Originally Posted by eyeage30
We decided to fix up our large family room downstairs with a tv and a couch. Currently, we only have two viewing areas in the house. One, our bedroom, and the other, the media room with JVC DLA projector (which I love). Unfortunately, neither is great for when we have friends over, hence the recent "fix up". Anyway, I bought the samsung 530 on BF at BB. 60", and it was a reasonable deal. We got it home, and the picture for the price is very reasonable. The deal breaker, however, is it acts like a mirror. Now, the other tv we have is also a plasma (panasonic), and we don't have near the issue with reflections. At first the wife didn't notice it, but it's a deal breaker for me. Today she finally agreed with me, and we agreed to exchange it.
Now, I'm partial to a plasma screen, I've owned several, and the only LCD I have is used as my computer monitor (32"). So, obviously this is where I've started in my re-search research. I can upgrade to the 55ST50 without much price difference. Yes, I'll be losing 5", but spending another $500 in addition to the already increased price isn't really an option. I'd rather have a better display on a smaller screen.
That said, I have a few questions for everyone:
1) Do you think I will be happy with the ST performance related to window glare/reflection, and light response? (I know this is subjective, wanting your opinion)
We have two windows directly behind (about 25ft) where the tv will be. These are covered, but I can see the curtains in the current tv, and the walls, and
ourselves, with just a little room lighting.
2) With regard to IR, the panny upstairs has no trace of IR, is it a general consensus that as the TV (ST50) ages this becomes a mute point?
3) Do you find the sound to be adequate on this model, even if external sound isn't an option (future upgrade is possible)?
4) Am I better off considering a LED tv in lieu of this TV for well lit area? I won't ask for models, as this is the ST50 thread.
5) Would you get or forego the BB warranty r/t the "Burn-in" provision?
Thanks for the time spent reading this, and I thank you for your responses.