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looking to get a new plasma for my dark basement theater/sports room

post #1 of 15
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Looking for a 60-65", which brand should I go with?
Panny or Samsung or LG?
or any other suggestions?
thanks
Edited by mgrotel - 7/18/12 at 7:47am
post #2 of 15
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Looking for a 60-65", which brand should I go with?
Panny or Samsung or LG?
or any other suggestions?
thanks

What are your Decision Points?

Best Possible Picture?

Lowest Possible Price?

Some Mid-Point between the two?

Specific Features you do - or do not - want?
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
Most important for me is the picture quality, hands down. I will be using the room for home theater and watching sports.
I would like to stay under $2000, but I can go over that to get a good plasma.
The extra features are really just a bonus for me, and I do not expect to use them very much. I expect to have quite a few features embedded into the audio receiver I get.
Does that help? Thanks.
post #4 of 15
I would go for the Panasonic ST50 line. Right in your ball park
post #5 of 15
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thank you!
post #6 of 15
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Most important for me is the picture quality, hands down. I will be using the room for home theater and watching sports.
I would like to stay under $2000, but I can go over that to get a good plasma......

Hard to argue against the ST50 - with the best (reasonably priced) alternatives being the GT50 or the Samsung E6500.

There are any number of plasma sets now that offer "perfectly acceptable" PQ - however none that are BOTH "Better," & Less Expensive, than these three.

The UT50 could be an interesting "bargain" option, particularly in a dark viewing environment - but, then, same could be said for other Samsung & LG models as well.


"Full Disclosure" - our newest set is a 60ST50, and we find the PQ somewhere between "Excellent" and "Outstanding" - GIVEN a high-quality input (!)..... That is: Most Blu-rays, but only SOME "HD TV" broadcasts.
This particular panel required several hundred hours to fully "settle in" (and around 400 hours for its Quick Onset IR to come under control!) - but we are very happy campers right now.
post #7 of 15
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In the beginning, I was actually leaning towards one of the samsung models, but then i read about some customers that experienced the screen cracking on the inside for no reason and warranty not covering it. I am leaning towards the st50 right now and maybe get it calibrated or something
post #8 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok, so posts keep disappearing, maybe that means I am not supposed to post links, I don't know.

But anyway, there are some similarly priced LEDs, Sharp Aquos to be exact, and so what do you guys think of those sets when compared to plasma? 1080p with 120hz refresh rate.
post #9 of 15
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Ok, so posts keep disappearing, maybe that means I am not supposed to post links, I don't know.
But anyway, there are some similarly priced LEDs, Sharp Aquos to be exact, and so what do you guys think of those sets when compared to plasma? 1080p with 120hz refresh rate.


Read reviews at CNET - or even Consumer Reports.com (subscription required - but could always to to library & try to find a back issue).

For overall PQ, only the Sharp Elite beats the newer Plasma panels.

Still, in a Bright Room, with little lighting control, and for usage involving a LOT of Video Games & as a Really Big Computer Monitor, would try to find an inexpensive Matte Screen Old-style LCD (not an Edge Lit LED...) - and then retreat to another room whenever wishing to seriously watch a movie, either on a plasma screen or a decent projector....
post #10 of 15
Thread Starter 
Ok, on my main level where I have a ton of windows I have a 52" Sharp Aquos LCD and it has worked well. I will stick with my plan of the ST50 for my basement theater/sports room. Thanks.
post #11 of 15
You made it over here! You will be happy with the Panny plasmas, I own two of them, albeit older models but they still deliver a great picture!
post #12 of 15
Thread Starter 
Yes I did, thanks to your recommendation. I also decided in another thread on the Onkyo HTS9400 HTIB system so I am very excited. Now I need to get down to business on finishing my basement. Thanks.
post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 
probably another dumb question, but does the st50 series do any video upscaling?
post #14 of 15
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probably another dumb question, but does the st50 series do any video upscaling?
It will scale all standard input format resolutions (480i,480p,720p,1080i) to its native resolution of 1920x1080 (1080p)
post #15 of 15
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sweet, thanks
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