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How many of you in here, who now own a plasma, had owned a high def tube tv previously? Looking at the picture of my Sony widescreen tube, i honestly have a hard time believing that a plasma can surpass this picture. Saying that, i do want a plasma , and am a fan of them, but picture vs picture, who wins?
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I have owned a 27" CRT to a 42PX60U. Hands down Plasma is the winner! You are probably referring to CRT's being better at processing SD channels. That is why I believe you form this opinion. Remember CRT TV's are less than 480p or better yet 480x240. Most SD channels are less than 480p in quality. Remember the native resolution of most plasma displays are 1024x768, 1366x768, or 1920x1080. Stretch or upconvert the the crappy SD signal to a native 768p or 1080p display and the quality will be diminished. Today's technology is without a doubt hands down better!!!

Chris
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my sony displays 1080i, and yes HD source is wayyyy better than the sd.
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I own a Sony 34XBR960 which is considered the best CRT ever made. All things considered I like my Samsung plasma better
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thanks for the reply. So you have the 5054/64 samsung?
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Originally Posted by omeletpants View Post

I own a Sony 34XBR960 which is considered the best CRT ever made. All things considered I like my Samsung plasma better

He is an owner of the 5084 or 5884
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Originally Posted by jasonmwpg View Post

How many of you in here, who now own a plasma, had owned a high def tube tv previously? Looking at the picture of my Sony widescreen tube, i honestly have a hard time believing that a plasma can surpass this picture. Saying that, i do want a plasma , and am a fan of them, but picture vs picture, who wins?

I had an excellent Panasonic HD Tube TV for a few years before replacing it with a Panasonic TH-42PX50U in mid-2005. The Tube scaled 480i SD content to 480p, and scaled 720p and 1080i HD content to 1080i and it all looked great. Then when i got the 42PX50U, i was pleasantly surprised to find that SD looked probably 95% as good as it did on the tube TV even though the screen size was so much larger, but i do get a good clean signal from TWC. HD looked great on the tube TV mostly because it was such a small screen, but HD on the plasma looked stunning and clear and the increase in screen size didn't degrade the quality of the HD programming. After a few weeks of watching SD and HD on the plasma i didn't miss the old tube TV one bit. Another surprise was that the plasma's screen was considerably less reflective than the Tube TV was so my afternoon Speedchannel sessions were easier to see with the windows open. And another pleasant surprise is how much larger my living room felt wthout that big hulking Tube TV sticking two fee out into the room.

And now i've recently replaced the 42PX50U with a 1080p 42PZ700U and SD is a little better still and HD is a lot better than it is on my 42PX50U so i'd say the PZ700U does surpass my HD Tube TV's picture quality. If you get a good plasma i really don't think you'll miss your old Tube TV.
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Owned a 36XBR and 32XBR... had one of the best pictures and because of that, it took me 6 years to find a TV I wanted to replace it with. I looked at DLP, I looked at SXRD, I looked at Plasma, I looked at LCD early on and they were all horrible to me and did not look as good as my CRT. This was in all different environments too. Friends houses, stores, HT shops, calibrated DLPS, etc... ...so I gave up and was hoping for SED to come to fruition.. when that got delayed, I got tired of waiting, so I began my search again. A little over a year ago. I started with SXRD, then went to LCD and the XBR Bravia. Plasma wasn't even on my list....

I went to a Magnolia and saw the FHD-1 and that was the first time, I said... wow now that's a nice picture.... so that's what got me into plasmas and the Pios. Because of my distance, there wasn't a benefit for 1080p on a 50" so I went with the 1140HD.

I can say that I was finally happy going away from my CRT and now I wanted bigger. So I've moved to the 150FD now and it's great.

So for someone who was looking for over 6 years, it was well worth it and I don't miss the CRT at this point, even though it was a great picture.

Russ
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