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Default Recommendations on a 37-42" HDTV?

I am looking for at least a 37" HDTV that does 1080p. A VGA connector would be nice to have but isn't required. I found a Panasonic 42" Plasma that looks good. I need to keep the price around about $1300 max.

Can anyone recommend a good one?

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I am looking for at least a 37" HDTV that does 1080p. A VGA connector would be nice to have but isn't required. I found a Panasonic 42" Plasma that looks good. I need to keep the price around about $1300 max.

Can anyone recommend a good one?

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Yup that plasma should be good enough, even though it's an older model. Remember that plasmas often have a limited resolution when connecting the pc to it via vga.

If you really want to know which one to pick you should check out avsforum.com. They also have a sponsor forum, from where you can find pretty good deals quite often.

Btw. would you be willing to spend just 200$ more you could get the new pz80 model for 1499$.
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Default Re: Recommendations on a 37-42" HDTV?

I was reading avsforum last night. Mostly what i read about was the z700 vs z77 Panasonic models. I can't really find much about the Z80s on there other than product release things. I read somewhere else that the Z80s are really good but I'm not sure how they compare to the Z77s.
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I was reading avsforum last night. Mostly what i read about was the z700 vs z77 Panasonic models. I can't really find much about the Z80s on there other than product release things. I read somewhere else that the Z80s are really good but I'm not sure how they compare to the Z77s.
The z77 is older than the pz80 and the new generation has brought a long list of new improvements, better blacks being the most important one. The only difference between the z85 model and z80 model is intelligent frame creation, and some 24p features. But if you plan on using it as a pc monitor none of those features are really needed.

So basically pz80 = pz85, except for some minor features.
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Default Re: Recommendations on a 37-42" HDTV?

It will mainly be used as a TV. I was just kinda wanting the VGA port in case I wanted to hook a computer up to it. It's not a big deal though. All I really watch on my cable is HDTV channels and stuff. I will also be hooking my ps2/Wii up to it (I don't have a 360 or PS3). Maybe when Blu-Ray hardware gets cheaper I will buy one of those.

Are there any LCDs that I should look at? I'm not sure how big of a different the quality would be on a 42" plasma vs. a LCD. I've looked at stuff at Best Buy and Circuit City but they really didn't have any 42"s. I think the smallest plasma they had in the store was 50".
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It will mainly be used as a TV. I was just kinda wanting the VGA port in case I wanted to hook a computer up to it. It's not a big deal though. All I really watch on my cable is HDTV channels and stuff. I will also be hooking my ps2/Wii up to it (I don't have a 360 or PS3). Maybe when Blu-Ray hardware gets cheaper I will buy one of those.

Are there any LCDs that I should look at? I'm not sure how big of a different the quality would be on a 42" plasma vs. a LCD. I've looked at stuff at Best Buy and Circuit City but they really didn't have any 42"s. I think the smallest plasma they had in the store was 50".
Well if you're going to watch TV on it mostly, then plasma is definitely the way to go. They handle SD content much better than their lcd counterparts, so I'd highly recommend the pz80. You don't want to connect your computer to you TV by vga, but rather by component or hdmi(by using a dvi to hdmi cable). This should give you a much better picture(depends on the TV though and quality of input/cable).

Another thing you might want to take into consideration is that 1080p isn't that important when choosing a TV unless you're sitting very close to it. Black-level and color performance is much more important and will give you a much better picture than 1080p ever could. 1080p is really only important if you're planning on using the TV as a monitor as well as a TV.

Another one I might suggest is the LG PG60. It has gotten great reviews and should be coming out quite soon.

Here's the pz80 for under 1300$:
http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.a...ku=PNTH42PZ80U
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Thanks. I ordered a pz80
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Thanks. I ordered a pz80
Don't forget to post pics! I'm getting one myself later this summer, and would very much like some!
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