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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 05-13-2007, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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42" of Plasma

Well, I purchased a 42" Plasma WOW what a picture. I have owned HD's for the last several years, but after watching ESPN HD on this thing I am at a loss for words.

What was crazy was as Best Buy was moving my first choice on an HD to the front of the store, they flipped it over and it was DEMOLISHED.
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What was crazy was as Best Buy was moving my first choice on an HD to the front of the store, they flipped it over and it was DEMOLISHED.
sounds like best buy for ya but seriously I'm glad to hear it has good picture. I'm getting an hd closer to 2009 since they might have some beastly new thing come out right before they disconnect all analog signals
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Congrats on the Plasma. I work with a guy who has had one for a year now, and he still is amazed by the picture.
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Yep they are sweet and getting cheaper all the time. Maybe it's my imagination but the plasma's I've seen (in freinds homes, not stores) have a nicer picture than the LCD's. The LCD's are a amazing too but the Plasma's just seem to have a richer look to them.
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which one did you get? I got the Panasonic something600U
It's real nice. How much?
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Hitachi, normally $2200.00. But since they dropped the Panasonic I wanted and didnt have another instock, they gave me a great deal at $1000.00 plus a a gift card for $250.00.


I didnt get to sleep until 3AM Saturday watching Xmen and Fantastic 4, WOW.

I have (2) 36" HD's already and this Plasma absolutely blows them away.
My son plays his games on HD and the picture is sick. We are gonna hook up the Plasma for X-Box 360 and see what we get out of it.
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Congrats on the Plasma!

I just purchased new Samsung 46" LCD (LNT4665F) this weekend from BB. Picture quality is amazing, even before I did any tweaking. And the standard SD channels holds up well.

But nothing prepared fme or Casino Royale and Pirates of the Carribean: DMC on Blu-Ray--everything looks so three dimensional! The HD broadcasts i get on cable looks rather dull compared to these discs.

Gears of War on 360 looks equally amazing.
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Congrats on the Plasma!

I just purchased new Samsung 46" LCD (LNT4665F) this weekend from BB. Picture quality is amazing, even before I did any tweaking. And the standard SD channels holds up well.

But nothing prepared fme or Casino Royale and Pirates of the Carribean: DMC on Blu-Ray--everything looks so three dimensional! The HD broadcasts i get on cable looks rather dull compared to these discs.

Gears of War on 360 looks equally amazing.
Carlo, i was just discussing this panel w/ a friend who's considering the 46" samsung (some have tuners, some dont but all are the same panel).

can you answer a few questions please:

* How far do you sit from it?
* How high on the wall is it in relation to your eyes at seated position?
* How would the picture be if the bottom edge of the screen was just above eye level and the panel/mount was not angled? Washed out or ok at that view angle?
* If you have it wall mounted, can you get to the inputs w/o removing the panel from the wall.
* you really think SD cable sources look "good" and not overly distracting w/ pixels to your eye?

he's looking at around a $2k panel and for his use i thought a 52" panny plasma (720p) might be a better use since he won't be using 1080p sources anytime soon... glen
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I sit about 7-8 ft from the display and my room is dimly lighted. I don't have it wall mounted, it sits on a swivel stand that it came with. But I would imagine it would be pretty hard reaching those inputs if it were wall mounted from the looks of it.

The SD channles are very good to me when I use the "movie" preset, which turns off all those "special" enhancement features and makes it less noisy and harsh, too. The Dynamic and Standar presets looks too harsh and pixelated looking to me.

Angled viewing is very good, imo. My computer sits to the left of the display and the colors still look very vibrant (the pc is seated about 4 ft from the display). Only when i view it from extreme angles is where the colors washes out. But I can easily turn the display on my swivel stand when I watch while I type or blog :-)

This display is quite glossy, if a persons rooms is very bright....I would imagine that there can be lots of glare..esp. from an angle. But my room is very dim so it haven't had that problem.

One thing that annoys me so far is that this tv is still experiences some slight ghosting and motion blurring from time to time. I noticed it in some scenes when i was watching X3: The Last Stand on Cable last night.

I still just had the display for a few days and I'm still playing with the settings. The calibration specialist wont come until July :-(

In my opinion, if he's not using 1080p sources....he might be happier with the plasma. I play a lot of games and watch a lot of Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs :-)
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Sweet, congrats!
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I've been wanting plasma, but my wife gave me "the look" and I am still watching my 36" Sony Trinitron. Congrats on getting yours!
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Angled viewing is very good, imo. My computer sits to the left of the display and the colors still look very vibrant (the pc is seated about 4 ft from the display). Only when i view it from extreme angles is where the colors washes out. But I can easily turn the display on my swivel stand when I watch while I type or blog :-)
thanks Carlo, good stuff. in regard to this one, can you test angled viewing BELOW the screen. most LCDs nowadays have good side-side viewing but i've found contrast really falls off with certain panels if the LCD is somewhat above eye level.

if you could approximate sitting with eyes at the bottom screen edge, then by a foot below or so (at 7' distance with panel not angled) & post your results in dark movie scenes that would be great to determine mount type/height.

thanks... glen
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Viewing from below still looks good...the contrast and colors hold up...both in dim lighting and no lighting 8-)

Then again, it may be all subjective. But to me, when it comes to LCD, this model is one of the best bets out there. :-)
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I'm still drooling over my philips ambi light everyday that gets turned on. Bose speakers built into the set to top it! Quality.
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I just got a 42" Vizio LCD, I'm vewry happy with it. I'm going to watch 'Hostel' on it later
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