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Buying TV this week, help me choose! Samsung 60" LED or Panasonic 60-65" Plasma.

post #1 of 8
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Preamble: i live in Canada, so my choices are limited.
I'm looking to purchase a TV this week. My choices are between the two. I'll be posting this in both the LCD and Plasma forums, to get a better idea of what both sides have to say.

used in a dark room (re: no sunlight), wall mounted. Mainly used for sports, PS3 and BD watching.

would you go with this Samsung 60" Deal:

http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/categ...samsungtv.aspx
for $2400

or with this TV

http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...122fa04338en02

I'm aware that both of these sets are NOT dual core processors. I don't believe i'm going to need the multitasking capability. I'm also aware that the Viera is the ST model, not the GT - so it doesn't have THX video certification. I'm mainly going for size as I wanted to get a 70" Sharp, but the TV looks OOOOOGLY and dated, so the wife vetoed that.

The Samsung panel looks sleek but it's not the high end model that's for sure. The Plasma is definitely better in terms of blacks, sports and fast moving images.

The Samsung comes with a HTIB and a wifi camera. That's the only part that really interests me about it. I mean the TV isn't bad, but what I guess i'm asking is:

Does anyone own/have one of these sets? I'm looking for the pros/cons for each.

Which one would you guys buy?


and IF I do get the Viera, would you guys recommend getting the 60" GT version over a 65" ST? I kinda like the 5" more and I don't think i'd mind losing the THX video cert and dual core processing. What would be more worth it?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 8
I am biased to Plasma.
Be aware, plasma uses more electricity. needs to be aged responsibly.
Will improve with age. Has a harder time with SD. Will heat up.

I have a LG LCD/CCFL that is very nice to watch.
42" so it hides a lot of pic faults that plague larger sets.
I am not a gamer so LAG is not n issue. But fast action scenes are poor when the source is iffy.
There are literally hundreds of threads with the same question.
post #3 of 8
The links don't work.

The image quality difference between the GT50 and ST50 is modest and I wouldn't be too worried about the lack of THX cert.

The ST50 should give greatly superior image quality over an edge lit LCD, especially in the dark. It should also have a lower chance of breaking down than a Samsung but will be susceptible to image retention which an LCD won't.
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IF I do get the Viera, would you guys recommend getting the 60" GT version over a 65" ST?
It depends on how close you're sitting to the set.
post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by CalWldLif View Post

I am biased to Plasma.
Be aware, plasma uses more electricity. needs to be aged responsibly.
Will improve with age. Has a harder time with SD. Will heat up.
I have a LG LCD/CCFL that is very nice to watch.
42" so it hides a lot of pic faults that plague larger sets.
I am not a gamer so LAG is not n issue. But fast action scenes are poor when the source is iffy.
There are literally hundreds of threads with the same question.


+1

Git-R-Dun!
post #5 of 8
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Originally Posted by teejayv View Post

would you go with this Samsung 60" Deal:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/categ...samsungtv.aspx
for $2400http://www.avsforum.com/forums/posts/add/threadId/1429724#
or with this TV
http://www.bestbuy.ca/en-CA/product/...122fa04338en02

I tried to follow your links, but they are both broken.

teejayv,

For your needs, I would say that a plasma would probably give you the most performance and features for your budget.

If you're interested in comparing Samsung HDTV models including both Plasma and LED, take a look at the guide I put together:
http://www.paupersdime.com/samsung-led-plasma-comparison-chart-guide/
post #6 of 8
Stay away from the Samsungs, here is mine after less than a year. And Samsung says they will not fix it under warranty. No explanation given, no ability to escalate my request upwards, nada. Service tech tells me Samsung has been denying warranty claims left and right the last few months compared to before. Samsung is more concerned with big profits than consumer satisfaction.



Edited by chambery - 11/20/12 at 3:23pm
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Chambery, so it seems you have a uniformity problem there? Hard to tell, but it looks like pink hues on the left and right? My D7000 has also developed this problem, however it is not visible in the majority of stuff I watch. B&W content or bright white scenes can be a problem however. Were you able to show the tech that it is visible in something other than a blank screen?
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Originally Posted by chambery View Post

Stay away from the Samsungs, here is mine after less than a year. And Samsung says they will not fix it under warranty. No explanation given, no ability to escalate my request upwards, nada. Service tech tells me Samsung has been denying warranty claims left and right the last few months compared to before. Samsung is more concerned with big profits than consumer satisfaction.

That doesn't look unlike my ST30.
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