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Four weeks ago, I was looking to purchase my first Flat Screen. I was drawn to the Panny TH50PX600. I put one on lay-away as I am currently moving. Over Xmas holidays, everyone that visited told me that I made a mistake. They all said that I should have purchased an LCD not Plasma.


Now, I still haven't taken possession of the Panny, but I am having second thoughts. Did I make the right decision. New house, large well lit room, TV is on from 4-11 everyday and probably all weekend. I have 4 kids so it will get used.


This Panny had a nice non-reflective screen, unlike most Plasma's. One of the reasons why I liked it. Viewing angle was also very good, which will allow me to watch during dinner.


So I have to throw this out there. Did I make the right decision? It will have surround, Satelite and regular cable hooked up to it. The wife doesn't like loud "Noise" so she prefers just to turn it on and use it's own speakers. Another reason why I selected this one.


Any recommendations and suggestions are welcomed. Again, been reading on the forum as much as possible. Thx for all the info.
 

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I think most will tell you the only things that LCD have over plasma are non-glare and no threat of burn in. Plasma will beat LCD in every other categorie. Now with the lids you will have to be carefull what they watch and make sure they dont leave ant kind of static image on the screen. Those kids stations are famous for the tv logos!! As far as the glare goes it depends on where you plan on placing the plasma. Nothing a good set of shades wont take care of
 

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Four weeks ago, I was looking to purchase my first Flat Screen. I was drawn to the Panny TH50PX600. I put one on lay-away as I am currently moving. Over Xmas holidays, everyone that visited told me that I made a mistake. They all said that I should have purchased an LCD not Plasma.


Now, I still haven't taken possession of the Panny, but I am having second thoughts. Did I make the right decision. New house, large well lit room, TV is on from 4-11 everyday and probably all weekend. I have 4 kids so it will get used.


This Panny had a nice non-reflective screen, unlike most Plasma's. One of the reasons why I liked it. Viewing angle was also very good, which will allow me to watch during dinner.


So I have to throw this out there. Did I make the right decision? It will have surround, Satelite and regular cable hooked up to it. The wife doesn't like loud "Noise" so she prefers just to turn it on and use it's own speakers. Another reason why I selected this one.


Any recommendations and suggestions are welcomed. Again, been reading on the forum as much as possible. Thx for all the info.


For the most part... people who buy LCDs don't know very much about plasmas. They either get caught up in mis-information or do not take the time to do good research. You made a fine purchase. Enjoy it
 

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I own 2 lcds and one plasma. The plasma is hands down the best picture. Granted, they are not the new high contrast type. However, the in-law have a high contrast LCD and they were blown away with the plasma over the holidays.
 

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.....everyone that visited told me that I made a mistake. They all said that I should have purchased an LCD not Plasma. Now, I still haven't taken possession of the Panny, but I am having second thoughts. Did I make the right decision. New house, large well lit room, TV is on from 4-11 everyday and probably all weekend. I have 4 kids so it will get used.

The biggest problem with Plasma is overly-bright or well lit rooms, but otherwise i feel they're the best choice for overall TV watching, even if it means having to reduce the amount of light coming into the room. The only way i'd ever choose an LCD over a Plasma is if there was so much uncontrolled light beaming into the room that a Plasma or tube TV would be unwatchable. I like LCDs a lot, but i much prefer the image on a Plasma and relegate LCDs to smaller-screen secondary TV status. Like the 26 incher i have directly across from my desk where i like to casually watch news and Speedchannel sportscar racing on a sunny afternoon when i don't feel like lowering my mini-blinds


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This Panny had a nice non-reflective screen, unlike most Plasma's. One of the reasons why I liked it. Viewing angle was also very good, which will allow me to watch during dinner.

Well not to be negative, but even the newest bestest Plasmas still have fairly reflective screens but the reflections still aren't nearly as bad as the LCD proponents would have you believe. It's certainly not as bad as it was on a regular tube TV.

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So I have to throw this out there. Did I make the right decision? It will have surround, Satelite and regular cable hooked up to it.

Unless the room is too bright or sunny and/or you cannot diffuse or redirect the light then Plasma is an excellent choice.
 

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I've found that the reflection problems have been easily remedied in my situation simply by the placement of my plasma and the placement of the lamps in the room.


Don't set the television up directly across from a window. If possible, move lamps around to limit reflection seen from your primary seating positions.


For me (and many folks here), the only advantage LCD has over plasma is in the glare department...and it's not that big of a problem. The pluses the plasma image has over the LCD's more than make up for that difference. I wouldn't think twice about it.
 

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Now, I still haven't taken possession of the Panny, but I am having second thoughts. Did I make the right decision. ...

I suspect that there will be a pro-Plasma bias in answers here... go to the LCD Forum and pose the same question and I suspect you'll also receive answers biased answers - toward LCD.



Enjoy your new set!
 

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I think most will tell you the only things that LCD have over plasma are non-glare and no threat of burn in.

LCD panels DO have burn in issues. I work with many lcd displays in my business and they get bad burn in with static images after just a few months. Glare can be worse on LCDs in some lighting conditions also.
 

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I truly appreciate the responses. Working all day usually limits my enjoyment time in front of the screen to the evening. I thought, and still do, that the Panny is an awesome unit. But then again, I thought that Beta was far superior to VHS as well. And what happened there?


Thx again.
 

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I truly appreciate the responses. Working all day usually limits my enjoyment time in front of the screen to the evening. I thought, and still do, that the Panny is an awesome unit. But then again, I thought that Beta was far superior to VHS as well. And what happened there?


Thx again.


Unlike Beta though, If plasma's get phased out tomorrow it'll mean nothing to you. Your plasma will still work great as intended. It's not like upcoming content will be "LCD only" or anything like that
 

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I truly appreciate the responses. Working all day usually limits my enjoyment time in front of the screen to the evening. I thought, and still do, that the Panny is an awesome unit. But then again, I thought that Beta was far superior to VHS as well. And what happened there?

Beta still is better than VHS - i know because i kept my two Super Beta VHS decks for many years after VHS started dominating the market. I bought some of the best home VHS decks on the market yet none of them could match the picture quality and superior sound of my trusty Beta decks. Home Beta didn't die because it's inferior, it died because it was less popular than VHS largely because everybody and their mother made VHS decks and prices were low and the performance was good enough, where there weren't too many Beta manufacturers and VHS was aggressively marketed to the general public who had no idea what they were missing. I had the opportunity to see them side by side for many years and Beta simply kicked VHS ass.


The Plasma vs LCD thing is similar. I have a very critical eye, and my favorite time to watch TV is on a sunny afternoon which happens to fall into the exact time slot that the sun beams into my living room. I have a great view from my west-facing windows and i would love to be able to leave my blinds wide open while watching my afternoon auto racing so if anyone is a candidate for an LCD TV it's me, but i have yet to find one that has the smooth natural image quality of a good Plasma and i've been looking hard at the current 46" models. I don't think LCD will ever match the overall PQ of a good Plasma, much like enamel paint will never look as good as laquer.
 

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I truly appreciate the responses. Working all day usually limits my enjoyment time in front of the screen to the evening. I thought, and still do, that the Panny is an awesome unit. But then again, I thought that Beta was far superior to VHS as well. And what happened there?


Thx again.

Bata was superior, the pro section of the market still uses it to some extent. It depends what the masses believe when they visit the large electronics stores. We all know how accurate the info is from those sources. I currently own a 50" LCD rear projection and a smaller LCD direct view. I went down the LCD path 4 years ago due to the sparse 16:9 HD content and the possibility of IR and burn in on the older 2004 technology. Looking at current sets IMO Plasma offers the best overall picture (off axis viewing, Black level and color depth).

Unless LCD makes a major improvement they are currently off my list of next purchase.

Enjoy your plasma it is a good one.
 

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Those advocating against plasmas are either very misinformed, or LCD fanboys who refuse to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don't get me wrong, there are some instances where LCD's are good fits, but if you can control your lighting or do most of your viewing in the evenings, Plasma is the only way to go. I have yet to see an LCD that looks as good as an equivalent tiered plasma.
 

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Those advocating against plasmas are either very misinformed, or LCD fanboys who refuse to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don't get me wrong, there are some instances where LCD's are good fits, but if you can control your lighting or do most of your viewing in the evenings, Plasma is the only way to go. I have yet to see an LCD that looks as good as an equivalent tiered plasma.

So very true.
 

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We were going to get the Samsung 50" plasma, but we have a big picture window right behind our viewing couch (we live on a lake), and the glare would have rendered the plasma set pretty much useless in the daytime. No such problem with the Mitsu LCD set we bought instead.


That said, I'd love to have the Panny 65" 1080p plasma...simply awesome!
 

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I just bought a Panasonic 50px60u. Wow!!!! You WILL NOT be disapointed with your pic quality over lcd. This little piece of info from there website might help-


Panasonic makes both LCD and Plasma, so we have no ax to grind. We just want you to know the facts.


Today's small screen LCDs are fine for kitchens, bedrooms and home offices. But the larger the LCD screen size (like 37" and above), the worse their problems become.


So if it's big earth-shattering sports and movie experiences you want, with breathtaking natural color, then buy any of our new Panasonic Plasma TVs.
 

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Those advocating against plasmas are either very misinformed, or LCD fanboys who refuse to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Don't get me wrong, there are some instances where LCD's are good fits, but if you can control your lighting or do most of your viewing in the evenings, Plasma is the only way to go. I have yet to see an LCD that looks as good as an equivalent tiered plasma.

General ?:


If you can't:


"control your lighting or do most of your viewing in the evenings"


Would you still pick a plasma, or is this not a few of the the things "LCD fanboys" talk about?



Just asking...


I know some people are far gone with whatever side they take (LCD v. Plasma or Blu-Ray v. HD-DVD), but as I've said before (not directed toward dlconner) , these are just opinions of people who bought a particular product and:


A) Are defending their purchase


B) Like to argue (Some don't even own the product being discussed)


B) Refuse to at least "look" at the competing technologies


C) Flat out can't tell the difference, but some people tend to forget that everyone can't see things same



Not a fanboy, but an LCD owner a few times over
 
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