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Old 01-05-2007, 09:59 PM
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I am behind the times and getting a HD TV. I want ~50". What technology do you recommend? Plasma, LCD,DLP? I am leaning dlp due to not wanting the glare of a plasma and having the room.. Is the 1080 worth the money over a 720?
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Old 01-05-2007, 11:54 PM
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Plasma needs to be re-charged with-in a few years and the screen has a glass front which reflects light almost like a mirror making it difficult to see when you have windows and lights in the room. LCD has no reflective problems and looks great at almost any angle. LCD's also has a very long life span. Another thing I noticed on mine(40" Sony) ....the screen doesn't collect dust at all!
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:21 AM
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Like Jay A said, the LCD's have less reflective problems. You do however have to be at a pretty distant angle for it to have real detrimental effects. They are fine in most rooms that aren't wider than say 25 feet. Plasma's shelf lives are questionable, BUT the briliance of their colors is unsurpassable. The LCD's have just recently been moved up to sizes over 40" and they certainely are intriguing. They too can be very thin like the plasma. Im not a big fan of the DLP as I have found in watching sports, it sometimes can't keep up with the quick actions of players. Hard to explain, but sometimes the colors seem to mix when something is moving quickly across the screen, almost like a blurr. Maybe just one bad egg, but its what I have experienced.
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Old 01-06-2007, 01:34 AM
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Home Depot up here is now selling (I think it is 52") plasmas for under either 1,800 or 1,900 bucks......cheaper then I can buy on face value a LCD.
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Old 01-06-2007, 04:57 AM
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I did a lot of research before Christmas before landing on a 46" Samsung 1080p. I want to be positioned for the mid term rather than regret not moving to the 1080p when programming gets there.

Right now 1080p gives you very little since cable and satellite are still broadcasting in 720p. You can get the 1080p if you go with one of the two expensive DVD players. Just depends if you are ready to spend between 500 and 1000 on the 1080p format right now.

I went LCD for the reasons above - especially since I have a sofa at right angle to the screen and you can still watch at the tightest of angles.
I used a number of the research sites before choosing the model - the best being cnet.com. Then I went to BestBuy and Circuit City to actually see the TV. You sould be aware that in the stores the TVs are still showing 720p programming even though it may be a 1080p TV.

Regarding rear screen projection/DLP. I would have considered that option if I had the space behind the TV for it. I didn't where I needed to place the set.

I have this Samsung http://reviews.cnet.com/Samsung_LN_S...-31919063.html

It was for sale at the big box outlets for around 3K before tax (so around 3300 all in). I bought at Amazon (Vanns) for 2500 delivered.
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:18 AM
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I too did a ton of research before purchasing and cnet.com was very helpful. I finally settled on LCD for a few reasons...low weight, low energy consumption, no glare, and overall brighter screen. For a given size, a plasma might weigh almost double the LCD. If wall mounting, that might be a serious consideration. In the past, anything over about 40" was strictly the realm of plasma, but that isn't true anymore as LCD is catching up fast. If you plan on putting the tv in a true home theater or dark room, then plasma might be nice due to it's naturally dimmer screen. But if your room has alot of light or sunlight, the LCD will be more suitable. As for 1080i, you might as well get it so that you won't be outdated in a week when things finally get there. My DVD player upconverts the signal via the HDMI cable to 1080 and the picture is crazy good. I am VERY satisfied with the picture on my Samsung LCD.
For what it's worth, a certified Samsung service tech told me yesterday that he prefers plasma. But that's his personal opinion. As for brands, he rated Samsung, Panasonic, and Hitachi pretty high. He personally owned a Hitachi.
It's all a matter of personal taste and I truly don't think the average person will notice a big difference between, say, a Samsung LCD or Samsung Plasma of equal size. Both will give you awesome pictures.
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Thanks for the feed back. That is what I have been hearing about LCD and Plasma. I have been also told that LCD's lack contrast and really dont offer the very high quality over 42".

What are thoughts on the new DLP's (new style projection)? I am leaning this way due to the lack of glare and high quality picture. Down sides are lamp replacement every 4 years, thicker than LCD and Plasma (not like old projections though), and loss of quality of picture on sharp angles (much much better than traditional projection). I can get a 52" DLP for around 2000 with stand.
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:26 AM
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I have a 720p LCD in my office - watching as I type this - and it is an absolutlely great picture - but when 1080p comes on stream I'll swap this out to my bedroom and move up. I figure prices will be better on 1080p's then too. Kinda a hand-me-down program like when I was growing up getting my big brother's clothes..
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Old 01-06-2007, 09:30 AM
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I have a Samsung 50" HD LCD TV that broadcast in 720. Awesome picture!!! I have had it almost a year...it is well broken in I just recently purchased a Vizio 37" Flat panel HD LCD for my bedroom for $900 at Costco...WOW! Very impressive! It broadcast up to 1080. I would highly reccomend Vizio. For the money, you can't go wrong with them. Great picture and great price. They currently only offer up to 50" in either LCD or Plasma, but was told by them they have larger ones coming to the market, just no date yet. They have TVs from 20"-50". I would seriously check them out.

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Old 01-06-2007, 10:31 AM
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plasma claims better contrast levels....the blacks are blacker. but again, i think the common man's eyes would be hardpressed to see the difference. while the DLP might be nice (my brother has one that looks great), i personally wouldn't want one that has that physical size to it when i could get something just as good that will take up less room, weigh less, and is most likely the direction that technology is going...forward. my brother's DLP also is hard to watch from most angles.
and again, the LCD's are playing catch-up really fast with sizes over 42". I don't believe that nowadays you have to go plasma when going that big.
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Old 01-06-2007, 10:35 AM
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I have a 46" DLP that I just bought for my beach house Greg. If you are not hanging it on the wall, and instead just putting it in a cabinet or on a wide TV stand, it is a great alternative. The picture is great, it is light, and it is realtively cheaper than the LCD's and Plasmas. Mine is a Sony and cost about $1200 now I think.

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Old 01-06-2007, 10:54 AM
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I ended up getting a 52" Sharp LCD 1080p in the fall. It's one of their brand new models and I am hooked on HD now. I'll search the HD channels to see what's on before surfing the standard ones. Granted the cable only brings in 720p or 1080i, but it's awesome over regular broadcast channels. I've got an upconverting DVD player that will upgrade a standard DVD to near HD quality. When the Blu-Ray vs. HD-DVD war gets settled, I'll get a player for true 1080p that my new TV will display. You might as well get it now if you can afford to pay a little more. The Sharp was $4,300 when it first came out, now it sells for about $3,800. The picture is about the same as the new Sony 42" LCD 1080p machine, but I like the style and black color of the Sharp. Went with the LCD over plasma for less glare off the screen, lighter, less energy consumption, and less heat emission.
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Old 01-06-2007, 11:25 AM
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Sandshaker, I am told sharp is the best LCD. They supposively make the screens for most the other brands.

We ended up with a 52" DLP. Salesman advised us against the Plasma for us due to glare and the fact that it is going in the family room where toys can get thrown and break the glass screen. Didnt go LCD because it was a lot more money over plasma and DLP for the big sizes. My wife also wanted a stand to go under it for the digital cable box, vcr, and dvd player so the deeper tv was a non issue. Screen is unbelieveable, even from off center. Certainly not like my brother's or neighbor's projection. I am getting both 1080 and 720 through comcast. Sportscenter is awesome
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Old 01-06-2007, 12:47 PM
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Good job! At this time I recommend DLP for anything 50" and larger simply because from a cost perspective you get a lot more with DLP than you do with LCD or Plasma, assuming you don't need to hang it on the wall because you can't with DLP.

But things are changing rapidly and it will not surprise me if by Q1 2008 we see 60" LCD and Plasma's costing what the DLP's cost today. When this happens I will not be able to see any reason why someone should go with DLP as their first choice. DLP would actually be last on my list despite that fact that I own a 1080p 72" DLP and I'm extremely happy with it.

Next TV for me will be Plasma or LCD in the 100" range and it will be hung on the wall
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FireFly - 1/6/2007 1:47 PM Next TV for me will be Plasma or LCD in the 100" range and it will be hung on the wall
It WILL be the wall !!!
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Jay A - 1/6/2007 6:26 PM



FireFly - 1/6/2007 1:47 PM Next TV for me will be Plasma or LCD in the 100" range and it will be hung on the wall
It WILL be the wall !!!
That would be sweet!
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Old 01-07-2007, 12:25 AM
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cable and sat's broadcast in 720p and 1080I, 1080p is impossible to broadcast so its a waste of money, unless u get the 1080p blueray or dvd to go with it and watch mostly those.
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Good info, Dozer.

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Old 01-07-2007, 07:22 AM
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And, as the head of IM once said, there is only the need for one or two personal computers in the world.

Read here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1080p


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