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Old 10-05-2008, 07:04 PM
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We have had some recent troubles with our big screen and it is looking like we will be replacing it.

I have a couple of questions

How are the DLP tv's, we are looking at 65"+ screens and these seem to be a decent buy, I realize whatever we buy will be outdated in 6 months(we have had our current tv 9-10 yrs)

We have Direct TV and I am curious is the HD option that much better, hard to tell when you go in the electronics stores since they keep all the tv areas darker which I know makes the pictures like better and they also like to run movies that are in HD.

I do want the tv to have the best picture and from what I have seen the HD option for Direct TV is $10 month more, do not mind spending if it really makes a difference.

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Is HD better... YES!

I hate watching some shows in "regular" viewing mode when I have either A) already seen it on HDTV and know how good it can really look - like the PLANET EARTH series on discovery or B) know it would look great on HD.

Watch a football game in HD and you will see what I mean. Also, the sound quality is superior. I watched the PLANET EARTH series when it originally aired and we had the channel it aired on in HD. Now we are recording in non-HD mode and it's disappointing to say the least. The colors are kinda dull, the picture is not very crisp and you're missing out on 1/3 of the original program.

So go with HD!
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Yes. We bought a HD ready 65" 5 years ago. I recently got the HD tuner. I'll never go back. Consider this is coming from a guy that doesn't get into the latest hype/tech/crap that is coming out. Even with older technology, and a big ass screen, the resolution is much better.
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Well worth it to me. My 46" LCD Hi-Def is coming up on 2 years old and I'm still amazed at the picture quality when viewing HD channels.
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If you want to save money you can go DLP, but be prepared to assign a ton of floor space to it.

Go LCD or Plasma. You won't regret it.
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It took me a long time to come around, I dont watch much TV, mostly sports, and not even a lot of that. It really is better though, way better. The only problem is you will hate watching non-hd stuff.
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I have HD in every room, i think its well worth it.

My den has a 71" SamSung 1080P DLP HD. Direct tv hd DVR receiver plus Blue Ray HD dvd combo + Bose 6.1 surround sound system, and xbox 360 elite.

Kitchen hs a 24" LCD 1080P westinghouse HD, bose wave system. Hd dvd player. Upconverts standard and my older HD dvds play nicely in there Direct tv HD receiver.


Master bedroom 42" sony 1080P LCD screen Directv HD receiver Blue ray system, Bose 321 system.

Guest Bedroom Plus My home office has a 42" Westing House 1080P LCD tv Bose 5.1 system hooked up to a 1500W sony receiver. Blue ray player.

Other guest bedroom has a 26" LCD 1080P Westing house TvDVD combo. with xbox core system with hard drive and games, In the same room has a 20" LCD 1080I westing house hooked up to the same receiver which is a directv HD receiver, that way when the rest of the family is over both beds can see a tv comfortably.

Garage has a 27" sony Hd 720P tv direct tv hd receiver, only tv in my house that is still CRT, but is HD CRT. Plus a sony dvd player, and a sony automobile CD player and 6 sony xplode flush mount speakers fluch mounted in the walls of garage. System out of my wrecked mustang and I installed it in the garage insted. Preety cool.


SO yes HD IS WORTH IT IN MY BOOK.

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Yes HD is night and day better. As others have said you will not want to watch a sporting event on regular tv again. Get it, you will love it.
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Are you sure you need 65" screen? The best value in plasma and LCD right
now are screens around 50"

If you want a place with all you ever wanted to know about home entertainment,
this is the place:

http://www.avsforum.com/

It takes awhile to navigate around, but it is ALL there.

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[QUOTE]evensen - 10/6/2008 3:48 AM

Are you sure you need 65" screen? The best value in plasma and LCD right
now are screens around 50"

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Yes we need a large tv, den is 24 x 24 and tv is a long way from chairs/sofa
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Watch one football game in HD and you will never watch another in regular mode. I don't watch a lot of TV and I usually don't even watch in HD because I'm a channel flipper. When a commercial comes on, I'm flipping channels. It takes too long to flip between non-HD and HD to keep flipping and many of the channels I watch (news, history, etc)are not available here in HD mode, so I just watch regular mode. But I watch football in HD every time! (I only watch LSU and the occasional Saints game)

My brother just bought a 60" plasma. New model out I think from Panasonic. Supposedly has blackest-black of all flatscreens. I haven't seen it yet.
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I have a Samsung 56" Ultra Slim DLP and I love it. I paid 1800 for it a year ago and I think they run 1200-1300 now. So if you can deal with walking into the store 5 months later and see the same TV for 500 less then go for it. I have noticed LCD and Plasmas still hold their value. Mine is allso 11.5" deep so it doesnt require alot of space.
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Room size forced me to upgrade to a 73" 1080p DLP and I could not be more pleased with the HD quality. Comparing HD to SD on a HD enabled TV is not really fair, especially on a large set above 50" because the SD will look like crap. But compare HD on the HD TV to SD on a non HD CRT and HD is still a lot better. DVD's, both SD and HD (Blue Ray) will also look incredible on the HD set.

If I could have afforded a large plasma/lcd a couple of years ago I would have looked into it but at the time there was nothing out in the 65"+ range and everything was still quite expensive. One plus for the DLP is I have a great stand for it and it hold my audio/X-box/DVR too.
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I have a VIZIO 50" plasma great set got it at SAM'S the picture is oustanding, view one football game and the difference is so noticable you can not believe it.
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I'll wait a couple years and get me a 50 incher at wal-mart for $200. Plus any kinks will be out. I really really hate anything that depreciates these days.
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evensen - 10/6/2008 3:48 AM

Are you sure you need 65" screen? The best value in plasma and LCD right
now are screens around 50"

If you want a place with all you ever wanted to know about home entertainment,
this is the place:

http://www.avsforum.com/

It takes awhile to navigate around, but it is ALL there.


avsforum.com has everything you could ever want to know about HDTV.

You will need an HD source. If cable I recomend an HD TIVO. For satellite the Dish 722/622 is the best receiver.

I bought a 50" Panasonic Professional Series Plasma in December 2006. It has been flawless. I use it with a Dish 622 receiver.
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pdog - 10/6/2008 12:25 AM Yes HD is night and day better. As others have said you will not want to watch a sporting event on regular tv again. Get it, you will love it.
Exactly. Go for it.

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1. YES it is really that much better

2. If you are asking question #1 - then you really don't need to be spending a ton of money on your new TV. Any HDTV will look absolutely fantastic compared to your old projection set. Don't let people fool you into thinking you need to spend $3k on a new TV. You can do just fine on some of the lower end sets, and if you are worried put the $ into an extended warranty, or buy with a credit card that will extend the factory warranty. (or buy from costco etc although I am not 100% sure on their tv return policy these days) They don't make 'em like they used to - I wouldn't count on any TV you buy these days to last 8-10 years, but you never know. Prices have been dropping like a rock and technology has been imporoving rapidly, so no reason to over invest in a set just now.

3. Do you really need a set THAT big? If so you are limiting yourself to one of the projection technologies or going to spend $$$$$ for a 65"er to hang on the wall. But if that's what you want, that's what you want. Personally I don't like the projections but they've also come a long way. Or you can buy a decent 50" plasma for $1000-1200 these days and get an amazing picture plus a lot of floor space back.
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FireFly - 10/6/2008 6:44 AM

Room size forced me to upgrade to a 73" 1080p DLP and I could not be more pleased with the HD quality.
Which one ?


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