Yesterday I cashed in my large mixed change jar (~3 gallons worth), and it was worth more than I expected: $1,150. Woohoo! I've always intended to buy a new toy for myself with the change, so...I'm looking at replacing my 37" LCD TV (720p) with a 50" plasma.
I'm generally happy with my 37" LCD, but the contrast isn't great, and I'd like to upsize the screen. For the moment, I'm focusing on 50" 720p sets because <a> the size/resolution/transition to plasma (and in large part better contrast) fits my budget and gives me a significant upgrade from my current set, and <b> at my viewing distance of ~10' (which won't change any time soon) - according to this chart
- I'll achieve the full benefits of 720p, but barely, if at all, receive any benefits from 1080p. Of course, it doesn't hurt that 720p prices have dropped this year. The specific models I'm considering at the moment:Samsung PN50A450
, $960 shippedPanasonic TH-50PX80U VIERA
, $940 shipped
Yes, yes...I know I could spend another $400 or so and get the 1080p versions of both of the above sets, but my budget simply won't support it, and if the chart above is correct I wouldn't notice the difference, anyway. On a side note, I'm a bit surprised B&H had the best prices from the usual online retailers I frequent (B&H, NewEgg, TigerDirect). Go figure.
Any recommendations as to which set of the two above, or alternatives in my price range in 50" plasmas, other online shops, etc.?