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Decided to give it a shot. Don't really need any online features of PK750.

Will be picking one at Sears in a couple of hours.
 

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Dumon... wait if you are going to Sears. I believe starting this Monday they have a family and friends sale going on, which takes off an additional 5-10% off on the TVs including the 550.
 

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A good thing, if it is possible, is always check in the shop if the TV is working good
Just turn it on and wait for as long as you can
. All electronic components are subject to what is know as "infant mortality".


During shipping the plasma should be in vertical position. Otherwise, when you are at home, put it in its final place but wait some hours (3-4 at least) before turn it ON. In winter, you should do the same even if during shipping the TV was in vertical position, to avoid that any condensation inside the TV, formed by the difference in temperature, may create some short circuit.
 

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Decided to give it a shot. Don't really need any online features of PK750.

Will be picking one at Sears in a couple of hours.

That's why I got my 50PK550 yesterday. Paying 300 - 400 dollars more for the PK750 doesn't make sense. Other than one less HDMI port, being 1' inch thicker, and not coming with the online features the PK550 is virtually the same. I really want to be able to stream Netflix, but the Wii that I am going to get will have that ability latter this Spring.
 

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That's why I got my 50PK550 yesterday. Paying 300 - 400 dollars more for the PK750 doesn't make sense. Other than one less HDMI port, being 1' inch thicker, and not coming with the online features the PK550 is virtually the same. I really want to be able to stream Netflix, but the Wii that I am going to get will have that ability latter this Spring.

the 750 and 950 are considered Infinias. Is that just a marketing thing with the extra features, or are they actually different panels than the 550?
 

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That's why I got my 50PK550 yesterday. Paying 300 - 400 dollars more for the PK750 doesn't make sense. Other than one less HDMI port, being 1' inch thicker, and not coming with the online features the PK550 is virtually the same. I really want to be able to stream Netflix, but the Wii that I am going to get will have that ability latter this Spring.

I asked in the pk750 thread which had the most glare and I was told it was the pk550.


I have a room with three big windows just to the left of the tv, at the moment I have a lcd tv. I am wondering if plasma would be a good choice, most of my tv watching/gaming is done after 8pm but occasionally I do watch some television in the afternoon.


At the moment I am thorn between a pk550 (cheapest, but supposedly has more glare), pk750 (if this one has less glare), or a sony 52ex700 (practically no glare, but lcd and quite a bit more expensive). Obviously the lcd would perform best in broad daylight, but is also the most expensive one, what I should be asking is if for the amount of the money the 550 or 750 is a viable option?
 

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I just got my 50PK550 tonight. I am new to the world of HDTV. Unfortunately I am just running Stand Def cable through the TV. It looks pretty grainy, which is what I expected. For those of you with this TV do you have any reccomended settings for initial use? I have figured out that Cinema looks best IMHO. Just not sure what levels brightness, tint, contrast, etc., etc. should be at. No buzzing BTW. I turned the volume down just to see if I could hear anything and I just about sat on top of it. Someone on here mentioned how reflective the screen was. Yeah, when the TV is turned off I can see my ugly mug. No issues when the TV is turned on, though.

cinema for me look best too. I did change all the settings. I always do. Stock factory settings never float my boat anyway. I didnt try cable tv, as it's not hooked up in my room. But blu rays, like hell boy 2, Gladiator and PotC: At worlds end, look fantastic. Crisp, clear and such fluid motion. Unless your running an HD source, SDtv will always look like poop on HD tv's. I dont remember the settings, as i returned the tv and am waiting for another. I had a defective panel. And since I only had the tv for a day and it tends to take me a couple of weeks to get the calibration juuuust right, i'm not sure.
 

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woohoo ordered =D!!!!! Be here on Wednesday! First plasma ever O_O!!!!!!!!


Mines coming thursday from beachcamera! I'm jonesing. I want it now! lol. I remember how awesome blu rays looked and wanna try the others that I have.
 

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I asked in the pk750 thread which had the most glare and I was told it was the pk550.


I have a room with three big windows just to the left of the tv, at the moment I have a lcd tv. I am wondering if plasma would be a good choice, most of my tv watching/gaming is done after 8pm but occasionally I do watch some television in the afternoon.


At the moment I am thorn between a pk550 (cheapest, but supposedly has more glare), pk750 (if this one has less glare), or a sony 52ex700 (practically no glare, but lcd and quite a bit more expensive). Obviously the lcd would perform best in broad daylight, but is also the most expensive one, what I should be asking is if for the amount of the money the 550 or 750 is a viable option?

I am not an expert. The PK550 is my first HDTV I have ever owned. However, I can verify that there are no glare and or reflection issues once the TV is turned on. The TV is a mirror when turned off. I do have my TV located in a dimly lit room, so of course that helps. The results probably will be different in a brightly lit room.


The PK750 has one more HDMI port, is 1" thinner (2" vs. 3" for PK550), and comes with online features for streaming Netflix, Pandora, etc.. There is no filter on it that would change the glare or reflection. IMHO, paying the extra money for the PK750 is not worth it.
 

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IMHO, paying the extra money for the PK750 is not worth it.

But paying extra money for the PK950 will be worth it.
Man I'm so ready to pull the trigger on a 60PK950. The problem is no one has it yet.
 

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On my first post I stated that Stand Def looked horrible on this TV. It isn't the TV's fault, though. Here is what I have learned that has made me feel better about the issue. I have the 50PK550. Sitting at 7' from the TV you can visibly see how grainy stand def looks. After changeing the the viewing distance to 10' the PQ of stand def dramatically increases and is less bothersome. For those of you who have more experience w/ HDTV's you are prob saying "Duh!" For you first time owners, like me, hopefully this info helps out.
 

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Dumon... wait if you are going to Sears. I believe starting this Monday they have a family and friends sale going on, which takes off an additional 5-10% off on the TVs including the 550.

yeah, you can get th 50" pk550 for a decent price from sears with that discount (10% off for the 550)


(no actual price talk, right?)
 

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Yeah. For those with deeper pockets the PK950 will be probably better. Since the PK950 is reported to have a filter it will be a huge difference for those with brighter rooms. I bet it will improve the PQ quality as well.
 

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I'm still in a toss up over this set, waiting for some more reviews. My short short list is this one 50PK550, the LG 42LH90, or the Panny TC-P42G25. I don't really care if it can stream Netflicks and all that, and THX is just a factory preset which you can do youself, but I just want the best PQ for my price range. I have never owned a plasma, but they still have the best looking picture from the different sets that I have seen. It's tough with the whole itchy trigger finger right now, also my dad retired from Sears soooo, I could use employee number for an additional discount..hmmmm


For those that have the set, how is the black level in a dark room? This has been one of key factors for me. Any of you can give a mini review? I haven't seen any expert reviews yet, I know CP is working on one (which I'm patiently waiting for
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