Whats better for sitting closer to? LCD TV or PLASMA?

Thinking about selling my 4 year old Samsung 720p HD ready LCD tv. Stuck an Ad on and have just had an offer of £350 for it.

Reason for selling was to get a 50" TV, probably Plasma seen as i dont see many 50" LCD's around.


We sit roughly about 2 & 1/2 metres away from the telly and the 40" is fine although some standard def channels can look a little pixelated/fuzzy.

Would watching a bigger 50" plasma be any better or worse from that distance?

And do you think that offer for my TV is fairly reasonable?

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Banned

Plasma for every aspect of viewing bar the one issue of retention.

master_chief

Plasma for every aspect of viewing bar the one issue of retention.



+1

Plasma! Better for SD, HD looks beautiful! Minus the retention as said above but you'll learn to live with it.

Plasma all day long

Original Poster

whats the retention? does that mean if im watching say BBC and it has press red button thing in corner, does that mean when i turn it i'll still see it?

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makershaker

whats the retention? does that mean if im watching say BBC and it has … whats the retention? does that mean if im watching say BBC and it has press red button thing in corner, does that mean when i turn it i'll still see it?



Pretty much yeah, goes after a couple of minutes usually. All dependant on the the TV as to how quickly it can appear.

Don't leave TV X logo on...

Banned

LCD is better for blue ray and gaming.

I've had retention when leaving my PS3 on or even playing some games or after watching movies with black bars it goes away quickly though.

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slamdunkin

LCD is better for blue ray and gaming.



Hmmm,, well i use mine for Xbox a lot.

How come the plasma screens look so dull in the shops though? Do they come with the brightness set very low for demo in the shops?

They use poor source material and usually not set up. Get it home then set it up too your liking. What model are you interested in btw?

Original Poster

Soemthing around the £500 mark preferably?

I had severe retention on my old Sony LCD so it not just on plasma ,but most modern plasmas now are not too bad for it and a couple of hours of snow usually wash it out, LCD always looks brighter as usually it is on shop dynamic settings

Original Poster

Been looking at this one- Samsung PS50C450

Panasonic all day long if getting a Plasma

makershaker

Been looking at this one- Samsung PS50C450



Very good review here: avforums.com/rev…tml

Doesn't have 1080P hence not FULL HD would that be an issue?

I agree with deanos Panny anyday if you are after a plasma.
Edited by: "exStudent" 5th Oct 2010

Original Poster

This a better bet then-

Panasonic Viera TX-P50C2B

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exStudent

Very good review … Very good review here:http://www.avforums.com/review/Samsung-PS50C450-Review.htmlDoesn't have 1080P hence not FULL HD would that be an issue?I agree with deanos Panny anyday if you are after a plasma.



Well i only really watch standard def and play xbox, only have the free HD channels due to buying my SKY HD box from ebay

makershaker

Well i only really watch standard def and play xbox, only have the free … Well i only really watch standard def and play xbox, only have the free HD channels due to buying my SKY HD box from ebay



That's better as it will have less scaling to do more suited for SD material. HD will still look great though. Yup that Panny is better.
Edited by: "exStudent" 5th Oct 2010

Original Poster

Would this be an ever better option than the panny? Seen an ex display of this for well under £500....

LG 50PQ6000
Edited by: "makershaker" 5th Oct 2010

makershaker

Would this be an ever better option than the panny? Senn an ex display of … Would this be an ever better option than the panny? Senn an ex display of this for well under £500....LG 50PQ6000



Good TV, have a read through this: avforums.com/for…tml

Take note of the last couple of comments not sure how wide spread it is could be just general faults but other than that an old model which is still good today. I'd be wary of buying an ex display, was it on for all it's duration? you should fine out how many hours it has clocked up.
Edited by: "exStudent" 5th Oct 2010

the porter

I had severe retention on my old Sony LCD so it not just on plasma ,but … I had severe retention on my old Sony LCD so it not just on plasma ,but most modern plasmas now are not too bad for it and a couple of hours of snow usually wash it out, LCD always looks brighter as usually it is on shop dynamic settings



LCD don't have any retention issue's. It must of been something else.

shauneco

LCD don't have any retention issue's. It must of been something else.



Yes they do I'm afraid. It's called image persistence.
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