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Cheapest 50" Plasma/LCD you would buy?

The DirtMerchant

Well-Known Member
#1
Thinking about a 50" this Christmas, but don't need any bells and whistles.
No 3-D, no 1080p necessary. Anyway...looking for what is the cheapest
that is a quality display. I've seen some 720p Panasonic Plasmas
in the $600s. Just wondering if Panasonic is the way to go still or if there's
anything else out there I should take a look at...
 
#2
I recently purchased a 42" Panasonic plasma for $600. I am very happy with it, although I can't compare it to any others as this is the first large screen tv I've owned.
 

-B-

Well-Known Member
#4
The Panasonic plasma around $600 is my choice, maybe holiday prices will bring the 1080p set closer to that mark. A friend has it and I have the 42". Not a better buy out there IMO.
 

Towen7

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Staff member
Moderator
#5
I can buy a Samsung PN50C450 for $499 locally at Frys. I think the same deal is available on their website as well. If I were looking for a good display at a cheap price that is what I would buy.
 

Rope

Well-Known Member
Famous
#6
You could save some geeza if you opt for a monitor, e.g. no tuner. If you're using a STB or satillite receiver, there really isn't a need for a tuner. Just a suggestion.

Rope
 

Yesfan70

I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv
Famous
#8
Dirtmerchant's post is close enough for me to not start a new thread.

Looking for one for my mom. I'm pushing for a 50", but she thinks that will be too big. She sits a little over 11 ft from the wall it will be on (measured to be around 136") and thinks a 30-40" TV is more than good enough. What's everyone's take on Vizio? Worth looking into?

Also, I saw on a DIY show (either Garage Mahal or Man Caves), where there is a frame you can buy that has a polarized screen cover to make the TV look like a mirror when the display's turned off. Where do you find those and how much do they cost?



Sorry for the hijack Dirt.
 

Botch

I.Y.A.A.Y.A.S!
Superstar
#9
This month's Consumer Reports is their yearly Electronics issue, and it struck me that in both the plasma and LCD categories, in reliability, Panasonic took all the top spots. :handgestures-thumbup:
 

Kazaam

Well-Known Member
#10
Yesfan70 said:
Dirtmerchant's post is close enough for me to not start a new thread.

Looking for one for my mom. I'm pushing for a 50", but she thinks that will be too big. She sits a little over 11 ft from the wall it will be on (measured to be around 136") and thinks a 30-40" TV is more than good enough. What's everyone's take on Vizio? Worth looking into?

Also, I saw on a DIY show (either Garage Mahal or Man Caves), where there is a frame you can buy that has a polarized screen cover to make the TV look like a mirror when the display's turned off. Where do you find those and how much do they cost?



Sorry for the hijack Dirt.
Maybe 42", eh?

As for Vizio, I don't envision myself ever buying one. But I've heard some folks say they're a good value for what you get, so it might be worth trying. Then again, a google search about Vizio and "green screen" will yield a number of results about a particular problematic model from a few years back. Though, exactly how widespread the problem was, I don't know. Plus, it's not like there aren't lemons from other manufacturers, too.

fwiw... My grandmother has a Vizio LCD with a 37-ish sized 1080p screen, probably came from Walmart or something like that. Anyway... She complained after two or three months that the audio sounded tinny. So I played around with all of the various audio settings and finally found one that she thought was OK, but I kind of doubt she was completely happy. (We probably should've seen if the set could still be returned/exchanged, but she didn't want to, so...) That said, I never thought it sounded horrible; in fact, it was downright acceptable for a smaller room. Though, I'll admit that the sound wasn't nearly as "full" and nice as what I hear coming from my 50" Samsung plasma's internal speakers---though mine is a bigger TV and maybe has room for bigger speakers, I dunno.
 

yromj

Well-Known Member
#11
Yesfan, a good rule for screen size vs. distance is to divide the distance from the screen (in inches of course) by 2.5. 11 x 12" = 132". 132"/2.5 = ~53". The TV you saw in my living room was a 50" that we sat right at 10' from.

John
 

Yesfan70

I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv
Famous
#12
yromj said:
Yesfan, a good rule for screen size vs. distance is to divide the distance from the screen (in inches of course) by 2.5. 11 x 12" = 132". 132"/2.5 = ~53". The TV you saw in my living room was a 50" that we sat right at 10' from.

John

Thanks. Looks like I was right that a 50" would be a better choice in her room. Appreciate the info.
 

Yesfan70

I'm famous now bitches! vvvvv
Famous
#13
Yesfan70 said:
......Also, I saw on a DIY show (either Garage Mahal or Man Caves), where there is a frame you can buy that has a polarized screen cover to make the TV look like a mirror when the display's turned off. Where do you find those and how much do they cost?......

What about the above? Anyone have any info on that?
 
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