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Old January 2, 2011, 08:41 PM
ilya ilya is offline
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Refresh rate probably didn't have much to do with the image quality. 1080p and the contrast ratio were probably what impressed you.

A 42" Panasonic IPS LCD can be had for ~$550+taxes, I just got a 50" Panasonic Plasma for ~$500+taxes after boxing day for my grandparents. (C2 series 720p though)
A 50" S2 can be had for $1100+taxes if your budget can stretch.

I would personally recommend the TC-L42U22 since I don't know your specific viewing conditions. It's an IPS panel (better colour reproduction for an LCD) that can be had for under ~$700 after taxes, it has plenty of features and frills, power consumption is good, and the viewing angle is acceptable.

Otherwise, if you can live with the downsides of plasma technology, get one, you won't regret it. I personally watch on a 54" G20 from Panasonic and love it, even though it's in a well lit room. LCD displays of that size and image quality typically cost twice as much as what I got it for.
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