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post #1 of 61 (permalink) Old 07-12-2007, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
 
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Help with purchasing a TV

Alright I am in the market for around a 46 to 55 inch TV and I want some personal experience. First what is the general thought on which is better Plasma or LCD? Second what brand have you guys had good experiences with? Thanks
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we got a 52" sharp aquos LCD 1080p HDTV a few months ago, from buydig.com. so far its awesome, Dish HD looks good, PS3 looks good... its tight.

plasma vs lcd? we went lcd because the hi res model was cheaper... (1080p plasmas are like $5K last i checked)

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plasma 1080p is better, LCD is cheaper.

Panasonic/Pioneer for plasma

Sharp/Sony for LCD

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plasma 1080p is better, LCD is cheaper.

Panasonic/Pioneer for plasma

Sharp/Sony for LCD
I seem to be hearing a lot of the same
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I seem to be hearing a lot of the same
If size of the TV isn't an issue I would look at DLPs and rear projection LCDs as well. You can get some really good quality for a lot cheaper than flat panel TVs.

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I really recommend a LCD. They last longer and are better in the long run for HDTV.
We have a Sharp flat panel AQUOS lcd. It's probably the best tv we have ever bought to this date. It darkens and brightens the TV when the video changes and it becomes real easier on the eyes.

So yeah! plasma = fade out and bleed colors!
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65" widescreen DLP. It's great, Xbox looks good on it, movies are awesome, and regular cable aint bad. Out the door at HHGreg for 2000.00.
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sony makes pretty solid lcds... would have gone with sony if it was cheaper.

thing with rear projection (I don't know if this is the case with all of them)... try crouching down or moving from side to side while looking at it. the viewing angles are pretty bad, you have to be sitting pretty much straight on otherwise its dark.
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I really recommend a LCD. They last longer and are better in the long run for HDTV.
We have a Sharp flat panel AQUOS lcd. It's probably the best tv we have ever bought to this date. It darkens and brightens the TV when the video changes and it becomes real easier on the eyes.

So yeah! plasma = fade out and bleed colors!

At first thats what I heard about plasmas but lately I have been hearing they dont have anymore problems like that
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sony makes pretty solid lcds... would have gone with sony if it was cheaper.

thing with rear projection (I don't know if this is the case with all of them)... try crouching down or moving from side to side while looking at it. the viewing angles are pretty bad, you have to be sitting pretty much straight on otherwise its dark.
yeah thats why i am leaning towards LCD or Plasma
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plasma vs lcd is a common debate. the newer models are very closely similar. I have an LCD in the bedroom but i am thinking of a plasma for a basement home theater. LCD's are generally best suited for brightly lit rooms. plasma's generally have deeper tone/contrast than LCD. Don't worry about the old debates about color fade and short life of plasma. you will most likely get a new one before that ever happens. image burn used to be a problem plasma's, but i think the new models have overcome that.

HDTV on both looks great. viewing regular cable TV is crappy.

DLP and projection TV's don't impress me.

whichever is affordable or on sale gets my purchase.

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sony makes pretty solid lcds... would have gone with sony if it was cheaper.

thing with rear projection (I don't know if this is the case with all of them)... try crouching down or moving from side to side while looking at it. the viewing angles are pretty bad, you have to be sitting pretty much straight on otherwise its dark.
viewing angles are bad on them, but the picture quality is much better. It depends on what you want out of your TV and how you want to watch it. Not everyone is going to be sitting at 85 degrees from center from their TV.

Top notch picture quality, you want a plasma. Picture quality and affordable, you get a rp-LCD/DLP. Space saving and reasonably affordable you get LCD.

You need to weigh the pros and cons of each type and determine what is best for the room you are going to have it in and the type of use you want out of it.

Examples, if you have a room that you want to turn into a theater devoted to watching movies/TV and want the best quality with a really big screen but wanted to save a little dough. I would say go with a 60" Sony RP-LCD or a Samsung/Mitsubishi DLP. If you wanted something around 30" for your bedroom where quality wouldn't be real important because you were only going to have it on right before bed and when you get up and get ready for work in the morning I would say go with a sony/sharp LCD. If you had loads of money and didn't care how you spent it even if it didn't last a decade and wanted the best, 1080P plasma would be a nice choice.

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Thanks for the thoughts guys and keep them coming if it helps I was planning on spending anywhere from 1200 up to 3000 again thanks
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[QUOTE=mvp622;390392]Alright I am in the market for around a 46 to 55 inch TV and I want some personal experience. First what is the general thought on which is better Plasma or LCD? Second what brand have you guys had good experiences with? Thanks[/QUOTE

I would go with LCD. They are able to be repaired. THe picture quality isn't going to be as good but you would be able to have it 10-20 years. Where Plasma has a life span of 7-12 years top. When anything goes wrong with the Plasma you have to replace it. They are non-fixable. This is the info that I go from when I worked at Radioshack. Granted that's going on 8 months ago but stuff changes too. So do you research. Google it and read what people have put out there for reviews. Most likely you will be able to see the flook's that have happened with that 1 in a million chances so you are prepared.
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We just picked up a Sony WEGA LCD last weekend. I don't recall the model # or all the specifics, but I can't even describe how much we love it. I would watch nature shows on Discovery and National Geographic 24/7, the picture is so beautiful.

I'd heard repeatedly that the only downfall of Plasma is burn-in from the little station identification graphics in the lower right corner of the T.V., so we went with LCD instead.

I'll get the specs on it and post them up over the weekend.
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I'd heard repeatedly that the only downfall of Plasma is burn-in from the little station identification graphics in the lower right corner of the T.V., so we went with LCD instead.
Burn in isnt really a problem on recreational TVs because you will watch different channels. It's bad on restaurant/bar TVs that stay on the same news/sports channel 24/7. They have really improved that as well though. Plasma is not the same as it was a few years ago. It's improved greatly in reliability. However, it has a limited lifespan, 7-12 years depending on use sounds about right as stated above. It doesn't have a replaceable bulb like a LCD. Plasma is a luxury, pretty much. If you don't really mind having to buy a new TV after not a long period with it but want the best.

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Actually deciding what kind on depends on what you want... You will get the best picture quality out of a Tube. I know this for two reasons my inlaws got a tube that craps all over my plasma and my bro-in-law is a cable guy he's seen them all. Only problem is I think the biggest tube you can buy is like a 36in wide.
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I have heard from many a sales man... grad a chair and sit in front of the TVs you want, for a while. Find the TV with the best picture that appeal to you. Then take the price into consideration, product and name recognition only play a minimal percentage in deciding which one to get.
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Actually deciding what kind on depends on what you want... You will get the best picture quality out of a Tube. I know this for two reasons my inlaws got a tube that craps all over my plasma and my bro-in-law is a cable guy he's seen them all. Only problem is I think the biggest tube you can buy is like a 36in wide.
Tubes are nice, doubt you will ever see a 1080p one though. They have CRT comp monitors that will do it, but they are ridiculously expensive for a decent size. The size range he was wanting, doesnt fit these though which is why I excluded them.

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I vote for an LCD, I have sold A LOT of high end TVs because I used to run an ebay electronic store. The problem with plasmas are numerous, even though they are new and cool they are quickly being phased out due to problems with them. Initial cost is a hell of a lot more than an LCD and the price vs quality difference isn't really worth it. You cant really repair them due to the cost so once you start to get a bleed it just spreads and you have a spot in your TV so its easier and not much more expensive to go buy a new one, and believe me it is VERY easy to damage. In my experience LCDs are lighter weight wise so its easier to wall mount. LCDs also put off less heat, this really isnt useful for most people but it was for me because I had one in my reptile room and needed to cut down on sources of heat as much as possible. I could go on and on about little things I like about LCDs over Plasma... As said before rear projection IMO spanks LCDs and Plasma's overall taking into account price, picture quality, etc. You could just be cool like me and go and get a really nice projector with the money, dont get the same picture quality like HD but you get a nice 15 ft screen and with a good surround sound system it makes you feel like your in the theaters except you can pause the movie to go pee.
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