Help Me Pick A TV...

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  1. Pachanga

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    I am looking for a new TV and I think the best choices I have come up with are the Pioneer 5080 (http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-and-plasma/pioneer-pdp-5080hd/4505-6482_7-32476901.html?tag=lst) and the Samsung 5265 (http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-...265f/4505-6482_7-32306310.html?tag=prod.txt.1). For reference, the Sammy is $3000 to my door and the Pioneer is $2500 from sites I trust. Any reason I should get the one vs. the other, plasma vs lcd, or any other suggestions for other sets feel free to chime in. For reference, my room has a fair amount of natural light, but that can be fixed by drawing the blind and most of my tv watching is at night anyways. The TV will be used for watching movies and sports mostly. Any advice from those who are more current with this stuff would be greatly appreciated.
     
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  2. Ronin

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    pioneer and panasonic are ftw right now for plasmas
     
  3. Pachanga

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    Is this the Pioneer of choice? Which Panasonic should I consider? Plasma>LCD? I would do proper break-in etc.
     
  4. Ronin

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    go to some retail places and demo the tvs then order online :dunno:

    whatever looks good to your eyes
     
  5. Pachanga

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    I have done a lot of that already. It's tough seeing so many TVs together side by side and I tend to lose perspective... I think I will choose one of the original two I posted and both seem to be good choices based on some reading on avforums and cnet. Thanks for the help.
     
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    Plasma > LCD
    Pioneer is the best panel on the market. The 5080 is an awesome set.
     
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    Agreed I ended up with the 1080p 42 inch right now Panny and is great deal that I got through the gf company for 1600. Was a steal. I'd personally go with either a 1080p Panny at 50inch or a 1080P pioneer. If your willing t ospend that much on the LCD you can easily get into the 1080p Panny 50inch for that price range.

    I think the pioneer is probably going to be slightly more then 3k but I'd have to look later.
     
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    Just ordered the Pioneer 6010 this afternoon.

    60" of KURO 1080p goodness is on the way. :bowdown:
     
  9. Ronin

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    :eek5:

    :wackit:
     
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    I was in a local store tonight and the sales guy said the new Hitachi 50" Director's Series plasma will be in soon and it's supposed to be great. What brands/models should I look at if I want a 50-55" 1080p plasma?
     
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    panasonic or pioneer /thread
     
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    Panasonic 9UK is an excellent TV for the price; but it's missing a LOT of inputs you may want/need.

    The 700U is also great, but the 5080 is a better TV for the same/cheaper (despite lower resolution), and the 5010 gives you all that pioneer goodness AND 1080p.

    I've never seen a reason to even consider Samsung.
     
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    either the panny or the pioneer in a 1080p version.

    As much money as your shelling out you may as well spend the few hundred more for 1080p to future proof. Especially if you plan on moving to HD media one day and the prices are dropping drastically on HDDVD players right now and expect it to continue on into the xmas season.

    Panny is a great buy really for the money. It gets you almost all the way to a pioneer quality without the hefty price. Pioneer are definitly the best plasmas in the buisness but you do pay a premium for them.

    unless you don't care about spending more on the pioneer then I'd vote for the Panasonic TH-50PZ700U.

    Either way a Panny or Pioneer in 1080p and you will be happy.
     
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    Thanks for the input guys. I think I am going to get the Panny 50pz700u.
     
  16. Ronin

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    Ability of the eye to see 1080p

    A person's ability to distinguish small details is described by visual acuity. When individual pixels are barely resolvable, increased resolution brings no benefit for the viewer, unless the viewing distance can be shortened or the display enlarged. For many users' television viewing distances, in order to see the full benefit from 1080p content a display must be bigger than usual or the viewing distance needs to be closer than usual. The ability of the eye to resolve 1080p content also depends on the amount of contrast in the picture. For optimum viewing of resolution it has been recommended that you sit back a maximum of approximately three times the height of your display
     
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    I really don't see it as a matter of "future proofing" when the difference is nearly indistinguishable.

    I just purchased a Pioneer 6010 (60", 1080p) but I would have gladly purchased a 6080 (768p equivalent) if they made one. But they don't.
     
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    :rofl: @ "diagional"
     
  20. Ronin

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    i just noticed that :rofl:
     
  21. Pachanga

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    The Panasonic 700u and Pioner 5080 can both be had for under $2500. Should I keep looking at other sets or will one of these be a good choice?
     
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    that's al ltrue but a lot of this is dependent on eyesight. My gf has fairly bad eyesight and she could see the difference at about the range your graph shows. I could visually see a difference on a 42 inch 1080p at 9feet. But then I have perfect eye sight. On the other hand I struggle with telling difference in some audio qualities with my imperfect hearing.

    best thing you can do is go to the store and view it in person. a 50 inch really should be large enough to put most peoples viewing areas in range to notice 1080p.
     
  23. Ronin

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    theres no such as thing as "better" hearing, just normal and then impaired
     
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    Both are great sets, the Pioneer is better.
     
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    agreed.

    the resolution difference is irrelevant when you see the picture on the pioneer.
     

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