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LG 60PZ550 vs. Panasonic TC-65GT30

post #1 of 15
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Please help! I've researched myself to death and now I'm more confused than ever. I think I've narrowed it down to these two choices, but there's $600 between them. I've got a Sanyo 32" dinosaur that I'm wanting to replace only because I want to go bigger. I'm happy with the picture quality on the Sanyo and with the Xbox hooked up to it, I can get Netflix, so it really is just a matter of wanting a bigger screen. I could care less about 3D but it seems you have to have that in order to get good screen quality.

I'm 50 yrs old and watch TV about 10-15 hours a week. I just want something as dependable as what I've got. I really don't know how to calibrate anything, just want to turn it on and watch it.

Also, if you've got a better recommendation, I'm all ears!
post #2 of 15
The Panasonic is going to be better than the LG in every way (except price). Overall picture quality will be better and more features. I think both will be equally reliable and last a long time.
post #3 of 15
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Originally Posted by BoonieGal View Post

Please help! I've researched myself to death and now I'm more confused than ever. I think I've narrowed it down to these two choices, but there's $600 between them. I've got a Sanyo 32" dinosaur that I'm wanting to replace only because I want to go bigger. I'm happy with the picture quality on the Sanyo and with the Xbox hooked up to it, I can get Netflix, so it really is just a matter of wanting a bigger screen. I could care less about 3D but it seems you have to have that in order to get good screen quality.

I'm 50 yrs old and watch TV about 10-15 hours a week. I just want something as dependable as what I've got. I really don't know how to calibrate anything, just want to turn it on and watch it.

Also, if you've got a better recommendation, I'm all ears!

Both good sets, GT30 will have better blacks but fewer picture adjustment controls. LG's traditionally have better greyscale tracking and better color accuracy and a CMS, so more tweakable. Overall the nod would go to the GT30 imo because of the black levels hard to overlook that. LG's also have a worse reputation for IR.

Either of those sets will be a huge upgrade to what you have now. The LG's have a pictue wizard app that makes setting some of the basic picture settings right easier.
post #4 of 15
i've owned an lg 60pv450 since dec & altho i love the tv & i watch a lot, the flickering on white balance scenes on satellite & movies really is a turn off. seems to be a common prob with lg's so if you can swing it, i'd go with the panasonic!
post #5 of 15
Why aren't you looking at the Panasonic ST models?
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post #6 of 15
I have the LG 60" PZ750... I love it! The price was amazing. And I honestly believe that TVs are just like cars: in the fact that even if you have to identical models side by side one may be exceptionally good and the other one might be a lemon. My LG is the exceptionally good one I have no issue with black levels. My blacks are black. Everyone that has seen my TV has said it has the best picture out of any TV they have ever seen. With one exception: a customer of mine got the top of the line samsung and its definitely better, but he paid almost 3X more than what I did.

Here is a pic of what my picture quality looks like.
post #7 of 15
If I had to make that decision then I'd buy the LG 60PZ950 and get it calibrated. There are problems with the GT30 that you will avoid if you buy an LG. Also, as mentioned earlier the LG has more features for adjusting the image than the GT. I'll also state that most of the those who own the LGs are very happy with their displays and functionality. Savings could be used to get an excellent professional calibration by Chad or D-Nice.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by flickhtguru View Post

I have the LG 60" PZ750... I love it! The price was amazing. And I honestly believe that TVs are just like cars: in the fact that even if you have to identical models side by side one may be exceptionally good and the other one might be a lemon. My LG is the exceptionally good one I have no issue with black levels. My blacks are black. Everyone that has seen my TV has said it has the best picture out of any TV they have ever seen. With one exception: a customer of mine got the top of the line samsung and its definitely better, but he paid almost 3X more than what I did.

Here is a pic of what my picture quality looks like.

Beautiful picture. Thanks for sharing.
post #9 of 15
BTW, be prepared for some bad images since you're moving to a bigger screen. SD in general just doesn't look very good but HD is simply amazing! Also, if at all possible you want to use high speed hdmi to make your connections. However, if you currently connect through an avr, unless it's newer, hdmi may not be an option.
post #10 of 15
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

If I had to make that decision then I'd buy the LG 60PZ950 and get it calibrated. There are problems with the GT30 that you will avoid if you buy an LG. Also, as mentioned earlier the LG has more features for adjusting the image than the GT. I'll also state that most of the those who own the LGs are very happy with their displays and functionality. Savings could be used to get an excellent professional calibration by Chad or D-Nice.

Actually from what I have heard the picture quality on the 750 is actually better than the 950. Not sure as I never saw the 950.

@ Bonniegal.... BTW I paid $1485 for my 60" PZ750.
post #11 of 15
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Originally Posted by flickhtguru View Post

Actually from what I have heard the picture quality on the 750 is actually better than the 950. Not sure as I never saw the 950.

@ Bonniegal.... BTW I paid $1485 for my 60" PZ750.

If your blacks are as deep as that picture then you may be right. Is your set professionally calibrated?
post #12 of 15
How about a picture of a movie instead of a cartoon? I gauge LCD/LEDs with cartoons and movies with plasma.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
Thank you all so much for all your wisdom (although I must admit most of it was over my head). I've pulled the trigger on an LG 60PZ750. I can't wait for it to get here. You all were a big help.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by sheshechic View Post

If your blacks are as deep as that picture then you may be right. Is your set professionally calibrated?

Well to answer your question, no I didn't hire anyone to do it. I did it myself. I used the THX optomizer and the THX blue filter glasses. I also researched all the different functions to see what they really did and that's how I chose all my settings. I went into isf professional video menu and did it that way.
post #15 of 15
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How about a picture of a movie instead of a cartoon? I gauge LCD/LEDs with cartoons and movies with plasma.

When I get a chance I will do that. I'll post it in this thread.
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