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Old 08-11-08, 11:05 AM
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Please recommend a 52" LCD/Plasma

Well, thanks to my mother-in-law who's coming to visit, my wife has given the "green light" for a new TV. Can someone please recommend a nice (but not horribly expensive) 52" LCD or Plasma? I have a 46" Philips (with the ambient lighting - I love this TV, actually). So I'm looking for a nice 1080p. Any suggestions? I'm trying to stay below $2500 for sure, if possible.

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Old 08-11-08, 12:12 PM
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Panasonic Plasma 50" for $1699

http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?cat=74670&eCat=BC|79|2341|3314|74670&whse=BC&topnav=&hierPath=79*2341*3314*74670*&lang=en-US
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I was going to recommend my 55" Panansonic Viera series that I love but atthe trime it was $3500. I also had a 47" Phillips LCD that was quite nice. Amazon has a 52" version your price range.
http://www.amazon.com/Philips-52PFL7...470992&sr=1-12
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You can probably still find a Pioneer Kuro 50" for about $2k. It would be 720p (5080), but it would kick the ass out of every TV you'd plan to buy. It's got reference colour accuracy and blacks that disappear in a dark room. A much better choice than any other LCD you can imagine.
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Originally Posted by Brian Shannon
Panasonic Plasma 50" for $1699

http://www.costco.com/Common/Category.aspx?cat=74670&eCat=BC|79|2341|3314|74670&whse=BC&topnav=&hierPath=79*2341*3314*74670*&lang=en-US
At my local Costco they had this for $1499.99. I had to take a second look to make sure and it was definetly the 1080P version and not the 720P which was sitting a few TVs over for $1299.99.
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I would say the Samsung LCD 52750. just got mine for 2449.99 . Might not have the deepest blacks but will never get burn in like Plasma .Just my 2 pennies.
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Well, based on advice given here and on AVS, along with a lot of research, I think I'm going to go with the Samsung LN-52A550. I'm not too thrilled about paying an extra $500 for the new 120Hz and Motion Enhancement. The 120Hz would be nice, but I doubt I'd ever turn on the Motion Enhancement (don't get to watch a lot of sports with a wife and three daughters). I just don't know that I can justify spending an extra $500 for those features. Unless I find a killer deal on something else, I need to stick to what BB sells, as my son works there so the discount is REALLY good.

I was THINKING about the LG 52LG50, but not sure I'm ready to roll the dice on that one. With his discount, it'd be $100 less than the Sammy.

I just kind of figure that with the extra $500, I could buy a receiver, as I'm moving the 46" Philips to the upstairs, and the Sammy would be in our basement.
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Panasonic plasma. enough said
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Originally Posted by ANDREMIKE
Panasonic plasma. enough said
Well normally I'd 2nd that...but if the Pioneer Kuro (even at 720p) is in your budget I would go,

Pioneer 1st choice
Panasonic 2nd choice if cost is an issue
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Have fun with burn-in.

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Originally Posted by modfather View Post
Well, based on advice given here and on AVS, along with a lot of research, I think I'm going to go with the Samsung LN-52A550. I'm not too thrilled about paying an extra $500 for the new 120Hz and Motion Enhancement. The 120Hz would be nice, but I doubt I'd ever turn on the Motion Enhancement (don't get to watch a lot of sports with a wife and three daughters). I just don't know that I can justify spending an extra $500 for those features. Unless I find a killer deal on something else, I need to stick to what BB sells, as my son works there so the discount is REALLY good.

I was THINKING about the LG 52LG50, but not sure I'm ready to roll the dice on that one. With his discount, it'd be $100 less than the Sammy.

I just kind of figure that with the extra $500, I could buy a receiver, as I'm moving the 46" Philips to the upstairs, and the Sammy would be in our basement.
I finally picked the TV I want to get: The Samsung LN 52A650. I'm not sure what the difference is between the 550, 650, and 750, but this TV looks fantastic.
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Came in here to recommend the Pioneer Kuro Plasma, but I see you're already made up.
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Well, I haven't bought, yet, so I'm still open to suggestions. I just like the idea of saving several hundred $ and getting (what I think most would agree) is probably the best TV I can buy for about $1700, with my son's discount at BB...

But please tell me if there's other thoughts. I'm just thinking that the A650 doesn't buy me much, other than 120Hz, over the A550. I seriously doubt I would watch anything much to take advantage of AMD. I really need a matte screen, also, as I have a window directly opposite where the TV will go... I plan to buy on Friday, so keep the suggestions comin!

Does the Kuro have a glossy or matte screen?
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doesn't the samsung have a glossy screen? if so, it may reflect the window located opposite from the tv. i recently purchased a sony 52w4100 - i am still waiting for it to arrive, so i cannot offer any specific advice

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