Originally Posted by robglasser
Ok, so I made some rounds today at lunch, stopping by a Magnolia Hi-Fi, a Best Buy, and a Circuit City to compare sets. Unfortunately none of the places had a 77U and a 75U in the same store (to check anti-glare vs. non anti-glare). Magnolia had the 77U and I can now tell you for sure that the PE77U does NOT have the anti-glare screen.
I went to the Torrance Costco and took a hard long first look at the 42PE77U, then went a few miles further to the Torrance Magnolia and got a first look at the 42PX77U and i can confirm that the the PE77U does not
have the Anti-Glare screen that the PX77U has. And i can confirm that the Costco PE77U's cabinet is the exact same as the PX77U as well, but the bezel on the PE77 is matte/semi-flat black compared to the shiny reflective piano back bezel of the PX77. It's odd that one TV has a reflective screen but has a non-reflective bezel, while it's counterpart has a non-reflective screen with a reflective bezel.
I was frankly amazed at how much less reflective the PX77U is than all the other Panasonic and Pioneer and Samsung Plasmas on the same wall, reflecting the same windows and overhead lights. I expected the PX77U to maybe be a little
less reflective than a regular PZ700 or PX75 but i was shocked to see that it's way
less reflective. Huge difference. It was located directly next to a 46" Sharp LCD and i'm not exaggerating when i say the PX77U was maybe within 10% of the non-reflectivity of the Sharp LCD. The reflections of the framework on the windows and doors were only a little more defined than the LCD, but nowhere near as mirror-like as the regular plasmas on the wall. I'm still amazed. This is a pretty revolutionary advancement in the plasma world and practically eliminates the LCDs biggest advantage over plasma. If someone had taken the Panasonic name off this TV and hung it among the LCD TVs i would never know it was a plasma, and would consider it some sort of new super LCD TV with Plasma-like picture quality. For anyone who had to go with LCD because their room is too bright for a Plasma, this thing will trounce said LCD. Better PQ with just a teensy bit more reflectivity.
In fact I don't think that I would want the anti-glare screen. My room has a fair amount of light during the day, lots of windows about 20 feet behind me when I'm watching TV, so the feature would be nice, however seeing it now it makes the picture look softer, and to me it loses the depth that I've always liked about plasmas over LCDs. To me the PX77U looks more like an LCD than a Plasma.
I also got the impression of reduced depth, but still the PQ was better than any LCD on that wall or in the whole store for that matter. I had the remotes for all these TVs today and spent some time adjusting the settings to my liking. I also spent a lot of time with a PZ700U and really liked it, but that's a story for another thread.
But in the end i wouldn't choose a PX77U over any of the other models unless my primary concern was to get LCD-like glare resistance in an overly-bright room during the daytime. Or even at night if i were to watch TV with all the lights on, or if the TV were facing a brightly lit kitchen for instance. But alas i don't. I think the PX75U with the regular Anti-Reflective screen has slightly better PQ than the PX77U, but then again i have not seen them side by side.
I've been seriously considering getting a new 42" Plasma to replace my old one and the PX77's Anti-Glare would be great when i watch my afternoon Speedchannel recordings with the sun shining into the room, but since i can infinitely control how much sunlight does or does not come into the room the glare is my 2nd concern - the first is PQ so that still leaves me with the 42PZ700U 1080p model.
I just wish i could get a Panny with the sleek matte black low-profile cabinet of the PE77U with the 1080p screen and pedestal type stand from the PZ700