Hope someone can help me with possibly buying the Panasonic TC-50PS64, as I have a lot of questions.
I now have a perfectly good Panasonic 42" 720p from about 2008, but want to get a bigger plasma in 1080p before they all go to 3D & you have to get that included even if you absolutely don't want it. (I want all characters, objects, and especially monsters to stay INSIDE the tv where they belong!) Here's my setup, as it pertains to the tv:
TV signal comes from Dish (a VIP 722k DVR), routed through a Yamaha RX-V663 a/v receiver, going to the tv via HDMI, with the audio output through Legacy Audio Empire speakers (L & R mains, plus center channel situated just under the tv on a glass tv/component stand). TV gets all its input from the a/v receiver (Dish tv, 1 Blu-ray DVD player, 1 DVD recorder, 1 DVD/video recorder/player), and outputs no sound through its own speakers. (I can't remember how I set it up to disable the internal speakers, but would sure like to do that with the new tv, too!) I get my Netflix & Amazon video through the Sony Blu-ray player.
My friends who've been here to watch movies with me on the Pani 42" have all told me I was crazy to get a larger screen; however, I kind of like to be overwhelmed! (If you've ever seen Legacy Audio Empire speakers, you'd see the truth in this; took me years to pay for them, but have never regretted it, as they're a pleasure for me just to look at them.) Believe me, in this small townhouse, it will be pretty overwhelming to have a 50" screen! I've measured my space, and I'll have to be very careful using the back door if I get this upgrade! It will just barely fit.
I have a pretty bright room in the daytime, with south-facing windows opposite the tv, as well as windows behind. But the opposite windows are about 25' away, so sunlight never shines directly onto the screen.
I hope some experts here will tell me: Will I notice picture improvements when viewing Blu-ray discs on the 1080p tv vs my 720p, if I leave my setup the same? Or will I need to route the Blu-ray's HDMI directly into the new tv for improved picture? I would really like to keep it through the Yamaha a/v receiver if possible, because I don't want to use the tv's speakers at all.
If the tv viewing seating is only 9 feet from the screen, is that too close to enjoy the picture? I've read that this size tv needs a minimum of 10.2' of distance to be comfortably viewed. Is that really true?
Also, someone in an Amazon review (of the TC-P50S60) mentioned that the human eye can't really even see a difference between 720p and 1080p unless the screen is larger than 54"! Is that right? If it is, then I'd be throwing my money away in ANY circumstance here, as 50" is the absolute max size I can fit in my space.
This tv is available here only at Costco, of which I'm not currently a member, so I'd have to fork over $55 to join. But the tv is just $629.99, so with tax added on, it will be about $725 total. I'm sure I can get about $300 for my current Pani, so not such a bad deal overall. But I notice that most buyers here are going for the extended protection plan when buying their new tvs. I'm not sure how much that would cost me, but I'm wondering why people are doing it. I've never done it on any electronics before, and have been fine. No equipment of mine has ever died within five years; am I just a lucky fool?
I apologize for having to ask so many questions all at once, but if I'm to just Go For It, now's the time, before I lose my nerve! Also, before Costco runs out of them. I humbly request any and all answers you may have, and I thank you in advance for your help! After much searching, I know this hdtv is the one I want, but I need to know for certain that it's really the right buying decision in my particular situation.