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Topic # 116910 13-May-2013 19:40
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Hey all,
My familiy wants to purchase a new TV. We want it to be 55 inch, Full HD, LCD and Smart. We have our eyes on a few LG models and a Panasonic model. Which do you think are better? If you have any previous experience with either LG or Panasonic smart TVs please share. Or if you have any other recommendations.
Sorry for spelling and grammar., I'm rubbish at typing on a tablet!
Thanks!

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  Reply # 817017 13-May-2013 20:42
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Are you looking at 2012 or 2013 models?
For 2012 the panels shared the same panel in many cases, so it would come down to picture implementation / connectivity etc. Typically, there are more plugs on the Panasonic's (VGA / analogue audio out / SD Card). While the LG had better smart integration (Magic Motion remote option), a better web browser / interface etc. However, my personal opinion was that the Panasonic's motion performance was superior, especially compared to the initial release of the LG's.

Choose your poison.
Or, if you're looking at the new 2013 models, I'm not up to play with them yet sorry.

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  Reply # 817035 13-May-2013 21:33
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Dunnersfella: Are you looking at 2012 or 2013 models?
For 2012 the panels shared the same panel in many cases, so it would come down to picture implementation / connectivity etc. Typically, there are more plugs on the Panasonic's (VGA / analogue audio out / SD Card). While the LG had better smart integration (Magic Motion remote option), a better web browser / interface etc. However, my personal opinion was that the Panasonic's motion performance was superior, especially compared to the initial release of the LG's.


Which TV would you choose - out of any LCD/LED or Plasma?




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  Reply # 817079 13-May-2013 22:20
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Personally I like Panasonic, and don't mind Samsung (I have one of each). But, as with most manufacturers, they have a range of models and price points and some of their bottom-end units can be pretty average. I buy purely on the basis of picture quality and having plenty of inputs of the right type. Smart features, improved sound & media capability can be easily added in a way that will beat anything that will be built into any TV.

I have heard mostly good things about LG, although I don't have first hand experience of them.

I wouldn't consider Sony - that's not a judgement on the TVs per se, I just heartily dislike the company for it's general arrogance and contempt for its customers. I tend to avoid the brand where practical.

I would consider off brand sets (Veon, Vivo, Soniq, Konka etc) only as cheap spare TVs to put in the basement for kids to connect consoles to, for a kids bedroom, or as a seldom used set in a spare room where I didn't want to spend much money. In fact, I have one of the cheapo Veon sets for this reason, and it's adequate for purpose. I wouldn't consider any of these brands for a main TV.

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  Reply # 817840 15-May-2013 08:34
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I don't know anything about Panasonic's range, but I have a LG 55LM6700 which is a 55" 3D LED Full HD Smart TV and it's the best TV I've ever bought - have zero regrets about the purchase. The picture is drop-dead gorgeous although be aware that the out-of-the-box settings are HORRIBLE and make the picture look a disappointing, smudgy mess. Once you've turned off all the picture 'enhancements' and tweaked the colour etc., it is flawless (IMHO).

The 3D is awesome -- not sure if Panasonic uses passive or active 3D but the LG uses passive which means the glasses are lightweight, don't need to be charged, and don't flicker. It's the same technology they use as the cinema, and it's incredibly immersive. It can convert 2D to 3D from any source and the results are fairly decent (although nothing compared to actual 3D sources of course). The TV came bundles with 4 pairs of glasses which is generous, and new ones can be bought for next to nothing. There is a free library of 3D movies which you can access if you hook the TV up to the internet (and you will want to).

The UI is intuitive and lightning fast. There is very little delay between channel changes and even the freeview EPG is extremely responsive. The TV came with two remote controls - a 'normal' one and a 'Magic' one which is a bit like the Wiimote. LG also have apps for Android and iOS that let you control the TV and even do clever stuff like take screenshots of what's currently showing on the screen.

In terms of media streaming, the TV is really well stocked. Not only will it play almost any file you can throw at it via it's 3 USB sockets, but it also has a built-in DLNA client and even a PLEX client.

As you can probably tell, I love this TV. Like I say I have no knowledge of what Panasonic's offerings are like so I can't give you a balanced opinion but I doubt you will have any regrets with buying the LG.

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  Reply # 817862 15-May-2013 09:03
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I like the Samsung TVs. I have an older 40" 720p and 55" 1080p (non-LED both LCD) and both work well. I don't use the smart features on either, I use the PS3 or Raspberry Pi and use it as a dumb screen.

I had plasma, returned it, didn't like the picture, the squealing noise it made (I have sensitive hearing), or the power it used.




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  Reply # 817874 15-May-2013 09:15
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Hmm. I was in the same boat as you actually. But for me, I am holding off buying a TV until next year now. But I did do a certain amount of reading and research into which one I wanted.

I currently have a 46 inch Sony 2008 model LCD tv that I have used quite a bit. But was looking to go for a 55+ inch tv. I had decided to go with Plasma: they have much better picture quality from what I have seen, but their disadvantage is that they are really heavy (almost twice as much as LEDs).

In terms of power consumption, yes they are higher than LEDs, but not as bad as they were in the past.

I was particularly looking at the Panasonic Plasma range. The model I was looking at getting was Panasonic Viera TH-P60ST50Z. This tv had the best reviews overall for the price. It was selling for less than 2k NZ a couple of months ago at Noel Leeming during a sale.

I read online that their 2013 model that is coming out over the next couple of months (ST60) is really really good. I dont know how much of an improvement it is over the 2012 model as I havent seen it yet.

From what I have read, Panasonic Plasma tvs are quite good - really good picture quality and they have decent smart tv features (their software is decent).

As the previous posters have commented, Panasonic tvs have really good picture quality (better than LG) but LG has better Smart TV features - LG's software is better than Panasonic's.

I know LG software is better as a friend of mine has an LG plasma and I have used it.

Also, just a note; I didnt compare 3D of either TV as 3D doesnt appeal to me at all so I dont consider it as a priority - I cannot imagine myself wearing glasses everytime I want to watch a movie. So I cant comment on how good the 3D is on either TV.

Samsung is doing really well with their tvs as well - they really well integrated with their smartphones and tablets and pcs. But I have heard of a few failed cases for samsung so I wouldnt get one for me. But thats just me.

Have had good experience with Sony tvs as well - really good picture quality in their LEDs and I have always had a sony tv in the past - but their software is quite crap. Their image quality is really good.

So overall, if you want really good image quality and dont care much about other features, go with Panasonic. If you want other features, check out LG and Samsung.

Hope that helps.

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  Reply # 817878 15-May-2013 09:19
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Actually, I just noticed that a lot of the 2013 models are indeed coming to the NZ market now.

So, buying a 2012 model could fetch you a really nice bargain. Unless you want the best top of the range model and money doesnt matter, get a 2012 model for cheap!!

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  Reply # 819985 15-May-2013 12:28
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Krishant007:
I was particularly looking at the Panasonic Plasma range. The model I was looking at getting was Panasonic Viera TH-P60ST50Z. This tv had the best reviews overall for the price. It was selling for less than 2k NZ a couple of months ago at Noel Leeming during a sale.

I read online that their 2013 model that is coming out over the next couple of months (ST60) is really really good. I dont know how much of an improvement it is over the 2012 model as I havent seen it yet.


The ST60 is a big improvement in all areas except for one. Input lag.
This is one area the ST50 comprehensively beats it, so if that is a factor for you, then you need to beware. 
Its a bit of a shame too because the alternatives are the more expensive VT60 and the lesser S60.

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  Reply # 820000 15-May-2013 12:49
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If I was buying a TV now, I would be looking at Sony then Samsung then Panasonic.

The Sony EX7xx series are stunning, really something to look at. Typically Sony/Samsung have been neck and neck for picture quality and panel. Panasonic is the ONLY brand I'd consider for Plasma.

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  Reply # 820312 15-May-2013 20:58
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Panasonic over anything else on the market. Samsung panels are cheap, LG picture quality just isn't on the same page.

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