I'm shopping for an HDTV, and might have lucked into an excellent deal on a Panasonic TH-50PF30U "digital signage display". Help me understand the difference between a consumer plasma HDTV and a
plasma HDTV, because this is the first time I've heard of the latter.
I've been researching and shopping for a 50-inch(-ish) Plasma for several months. I've been pretty settled on the Samsung PN51D6500
or the Panasonic TC-P50ST30
. However, I just found out I may be able to get a better deal through my job on a Panasonic TH-50PF30U
I'm hesitant to jump on the deal, though, because it's billed as a "digital signage display" and not really marketed for home use. So I'm having a hard time finding reviews of it, or really learning what the difference between this sort of display and more consumer-oriented HDTVs is. The limited specs I can find look fine to me (1080p, adequate inputs, pretty standard stuff) but I haven't really been able to get a sense of how color performance, 3D performance, etc compare to the others I've mentioned – sites like televisioninfo.com don't seem to review these, and even Amazon is light on information.
Anyone familiar with using this (or any) "digital signage" display in the living room? It'd mostly be for Blu-Ray and other HD video content, and 2d & 3d gaming on the PS3. I'm fickle enough to want high-quality color reproduction and smooth 24p playback, but not fickle enough to, like, own calibration hardware or anything.
Mostly I just don't understand the difference between this kind of display and a consumer HDTV – is the difference just the interfaces (controlling over LAN, some other stuff I don't totally understand) or are the panels actually different than what they'd use in a consumer display? Any help is appreciated!