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Old 11-30-2012, 12:07 PM   #76
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Went with the Sharp Aquos 70" LED.

We've had it up and running a couple of months now, and am very happy with it.

Colors are good, and if you've got a big wall or a big room, it looks great.

We'll see how it lasts and performs for the long run, but so far it's good.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:57 AM   #77
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Went to BestBuy the other night to look at the wall of TVs.

My girlfriend's eyes glazed over pretty quickly, "they all look the same".

Honestly, I couldn't tell a lot of difference in the LED and Plasma. Some 120HZ TVs looked better than some 600 HZ TVs.

In some sequences of the video all the TVs were playing, the Plasma was "jerky" as the camera was panning the shot. Some of the LEDs showed some pixelation.

Honestly, I had a hard time telling any different in TVs in the $600 - $1200 price range.

I decided that 50 is plenty big for the den. 32 is plenty big for the bed room. That's about it.

I don't know why I'd want "wireless" in my TV, and the sales drone couldn't answer when I asked, "why do I want wireless? What will it do for me?"

All in all, a frustrating experience and I'm not any closer to deciding on a TV.

I did like the Panasonic 50UT50, but it was the one that was jerky on some panning shots. And, it was $799 and there were $599 TVs that looked just as good...



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Old 12-04-2012, 07:09 AM   #78
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Get wireless because eventually you will be getting your movies etc online
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:27 AM   #79
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Get wireless because eventually you will be getting your movies etc online
Exactly.

Netflix and Hulu as well as the free content that comes with the Smart TV is a great option.

It should also make upgrading software on the TV itself possible.
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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #80
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I went to best Buy and picked up one of these I have a Wii, so I didn't need wireless TV and I have zero interst in 3D. Most Blu-ray players can be had these days with wi-fi, so there was no sense in getting that on the TV.
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Old 12-04-2012, 11:54 AM   #81
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I'm hoping to mount a TV above my gas fireplace in the condo I just bought. There is no cable outlet on the wall (or on that side of the condo), however there is one in the room above that I can drop down into the living room (townhouse condo). Electricity can be found and relocated easily enough so thats not the problem. No games but would like to get a blue ray player. I'm thinking wireless TV so I can stream netflix, hulu, etc. Is there a way to stream cable so I dont need to deal with a cable box/cable? Ideally I would like to see ONLY the TV on that wall and no boxes, receivers etc.

Secondly, is the Viera still the cats PJ's or is there something better? I dont give a rats ass about 3D.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:02 AM   #82
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yesterday I replaved ny 5 year old toshiba 47in lcd with a panasonic 50in st50 plasma. First thing I did was watch dark knoght on blue ray. Iam very impressed with picture and video ganes look fanatasic. I did alot of research before I bought. Every review the st 50 came in first.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #83
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yesterday I replaved ny 5 year old toshiba 47in lcd with a panasonic 50in st50 plasma. First thing I did was watch dark knoght on blue ray. Iam very impressed with picture and video ganes look fanatasic. I did alot of research before I bought. Every review the st 50 came in first.
Did you run it through the break in cycle using the fully colored screens ?

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Old 12-05-2012, 08:53 AM   #84
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This is what I got from Walmart. $548.00 and a $50 Roku for streaming.....

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Panasonic-...P50X5/20894664
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:31 AM   #85
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Sansui 32" LCD bought at Aldi in 2009 for <$400. Sent it with my wife to Ohio, and now Georgia. I still have my 1999 27" Trinitron that I use to watch the occasional DVD.

Plasma sounds nice. $800 for one doesn't. (I do remember when a 42" plasma was $27k, so $800 doesn't seem so bad, but I'll wait until the Sansui craps out.)
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Old 12-05-2012, 09:56 AM   #86
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Did you run it through the break in cycle using the fully colored screens ?

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There was nothing in the maual about break in or in the many reviews I read about a break in.. The only thing Ive read about break in is dont do a calibration until 100hrs. I found several websites that have done this for my exact tv. and Ill wait to try them, I think the tv looks great on the cinema mode, after reading your warning Ill keep it on standard for awhile, even though it pretty dark.
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Old 12-06-2012, 03:59 PM   #87
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yesterday I replaved ny 5 year old toshiba 47in lcd with a panasonic 50in st50 plasma. First thing I did was watch dark knoght on blue ray. Iam very impressed with picture and video ganes look fanatasic. I did alot of research before I bought. Every review the st 50 came in first.
Where did you buy it, do you feel you got a good price? Best I've seen is Amazon for $999.

I'm looking for the same model, or maybe go to the 55", undecided at this point.
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Old 12-06-2012, 04:36 PM   #88
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Where did you buy it, do you feel you got a good price? Best I've seen is Amazon for $999.

I'm looking for the same model, or maybe go to the 55", undecided at this point.

i paid $1099 at abc warehouse, they were inline with most other stores, after 3 days I have no regrets on this tv. Go as big you can, Iam 13ft away the 50 is just right.
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Old 12-06-2012, 05:03 PM   #89
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There was nothing in the maual about break in or in the many reviews I read about a break in.. The only thing Ive read about break in is dont do a calibration until 100hrs. I found several websites that have done this for my exact tv. and Ill wait to try them, I think the tv looks great on the cinema mode, after reading your warning Ill keep it on standard for awhile, even though it pretty dark.
Yeah, I downloaded a file of "slides" from one of the AV forums. Put it on a flash drive and ran the TV on it for the first hundred hours. It has the entire screen one color for so many seconds and rotates through the file. It is supposed to break in the pixels evenly across the screen.

Most folks on those forums do agree to not calibrate prior to the first hundred hours of use. You can probably find the proper "settings" with a little searching.



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Old 12-08-2012, 06:52 AM   #90
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What happens if one doesn't 'break in the pixels'?
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