In search of my first plasma....

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  1. John DePeri

    John DePeri Auditioning

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    I am beginning my foray into plasm TV's. From what I've read so far, reproducing black with any quality is sometimes an issue.

    I currently have an HD STB with a Sony WEGA 36" tube, so the plasma I get only needs to be HD ready.

    I am perusing the threads and would appreciate any feedback.
    Thanks,
    John
     
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    John,

    A lot of time digging through that AVS Forum should pay big dividends in terms of gathering info and beginning to narrow down your choices.

    Some Q's to consider:

    - size (42/43, 50, 60+?)
    - brand (Fujitsu, Panasonic, Pioneer vs. others)
    - can the unit handle HD copy protection (is it DVI/HDCP or similarly enabled)?
    - will you need/want an external processor (CS1, CS2, NRS, etc.)
    - will you budget for an ISF Tech calibration (which may help you maximize the plasma's capabilities on blacks)

    Mike
     
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    Greg Conti Stunt Coordinator

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    Basically, boils down to:
    Panasonics have better blacks, Pioneers have HDCP, don't bother with any others except maybe NEC or someone using Panasonic glass (I think Toshiba may). HDCP isn't a issue on ED plasmas as you don't care if HDTV is downresed to 480p as the panel is only 480p. HDCP is a definite concern on a HDTV plasma. Supposedly, 2004 Panasonics will have HDCP.
     

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