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Old 05-07-07, 10:38 AM   #1
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Best 42in Plasma/LCD around $1,000?

Hey everyone, I am in the market for a 42 inch plasma/LCD tv. Are there any specific brands to look at? Do any stand out compared to the others? In my new condo, the entertainment center is built in and is designed for a flat screen. I would have to use a pretty small tv if I wanted the traditional style.

Here are my options:

Phillips 42 inch LCD
http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/nav...187&pCatg=5884

Vizio 42 inch Plasma
http://www.vizio.com/products/detail.aspx?pid=28

Vizio 42 inch LCD
http://www.vizio.com/products/detail.aspx?pid=11

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Rocky, the first thing to consider in Plasma selection is actually not the cost, but what you will be feeding it. Is your Video Source digital? For example, does the cable box connection terminate in a HDMI (digital) connection?

Feeding an analog signal into a lower cost Plasma or LCD will look far worse than the digital counterpart due to the low cost scan converters some manufacturers use. I am, of course, partial to Panasonic
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$1000 huh. If I had that I'd save up another grand a buy a new bike.
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Rocky, the first thing to consider in Plasma selection is actually not the cost, but what you will be feeding it. Is your Video Source digital? For example, does the cable box connection terminate in a HDMI (digital) connection?

Feeding an analog signal into a lower cost Plasma or LCD will look far worse than the digital counterpart due to the low cost scan converters some manufacturers use. I am, of course, partial to Panasonic
It will be hooked up to a DirecTV HD receiver, eventually a HD dvd player.
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It will be hooked up to a DirecTV HD receiver, eventually a HD dvd player.
Then you may be good, but you still need to verify you have a digital connection at both DirectTV HD Box and DVD Player. You can have Analog (Component Video) and still get HD (not going to look good on the Vizio).

Here is an excellent resource.
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Another thing to consider is that an LCD TV uses a little less energy than a similarly-sized plasma unit, and the LCD will last longer as well.

http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/185/1/
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Another thing to consider is that an LCD TV uses a little less energy than a similarly-sized plasma unit, and the LCD will last longer as well.

http://www.ecogeek.org/content/view/185/1/
This can be true when comparing low cost plasma vs LCD; not true at all when comparing quality plasma televisions!
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Since you listed the 42" phillips, I would check out Costco. Its about $100 less than samsclub price, due to a coupon.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...opnav=&browse=

In addition, I would check out AVSforum.com for advice on any specific model.
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Highest rated for your size, price range on CNET.

Look around at others as well.
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