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# 141345 9-Mar-2014 20:17
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Hey there,

We are happy owners of an entry level 42" Panasonic 1080p Plasma, about 4-5 years old (I believe the P42S10).  Since we recently moved house, we have found that it is 'too small' as we sit further away from it and lose the immersive experience (I know, first world problems, sorry).  

 

Harvey Norman currently have a 60" LG Plasma (the 60PN6500) for $998.  It's nuts, right -a 60 inch full HD plasma for less than a grand - and is very tempting.  We have had our eye on the Panasonics of a similar size for a while as they are damn good TVs - the P60S60 retails for about $1500.  As you are probably aware, Panasonic will no longer be making plasma in the future.

My question is:

Is it worth considering the 60" LG plasma for the price?

I am a little concerned that I may see 'flutter' or lagging on the tv - but I do not have a trained eye, and can't see it easily on the current Panasonic.  Have LG surpassed a 5 year old Panasonic, or are they still a bit average.... unlikely to spring for the extra $500 to upgrade as it is a 'nice to have' in terms of our home theatre.   


Any feedback from owners or viewers most welcome

thanks,




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  # 1001887 9-Mar-2014 21:05
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I would say if it seems to be to good to be true then it sure is going to be crap. I don't claim to know much about tv's but after the chch eathquake and my tv bit the dust I purchased a 50" full hd samsung tv and after 3 months I regretted every $1200 of it.
I ended up selling it for $700 and spent some time having a good look around and did a lot of reviewing on the net. I ended up spending 4k on the Panasonic Viera TH-P55VT50Z. It may be outdated by now but its still an amazing plasma set to watch.

Take your time and go and have a good look around and read as many reviews as you can. In the end its worth spending just that little extra to get the quality you will enjoy more.




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  # 1001941 9-Mar-2014 23:21
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I think the s60 is the better performer of the two based on reviews I've read (but not worth the $500 more IMO), but with both you will need to make sure the lighting is controlled as these tvs aren't that bright and are very reflective making the viewing experience quite poor in brightly lit environments. 

If you don't mind downscaling the size to 50" the 50st60 at $1400 is probably my pick with better picture quality and much better bright room performance.





 
 
 
 


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  # 1001946 9-Mar-2014 23:42
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I have a "Lucky Goldstar" panel and have had a few issues with it, 1 dead pixel on my PC screen and on a notebook a bad backlight.

Samsung>Sony>Panasonic

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  # 1004570 12-Mar-2014 21:26
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Saving up for the TH-P60ST60 would be my advice...

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  # 1004583 12-Mar-2014 21:50
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HowickDota: I think the s60 is the better performer of the two based on reviews I've read (but not worth the $500 more IMO), but with both you will need to make sure the lighting is controlled as these tvs aren't that bright and are very reflective making the viewing experience quite poor in brightly lit environments. 

If you don't mind downscaling the size to 50" the 50st60 at $1400 is probably my pick with better picture quality and much better bright room performance.


I agree with Howickdota. We recently replaced our 6 year old 42 inch entry level Panasonic plasma with a 50ST60 model from Noel Leeming for $1500. I see Harvey Norman now have them for $1388. This TV is STUNNING! We have it in a sunroom and can easily watch it with just partial drawing of the curtains on a sunny day. It is much brighter than our old Panasonic. I searched the web for proper calibration values for it, and once I set it up with decent calibration it got even better. Skin tones and detail are to die for. 

You will regret $1000 on the LG, you will be grinning from ear to ear for years if you spend $1400 on the 50 inch Panasonic. Picture quality on the ST60 is noticeably better than the S60.

cheers

Peter



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  # 1005474 14-Mar-2014 11:45
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Thanks for all the feedback.

Went back and re-checked the LG.  Picture quality not as good as the current Panasonic.  We are staying with the current tv, and will look hard at the Panasonics over the next few months...

 

appreciate the help,



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