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post #31 of 41
Let me try to rephrase my question.
Which of the two 768P plasmas, the Panasonic or the Samsung will scale SD material better?
I have no choice but two watch certain programing in SD resolution - that is why I ask.
post #32 of 41
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Originally Posted by Super Eye View Post

Let me try to rephrase my question.
Which of the two 768P plasmas, the Panasonic or the Samsung will scale SD material better?
I have no choice but two watch certain programing in SD resolution - that is why I ask.

I suggest you make your decision by viewing HD content, since I have yet to see any plasma upscale SD material very well. According to Consumer Reports, neither one of these sets seem to have an edge.


Ian
post #33 of 41
Thanks but suggesting that I view only HD content is not an option – I collect old rock concerts and most of those were shot on videotape in standard definition.

Anyone here have real world experience with the 768p Panasonic and Samsung? I would appreciate a specific answer to my question. Which of the two sets will be better for SD programming. Or if you can suggest another TV between 42 and 43 inch in plasma and 39 to 42 inch in LCD. Although I prefer plasma sets because they are closer to CRTs in my opinion.

Please folks – I collect old rock concerts and most of those were shot on videotape in standard definition so if anyone could answer my specific question.
post #34 of 41
Thread Starter 
As the OP, I just wanted to thank everyone for their input. I think based on my parents' needs, I've decided on recommending they go with the Samsung 43". Now, to find a deal...
post #35 of 41
I have sam51e450 - some standard def looks very good,some looks a bit too blurry and problems displaying edges,moving sports has a few problems, some channels are better than others.Colors are very good when calibrated right.I'm sure the 43 will look better.

I compared panny x5(budget model) next to Sammy e450 - I only adjusted the Sammy never touched the panny ( based on one DVD they had on) -and gave the panny a tiny tiny edge in colors probably because the way it was more dark adjusted,panny had bit more black crush,Sammy ( tv station symbol in right bottom corner) looked smoother clearer.
Edited by Vic12345 - 12/16/12 at 3:12am
post #36 of 41
I suggest you stay away from any TC-P42UT50 still floating around out there. I had two. One had a cracked screen which was not Panasonic's fault. But the second one had a terrible 1" line of purple pixils 1" from the top of the screen that developed five minutes after power up. Panasonic customer service as much as admitted to me that this was a known problem and the real reason the 42s were discontinued after only a few months of manufacture.eek.gif
post #37 of 41
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Originally Posted by shimma View Post

I suggest you stay away from any TC-P42UT50 still floating around out there. I had two. One had a cracked screen which was not Panasonic's fault. But the second one had a terrible 1" line of purple pixils 1" from the top of the screen that developed five minutes after power up. Panasonic customer service as much as admitted to me that this was a known problem and the real reason the 42s were discontinued after only a few months of manufacture.eek.gif

That's not true. Anyone you talk to on the phone at Panasonic typically doesn't know anything about their TVs and are not qualified to answer such questions. If you call ten different customer service reps you'll get ten different answers, and most of them would be incorrect or untrue. It's amazing.

Anyway, that purple pixel thing you had is not a "known problem" - that would simply be a defect. I can't remember anyone posting about such an issue until now.

And that is definitely not the reason why the 42" UT50 was discontinued so i don't know where the heck that CSR came up with that story. The 42 incher was discontinued about two months after it debuted because only one retailer (Brandsmart) chose to sell it, and Brandsmart didn't sell hardly any of them. And since none (as in zero) of the other retailers picked it up Panasonic ended up being stuck with a huge inventory of them that wasn't moving so they ceased production completely. Amazon later bought a bulk purchase of them, then Paul's TV and Sears bought up the surplus inventory. It's pretty much been unavailable for several months anyway.
post #38 of 41
Thread Starter 
They got the 43" e450 and it looks very good. SDE when up close but nothing beyond a couple feet. Parents are very impressed by the difference compared to their old Sony 34" XBR970. Thank you to everyone who helped with appropriate insight!
post #39 of 41
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Originally Posted by Anodyne View Post

They got the 43" e450 and it looks very good. SDE when up close but nothing beyond a couple feet. Parents are very impressed by the difference compared to their old Sony 34" XBR970. Thank you to everyone who helped with appropriate insight!


SDE or no SDE, at normal viewing distances these sets are still an improvement over many more expensive LCD's. Good luck with your new TV.



Ian wink.gif
post #40 of 41
Thank you Randy for your informative explanation. I did not mention, however, that the TC-42UT50 I bought from Amazon on September 9 2012 had a manufactured date sticker of August 2012. If the sticker was accurate then Panasonic continued to make the model well after it was "discontinued" in March. Something seems wrong with this picture, and not just pixils.
Edited by shimma - 1/1/13 at 8:40am
post #41 of 41
We have been very happy with our 42UT50. We have had it for almost a year. It's on for several hours a day. No problems that I can see.
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