Cheers for those posts big boss I guess now it's time to do some leg work to see your recommendations in the flesh!
Nice to see that Panasonic are doing this in a 50" as on sale here. A size that up until now has been rather thin on the ground in the UK in LCDs.
My understanding is that the OP understands that you can watch a 3D TV in 2D, without glasses, but out of vehement 3D hatred, refuses to have a 3D-capable TV in his home.
Just wanted to make sure.
I agree with you that even 2D content benefits because of 3D capability of the TV.
Admittedly I wasn't 100 percent sure myself.
One more thing to add as a 2012 Panasonic plasma owner -- Sebrouen should familiarise himself with some of the problems experienced with 2012 Panasonic plasma televisions (including the ST50 you recommend). That way he can make an informed decision before purchase.
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Here's a thing to keep in mind... 3D movies can be brilliant to watch. I have quite a few now and most are really great to watch, gimmicky sure but great nontheless.
I wouldn't buy a Panasonic TV any more given that each of the models in the past few years suffer bad things with their picture, I'd be looking at say a Samsung which I now own though my last TV was a Panasonic and a great Panasonic TV at that the PX70 which was an HD ready TV but brilliant picture was to be had with it with all input.
The way forward is 1080p though and more and more channels are being made availible now than before.
3D as such I recon has not began to be as big as it will eventually become given that the majority of households won't or can't yet afford the decent types of 3D TV's which are best to own.... but prices are falling.
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Just bought the 42" E6B one today.
Have set up out of the box, then headed off to watch/listen to Eels at Brixton Academy tonight. I loved them, Mrs C tolerated.
Just shows that marriage is all about compromise
Will have a good play with the tv tomorrow.
All the sockets point backwards, so not good if you want to fit on the wall, but at least they don't point sideways close to the edge, so that the cables come out of the side of the set.
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The Panasonic 42" E6B is excellent.
All set up now in the Cobalt tv room (used to be my guitar and amp music room, but teenagers have taken over the world). Still, I can lock the door.
Excellent picture straight out of the box, though I've reduced the contrast from 100% on the default setting to closer to 75%.
Great picture, especially in HD, and the SD isn't bad.Not tiring and more natural than the smaller Samsung LED it has replaced.
Sound quality is as expected - thin.
Lucky I've got it connected to an older KEF egg 5.1 system via a non-HDMI Pioneer receiver (D-2011) or the sound would be completely out of proportion to the image.
Maybe the OP was thinking 3D tv's impacted the quality of the 2D picture or where significantly more money so paying a price for something not wanted.
or am I a bit late with that
A passive 3D TV could (debatably) affect image quality as there are filters over the front of the panel which supposedly reduce brightness. Whether this happens noticeably in practice is another question. Active TVs have no filters, all the work is done by the processor/glasses so in theory will have no effect on 2D performance.
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