by ns387241 - 2/20/08 7:14 PM
In Reply to: update by dealerbadger
Pioneer will continue their 42" plasma displays for the 9th gen. They will be 1080p, like the rest of the 9g plasmas (rumored at this point, but logical). The 9G plasmas will come out in Summer '09, lots of time from now. Every day that passes makes the 5080HD a better value.
Settings are never correct at the dealer (or big box store). Most, if not all, are set to a "dynamic" or "vivid" picture mode, pumping up all aspects of the picture. This is by no means a fair representation of the TV's abilities when properly broken-in and ISF calibrated. The "dynamic" setting is not only the least accurate setting on the set, but also the most harmful (to both your eyes on a dark room and the set's lifespan) and holds the highest power consumption. One can have a more accurate and efficient picture that is less harmful quite easily.
720p will be adequite provided you are sitting more than 5.5ft from the screen (@50"). 1080p is a subtle difference at even 6ft, but if you have an extra $3k, why not? I have a 5080 in my 13x15 bedroom and am supremely satisfied with it's resolution. I also have (amoung other things) an 80GB PS3, which I use for games, DVD and BD. Incredible. I think the salesperson's logic applies for a very short viewing distance, where, 5ft and less, 1080p would be a logical choice. Yet this statement is idiodic, as nobody with a 50" screen would normally sit less than 5ft from it.
I have broken-in this television properly and have set it correctly, along with hooking it up to the appropriate equipment. This is vital to the television's performance and lifespan. I cannot tell you how many people regret not taking my advice after losing their investment. Please make sure to take all necessary steps to protect your investment (I can provide them if you need me to).
Aside from PS3, I watch Time Warner HD cable, HD over-the-air, and seldom VHS recordings. All aside from VHS (which normally looks like junk unless it's D-VHS) look fantastic.
I think that if you're given a chance, you will see that the Pioneer, when set to it's break-in mode (50% on all main adjustments, no pro adjustments activated), is far superior to any of the other sets out there. Color, contrast, black levels, shadow detail, flexibility to different environments, it has it all. You can occasionally find this TV for $2K on sale at Best Buy, which is a steal for any 50" plasma with the deepest blacks in the industry. Go get 'em.
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