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Looking at the big box websites there is the LG 42PJ550 for $449. Is this plasma tv garbage or is this an exceptional deal? The room I'll be watching TV in is east facing with big windows. I'll be about 8' from the tv and am a casual viewer.
 

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Sounds good, I would go for it over a LCD for 550. LCD's are more expensive, have poorer contrast and color detail and blur unlike plasma. Go for it, LG is 3rd best for plasma, first is panasonic and second is samsung.
 

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I almost have the indentical TV but 50inch and picture is very good. Let your eyes be the judge, at the end.
 

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I'm assuming that this television cannot be wall mounted. I didn't see anything in the description or the photos about wall mounting, but maybe it is just a given. I'd ask Bestbuy/Shop but I've been given misinformation from them in the past.

This will be my first HDTV purchase. Pretty green.

Thanks for the comments so far.
 

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When and if you you buy one, make sure you read about the monster cable thread. Don't be fooled in buying stuff you don't really need to run your tv. :eek:
 

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I've been looking at this set too, looks a great buy. However, where did you see it at $449? it's $549 at BB and FS, or did miss a 3 day special? Thanks.
 

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Sorry. Typo. I've only seen it for $549 not $449.

Let me know what you think of it if you buy it. I'm wondering if it will be buzzy or loud at home.
 

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I bought this yesterday. No problems with it at all, there is no hum.
It's just running on component at present via videotron, I'm very happy with it anyway.
You can't really fall off with this price, best thing is to buy it test it at home and return if not happy.
Yes the screen is highly reflective, it's not a problem for me and we've watched glass CRT's for over half a century anyway.
 

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Plasma TV's are great this time of the year. Watch it for a few hours and you'll have "free" heat in your living room. I love my TV in the winter just for that. Not so much in the summer when I try to cool off the livingroom.

I'm sure you'll like your TV. My next one will be a Plasma again and LG as well. This is my seond LG and like the picture a lot.
 

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A few more details about this set for the undecided. FS had 3 42" Plasma 720p sets lined up together all within $50 of each other, the LG, a Panasonic and a Samsung. To my eyes the Panasonic had a very slightly better picture, however, all of the TV's looked great though, but the FS salesman would not let me have a remote control to play with any of the sets, or program any of the sets up with a live feed which disappointed me somewhat.
For me the LG won out mainly because it had more inputs, plus it was the only set of the 3 with a computer connection. I would've liked a set with a flash input to play movies direct, however, it's a hefty price premium for that convenience imo and having a RGB-PC connection was the clincher for me.
I've had tremendous fun the last couple of days playing with set and finally managed to set the Pace DC551P stb up for the best picture after much browsing within this Forum and the picture is excellent
I would highly recommend this set for anyone wanting to get into HDTV at a reasonable price. Also I did a lot of homework before taking the plunge and would say to people don't be frightened of Plasma, there is a lot paranoia and misinformation concerning Plasma floating around on the web, but hey, maybe that's why plasma are at rock bottom prices, well the 720p's are as everyone is being shunted onto 820p, but for up to a 42" HDTV 720p is sufficient imho...
 

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I got this set last month for my bedroom. Really enjoying it so far. No buzz at all that I can tell and thats in a quiet bedroom. Been using it to view material from my Bell 6131 and Apple TV (older version). As discussed previously, this set is highly reflective. I don't believe there is any anti-reflective coating on it at all. I also chose this set over the Panny and Samsung that are priced relatively the same.

The only issue I experienced was some IR interference but this was resolved by turning of the "Eco Sense" feature.

The price is very good and at $550 it is just slightly above employee cost!!
 

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Further updates on this set. I've had it just over a week now and overall the television is working well, however there is a slight problem.

I have the set connected via HDMI, went to bed last night with everything working ok, this morning it would not connect to HDMI, just the no signal message was showng. I rechecked all my connections, everything was ok, so I turned all the power off to reset STB and TV and started from scratch and tried all different combinations to accept the signal and also tried the other HDMI inputs. I gave up in the and was just about to switch to component and I pulled the HDMI out I saw the picture flicker, put it back in and it was working.

I still wanted to try the component, so I connected it up and that was OK.
Reconnected HDMI and it was exactly the same, again no signal. So then I started gently pulling and and wiggling the HDMI input and it after a few seconds found the HDMI signal.

I'm not really happy about this so I rang LG customer service and they are sending a technician out on Tuesday, whether he can do anything in situ I have no idea, if he wants to take it away well that's it, I'll return it to BB and replace the model.

I'm wondering if anyone has had this problem before and what it is? I thought it may be dust or something and the only other thing I can think of is a faulty HDMI cable, maybe I should buy another cable to isolate it? but as I already said it was working working the night before and I woke up to this problem. It was only the pushing wiggling that brought the picture back. Hope someone can advise. Thanks.
 

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Everything is working now.
I bought a new HDMI cable and voila. Looking for the complicated problems and the solution was the easiest option lol.
 

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Plasma TV's are great this time of the year. Watch it for a few hours and you'll have "free" heat in your living room. I love my TV in the winter just for that. Not so much in the summer when I try to cool off the livingroom.
Never noticed that myself :confused: , maybe just your brand of plasma.
 
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