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Topic # 84425 31-May-2011 00:02
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Hey,

Looking to upgrade from my 40" LCD to a Plasma :) I will be using MYSKY HDi (mainly sports), Blu-Ray player and Xbox 360 mainly on this TV.

I have never had a Plasma before but I want the best quality picture for my Blu-rays. My budget is 1.5 - 2K, 42-50" size would be nice(Bigger the better). Of course Full HD, not worried about 3D at all. I will have it in a room which will be very dark and no sunlight.

I have looked through some tvs and found the 50PK550 (http://www.lg.com/nz/tv-audio-video/televisions/LG-plasma-tv-50PK550.jsp) To be very nice and cheap (1.5K) but a bad thing about it is some imput lag which isnt ideal for gaming.

If anyone can recommend me some Plasma's I would be stoked.

Thanks heaps!

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  Reply # 476086 31-May-2011 09:11
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Get an LCD instead.
I think the large plasmas have more cons than pros.
They are heavy, fragile and noisy.

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  Reply # 476134 31-May-2011 11:02
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B1GGLZ: Get an LCD instead.
I think the large plasmas have more cons than pros.
They are heavy, fragile and noisy.


He wants a plasma, if you read the topic header - not what you happen to think.Wink

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  Reply # 476137 31-May-2011 11:05
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Never had any problems with my LG 50".  Certainly not noisy and great picture.  Ours goes all day (thanks to kids) and if it is expensive to run, I never noticed after we changed 3 years ago from a 32" CRT. I actually think our power bill dropped.




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  Reply # 476148 31-May-2011 11:31
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I think most of the big brand plasmas are pretty good.

For the record I have a pansonic 50" and am still very happy with it. Havent noticed any noise apart from when you stick your ear up near it an an absolutely quite room (ie mute the sound) - then you get a soft fan noise - Think most of them still have cooling fans.

The power consumption thing is overstated - just change one of your regular light bulbs to an eco bulb and you are about even.

I agree with you - go as big as you can afford.

Keep you eyes open for Queens Birthday deals - the shops usually have specials then.




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  Reply # 476152 31-May-2011 11:39
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I have a Samsung 50" and couldn't be happier, and yes bigger is better!

Heavy?
Yeah I guess so but I don't carry it around so I couldn't care less

Fragile?
Not in my book. If anything the glass front panel protects the screen, especially from little fingers! I shudder when my little one touches my smaller LCD and I see the screen go all rainbow colors.

Noisy?
Again that's not my experience

One thing I will say is they do put out a surprising amount of heat...great in winter!

Plasma still rocks the best for picture quality, at least over similar $$$ LCD's IMO...by far the best value for money.






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  Reply # 476163 31-May-2011 12:14
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scuwp:
One thing I will say is they do put out a surprising amount of heat...great in winter!




I second that about the fragile comment.  What are you doing with your TV's? throwing them around the room, regularly dropping them?  Plasma has a sheet of real glass across the front, which adds to the weight, but makes them very easy to clean, and protects the unit from little fingers well.

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  Reply # 476171 31-May-2011 12:29
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Get a run-out 50" Panasonic V series plasma during the weekend sales.
It'll see you right for a long time, with a highly tweakable picture, great contrast ratios, lag time yadaya.
I think this has been covered a LOT on this forum, but the model code is TH-P50V20z.

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  Reply # 476183 31-May-2011 12:51
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Dunnersfella: Get a run-out 50" Panasonic V series plasma during the weekend sales.
It'll see you right for a long time, with a highly tweakable picture, great contrast ratios, lag time yadaya.
I think this has been covered a LOT on this forum, but the model code is TH-P50V20z.


+1 - I bought one a couple of months ago for $1800 and love it.

Regarding heavy and fragile - who cares? You don't put your 50" plasma in a bag and take it to work.

As far as noisy goes - not in my experience. Mine seems silent, or puts out so little noise that I don't notice it. 

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  Reply # 476187 31-May-2011 13:05
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I have the TH-P50V20z and love it, although there is a noticeable buzzing noise when the screen is mostly "white". A good example of this is when the MySky planner page is on screen. In saying that tho, now it is winter the noise of the heat pump drowns it out!

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  Reply # 476196 31-May-2011 13:25
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I had a Samsung 50" 3D plasma, but I returned it because the buzzing and weird motion bothered me. The Samsung 55" LCD is awesome.

I hear that if you're set on plasma then Panasonic is the way to go. I'd suggest you go into a store and trust your own eyes though, and do put your ear up to the TV too, with the volume off.




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  Reply # 476205 31-May-2011 13:48
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My panasonic plasma does buzz as mentioned above.  It's noticeable at the top left as you look at it.  This relates to the level of white as mentioned above, which means at times it's a variable buzz.  It's not noticeable when I'm watching anything though, unless it's an extended ultra quiet scene etc so I'm not worried by it, in my instance.

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  Reply # 476219 31-May-2011 14:11
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Jaxson:
scuwp:
One thing I will say is they do put out a surprising amount of heat...great in winter!




I second that about the fragile comment.  What are you doing with your TV's? throwing them around the room, regularly dropping them?  Plasma has a sheet of real glass across the front, which adds to the weight, but makes them very easy to clean, and protects the unit from little fingers well.

I love that picture lol.

If you're in Auckland check out the Appliance Shed, just was having a nosey and they have some sick prices on last years models.   

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  Reply # 476884 1-Jun-2011 23:15
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I have a Samsung 51" Plasma (51D8000), its outstanding.

I had a 2010 (50C7000) before the earthquake which was also decent, but this current set has (out of the box) far better black levels and no noise at all.

The 2011 Samsung and Panasonic plasmas are pretty solid.



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  Reply # 477121 2-Jun-2011 15:40
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B1GGLZ: Get an LCD instead.
I think the large plasmas have more cons than pros.
They are heavy, fragile and noisy.


FAIL.


These are very nice TV's maybe a tad over 2k but maybe able to get a deal somewere http://www.panasonic.co.nz/viera/plasma/th-p42st30z.html

Wouldn't bother with the TH-P42U30 or X30 this year as have green panels!Frown

An old V20 would be a go but just be aware motion processor is only working with HD content were as the new ST has full time processing!Laughing

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