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#386173 - 11/26/12 05:57 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
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Chess, I have a 55" panny plasma in my great room. It has a non-glare screen. This particular room has a lot of windows. I love the plasma. Motion handling is excellent, as well as deep blacks / contrast. I do not believe any of the LCD's can match plasma with regards to contrast and inky blacks. I have an LED LCD in my work out room, and think it sucks in comparison to the plasma. Downside to plasmas is they are big and heavy and consume more energy.
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#386176 - 11/26/12 06:39 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: michael_d]
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I just bought a Panasonic plasma 65" 3D tv , what a difference from a projection. Its bloody awesome, so clear and zero reflections. Really happy with it!
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#386187 - 11/26/12 08:18 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: michael_d]
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Originally Posted By: michael_d
Chess, I have a 55" panny plasma in my great room. It has a non-glare screen. This particular room has a lot of windows. I love the plasma. Motion handling is excellent, as well as deep blacks / contrast. I do not believe any of the LCD's can match plasma with regards to contrast and inky blacks. I have an LED LCD in my work out room, and think it sucks in comparison to the plasma. Downside to plasmas is they are big and heavy and consume more energy.

What location are the windows relative to the tv?
The worst case you can have is a window directly opposite to the flat glossy glass of these damn things.

I very much prefer what plasma does for colours, blacks and off axis viewing for sure. I hate plasma for its significantly greater electricity consumption.
And of course, virtually all plasma tvs have a glossy screen whereas i have found a few LED with matte screens, but there seems to be quite the array of reviews in which none of these units produced a uniform picture, or had edge light bleed, or....
Would i notice those minor things compared to the sensitivity i have to the motion artifacts?
I can't say.

I am narrowing down some sense of a list, but i think we may have to just head into a Best Buy, pickup any old LED 40" around $1k and bring it home to test out just how bad these reflections might be and start with that knowing i can bring it back for an exchange or outright return fairly easily.

Maybe i'm making too much about the possibility of annoying reflections, but we have a LCD panel with a matte finish presently and on a sunny day the light through the non-opaque, translucent bauge cloth blinds is enough to wash out some of the screen.
I can just imagine what it would be like to try and watch the tv with a glossy shiny surface under these conditions.
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#386188 - 11/26/12 08:19 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: SBrown]
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Originally Posted By: SBrown
I just bought a Panasonic plasma 65" 3D tv , ... clear and zero reflections. Really happy with it!

Any windows?
Strong light sources?
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#386197 - 11/26/12 11:08 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
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The picture window is behind the TV and is a pretty dark room with the curtains closed. But the lights that reflected off the old TV aren't there anymore, so I'm glad about that.
Good luck with your decision.
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#386215 - 11/27/12 09:54 AM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
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I came across one possibility to try, matte panel, got decent review in bright rooms and as an overall unit, but because it is last years model, i cannot easily it in local stores (determined by checking their online website stock).
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/lg-infinia-47lw5600/4505-6482_7-34468431.html

This year's version doesn't have a matte screen but got decent reviews overall and for bright rooms.
http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-tvs/lg-47lm7600/4505-6482_7-35117974.html
I might try picking one up and testing out the glare issues. It seems available at local box stores.

If the glare is not as much an issue as i think it may be, i might reconsider a plasma instead.


Edited by chesseroo (11/27/12 09:58 AM)
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#386226 - 11/27/12 12:15 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
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I've never heard of anyone being sorry that they bought a Panasonic plasma.

If you use a tilting/pivoting mount, it seems like you'd be able to mitigate the glare regardless of what screen you get.
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#386261 - 11/27/12 07:38 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: tomtuttle]
chesseroo Offline
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Originally Posted By: tomtuttle

If you use a tilting/pivoting mount, it seems like you'd be able to mitigate the glare regardless of what screen you get.

And in part i'm hoping if i have to go that route that it could do the trick. A slight angle down, a slight angle left (not enough to make anyone tilt their heads to compensate...)
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#386263 - 11/27/12 07:46 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
tomtuttle Offline
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Loc: Tacoma
Monoprice. Not sure which one I got, but it was excellent quality and a good value.
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#386381 - 11/30/12 07:51 PM Re: It's that TV time of year again...what to buy... [Re: chesseroo]
chesseroo Offline
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Registered: 05/13/02
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Loc: western canada
Narrowed down the list to three and the last remaining item to check over is the glare in the room.
The list includes:
LG 47" LM7600 (LED)
Sony 46" HX850(LED)
Panasonic 50" ST50 (plasma)

Contemplating getting all three to do a comparison and returning the two we don't like.
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