Advice and suggestions please. My brothers in the market for a new tele, and has about $800 to spend. He really wants a big screen, this X series Plasma is on speacial at the moment at Noel Leeming, but I'm loathe to recomend something with that resolution. Anybody got experience with this Toshiba? I can't find much info or any reviews on it. Would the 42 Inch U series be a better buy, it's a Magness Benrow for $800. Any other 'bag-for-buck' teles at that price?
Your instincts are right, 1024x768 isn't enough for a 50" plasma. Low resolution plasmas can suffer from the "screen door" effect where individual cells are visible unless you sit at great distance.
The P42UT50Z is a much nicer television. The catch, and why it's so cheap, is it doesn't have the anti-glare filter the more expensive ST/GT/VT models have. It will be affected by glare under direct sunlight. It shouldn't have its brightness cranked up high to reduce glare as that could cause heavy image retention, being a plasma.
The Toshiba is a 50Hz model which means it would have jerky motion. I don't think a large LCD without motion interpolation is something I could tolerate watching.
I got a Samsung telly a week ago. I was dubious about the Smart Hub, and thought I would just plug in a laptop or build a HTPC. Turns out Smart Hub plus unblockus.com is *great* - Netflix app, Plex app, YouTube app - all very impressive, and the kids have no problem using it. You'd never know, because these TVs are never plugged into the 'Net in the store.
I hooked the TV onto my network using a cheap Http://www.dlink.co.nz/products/?pid=873
I'm glad I didn't just get a 'big dumb panel', as I had originally intended. If/When the apps all crap out in future, I'll still have the option of plugging in a PC.
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