Originally Posted by Jammers10
Looking to upgrade my 42-inch Panasonic Plasma .... I'm torn between 50 and 55 inch Plasma. I'm about 8 and a half feet away from the TV....
If you are watching primarily blu-ray, &/or Very Good "HD TV" channels, would opt for the 55".
If you watch mainly upconverted SD DVD, &/or either SD TV or lower quality "HD TV," then the 50" might be a better choice.
IF your budget is tight, AND you do NOT own a blu-ray player, would opt for an Inexpensive 50" Panel - heck, saw a 51" 1080p Samsung plasma for around $750 at Costco yesterday - then invest the difference in a blu-ray player and start collecting blu-ray movies instead of SD DVDs.
That's what we did about 2 1/2 years ago: When we recently bought a 60" Plasma (Pan ST30), the COMBINED cost of the 2 1/2 year-old (1366x768p) plasma PLUS the new 60" panel, was LESS than what a 58" was running when we bought the 50; we have a decent blu-ray collection to enjoy on the larger panel, AND prices of blu-ray movies have also fallen significantly!