60 " Plasma on a budget

Discussion in 'Televisions & Displays' started by 3db, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. 3db Audioholic Overlord

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    Out of the three listed below, which one would you get and why? Does reliability factor in your decision? I don't need network streaming or smart apps. I can do that for cheaper with a Blu Ray player and 3D doesn't appeal to me.

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    Panasonic TC-P60U50 $1499.
    LG 60PA6500
    $ 999.
    Samsung PN60E530 $1143.
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    3db,
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  3. BMXTRIX Audioholic Spartan

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    I would recommend stepping up just a bit to the Panasonic TC-P60ST50 60-Inch plasma. Panasonic offers a very high level of quality for the money as well as a great image. I like my Samsung, but I feel like their cheaper displays really start to lose overall image quality and product build quality.

    I will flat out never tell anyone to get an LG. I think their image generally looks good but their built quality is non-existent. I personally know several people who have had LG displays fail on them, and many more with similar complainst online. They have a reported failure rate which is four times higher than Panasonic. So, you gamble on LG every single time and that's not what I would consider money worth gambling.
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  4. lsiberian Audioholic Overlord

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    Is LG still making their own Plasma's? I know many companies are sub contracting to Panasonic now. Is Plasma still king of the TVs?
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    Plasma still delivers the best contrast ratio and can deliver the best image quality. LCDs can do a remarkable job, but have their traditional failings, but to get that level of quality you are jumping a fair bit on price. That's the real headache. The $1,500 Samsung LCD is not as good looking as their $1,500 plasma.

    I don't know if LG is making their glass, but they assemble their displays which is the problem. Their designs just aren't up to par with the other guys.
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  6. Sgratien Audioholic Intern

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    It is my opinion that Panasonic does make the best plasmas. I currently have 2. Their customer service is excellent as well. I agree with bmxrtix about stepping up to the st if you can. But, the u series is a great value. Check your price though. I just bought a tc-p60u50 for 999 on amazon last week. Now that most/all new led/lcd panels are using glossier type finishes, there is almost no reason not to go with plasma
  7. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Warlord

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    If you are not in the rush to get it I say wait a bit for sale on ST50. I snagged my 55ST30 on sale last year for $980
    If I heard right, ST50 has same panel as VT30.
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    I think 3db is in Canada, so he won't have the same pricing we get in the US D:
  9. BoredSysAdmin Audioholic Warlord

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    I heard there is word "sale" in Canadian... I'm not sure but I think it's same thing as "sale" in english :p

    Edit: I had 42" LG Plasma which failed on me :( LG - never again
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  10. adk highlander pessimistic optimist

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    I can attest to never recommending an LG product. My plasma was in the shop once just before the warranty was out and now died over this past weekend. Total age on the TV was just over 5yrs. The LG I purchased for my parents has been giving them issues now that the warranty is up and sometimes will not turn off unless you unplug it.
  11. 3db Audioholic Overlord

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    I've never seen the Pannies go on sale or sail :p here in Canada. I sit 11' from the display so I'm not prepared to go to a higher model and sacrifice screen size. I ill just have to be patient and wait
    3db,
  12. Mopkins Enthusiast

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    I'm putting in my votes for Panasonic and Samsung plasma sets. I know Panasonic has more of a following here, and for good reason as they are pretty consistently well reviewed. I was on the fence between a top end Samsung and mid level Panasonic and ended up with the Samsung due to an amazing discount at the time. Overall I cannot complain as the picture is awesome. I will add this though, what ever set you get, look around on the forum for professional ISF calibration settings for your specific set. HIGHLY recommended. Out of the box my tv was great, but after calibration I was astounded by the difference. I think, either way you are going to end up with a nice TV:)

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