Originally Posted by CO1
I stopped reading about TV's a couple of years ago so I'm clueless right now. Please forgive me if any of these questions sound stupid. Have they resolved the burn in issues with plasma? Buying a TV tomorrow and can be no bigger than 46-inches. Max budget is $2500 so please suggest what models I should focus on. Thanks.
Nothing like waiting till the last minute to ask for guidance on such a big purchase
It's difficult for us to recommend the perfect TV without knowing things like your exact viewing distance, source material, lighting conditions in your room etc.
Presuming you cannot stretch your size limit to a 50" set, i would look at the Panasonic TH-42PZ700U if reflections aren't a problem, but if glare and reflection will be a problem then look at the TH-42PZ77U (which has an LCD-like Anti-Glare screen). I've seen the PZ77U a few times now and i think the PZ700U has a slightly better picture, but is more reflective. These are several hundred dollars below your max, and the PX75U models are a few hundred less again but don't have as good of picture quality as the 1080p sets - and it doesn't look like you're trying to go cheap so don't bother with the entry level model.
If you sit more than say 8 feet from the screen then the Pioneer PDP-4280HD is a penny below your max budget at BB right now and is a great set. The only reason i chose a 42PZ700U over a 4280HD is because i see SDE on the 4280HD, but i was willing to spend the extra money. However the 42PZ700U has a fantastic picture and no SDE at all.
If you can go with a 50", there is probably no need to pick a 50PZ750 over a regular 50PZ700 as the extra features probably aren't worth the extra price and besides, you'd be hard pressed to find a 50PZ750 at your budget.