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My wife and I will be buying a new TV in March. From the research I have done it would appear that plasma provides the best picture. The concern is from glare or bright lighting. If you have a plasma, especially a newer one, how much difference does it really make?
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I have a 2 year old 50" LG plasma, and really can't imagine having a better picture quality. Color, resolution, contrast are all to my liking whether daytime in a natural bright room, or dark room. No disappointments to date.
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I have a 2 year old 50" LG plasma, and really can't imagine having a better picture quality. Color, resolution, contrast are all to my liking whether daytime in a natural bright room, or dark room. No disappointments to date.
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I have a 55 inch plasma and a 46 inch LED TV.

The plasma is sweet but I like the LED one a little more. The images just seem crisper on it and it's not as dark looking as the plasma although the plasma TV can display true black (the LED just looks like a really dark grey) the LED seems to show a more true color.
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I used to sell my plasma when I was in college. I had no idea they were using it to make TVs.
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My wife and I will be buying a new TV in March. From the research I have done it would appear that plasma provides the best picture. The concern is from glare or bright lighting. If you have a plasma, especially a newer one, how much difference does it really make?

Former TV salesman. Plasmas give you the best picture hands down. It's all about having the truest black levels. You want to see shades of grey, not some crazy bright black (LCD/LCD-LED). Combine that with truer motion handling and you are going to love it.

Panasonic makes the best ones.
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I totally have to agree that plasma is the best....i did my own research and waited a full year before i got the TV i wanted....A 50' Panasonic...it's in my basement so there's no glare and i LOVE it...worth the wait...can't wait to move to a new house so i can justify buying a new one for a new "man cave"! Think i'll go "biggest and best" with that one...again Panasonic!!
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I have a 55 inch plasma and a 46 inch LED TV.

The plasma is sweet but I like the LED one a little more. The images just seem crisper on it and it's not as dark looking as the plasma although the plasma TV can display true black (the LED just looks like a really dark grey) the LED seems to show a more true color.
The increased blue level and colors are more appealing to your eyes. The sharpness is, if you're interested in the best picture quality, something you don't want. You want that softer looking image.It's more natural.
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new models will roll out around March. You can usually find good deals on the older models then.
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Former TV salesman. Plasmas give you the best picture hands down. It's all about having the truest black levels. You want to see shades of grey, not some crazy bright black (LCD/LCD-LED). Combine that with truer motion handling and you are going to love it.

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The Panasonic 65" is the one I am looking at.
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My wife and I will be buying a new TV in March. From the research I have done it would appear that plasma provides the best picture. The concern is from glare or bright lighting. If you have a plasma, especially a newer one, how much difference does it really make?
Ours is about 5 years old...we use it in a finished basement and never had a problem even with the lights on full.

Sadly it gets used more for the kids XBOX 360 and movie watching now that they are older.
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The Panasonic 65" is the one I am looking at.
Which model? The reason I ask is that the top of line models have a THX certified mode which makes professional calibration pretty much unnecessary. You'll never have to adjust any settings for the best picture quality. For the 2012 models, only the VT50 and GT50 models have the THX mode.

It's a really, really nice feature but obviously not completely necessary. A nice pro. calibration can be had for around $150, should you go with a non-THX mode plasma.

I also think the anti-reflective coating is of varying quality across the models, but I could be wrong. Here are the spec. comparisons on all Panasonic plasmas for 2012, but unfortunately details on the anti-reflective coating are no where to be found: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html

I own a 2010 plasma which is equivalent to the 2012 GT50 model, but is lacking the 3D capabilities. Best purchase I ever made. The picture quality is absolutely stunning.
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Which model? The reason I ask is that the top of line models have a THX certified mode which makes professional calibration pretty much unnecessary. You'll never have to adjust any settings for the best picture quality. For the 2012 models, only the VT50 and GT50 models have the THX mode.

It's a really, really nice feature but obviously not completely necessary. A nice pro. calibration can be had for around $150, should you go with a non-THX mode plasma.

I also think the anti-reflective coating is of varying quality across the models, but I could be wrong. Here are the spec. comparisons on all Panasonic plasmas for 2012, but unfortunately details on the anti-reflective coating are no where to be found: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html

I own a 2010 plasma which is equivalent to the 2012 GT50 model, but is lacking the 3D capabilities. Best purchase I ever made. The picture quality is absolutely stunning.
the G10 was my absolute favorite. The use of the pioneer panels looks amazing. We had this awesome demo from them on it of a polar bear swimming. We sold more than the rest of the district combined and got yelled at (less margin on a plasma). Had the in laws buy one.
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The Panasonic 65" is the one I am looking at.
I'm out of the game in terms of specifics, but the VT is what I hear to be the mack daddy (GT just having some minor differences) . I don't really care about 3D (just a gimmick as we saw in the 50s and 80s) but the THX mode and the use of pioneers technology makes it awesome.


Also, 65" will look sick.
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Which model? The reason I ask is that the top of line models have a THX certified mode which makes professional calibration pretty much unnecessary. You'll never have to adjust any settings for the best picture quality. For the 2012 models, only the VT50 and GT50 models have the THX mode.

It's a really, really nice feature but obviously not completely necessary. A nice pro. calibration can be had for around $150, should you go with a non-THX mode plasma.

I also think the anti-reflective coating is of varying quality across the models, but I could be wrong. Here are the spec. comparisons on all Panasonic plasmas for 2012, but unfortunately details on the anti-reflective coating are no where to be found: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html

I own a 2010 plasma which is equivalent to the 2012 GT50 model, but is lacking the 3D capabilities. Best purchase I ever made. The picture quality is absolutely stunning.
Okay....I've read about the professional calibration issue before, but nothing was mentioned about this being necessary when I bought my LG. I put it in my truck, took it home, set it up, explored all of possible settings and settled on the what I'll call factory pre-sets - have enjoyed what seems to be a great picture ever since. What have I missed here?

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Okay....I've read about the professional calibration issue before, but nothing was mentioned about this being necessary when I bought my LG. I put it in my truck, took it home, set it up, explored all of possible settings and settled on the what I'll call factory pre-sets - have enjoyed what seems to be a great picture ever since. What have I missed here?

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Direct-view and flat-panel TVs: Set grayscale to the NTSC standard of 6,500 Kelvin, improving color accuracy of the entire palette; set contrast, brightness, color, and so on using test patterns designed specifically for each of these controls; optimize overscan and picture position, enabling display of more of the incoming picture; correct "red push" in the color decoder when possible; optimize all DVD input sources using DVD test patterns and HDTV input using an HDTV test-pattern signal generator.

....If you're on a budget, we recommend you first purchase one of the test discs and follow its DIY calibration procedure. If afterward you still feel like your set isn't performing as well as it should or you simply want to guarantee the best picture, you should get a calibration.
http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6463_7-5085739-4.html

Bottom line, if you're currently happy with the picture, save your money. If you're still curious as to what you may be missing in terms of picture quality, you could try a self calibration disc like this one for under $20 first: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details
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http://reviews.cnet.com/4520-6463_7-5085739-4.html

Bottom line, if you're currently happy with the picture, save your money. If you're still curious as to what you may be missing in terms of picture quality, you could try a self calibration disc like this one for under $20 first: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...=REG&A=details
Great info! Thanks much; guess I'll be getting the dvd to satisfy curiosity. After all, better is ..... better!
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Which model? The reason I ask is that the top of line models have a THX certified mode which makes professional calibration pretty much unnecessary. You'll never have to adjust any settings for the best picture quality. For the 2012 models, only the VT50 and GT50 models have the THX mode.

It's a really, really nice feature but obviously not completely necessary. A nice pro. calibration can be had for around $150, should you go with a non-THX mode plasma.

I also think the anti-reflective coating is of varying quality across the models, but I could be wrong. Here are the spec. comparisons on all Panasonic plasmas for 2012, but unfortunately details on the anti-reflective coating are no where to be found: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/...nc&output=html

I own a 2010 plasma which is equivalent to the 2012 GT50 model, but is lacking the 3D capabilities. Best purchase I ever made. The picture quality is absolutely stunning.
The GT50

This one: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Panasoni...=1218599348788
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Great info! Thanks much; guess I'll be getting the dvd to satisfy curiosity. After all, better is ..... better!
Might as well, at the very least you'll get peace of mind for under $20. It's a bargain!
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I did a comparison of the GT50 and the VT50. The VT cost $400 more (normal price) but I didn't see anything different in the specs that is worth $400 to me. So what is different that IS worth $400?
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Sweet!

If I was in the market for another tv right now, that'd be the one I'd go with as well. You'll love the THX mode. I use it for everything, whether it's sports, movies or games. I'm sure they've made advances in the anti-reflective coating since I purchased mine, but again even mine is less reflective than old CRTs (non HDTVs). I do tend to keep my viewing area darker than most people, but if you never had problem with lighting with an old school tv, you shouldn't have one with a plasma.
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Not worth the $400, imo. I don't even know what 96hz mode is, you don't need a touch-pad remote, and you'll probably find calibration is unnecessary
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96hz mode supposedly produces slightly better black, and reduces ghosting in 3D according to this: http://forums.anandtech.com/showthread.php?t=2281839
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Add a ceiling mount to whatever screen you buy, believe me, you won't regret it, miles ahead of a wall mount.
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