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Topic # 108591 2-Sep-2012 12:06 Send private message

Wanting to get a new TV for my new house, currently have a 40inch Samsung LED which if find really good but want to got up to 50inch

Looking at one of theses two any recommendations. But not sure if I should give Plasma a go as sometimes have quite a bit of light in the room. 

http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/samsung-55-full-hd-led-lcd-tv.html


http://www.harveynorman.co.nz/lg-60-full-hd-plasma-tv.html

A friend said I should spend a bit more and get a Panasonic ST50 Plasma. But not really sure if its worth it as I would never use the 3D and little worried how a Plasma would look in a room with sun shining into it compared to an LED. 




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  Reply # 680547 2-Sep-2012 21:05 Send private message

The 60" plasma would struggle in a bright environment... whereas the ST50 from Panasonic would work quite well as the NeoPlasma panels have good anti-reflective filters built in.
The Samsung is a horrible TV... avoid.



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  Reply # 680855 3-Sep-2012 14:16 Send private message

Horrible because of picture quality or lack of functions. 

I dont want internet, 3d etc. 

Just a good 2D picture for Sky HD

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  Reply # 680984 3-Sep-2012 17:52 Send private message

The best way to think about the direct LED series is...
It was the single cheapest way for Samsung to manufacture a TV in a market that is already commoditising.
Look how many TV's have next to no connections (RCA's / VGA / HDMI / Optical / Coax etc), old, cheap panels, coupled with low quality switch mode power supplies. Now... how do you make something for even less?
Direct LED!

Pity... as rear lit LED's have a lot going for them, but only when they're implemented well.
Save your penny's and look elsewhere, as the uneven lighting on this model makes for a pretty horrible set.

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  Reply # 681077 3-Sep-2012 23:31 Send private message

There aren't any real LED televisions on the market so what you have now is an LED backlit LCD. The LED is a type of LCD backlighting which usually hasn't made alot of difference outside of marketing.

Don't worry about 3D. You don't pay extra for it as it's just a feature nearly all good HDTVs will have included. Many people have got the idea that they'll be paying extra for any TV that has it, so 3D keeps being excluding from low end models for those people.

The LG plasma model you linked to is aimed at people who want the biggest 1080p TV they can get at the lowest price. The picture quality won't match the ST50 and it'd be more reflective too. LG has been focused on LCDs so while their 1080p plasmas aren't terrible Panasonic's are better.

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  Reply # 681085 4-Sep-2012 00:06 Send private message

If you are going plasma you should listen to your friend. I purchased a Panasonic ST50 in the weekend. I got the 50 inch version for $1799 from noel leeming. For HD content at night/in the dark it is amazing. I am literally in awe of the black it produces and the quality of the picture.

However it is not as good for daytime viewing as the 5 year old (series 6?) 37" samsung LCD it is replacing. If daytime viewing were important to me, I would not go plasma at all. But I went with the panasonic plasma, and having seen the quality in good watching conditions I don't know if I could go back.

(I haven't done too much testing during the day using the dynamic mode, which is way brighter.. I guess I will find out when I watch bathurst in a few weeks how enjoyable it is for daytime watching)



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  Reply # 681102 4-Sep-2012 05:59 Send private message

Thanks for advise guys. I ended up getting a 55inch UA55ES6200

http://www.samsung.com/nz/consumer/tv-audio-video/television/led-tv/UA55ES6200MXRD

Has lots of features and due to watching TV in daytime a lot and using it for gaming, I think for me is best option and was $2199 at DSE which was more than I was wanting to pay but think it is worth the extra for my personal needs.

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