50-inch Plasma HDTV Buyer's Guide

Posted: Oct 4 2007, 8:28am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 10 2010, 10:29am CDT, in Shopping | Shopping Tips

 

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50-inch Plasma HDTV Buyer's Guide
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One of the best ways to make watching TV, movies, and sports more fun and entertaining is with a nice big screen HDTV. With prices on plasma HDTVs coming down it is getting easier to find affordable larger screen sizes in the area of 50-inches and up.

If you wonder what the differences between plasma and LCD HDTVs are, here is a quick rundown. Plasma HDTVS typically offer better contrast and can render deeper blacks, leading to a better image quality. Plasmas also tend to have better response times than LCD HDTVs, which means that you don’t see blurring of on screen images during fast action. The drawback of a plasma HDTV is that they tend to put out more heat than a LCD panel and are susceptible to image burn in from static images such as the HUD when playing video games or the news ticker on news stations.

LCD HDTVs benefit from no real issue with static image burn in, they run cooler than plasma HDTVs, perform better than plasma HDTVs at high altitude, and often offer brighter image over plasmas. The LCD HDTV also offers a much longer lifespan than your typical plasma HDTV. A typical plasma HDTV has a lifespan of around 30,000 hours equating to about 9 years of use at 8 hours per day. Your typical LCD HDTV has a lifespan of about 60,000 hours. That said, most of us would never worry about lifespan, even at 30,000 hours most users will be looking to upgrade well before the 30,000-hour lifespan is up.

This buyer’s guide is going to have a look at some of the good large screen (over 50-inch), plasma HDTVs. The HDTV sets listed below are arranged in no particular order.

Hitachi P50S601 50-inch Full HD Ultravision Plasma HDTV

The Hitachi P50S601 50-inch HDTV is one of the best HDTVs of any type that I have tested. The image quality is fantastic and the set has some of the best black levels I have seen. The only real drawback to this HDTV is that it is expensive with an MSRP of about $3500, but you can find it online at around $2400. For that money you get a motorized base so you can swivel the TV from the remote for the best viewing angles. The TV is capable of full 1080p HD and still makes standard definition programming look good as well.

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Hitachi 50-inch P50S601 Plasma HDTV

Pioneer Elite 60-inch PureVision Plasma PRO-1540HD

The largest Plasma HDTV that I have tested to date was the Pioneer Elite 60-inch plasma. This set is capable of full 1080p resolution and has great image quality. The 60-inch screen size is big and may be overwhelming in a smaller room. You can save some space if you run your sound through an AV receiver and surround sound speakers thanks to the removable side speakers used on the Elite 60-inch plasma. If you want one of the largest screens you can get, this HDTV is great if your budget can absorb the price. The Pioneer Elite PRO-1540HD carries a price of around $4300.

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Pioneer PRO-1540HD Elite 60-inch Plasma HDTV

Sony FWD50PX2/B 50-inch Plasma HDTV

If you are looking for a larger screen size, with a lower price and don’t need full 1080p resolution the Sony FWD50PX2/B 50-inch plasma HDTV may be an option. This set can do 1080i and 720p HD resolutions, which isn’t as good as the other HDTVs on the list so far. However, the 50-inch Sony goes for a bit over $2000. If you have a slightly larger budget I would recommend the Hitachi 50-inch plasma that started this list off.

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Sony FWD50PX2/B 50-inch Plasma HDTV

Panasonic TH-50PX75U 50-inch Plasma HDTV

If you are set on a 50-inch plasma for your living room, but need something well under $2000 the Panasonic TH-50PX75U is it. This HDTV can be had online at around $1500. For the price you will only get 720p image resolution, though if you don’t have a Blu-ray or HD DVD player you won’t miss the 1080p resolution.

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Panasonic TH-50PX75U 50-inch Plasma HDTV

We have more shopping guides coming and you can read them all in our Shoping Tips section.

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