Originally posted by pokinpo
Nice thread. I have narrowed my choice one of the following: PD50U, PA25U or PD25U. A couple of weeks ago, I had settled on the PA25U, but the prices of these three models have since levelled - almost equal now. I am definately buying one this weekend - moving next week.
My use and requirements:
1. Getting Comcast Cable HD (comcast set top)
2. HDMI or DVI input for cable
3. Component input for Progressive Scan DVD player
4. Composite input for VCR
5. Input for game console
6. Using Sony receiver for audio
All 3 seem to meet the input requirements. A few users have reported an annoyance with input memory on some Panny models - something about having to unplug and replug cables (don't recall exactly). I do not think this will be tolerable.
Ok, with all of the above said, any clear winners or is it literally a toss up? Thanks.
No clear cut
winners in my opinion, though I'm sure many will argue to the contrary. Much of this is based on necessarily subjective impressions of picture quality, something no one else can judge for you. (I'm delighted with my PD25U's PQ and addicted to its PIP, which I would be reluctant to give up.)
However, without a compelling reason to do otherwise (e.g., desire for PIP, Cable Card, front inputs, etc.), go for the 50U. It has fewer features, but offers newer technology. If the PD25U and the PA25U are the same price and you want one of them, the PD is a no brainer as it is essentially the same as a PA with extra features (most notably a ATSC tuner) which you may not use now, but might wish you had in the future.
The only drawback to the 50U for you might be your game console requirement. If you mean you need easy access to connect and disconnect your console, the lack of front inputs on the 50U would be a drawback. Since you are using a STB and don't seem to care about cable card, all will provide more than adequate inputs for your other listed requirements.
The cable plug/unplug issue should not affect anything you apparently want to do. As far as I recall, it only affects those who need two antenna inputs (the 50U has only one).
The "input memory" issue is common to many brands, and is the same on all three models you are considering. It simply means that your picture memory settings are the same for all inputs, which is what most buyers prefer. Posters/readers of this forum are much more concerned about such matters than the public at large, and most of us would prefer to be able to design custom settings for each input.