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Best Bang for Buck Display in 2011 and still holding up to the competition

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Pros: Features in the price range (good 3D, manual picture adjustment) great viewing angle/minimal glare, good black levels and great color out of the box

Cons: decent appearance (not bad but not great), 3D glasses can be pricey and have to be model year specific or get Universal 3D glasses.

This was my first 'modern TV'. I research everything for countless hours and buying a new TV after having a 36" Trinitron for 10 years. My budget was around $1000 and at the time there weren't many displays in the 50" range at this price point. Samsung's 50" plasma was conveniently placed right next to the 50ST30 and this was the exact comparison. The Samsung was prettier to look at in terms of having a thin bezel and a higher gloss panel. The Samsung also came with two pairs of 3D glasses. Very tempting but I chose the Panasonic and have absolutely no regrets. I viewed the 3D feature as more of a bonus than a necessity and eventually purchased 5 pairs of glasses (and barely use...
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A Safe Bet

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Pros: Price, mid range, clean

Cons: It's not ugly but a little plain looking

I'm not an audiophile nor a home theater guru by any stretch. This purchase was simply to upgrade from the Onkyo 7.1 HTIB speakers I have been running so take that for what it's worth. In the 24 hours I've had the C22, I've sampled various TV channels, PS3 gaming, Avatar on BR, and some Satriani : ) I've tweaked my AVR speaker settings a bit to let the center channel stand out a bit from the Onkyo Fronts (UPS delivering my matching Andrew Jones bookshelf speakers today). So far my impression is positive. Obviously it's an upgrade over the cheap HTIB speakers I have. The Pioneer looks pretty nice with the curved top and bottom, removable grill and comes with little foam pieces that allow...
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