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#2864399 - 01/09/13 03:03 PM 1080p 42" Plasma TVs?
ET16 Offline


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Any idea as to whether these might become available in the future? Panasonic made them, but they don't seem to be available anymore.

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#2864411 - 01/09/13 03:18 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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Not that I know of.

The reality is that unless you're staring at the TV from 3 feet away, you'd be hard pressed to tell the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 42" screen.
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#2864442 - 01/09/13 03:54 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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#2864444 - 01/09/13 03:55 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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ET16,

I have a Panasonic 42" 720p plasma that I've had since 2007. It's an excellent TV. Even today it's the best TV in my house. I just upgraded at bought a Toshiba 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV (55L6200U), I think the Panasonic is a better TV.


Panasonic made a 42 inch 1080p plasma, but a plasma is considered obsolete technology by most people. You won't be able to tell the difference between a 720p and 1080p on that TV.

Regards, JC.
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#2864452 - 01/09/13 04:00 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: wkcars]
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How about that! Thanks!

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#2864457 - 01/09/13 04:01 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: JC1]
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Originally Posted By: JC1
ET16,

I have a Panasonic 42" 720p plasma that I've had since 2007. It's an excellent TV. Even today it's the best TV in my house. I just upgraded at bought a Toshiba 55" 1080p 120Hz 3D LED Smart TV (55L6200U), I think the Panasonic is a better TV.


Panasonic made a 42 inch 1080p plasma, but a plasma is considered obsolete technology by most people. You won't be able to tell the difference between a 720p and 1080p on that TV.

Regards, JC.


Thanks. I may just go the 720p route. I can get a refurb for $330.

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#2864482 - 01/09/13 04:19 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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I bought my last TV based on its estimated energy consumption because of the kids playing video games so much. I cant tell difference between the newer one and one that has been in use 5 years here. I think ambient light and reflection screws up quality more than the hardware's output in my house.

check out slickdeals dot net, its a forum where people post good deal links and others chime in and either thumbs up or shoot them down with a better link/deal. I let them argue and try to top each other, as the rest of the lurkers enjoy the banter and save $$ hehe.

http://slickdeals.net/f/5756490-Panasoni...B-M-YMMV?page=6


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#2864488 - 01/09/13 04:22 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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1080p 42"? What's your viewing distance? You'd have to be REALLY close to take advantage of that over 720p.

My 50" DLP is 1080p and I sit 6 feet -- I could actually sit about a half-foot closer and still be fine.
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#2864917 - 01/09/13 10:29 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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Panasonic makes some professional-grade digital signage in 42", but you'll have to feed them with an external signal.
TH-42PF50U is one of them.

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#2865001 - 01/10/13 01:49 AM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: dparm]
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Originally Posted By: dparm
1080p 42"? What's your viewing distance? You'd have to be REALLY close to take advantage of that over 720p.

My 50" DLP is 1080p and I sit 6 feet -- I could actually sit about a half-foot closer and still be fine.


or you have to use it as a computer monitor (not the best quality for that) to tell the difference.
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#2896356 - 02/05/13 01:26 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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Why do you want a Plasma? They are becoming a bit of a dinosaur now. The glass screens are nice but only in dark settings. Go with LCD, my personal preference out of the "big 3".
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#2896414 - 02/05/13 02:20 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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The backlighting that's used on most LCD TVs doesn't result in the greatest black levels. Plasma still does it better, IMO.
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#2896443 - 02/05/13 02:51 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: Quattro Pete]
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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
The backlighting that's used on most LCD TVs doesn't result in the greatest black levels. Plasma still does it better, IMO.


in a dark setting, yes.
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#2896728 - 02/05/13 06:25 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: ET16]
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Plasma obsolete? Yeah right LOL
I've heard this for maybe five years or so, but it's still kicking around not only because it delivers superior PQ at all angles, but because it is very cheap compared to LEDs. I agree that plasma screens are more prone to glare due to glass, but you can always crank up the settings to compensate, something I have to do on my LCD ad well. So it's not just a problem with plasma.
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#2897384 - 02/06/13 12:52 PM Re: 1080p 42" Plasma TVs? [Re: KrisZ]
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Originally Posted By: KrisZ
Plasma obsolete? Yeah right LOL
I've heard this for maybe five years or so, but it's still kicking around not only because it delivers superior PQ at all angles, but because it is very cheap compared to LEDs. I agree that plasma screens are more prone to glare due to glass, but you can always crank up the settings to compensate, something I have to do on my LCD ad well. So it's not just a problem with plasma.


I was a TV salesman/repair guy for years. Recently. I did not say obsolete. However - It's obvious in the decline of sales with Plasmas that they are on their way out. Are they a poor quality TV? No. But folks are finding the cost and picture more favorable with LCD and LED. I have had tons of customers complaning about their Plasma TV's glaring because another salesman told them it was their best option. I sell them an LCD and they come back to thank me.

When I started Plasmas cost $4500. Nowadays they are about a 1/8 of that price. Yes they were the "business" back then but there are other more favorable options now. In a dark setting they are hard to beat. In your upstairs day room with skylights and windows, forget it.

In five years they will all be on clearance because Godzilla LED will have crushed their popularity.
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