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Philips 50" Plasma HDTV (50PF9630A)
Posted 03 July 2005 - 07:21 PM
Posted 04 July 2005 - 10:27 AM
No personal experience, but in a recent article, Consumer Reports liked the 42" Philips plasma receiver. Downside of Plasma -- high price, heat (and lots of it!), power consumption, bulb life and replacement cost and burnin of bright static images (although this has improved in recent years). Advantages -- bright, gorgeous pictures, slim cabinets.
I'm thinking of getting this set. Anyone have any experiance with this TV? If not this one, I'm also looking at one of the new Sony 3LCD TV's.
My daughter and son-inlaw have a 60 inch Sony RP LCD receiver and are very happy with it. I haven't seen too much of it, so can't comment on whether it has noticable screen door effect, a common problem with LCD's You certainly get more bang for the buck with an LCD, but image quality may not be as good as with a plasma receiver. RP LCD's also take up more space than plasma receivers (deeper cabinets, but not as deep as RP CRT receiver cabinets).
If possible, compare the sets with true HD source programming in addition to standard analog broadcasts and DVD's. That may be difficult in most store environments, where they don't have HD reception from either cable or satellite. Most programming today is still 480i analog, so it pays to see how well the receiver handles that type of source.
For what it's worth, the effective SD picture size (diagonal) on a widescreen receiver is 0.817 times the diagonal measurement of the receiver. Hence, a 50 inch widescreen receiver will display an SD picture about the size of a 41 inch 4:3 receiver.
Family Room: Sony KDFE-55A20 55" LCD RPTV; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVoRoamio Plus, LG BH200 HD DVD/Blu-ray player via HDMI to AVR
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player
Posted 22 July 2005 - 08:53 PM