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My 58" Samsung PN58C500 Plasma is being replaced under a best buy PSP. They offered me an LG 60PA6500 to replace it. Not sure how I feel about LG, although it got good reviews on both best buy and amazon. But I have had a couple friends and family who recently got LED's, and the brightness on them compared to my Plasma is amazing. I got the Plasma because LED's were out of my price range so I didn't even really look at them at the time, and the Plasma had the better picture then the LCD's we were looking at, and was cheaper even after the PSP, which obviously paid off. But now seeing these bright LED's, I am kind of torn which I would prefer.

A little more detail about my setup. My current Plasma is wall mounted in my townhome living room. It is mounted higher then eye level when seated because it was the only option, so I wonder if viewing angle could be an issue with LCD/LED. We also have the family over for movie nights some times, but I don't think we are spread out so much that viewing angle would cause too much of an issue that way. We currently have a 58" and sit roughly 10 feet give or take from it. The 58 is big and fits the wall nicely, there is room for a 60, probably even a 65 but I doubt I can afford that. If I go LED I may have to drop to a 55 inch to cover the added cost of LED, is it worth it? I know I am asking in the Plasma section, so I am sure most people will say its not and to go with the bigger Plasma, lol. My living room does have a sliding glass door, which kind of faces the rising sun, but the blinds keep most light out and we don't watch much TV that early in the morning. there is also a window opposite the TV but off to the side not directly across from it. I don't think glare will be much of an issue, but the extra light could be.

Edit: I was trying to take some pics of the screen, and I just now noticed that there is a good be of glare from the window that is behind and off to the side of the TV. I honestly didn't see it when I was looking at the TV at first, but it was quite apparent when looking through the camera at it. And now I can see it more on the TV, but it honestly isn't anything I can't ignore.

Anyways I was wondering if anyone had any pictures of an LED and a Plasma displaying the same image so I could compare the 2. Also looking for any opinions anyone might have on which way I should go. Thanks and happy viewing, lol
Edited by mike208 - 9/21/12 at 1:29pm
post #2 of 8
posting in the plasma section... you'll get plasma answers.


do you want "bright" or better PQ? I choose realistic colors, better picture quality, along with being able to handle motion better than LCDs.
post #3 of 8
The new Panasonic VT50 models are quite bright. I have calibrated my to be 52fl. If I sacrificed PQ, it probably could get up to 60+fl

Bright LEDs are great for day time viewing, but as soon as you turn off the lights, you will turn down the light output to roughly the same as a plasma
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Well ya know I wasn't sure if I was noticing the better picture quality when viewing them separately. I mean we noticed it when we bought the TV, and I found some pictures comparing LED/Plasma and I see it there. But when looking at my TV then goign to a friends house and seeing their LED, it just pops a lot more and makes me feel like my plasma is dull. But after seeing some of these pics, and I am sure seeing it in the store, I will be drawn back to plasma.

http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/steinmeyer/TV/60led60plasma.jpg
http://asia.cnet.com/i/r/2009/hav/62053240/dark_caption.jpg

But then that leaves me with yet another question. Do I pay the extra few hundred for the 55 inch Panasonic ST50, giving me what I assume will be better picture, maybe even brighter then my current set as well as the AR filter/3D/Smart TV, but losing 3 inches of real estate. Or do I go for an LG or Samsung 60 inch Plasma? Gaining a couple inches of screen size, but possibly sacrificing on picture? I would like to believe I would be swayed by quality over quantity, but don't want to be disappointed when it looks so much smaller on my wall.

VT50's are way way outside my price range. They offered us a 1k TV. I might be able to convince the wife to go up 200-500. Depends on if we decide to spring for another service plan too. Plus I guess they are prorating back some of the cost of the original plan to us. But still I think 1500 is my maximum.
post #5 of 8
In that price range, I can't imagine any LCD/LED having objectively better PQ beyond brightness levels (which doesn't have as much effect in a realistic viewing setting as contrast ratio and black levels).
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Originally Posted by mike208 View Post

Well ya know I wasn't sure if I was noticing the better picture quality when viewing them separately. I mean we noticed it when we bought the TV, and I found some pictures comparing LED/Plasma and I see it there. But when looking at my TV then goign to a friends house and seeing their LED, it just pops a lot more and makes me feel like my plasma is dull. But after seeing some of these pics, and I am sure seeing it in the store, I will be drawn back to plasma.
http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/steinmeyer/TV/60led60plasma.jpg
http://asia.cnet.com/i/r/2009/hav/62053240/dark_caption.jpg
But then that leaves me with yet another question. Do I pay the extra few hundred for the 55 inch Panasonic ST50, giving me what I assume will be better picture, maybe even brighter then my current set as well as the AR filter/3D/Smart TV, but losing 3 inches of real estate. Or do I go for an LG or Samsung 60 inch Plasma? Gaining a couple inches of screen size, but possibly sacrificing on picture? I would like to believe I would be swayed by quality over quantity, but don't want to be disappointed when it looks so much smaller on my wall.
VT50's are way way outside my price range. They offered us a 1k TV. I might be able to convince the wife to go up 200-500. Depends on if we decide to spring for another service plan too. Plus I guess they are prorating back some of the cost of the original plan to us. But still I think 1500 is my maximum.

I would pay extra for the ST50 over the LG in a heartbeat. In fact, the ST50 can produce a slightly brighter picture than the VT50 and most users claim that without comparing the ST and VT models side-by-side, the PQ is virtually the same.
Edited by jbrady3324 - 9/22/12 at 8:08am
post #7 of 8
not bright enough? control the lights in your room. LED screens look great in the Walmart electronics showroom, otherwise the garish brightness sucks.
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We ended up going with the P60UT50. There is some glare but its tolerable and the picture looks fantastic.
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