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Old 22-07-2013, 11:33
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Hi,
I'm in the market for a new TV as my 7 year old 37" Panasonic plasma has developed a screen fault (2 x thin lines down side of screen red and green).
I have convinced myself to stick with plasma as I believe the picture quality is still better than LED. Would like something in the region 0f 46 or 47 inch full HD but having searched the web it appears that plasmas either come in 42" or next jump up to around 50".
Anyone know why this is, as there are simply hundreds of LED's in this size, so seems strange that there very limited choice (old models) in this size. Will this be changing in the future as i can stick with current tv for now as although annoying you hardly notice the lines.
Any ideas?
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Old 22-07-2013, 11:50
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Will this be changing in the future as i can stick with current tv for now as although annoying you hardly notice the lines.
Any ideas?
If it does change in the future it's more likely to offer LESS choice as Plasma dies out, there's only three manufacturers left, and all three sell far more LCD's than Plasmas.
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Old 22-07-2013, 12:00
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If I could just take the leap and convince myself that a 50" plasma would not be too big I would go for it. Shouldnt really be a problem as main viewing distances in my lounge are about 12 - 15 feet. It's just whether it will be a shock going from 37 to 50 inch TV.
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Old 22-07-2013, 12:02
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If it does change in the future it's more likely to offer LESS choice as Plasma dies out, there's only three manufacturers left, and all three sell far more LCD's than Plasmas.
Understand what your saying but I still want a plasma TV.
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Old 22-07-2013, 13:47
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Understand what your saying but I still want a plasma TV.
Go for the 50 then

It might look big initially, but after a few days it won't.
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:04
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50" dominates in the room, a 37" really doesn't.

Having said that a 46"/47" is not hiding itself away either.

Keeping a 50" closer to the ground can help reduce it's room impact, but likely a new TV unit would be needed in that case.
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Old 22-07-2013, 14:16
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...<snip> it appears that plasmas either come in 42" or next jump up to around 50".
Anyone know why this is, as there are simply hundreds of LED's in this size, so seems strange that there very limited choice (old models) in this size. <snip>
It's due to the size of the glass (or LCD substrate) being produced.

Big screens in plasma have been available for a long time. Much longer than equivalent screen sizes in LCD. 42" and 50" are the most economic cuts from a large sheet of plasma glass. Other sizes are available but there's more waste so the panel price is disproportionately higher.

In recent years the technology to produce big LCD panels has caught up, and the numbers of those machines has expanded dramatically so there's a lot of manufacturing capacity available. Lots of capacity, with machine substrate sizes varying to suit everything from netbook screens right through to giant LED TVs means a lot more choice of screen sizes in economical cuts.

Sadly, 99 out of 100 TV customers automatically equate "new" with better. So consequently picture quality has taken a backwards step since the mass adoption of LCD/LED for TV use. It's clawing it's way back slowly, but IMO the average LCD/LED TV still has some way to go to rival the picture performance of plasma for the movie enthusiast.

TBH, you'll quickly get used to whatever size TV you buy. So if the difference is between 47" LCD/LED and a 50" plasma then I wouldn't think twice. Get the best plasma you can and just enjoy it.
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Old 23-07-2013, 11:32
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I replaced my 42" LG Plasma with a 50" LG Plasma earlier this year, and the new set is actually no bigger than the 42" as the 50" has a much thinner frame than the old set - only about an inch compared with about three inches.
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Old 23-07-2013, 13:19
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I replaced my 42" LG Plasma with a 50" LG Plasma earlier this year, and the new set is actually no bigger than the 42" as the 50" has a much thinner frame than the old set - only about an inch compared with about three inches.
Ok thanks, what model LG do you have?
I have been seraching around and the LG models seem to have the thinnest frames. I have seen this model at Richer Sounds LG50PH660V price matched by JL for 589-95.

Think the non smart / 3D version is about 499 but without warranty (extra 50 at RS) but appears that version not available at John Lewis. I am not to interested in 3D or Smart to be honest as I have Sky so can access On Demand and catch up services vis Sky box.
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Old 23-07-2013, 13:25
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I have the LG 50PM680T-ZF, which is a Smart TV and also active 3D. Bought it from Currys for 599 (I think). The Smart features are OK but the 3D is poor - too dark but this could be down to the Samsung glasses I'm using.
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