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Buying a new TV for the first time in years

post #1 of 16
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So as the title says, I'm finally going to be upgrading from my old Toshiba 65H84 Rear Projection (Thing has been a tank and has lasted me far longer than it ever should have) to something a bit more modern. I've spent the last 3-4 weeks trying to do as much research as I can, but I've found myself at a loss. I've scoured these forums in particular and gleaned a bunch of useful data, but I still can't seem to come to a point where I feel comfortable deciding on what to do. So, I figured I'd throw this out there and see if anyone can offer some input.

I've 98% sure at this point in time that I'm going to get a plasma, I've read a bunch of comparisons and have wandered into my local BB to check them out and have been quite pleased with the overall quality and price vs. size. I use the TV primarily for streaming through my Xbox or PS3, the rest of the time its used for Gaming and Regular TV watching. I have a small Blu-Ray collection built up, but it just doesn't get used in its current state due to the TV. I've got zero use for SmartTV features (As both of the consoles have all of the same apps and perform all the functions I need, do people REALLY use Facebook on their TV? lol) and I don't care about 3D functionality. I just need a TV that is going to look great, perform well in regular lighting and last a long time. I'm a simple man! biggrin.gif

So far I've looked at the following TV's but haven't found any reliable way to compare them:

LG 60PA6500
Panasonic TC-P60UT50
Samsung PN60E530A3FXZA
Samsung PN60E550D1FXZA

I don't think that I can go 'wrong' so to speak, but I would like to know that I got the best device for my money as I keep my TV's for as long as possible.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated smile.gif
post #2 of 16
every new tv is now a smart tv so there is no geting away from that and get the LG off your list.
my friend just got the ut 50. its a nice tv but for a few buck more get the ST50 it has the black filter on the screen and it has custom settings
the ut dont have custom settings or real lack filter. i have an st30 and its awesome
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Interesting, I had heard some good stuff about the LG, has that changed in the past few months/year?

I'm very interested in the ST50, was just looking into it... how much of a difference would there be between the UT50? And when I ask that I mean in terms of things I'll actually miss....

Also, what is the function of the Black Filter that you are talking about?
post #4 of 16
The lg are generally accepted as being third in line after panasonic and samsung (in which ever order you want to put those 2) when it comes to plasmas, I personally believe the top of the line samsungs are the best at this point. But in that middle range you are looking you cant go wrong with the st50. And there is a definite improvement in pq over the ut50.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ok, cool... Just read some reviews on the Panasonic and Samsung, I feel like I'm in a similar boat as some other folks in wondering which one is truly better.

And again, I had the non-3d - non-smart TV deal in there because I saw that LG. $900 for a pretty decent 60" isn't bad at all...
post #6 of 16
Based on the models you listed I guessing your have a controlled lighted environement, Because those tv choices you have listed above have no anti reflective/louvre filter on them. Out of those the UT50 is the best, it has dark blacks, has a sharper/crispier picture than the ST50 (because of the st50's louvre filter). If you have lighting on in the room,, etc then the St50 or the Samsung E6500 would be your best choices
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
I do have lighting in the room, though it would seem that whatever new place we move into will have blinds for us to close and then we'll be installing curtains over that top of those... my current screen is glossy and while I would like to have something that wasn't, it hasn't been the end of the world... and for the most part we watch our movies/shows at nighttime anyway.

So narrowed down to these three:

UT50
ST50
E6500

After reading everything I have, it doesn't really seem like there's an actual 'Bad' choice here... but I'm wondering which TV's people have had the best luck with/been the happiest with?
post #8 of 16
Make your pick...There are plenty of happy owners of all 3 wink.gif .......If lighting is is an issue then shose between the ST50 and the E6500...Either one would be a good choice....
post #9 of 16
The ST50 is worth getting over the UT50 for the anti-glare filter.

The Panasonic plasmas are regarded as superior to the Samsungs this year. But the Samsungs do typically have less susceptibility to image retention if that is a concern.
post #10 of 16
go with panasonic stay away from the p60e530
post #11 of 16
Thread Starter 
I ended up with the 60UT50 ... So far, I LOVE IT!!!

Only downside has been the sound, which is abysmal (I'm sure my room isn't set up in a way that helps either) and I've rectified that by purchasing a Vizio VHT215 which should be in tomorrow (No room in the Apartment for a full on audiophile set up).

Thanks for the help smile.gif
post #12 of 16
nice i bought that same model last night.
where did you get it at? i ordered at pauls tv
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
I picked the TV up at Best Buy and the Sound Bar at Dell.com! smile.gif
post #14 of 16
I just bought the tv today! Being delivered on Tuesday. Cnet's glowing review is what put me over the edge on this one. AND I just returned a 60" Vizio that had the worst clouding I've ever seen.

Anyone have the settings for this tv?
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by SFoley View Post

I just bought the tv today! Being delivered on Tuesday. Cnet's glowing review is what put me over the edge on this one. AND I just returned a 60" Vizio that had the worst clouding I've ever seen.
Anyone have the settings for this tv?

What TV??
post #16 of 16
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Originally Posted by RandyWalters View Post

What TV??

The one the OP bought - Panasonic TC-P60UT50
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