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Ive sifted through the few threads that discuss this Plasma, but didnt really get an answer, so I figured I would post up. I appreciate your clicking in and hope you can shed some light.


I recently upgraded from a 42" Panasonic to the 50" TH-50PE8U (Best Buy). Sitting side by side with the more expensive Panny 50" as well as the Samsung (the 720p and 1080p). I had done my research and decided that I didnt necessarily need a 1080 set, but definately wanted a 50".

I knew this set didnt have all the bells and whistles of the PX80U, but I figured otherwise it was essentially the same (picture quality wise)



After reading the threads here Im a little worried and wondering if I should be trying to return it and going with the TH-50PX80U. I know it is one HDMI short of the PX80U, maybe 738p resolution instead of 720, and a 10ooo:1 contrast ratio instead of the 15. Are these things I should be concerned with?


It looks good, functions well, etc. but Im wondering if there may be other reasons I should consider dropping this black friday special for the more known counterpart. Should I go through all the hassle of boxing it back up and returning it and ordering the PX80U, or is this set fundamentally the same?


I would really appreciate any insight to settle my mind.


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I should also mention that Im considering the TH-46PZ85U via amazon.


Im thinking pretty seriously about returning my 50" to Best Buy (and from what I understand since Im within the 30 day return policy and I have all the original box etc. I should be able to without problem) and ordering from Amazon.


Again, any insight would be greatly appreciated.
 

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why would you want to retunr it? are you happy with the pq ? if so then keep it.. but if something doesn't feel right with the set then by all means return it....
 

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why would you want to retunr it? are you happy with the pq ? if so then keep it.. but if something doesn't feel right with the set then by all means return it....

It doesnt feel right after having the read the reviews (or lack thereof) and knowing that I could have gotten a more well-known and received set. Ive been going back and forth between two trains of thought...


"You like the way it looks, be satisfied."


and...


"You know theres something better out there. You get what you pay for, spend the extra and get the nicer more accepted Tv."


Know what I mean? Hence why Im looking for ya'lls wisdom
 

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Originally Posted by Irish Pilot /forum/post/15576749


I had done my research and decided that I didnt necessarily need a 1080 set, but definately wanted a 50".

I knew this set didnt have all the bells and whistles of the PX80U, but I figured otherwise it was essentially the same (picture quality wise)



After reading the threads here Im a little worried and wondering if I should be trying to return it and going with the TH-50PX80U. I know it is one HDMI short of the PX80U, maybe 738p resolution instead of 720, and a 10ooo:1 contrast ratio instead of the 15. Are these things I should be concerned with?


It looks good, functions well, etc. but Im wondering if there may be other reasons I should consider dropping this black friday special for the more known counterpart. Should I go through all the hassle of boxing it back up and returning it and ordering the PX80U, or is this set fundamentally the same?

I don't know why the specs you listed are different but both TVs are internally the same; same plasma panel, same video boards, same tuners, etc. And both model are actually 768p - they only call them 720p for marketing purposes. Both have the exact same contrast ratio and other specs.


Aside from one less HDMI input, what other "bells and whistles" are missing from your PE8U? You make it sound like there are a lot of things that your PE8U does not have compared to the PX80U. You got a great set at a fantastic price, and there is really no reason i can see for returning it for a PX80U.


Now if you're feeling like you should upgrade, upgrade to a 1080p PZ80U or PZ85U but if you can't see SDE from your viewing distance and are happy with the picture and the price, keep it
 

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Thanks for the thoughtful post Randy. The differences I listed are simply things I found after some research on this site...Im not entirely sure of the validity of all of it. I dont feel the need to purchase a different set to get another HDMI, etc. But If Im missing out on a better picture (relative of course...theres always something "better") by not spending the extra $100...Id gladly spend the money.


I wasnt completely sure the sets were that close in nature...only speculating and hoping someone could offer more insight. Your post is a huge push in the right direction. You dont think there would be a benefit to going to the more well know model vs the "Best Buy Black Friday Model" as Ive seen it referred to 'round these parts?


Again, many thanks.
 

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from what randy has said i would just keep the set.....


i got one from costco back in nov. it was the 42" panny 720p for the my bedroom for 699.00 i love it...
 

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I really appreciate the responses guys. Ill add another question as long as Ive got your attention. I didnt grab the Best Buy performance plan but I think I can still go back and get it. Whats the general consensus on the performance plan for TVs. I normally wouldnt get it...but on such a large item....
 

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are you talking about a warranty? i would look into a mack warranty from one of the board guys like cleveland plasma or one of the others....
 

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I really appreciate the responses guys. Ill add another question as long as Ive got your attention. I didnt grab the Best Buy performance plan but I think I can still go back and get it. Whats the general consensus on the performance plan for TVs. I normally wouldnt get it...but on such a large item....

How much is that BB Performance Plan? And is it just an extended warranty? If so then you're probably better off getting a MACK extended warranty from one of the forum sponsors instead (should be about $130-$150 or so for your TV).
 

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are you talking about a warranty? i would look into a mack warranty from one of the board guys like cleveland plasma or one of the others....

Thats correct. Im looking currently at the CPS site. Is there someone on the board that you could direct me to that I can get the warranty through (or a thread that would help?) Thanks!
 

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look further down on this forum you will see talk about mack camera thats it.. you have to buy it from one of there dealers....
 

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Randy, How do we know the PX80 & PE80 are the same? because the PE model seems to have the same specs. as last year's 50" PX75 but it has the same bezel as this year's PX80.


Could Panny have had enough panels & etc left over from last year to have made a "Warehouse" "Black Friday" unit or are they just making up the lower specs., CR 10,000:1, so other stores can point out that difference between the PX80 & the PE80?


Irish Pilot, As above though if your happy with the set I would keep it unless you want to move up to a 1080p model.
 

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Randy, How do we know the PX80 & PE80 are the same...


Could Panny have had enough panels & etc left over from last year to have made a "Warehouse" "Black Friday" unit or are they just making up the lower specs...

This is exactly my concern. Id gladly keep it, but probably would prefer not to keep it solely based on the "well, it looks good..." What could I potentially be missing?

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Irish Pilot, As above though if your happy with the set I would keep it unless you want to move up to a 1080p model.

Not to take the thread in a different direction, but its my understanding that I wouldnt really be able to notice a difference between 720 and 1080p. FWIW the tv is located about 10 feet from the seating. Ill do some more forum research on this topic.
 

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Not to take the thread in a different direction, but its my understanding that I wouldnt really be able to notice a difference between 720 and 1080p. FWIW the tv is located about 10 feet from the seating. Ill do some more forum research on this topic.

I can tell the difference between 720p and 1080p at 50" and 10', but how much of a difference that is to you will determine how much extra you should pay. You might want to look into the 46pz80u 1080p set if you want to keep it around a grand.
 

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Yeah Im thinking drop down to the 46" 1080p. My sears has it for $1200 with free home delivery (monday morning).


Im still a little undecided, but Im paranoid about having the "knockoff" version of the Panny verses a standard one. Im sure thats being really silly and fairly picky...but it just seems to spook me some. I think I would find far better piece of mind going with the known model.


Who knows. Like I said...still undecided.
 

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Yeah Im thinking drop down to the 46" 1080p. My sears has it for $1200 with free home delivery (monday morning).


Im still a little undecided, but Im paranoid about having the "knockoff" version of the Panny verses a standard one. Im sure thats being really silly and fairly picky...but it just seems to spook me some. I think I would find far better piece of mind going with the known model.


Who knows. Like I said...still undecided.

There's no quality difference and it's not a "knockoff" version.
 
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