the S60. That is the theory out there anyways. The ST60's 73.6ms of input is just to high for most gamers it seems, but some people say they do not notice it. The VT60's 47.9ms shouldn't really be an issue is what most assume.
Now this lag tester device is more accurate than tests of yesterdays, and it will normally show a higher result than previous methods.
So Harp if you have any more questions let me know. But, like I said, I honed in on the Panasonics and I really like my 65S64. This year the Samsung PN**F8500 plasma TV's won the "king of tv's" shootout. http://www.avsforum.com/t/1475066/official-samsung-pnxxf8500-owners-thread-no-street-price-talk
wait a minute there seems to be 2 official threads for that tv here...lol...http://www.avsforum.com/t/1463454/official-samsung-pnxxf8500-series-discussion-thread-no-street-price-talk
This is another high end plasma (similar in pricing to the VT60), but supposedly the F8500 also has fairly poor input lag. But Samsungs other line the PN**F5500 plasmas are supposed to get low input lag results. I really didn't research them, but here is their thread here...http://www.avsforum.com/t/1471297/pnxxf5500-owners-thread
Getting on now!