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LG 50pk350 or Panny 42g20b


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Ive narrowed it down to these 2 tv's from sampling at retail outlets. My budget was originally around £750 mark but for a good tv i can stretch a bit more which is why ive singled the panny 42g20b instead of its 46inch bigger brother which is out of my budget. As i want value for money ive narrowed it down to the PK350 as i will not use any of the extra features of the pk590 and its £180 cheaper. So its one of these two.


50pk350 is £629 (plus £63 for 5 year guarantee)
42g20b is £829 (plus £83 for 5 year guarantee)

Looks wise, The PK350 wins hands down with its razor frame and i can just about get away with a 50 inch with the tiny edging in my room. With the much thicker Panasonic bezel the few extra inches i think will be too much so either a 42 or 46 inch is more suited.

The panasonic display in currys seemed smoother as i believe the retailer had the IFC set to on which acted like a 100hz lcd. However, i understand many owners of this tv disable the setting to look more natural. I dont believe the pk350 has this type of option available.

My usage will be

50% HD viewing from Sky HD (mainly soaps and movies)
30% SD viewing of other non hd channels
20% Blu-ray and gaming via the ps3 and wii.

i do intend to use mkv's which the LG plays and the panasonic does not. However, i can always convert to be able to be played via ps3 so not a massive issue

The 2 worrys are image retention on both sets, though i hear Panny is best for IR, and failing blacks on the Panasonic tv (which may or may not affect the 2010 editions, though i believe Panasonic said it will but more gradual).

Advice would be appreciated as im stuck between value for money and quality. Should i also include the panny s20 in my choice?


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