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Old 10-17-2010, 06:01 PM
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Im buying a new flat screen, Ive read through posts but nothing really recent. Im looking a Panasonic, or Sony. I get employee pricing through my company for them so the prices are pretty good. Plus no tax and free shipping.
Comparing the same features the Panasonic seems like a great deal, the picture looks great and has better color then the Sony.
The Plasma didnt seem to have as clear and sharp of a picture from either brand but Panasonic does not have a 46 LCD only Plasma.
Anyone have the Panasonic 42lu25 and how do you feel about it?
I was going to wait till the holiday sales but my living room TV just crapped on me.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:09 PM
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I had a Sony Bravia that my youngest broke the screen with a toy. I replaced it with a Panasonic Viera and now wish I never had the Sony. IMO Plasma is a better picture and I don't have to worry about the screen getting damaged.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:10 PM
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Search Cnet for reviews.

From my research, plasma still has better blacks and better for high speed.

Ratings for plasma were: panasonic > Samsung > LG. Sony wasn't in the top 5.

Good luck.
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The LED screens are the ones to buy. Looks almost like 3D
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:12 PM
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Does anyone still make plasmas?
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:19 PM
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The new LEDs are nice but pricey. I got a 60" LG Infinia plasma for $1600.
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:24 PM
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Panasonic Professional Plasma:
http://www.panasonic.com/business/plasma/plasmas.asp

Bought a 50" 4 years ago. Absolutely stunning pictures and zero problems. Bulletproof!
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Old 10-17-2010, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by spearingmagazine View Post
Search Cnet for reviews.

From my research, plasma still has better blacks and better for high speed.

Ratings for plasma were: panasonic > Samsung > LG. Sony wasn't in the top 5.

Good luck.
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that is probably because sony hasnt built plasmas in years...
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Old 10-17-2010, 07:15 PM
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Plasma reflects too much light from light fixtures and windows...LCD does not!
Also LCD has a 500k hour life...Plasma degrades over time.
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Old 10-17-2010, 08:22 PM
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No real answer here, but I have a (46")? LCD and the thing that set it apart from other LCD's was that it's 240 Hz vs 120 or 60Hz sold at the box stores. The LCD was much less dollars and way less weight than the Plasma. I think I paid less than $700 for the Vizio.
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Steelhead, I have a Mitsubishi 52' LCD great color in HD,I bought a Samsung 55' 240hz LED 3D a couple months ago, the color is unbelievable, LED is the way to go, may I suggest you go to the big box store and take your time and look at both, stay away from the sales people, I like the picture of the plasma but they have a shorter life expectancy. Good luck.
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Old 10-17-2010, 09:09 PM
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Plasma reflects too much light from light fixtures and windows...LCD does not!
Also LCD has a 500k hour life...Plasma degrades over time.
That is an old wives tale. My Panasonic plasma looks as good today as it did 4 years ago when it was new. Plsma manufacturers rate the life expectancy of a panel at 60,000 hours. Who keeps a TV that long?

The flourescent bulbs in LCD tv's degrade you know.

In any case plasma panels have such better image quality it does not matter to me.
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:15 AM
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Just replaced a Samsung 42" plasma with a Samsung 46" LED-LCD (the LED's are the drivers/iluminators for the LCD, NOT the flourescent tubes.
The LED's have 50K hour lifespan or so, use only 77 watts versus 380 watts, and obviously generate very little heat (the plasma got HOT!).
I use it in a small office/bedroom that also has a 80 gal. sw aquarium in it...the heat generated by the plasma and aquarium lights (VHO's, converted to LEDs) and pumps made the room uncomfortably warm unless I turned the AC up for the entire condo. After getting the LED TV the temperature dropped two degrees...made a big difference! I'm on the monthly averaging electric bill plan, so my bill won't drop markedly at first, but I think it will drop a bit over time (also am converting to LED light bulbs, I've eliminated 900 watts of incandecents, flourescents (and the plasma TV)....will see how it affects the utility bill!
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:22 AM
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There is a lot of info on this website
http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/
many people ask the same question. I have 2 50" plasma's that work well one is a samsung and one is a pioneer.
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LCD TV backlit by LED's.
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:06 AM
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Have a small den. 52' LCD mounted perfect over the fire place and have the blueray player,, you can't ask for much better picture than that.
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Old 10-18-2010, 04:51 AM
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Go on an av forum they will suggest plasma for overall picture. I own a few LCD and a plasma the plasma is better picture LCD is better if it's in a bright room because it's not glass screen.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:03 AM
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My new 3D Samsung 58" Plasma is more that unblievable. The blacks are Black and there is no movement blur. Ambient light no longer is an issue and it puts out a lot less heat than older plasma tvs. Best picture i have ever seen and less than 1.5" thick. I am still not sure that 3D was a good idea since there still are no good 3d movies. But, my theater sounds great with the 7.1 surround sound. That was diffently worth the extra cost.
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Old 10-18-2010, 05:05 AM
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Samsung backlit LCD all the way. You only need 120hz, don't overbuy. Look at prices on Amazon.com. I bought the 55" in February and Amazon had the best price by $400 over anybody. Delivery was excellent. The picture is AWESOME. Very light, weight wise.
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