Originally Posted by jonandabby
Reviving this thread to ask a question.
I am looking for a 50" tv for the bedroom (wall mount on an inside wall. There is almost no sunlight in the room, ever. The lighting is mostly ceiling recessed lighting, and about half of the time the TV will be on with no lights (with the rest using the recessed lighting). There will be no gaming on the tv, with only occasional blu-ray usage.
Can anyone think of a reason why the S60 isn't enough TV? I don't want to spend more than I need to, and the ST60 seems like it will run at least 400 more, and comparable quality LED's will be 100s more as well. Between Discovery shop at home discounts, the S60 is now available in the upper $500s, while the ST60 is $400 more. I've already got a great main tv in the den (55B8500 Samsung), will NEVER use 3D in the BR, so I'm not seeing the need for the $350-$400.
OK, your situation is almost identical to mine. Our bedroom situation sounds pretty much like yours, in that it can be made pretty dark even in the daytime. We had a Toshiba 50" plasma in there for about 6 years, until it died and was going to cost $657 to repair it.
Well, we did not realize how much more dim the new Panasonic plasmas are, compared to plasmas of 4-6 years ago. So, I bought a Panasonic 60S60 plasma set. Well, it turned out it is just too dim compared to the Toshiba, and it also has very aggressive ABL, which is not good for cable TV viewing, since the brightness of the image is constantly changing. Perhaps our nearly 60 year old eyes need more light--I don't know for sure. The ST60 series do get brighter than the S60 series, so that may be an option if you really want a plasma and don't want to fork out the $$ for a Samsung 8500 series. At this point, I'm struggling to decide whether to try the 60ST60 or switch over to LED.
Sounds like you will be mostly watching general TV programming, so I'd recommend trying to really get a look at the S60 series on something like ESPN or one of the news channels. That way, you can see how the ABL works when they put up those information banners across the bottom or top of the screen.