Samsung PN50A650 - Just Got One!
It was time to replace my Toshiba 51HX83 rear projection...a really good TV for what it was...it had a great HD picture for a projection TV, and had excellent sound (thanks to the big cabinet and it's beefed up speakers and amp)...I was replacing it because we wanted to change the look of our family room, RP TV's make that tough (they take up a lot of space, and dominate the view).
I did research for about 6 months, and looked at every make/model available in my area (GTA Ontario). I was convinced all along that I would wind up with a Pioneer Elite, but had a hard time convincing myself that paying $6000 for a TV was sane...I don't spend all my time watching TV (no offence intended to anyone who does!), so I gotta save some money for my other hobbies...so that lead me to the Panasonics, more affordable, but still pricey enough, and this year's don't seem to be quite as good as last, from what I've read...so the next thing you know, I discover the PN50A650, on sale last week at the Future Shop for $2200...about $150 less than the Toshiba I was replacing originally cost me...now we're talking! I finally pulled the trigger.
This TV has a great picture on all inputs...HD TV, standard def TV, DVD, games...clear and sharp...fantastic vibrant colours...great blacks...ok, it doesn't "dissappear" in a dark room like a Kuro does when it's displaying "nothing", but I don't spend a lot of time in a dark room watching "nothing", so I can live with that!
Then menus and on-screen controls are great on this TV...menus look sharp, are easy to navigate, all changes have "instant" effect so you can see what you're doing. One really nice touch is that the volume control appears as a vertical bar on the left side of the screen, so it doesn't pop over the picture when you turn it up or down.
Lots of inputs, including 4 HDMI...no probably hooking lots of stuff up (I have cable box, DVD player, Wii, XBox).
The "Touch of Colour" rose-tinted frame is really nice, too...although I can see how this could be a "personal taste" thing.
The only (minor) issue I have had so far is the somewhat "thin" sound...but this is to be expected when comparing it to the Toshiba RPTV...there's no replacing space when it comes to creating powerful bass...and not a problem when the home theatre system is on! I have found that all flat panels sound thin to me.
I truly can't believe how nice the picture on this TV is...I have spent the last 4 days thinking that I dodged a huge bullet when I was looking at more expensive makes/models...this is a great TV...and with a 2-year warranty, it is competive with even the Elite in this category (the 2008 Elites come with only 2 years, per Pioneer's website, unlike the 3-year warranty on the 2007's)...I am very glad I didn't spend more.
I highly recommend this TV to anyone and everyone!
By the way, many thanks to everyone on Digital Home who posts information...invaluable during my search for a new TV!
Last edited by HemiRamDriver; 2008-08-04 at 02:41 PM.