Posted By RichC on September 8, 2008
After going a couple weeks without a television (well Slingbox on my notebook computer doesn’t count), it was nice to have a TV back in our bedroom. Besides being busy with the Taildragger Fly-In and TDIFest last weekend, I’ve had trouble deciding on just what flat panel technology and brand to purchase. I had convinced myself that a ‘bright’ LCD set like the new 120Hz models by Samsung were the best sets available, but considering that I’m putting it in a not-so-bright bedroom and that plasma screens are cheaper and great for both movies (dense blacks) and sports (very little blur) … I opted for the later. The biggest advantage was that I was able to buy a slightly larger screen size, add a Blue-Ray DVD player and middle of the road surround sound set up for about the same cost as Samsung 46″ LCD 120Hz series 7 HDTV.
I also wanted to purchase locally, as I’ve heard a few comments about dead pixels and didn’t want to have to repack and ship. So headed to the Best Buy and then Circuit City where both salesmen proceeded to tell me that I should look at the Panasonic branded plasma HDTVs. When all was said and done, I walked out with a 50″ Panasonic 1080p HDTV (TH50PZ80U) from Circuit City and the Panasonic Blue-Ray player/surround sound system. You now probably know what I did the rest of the weekend? (photo above of actual set taken with Palm Treo 700p)
The only negative was that the wall-mount for this TV was out of stock and that I had to use the top of a chest of drawers until I can find the correct mount — but the picture quality even without HD cable service is excellent (I can still tune in a couple HD stations).