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Old 06-14-07, 09:44 AM   #1
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Quick Flat Screen TV advice needed

Why research when I ask here...

What 40" to 50" TV (plasma or LCD) should I look at for under $1600?
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Old 06-14-07, 09:49 AM   #2
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versus a salesman? of course!!
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Panasonic plasmas are supposed to be good, according to Consumer Reports and two people I know who have them. I don't know if they're under $1600 or not, though.

But I still use CRT sets, so what do I know?

(I hope they still make 30" widescreen CRTs by the time I replace my current set...)
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Check out cnet.com's reviews...

I ended up with 4 Vizio LCD's from Costco. Decent for the price and they have gone down even cheaper from when I bought them in December. Also, Costco has a pretty good return policy.

The only problem we encountered is the speaker on one of the 42" LCD's we bought had popping sounds after a couple of weeks. It happened twice and Costco replaced them both. It's been a month since the last time and the popping hasn't come back at all. I heard that was the common prob and the prob usually occurs within the first month.

My only other gripe is the lack of easily accessible a/v cable inputs. They have two but they are hard to reach if you have it mounted flat on the wall.

Other than that, if you are looking for an affordable flat panel don't expect lots of features that come on higher end tv's. It's about compromise. Vizio does what it's made for... affordable, no frills flat panel TV.

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I just recently got a 37" Olevia and it rawks the world!! It had nearly as high ratings as the expensive TVs. I picked up a refurb from Newegg for $600.

I have an online subscription to Consumer Reports...where I got some of my info. PM me and I'd be happy to discuss the CR report with you for some additional info.
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It depends

More questions than answers.

Best answer is neither, switch to DLP front projection and expand your picture size to 120 inches by having something the size of a shoebox on your opposite wall.

If you must have the flat thin screen because it fits your room or you prefer the look when switched off, which I imagine is why you limit the choices to Plasma vs LCD, then look at your viewing conditions. If you have lots of ambient light (windows, mirrors, white walls, reflections) then get plasma because the color saturation and contrast will be better, but be prepared for heat and noise, they don't run on air (you may wish to check the noise level measurements of the manufacturer and try to find something below 35-40 db).

If you have total or good light control, then LCD will work acceptably, use less energy, and still be thin, I just don't view them as having the contrast and black levels of the other display devices.

However, even though not requested, the best picture award remains with CRT TVs and you can get great deals on 35 and 36 inch CRT sets which will last an extremely long time compared to LCD or Plasma.

If you can talk yourself into in-between thinness, then check out DLP rear projection, or if you space allows a CRT one, you can easily find 65 inch CRT rear projection for less than your stated amount.

Not meant to offend LCD lovers, apologies in advance. I guess PM if you want to discuss more or want some specific links to sites or product so I don't get flamed too badly.
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Go to www.avsforum.com you will find the answer to any question you have.

Me I went with a DLP Rear projection from Samsung. Why because projectors require dark rooms, plasmas reflect a lot light if you have windows in the room, LCDs are nice but expensive and I could get 61" 1080p Tv for the same price as 40" 720p LCD or Plasma
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Used Sanyo Z4 LCD (ahem) projector + 120 inch kitchen countertop screen and rope lights from Home Depot = less than $1000 home theater

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More questions than answers.

Best answer is neither, switch to DLP front projection and expand your picture size to 120 inches by having something the size of a shoebox on your opposite wall.
Do the math. Unless your room is big enough you are 50' away, its like sitting in the front seat at the theater.
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Can't you bolt a projector to the ceiling?
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Do the math. Unless your room is big enough you are 50' away, its like sitting in the front seat at the theater.
Not true any longer. The rule of sitting back a distance equal to 3 times the diagonal comes from the 480 lines of pixelated video days where your eyes needed to resolve the phosophor dots or stripes into an image (despite your parents telling you stay back so you don't get radiation blindeness). With 720 or 1080 lines today (depending on your hardware and source), 1:1 is very practical. I watch 120 inches from 12 feet all the time, and when the Wii tennis doubles match gets hot, the people at the net may be as close as 6 feet (albeit, they stay to the side and out of the cone of light from the PJ. Depending on your susceptibility to motion sickness, you can actually watch closer than 1:1, but like the Soaring ride at EPCOT, if you lose track of the edges of the screen you will be dizzy in a matter of minutes.

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Can't you bolt a projector to the ceiling?
Yep, sure, I do. But most people start out with a shelf or table, and not knowing if the OP lives in an apartment or not, the OP may not be willing to stake something to the ceiling.
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Thank you all for your advice & comments... went with a Samsung 40" LCD - the color & picture just looked really really good, and the price was right.

Tried to slip it into the guesthouse to save it for a Father's Day surprise (had the back of the Outback totally packed with prizes for the Appalachian Classic this Sunday), but, heck, the neighbor was here, and you can always count on those 20-somethings spotting an electronics box at 100 yards.

Anyway, in the time it took my husband to run to the store & back, we had the monster hooked up & working, and made an appointment with DirectTV to change out our ancient box & dish for the HDTV ones as a free upgrade.

Hubby is a happy man, even if he still is off-balance....
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I don't know about TVs, but I've been quite happy with Samsung's computer monitors. Enjoy!
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