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Panny plasma S2 42" vs Vizio LED backlit 42" 120hz

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November 10, 2010 11:52:12 AM

Hey everyone,

I lean towards the plasma camp in terms of owning a TV. I just bought my first non-CRT HDTV on MOnday. It's the Panny 42" S2 plasma. Now, I know plasma's offer the most natural picture. However, my wife is used to the unnatural sharpness and "pop" from LCD displays. I notice it some, too.

We mostly play games and watch movies. I'm a little disappointed in the extra graininess in certain compressed HD sources and sometimes lack of "pop" that you see in comparable LCD or LED Tvs.

I like the plasma, but it leaves me wanting a little bit more. Should I return it for a VIzio LED to help my desire for artificial fake "color pop?"

Vizio link: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=115389...
November 10, 2010 1:41:20 PM

my92agsr said:
Hey everyone,

I lean towards the plasma camp in terms of owning a TV. I just bought my first non-CRT HDTV on MOnday. It's the Panny 42" S2 plasma. Now, I know plasma's offer the most natural picture. However, my wife is used to the unnatural sharpness and "pop" from LCD displays. I notice it some, too.

We mostly play games and watch movies. I'm a little disappointed in the extra graininess in certain compressed HD sources and sometimes lack of "pop" that you see in comparable LCD or LED Tvs.

I like the plasma, but it leaves me wanting a little bit more. Should I return it for a VIzio LED to help my desire for artificial fake "color pop?"

Vizio link: http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=115389...


I would never get a vizio.

First, I know quite a few people that bought vizios only to have them die soon after the warranty expired.
Second, many vizios that I have seen have very uneven back-lighting. It isn't noticable in bright scenes, but as soon as there is a dark scene onscreen it will drive you crazy (at least it does to me).

As far as your plasma goes, you should be able to get some more punch out of the picture by changing the settings. Go into the picture menu, and there should be some picture mode presets (eg. Dynamic, Standard, Movie, Natural, etc.). There should be one that gives you move 'pop'.

Hope that helps,
Casey
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November 10, 2010 9:39:02 PM

Man, you are comparing a pretty decent / good plasma HDTV against a pretty crappy LCD HDTV.

Well, I assume you can figure out which one I would recommend...
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November 10, 2010 11:04:28 PM

Haha nice. Thanks that makes me feel better. I also found some different settings in there that make it look better. I guess I need a bluray player, too.
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