Panasonic TX-P42U30 (Plasma) vs LG 42LE4500 (LED)

ijintheuk

Novice Member
Hi again,

Now, I have been searching for a TV in my budget (under £450) for about 3 days now and I am still stuck! I have narrowed it down to 2 choices... sort of (still some other's to consider).

There is not much information on the Panny but all I have gathered is it is one of Panasonics entry level full HD plasma's and it is a new 2011 model. I have only read 2 reviews on it (both on Amazon), both giving it 5 stars.

The LG, on the other hand, has more reviews and seems to be very good, getting 9.2 on reevoo.co.uk and 9.1 on test freaks. It is a full HD LED TV

So my question is, which is better, a lower Range Full HD plasma or a mid-range full HD LED?

Help :lease:

Thanks alot
 

ijintheuk

Novice Member
I have changed from the LE4500 to the LE5300 as it as a faster refresh rate so is better for gaming
 

ijintheuk

Novice Member
Panasonic TX-P42U30 vs LG LE5300 37

What do you guys think?
 

PlayStation

Active Member
I'm a huge Panasonic fan so I'm saying Panasonic but I highly recommend you go to a store and see.
Buying stuff this expensive over Internet is risky.
 

conphysics

Standard Member
I'm a huge Panasonic fan so I'm saying Panasonic but I highly recommend you go to a store and see.
Buying stuff this expensive over Internet is risky.
hi do you experience any IR (image retention) or burn-in issue in your panasonic plasma. Actually I want to bus g20 but i scared about ir and burn-in due to that reason I looked for lcd. Is this logical :( Also i like pana do you recommend pana lcd thanks in advance:lease:
 

PlayStation

Active Member
conphysics said:
hi do you experience any IR (image retention) or burn-in issue in your panasonic plasma. Actually I want to bus g20 but i scared about ir and burn-in due to that reason I looked for lcd. Is this logical :( Also i like pana do you recommend pana lcd thanks in advance:lease:
Well my GT30 gets no IR. Even if it does it's not visible whatsoever and I play games with counters that stay on the screen for hours and even then no visible IR.
I've never seen a Panasonic LCD's PQ so wouldn't know but for plasma, Panasonic is the way to go.
 

conphysics

Standard Member
Well my GT30 gets no IR. Even if it does it's not visible whatsoever and I play games with counters that stay on the screen for hours and even then no visible IR.
I've never seen a Panasonic LCD's PQ so wouldn't know but for plasma, Panasonic is the way to go.
thanks for your advice I think I will buy a 42g20
 

ijintheuk

Novice Member
The only store I saw it in was very brightly lit and the screen looked pretty bad to be honest. I prefered the look of the LED much better
 

ijintheuk

Novice Member
Right, I have been visiting a few TV stores today and in most of them, I prefered the LED's. In the bright lit shops (Comet, currys) the picture on the plasma was very bad. There was no detail and peoples faces were made up of splodges. However in the other TV store (very dark-lit) the plasmas actually looked pretty good. I still think I prefer the LED's because of their bright and vibrant look but the Plasma's did look natural
 

boxrick

Member
Plasmas always look turd in shops, get them home and the picture is *considerably* better. Either way the following statement:-

I have changed from the LE4500 to the LE5300 as it as a faster refresh rate so is better for gaming
Is not true, the televisions will both be refreshing at the same rate ( 50 hz or 60hz with games ) The "100hz" is essentially guessing frames and artificially adding extra images between the real frames. As a result everything looks "sped up" the picture is poorer and input lag is massively increased overall making the gaming experience worse not better.

Luckily this can be disabled though.
 

Scooby2000

Distinguished Member
You need to see plasmas in specialist shops to see how good they are, Richer Sounds, Sevenoaks and independents inc Panasonic stores, they have demo rooms setup to be more like a home environment. People forget most homes don't have anything like the lighting thats in Currys etc. How the set is setup makes a difference too, many of the big stores want to flog LED sets as the margins bigger, that and many don't know how to display sets correctly, using poor demo material and crp feeds. LCD sets also look better (at firs glance)in the big shops due to their brightness combating the ambient light and over saturated colours. Not saying LCDs cant be setup to look good in a home environment, they can, when calibrated though they aren't a lot brighter if at all than a calibrated plasma though.
There are many good reasons to have LCD over plasma but I cant help but feel many miss out on a cracking image going by what they see in Currys etc.
 

ijintheuk

Novice Member
You need to see plasmas in specialist shops to see how good they are, Richer Sounds, Sevenoaks and independents inc Panasonic stores, they have demo rooms setup to be more like a home environment. People forget most homes don't have anything like the lighting thats in Currys etc. How the set is setup makes a difference too, many of the big stores want to flog LED sets as the margins bigger, that and many don't know how to display sets correctly, using poor demo material and crp feeds. LCD sets also look better (at firs glance)in the big shops due to their brightness combating the ambient light and over saturated colours. Not saying LCDs cant be setup to look good in a home environment, they can, when calibrated though they aren't a lot brighter if at all than a calibrated plasma though.
There are many good reasons to have LCD over plasma but I cant help but feel many miss out on a cracking image going by what they see in Currys etc.
Most of the reasons that support LCD are physical reasons e.g. Light, thin which I couldn't care less about. I went to a Panasonic store and I must say the setup was much better. The room was very dark and the TV's were displaying HD material and seemed to be setup very well. I saw a G20 in there and it looked excellent. Now I just need to decide weither I want to gamble on a set with not many reviews or get one with some good and some bad reviews. hmm...
 

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