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#1 of 13 Jrf2

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Posted March 07 2008 - 08:29 AM

I'm interested in getting one of the new Panasonic plasmas for my home theater. The PX80U is 720p but has the bigger screen. The Z85U is 1080p and has higher contrast ratio (15,000 vs 30,000). The price is about the same. I'll be sitting about eight feet from the display. Which is the better choice? Will the CR and 1080p really make for a tremendously better viewing experience, at my distance? Thanks, guys.


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Posted March 12 2008 - 04:37 PM

Anyone? I'm slightly leaning towards the 42" 1080p Z85U, but would really love some feedback.

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Posted March 13 2008 - 03:28 AM

The difference between 720p and 1080p is not really that critical, especially when you're sitting at least at the proper viewing distance. The 50" 720p Pioneer Kuro beat a bunch or 1080p LCDs and a 1080p Panny plasma in a shoot-out, mainly because it has better black levels and color.

OTOH, contrast ratio doesn't get as much consideration as it should. Normally I recommend getting the bigger display, but in this case the better contrast ratio of the 42" set might be a difference maker. Can you view them side by side under controlled conditions?
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Posted March 13 2008 - 03:33 AM

James:

Personally I would go for the larger screen size as opposed to the higher res count. I have a 50 inch 75U and love it. HD looks great and SD looked better to me on the 720p sets vs. the 1080p set.

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Posted March 13 2008 - 06:02 AM

Thank you, guys. I've seen the PX80 and was impressed, even at about three or four feet away. I went to Best Buy and they didn't have any of the Z85U's. I'm not concerned about SD capability as I really only watch Blu, HDTV, and standard DVD's on the machine. Once I can compare, I'll make the choice, though a third option, which has become cheaper lately, is also possible: Samsung 5084. Thanks again.

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Posted March 13 2008 - 09:14 AM

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Thank you, guys. I've seen the PX80 and was impressed, even at about three or four feet away. I went to Best Buy and they didn't have any of the Z85U's. I'm not concerned about SD capability as I really only watch Blu, HDTV, and standard DVD's on the machine.

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Posted March 13 2008 - 12:11 PM

NO, no you're wrong! My super cool PS3 takes my DVD's and makes them super cool 1080p, which is actually the same as real 1080p, so in your face!!! Yeah!!!

...yeah my wording in my previous post was not the best. I meant to say I'm not concerned with Standard Def TV programming from cable/satellite. I may just run my Standard DVDs from HDMI in 480i/480p and let the TV do the processing. I've always been wary of upconverting players, even though the PS3 has a pretty good upscaler from what I understand.

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Posted March 14 2008 - 01:51 PM

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Anyone? I'm slightly leaning towards the 42" 1080p Z85U, but would really love some feedback.

I just purchased the 85u at Bestbuy. Delivering it on Sunday and will have them mount it on the Wall on Wednsday.

The Contrast ratio and the fact that it is 1080P did it for me. I have a Sony Bluray Player, so I can take advantage of the 1080P.


Both TV's are the same price but; 1080P offers more flexibility when it comes to handling different sources from 480-1080p. Even Over the Air HD has channels at 1080I. I don't want to limit myself to only receiving 720p.

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Posted March 14 2008 - 05:25 PM

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Even Over the Air HD has channels at 1080I. I don't want to limit myself to only receiving 720p.

Bear in mind:

ABC, FOX are 720p OTA. ESPN and ESPN2 are also 720p (but they get massaged into 1080i if you have your converter box set to output 1080i.)

CBS, CW, NBC are 1080i OTA.

After living with a 50" 720p Panny plasma set for a year, I'll take it over losing almost 30% of the display size with a 42" 1080p model for the same price between the 2 options.
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Posted March 15 2008 - 09:59 AM

Patrick I agree with size being a thing. I have a 56 inch RPTV that is 1080i to fall back on and enjoy. It is to big for the living room, so that was why I wanted to go smaller. I Will move the 56 into another room that is bigger. I feel that for the cost of what the 42 inch panasonic is, it was a better value for the price compared the bigger models that had the same features. I have a bluray player so, I wasn't going to go with anything less then 1080P.

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Posted March 30 2008 - 05:57 PM

How far back do you sit from yours, Patrick?

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Posted March 31 2008 - 03:40 AM

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I'm interested in getting one of the new Panasonic plasmas for my home theater. The PX80U is 720p but has the bigger screen. The Z85U is 1080p and has higher contrast ratio (15,000 vs 30,000). The price is about the same. I'll be sitting about eight feet from the display. Which is the better choice? Will the CR and 1080p really make for a tremendously better viewing experience, at my distance? Thanks, guys.


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Posted March 31 2008 - 04:41 AM

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How far back do you sit from yours, Patrick?

9 feet if I'm really interested in what's on the screen (and sitting up and leaning forward), or 10 feet if I'm just laying back on the couch. Posted Image

The 50" was the right size for my circumstances, but I kept trying to rationalize the 58" model last year. Heh.
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