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50'' to 60''? Plasma to LED? Panny to Sammy? Too many questions!

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Hi all -- I've been lurking a while here but this is my first post. I'm hoping to garner some opinions from the knowledgeable folks.

Long story short, my friend offered to by my two-year old Panasonic TC-P50S30. I'm giving him a deal (too good) because he's a friend and he's getting married soon, etc.

I view this as an opportunity to step up to a 60" relatively on the cheap (ie: less than $1000 cost of set).

In reality, 60" is probably too big for my living room, but who ever bought a bigger TV and then wished it was smaller?

Anyway, I've had great luck with Panasonics. Started with a TC-P42S2, then stepped up to the aforementioned S30.

Naturally, I'd love to get another Panny, but it doesn't appear to be an option at my size and price range.

(Side note: My local Sam's has an open box TC-P60U54 for less than $700, but it has a scratch on the screen and there are no others. SMH).

At any rate, I've essentially been able to narrow my options to three main choices and a wild card:

- Samsung PN60F5300A: $949
- Samsung PN59D550: $987
- Used Samsung UN60ES6100 LED: $999
- Used Panasonic TC-P55ST30: $875

I suppose I should also mention that Sam's has the LG PA6500 60" for $799, which seems a great deal, but I don't know much about LG.

I'm including the 55" just in case, but I don't feel that a jump from 50" to 55" would be worth the trouble.

Anyway, reviews on all these are generally positive and a little mixed.

I sit about 8' from my TV, more if I decide to mount it to the wall. I watch sports, movies and do some gaming. Pretty well-rounded when it comes to that.

I don't care about 3D, but I'm not opposed to having it (the D550 is the only option there).

Any thoughts? Suggestions? Do all of these choices suck?

Thanks for your help.
post #2 of 8
If you can spend another $200 you could get a 60f5500 Samsung Plasma new from Amazon for right under $1200. Probably better then all your options you listed.

I would be pretty careful about buying a used TV. You have to worry about wear and tear and also not having a warranty. Cheaper LED TVs are also going to have a lot more screen uniformity issues and bad light bleed. These are even problems on the more expense models so even worse on the cheaper ones.

If you still want to throw another LED TV into the mix, there is a 60" Vizio for under $1000:

VIZIO E601i-A3 60-inch 1080p 120Hz Razor LED Smart HDTV
post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply! When I say used, I should specify as open box. I've never actually bought one before and would be a tad uneasy about it, to be honest.
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Originally Posted by imawheel View Post

Thanks for the reply! When I say used, I should specify as open box. I've never actually bought one before and would be a tad uneasy about it, to be honest.
Used plasma's are probably worse then used LED's since the screen can have burn in depending on how it was used prior and broken in.

Anytime you buy a used electronic you are taking a risk. You want to make sure you are able to return it to the store you are purchasing it from in case you find something wrong with it when you get home. You also want to make sure you still get a 1 year manufacturers warranty with the TV.

Also, depending on where you buy it I might try and talk them down in the price so you would be able to buy some sort of extended warranty on it since the TV already has hours in it.

As long as you are careful you can get good deals on open box items from certain stores. I can't speak to the price of those open box items though because I did not look to see what it retails new for. If it is a return though, you have to think the person returning it probably found something wrong with it but that might also not always be the case but something to think about. Also, the abuse the TV might have had from transporting back and forth from someone's home.

If it is a floor model you are really interested in how long has it been on display and the physical condition of the TV.

You might be aware of all this but if not just some food for thought.
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 
Thanks again for your reply. I'm definitely leaning away from the open box items. Just considering in case of a "blow me away" deal.

I like my Panasonic but can't seem to get one in town in the size I'm looking for. Not crazy about ordering online, and plus the prices are higher.

I know Samsung vs. Panasonic is kind of like a Chevy vs. Ford debate ...
post #6 of 8
I saw a Samsung f5300 across from a Panasonic S60 at Best Buy, and personally I would drop down a size and get a Panasonic 55S60 before the Samsung f5300.
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Thanks for the suggestion. My initial thought was that jumping from 50" to 55" wouldn't be worth the trouble of setting up, etc., but maybe I am wrong on that. Would like to stick with Panasonic, probably out of misguided brand loyalty haha.

Jets fan, eh? Bummed they didn't make the playoffs. Wouldve been fun watching playoff games in that building.
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Originally Posted by imawheel View Post

Thanks for the suggestion. My initial thought was that jumping from 50" to 55" wouldn't be worth the trouble of setting up, etc., but maybe I am wrong on that. Would like to stick with Panasonic, probably out of misguided brand loyalty haha.

Jets fan, eh? Bummed they didn't make the playoffs. Wouldve been fun watching playoff games in that building.

I wouldn't trade picture size for picture quality.


In the first season back, every home game had a playoff atmosphere to it. I would love to see what an actual playoff game would be like. Hopefully next year, but new divisions will make it even harder.
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