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    To buy or not to buy? LCD/Plasma TV

    I currently watching TV on a 20 incher! My condo is designed for flat screen TVs, there is no where to put the big traditional kind. To get a flat screen it looks like I need to spend $900. Now, should I spend the $900 to get one Saturday? Or should I wait till December where I could afford a nicer one, around $1,500?

    $1,500 would get a very nice 52'' plasma...

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    1) How far away do you sit?
    2) Is there a lot of light in the room?
    3) If the tv puts out a lot of heat, do you care?
    4) quantity or quality?

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    By December the nice 1500 one will be 900
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    I would make sure that you couldn't use a slim DLP set. I just bought a 50 inch Samsung Slim DLP for $1K. Excellent picture.

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    I've seen cheap LCD televisions, and they tend to look like boiled ass. Fancy Panasonic plasmas look better, but in my opinion, you still can't beat a nice CRT.

    If CRT isn't an option, I'd save up for something good. 20" isn't all that bad. It's what I use, and I'm pretty happy with it. If I were to upgrade, I don't think I'd get anything bigger than a 26" or 30" widescreen CRT. Depends on the size of your area, of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    1) How far away do you sit?
    2) Is there a lot of light in the room?
    3) If the tv puts out a lot of heat, do you care?
    4) quantity or quality?
    5. What kind of viewing angle is involved?
    6. What is the purpose (games, movies, TV)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocky Mountain View Post
    I currently watching TV on a 20 incher! My condo is designed for flat screen TVs, there is no where to put the big traditional kind. To get a flat screen it looks like I need to spend $900. Now, should I spend the $900 to get one Saturday? Or should I wait till December where I could afford a nicer one, around $1,500?

    $1,500 would get a very nice 52'' plasma...
    My wife and I went through this debate. We could afford anything we like. Problem was that there's nothing we want to watch, and it's not picture quality that's getting in our way of enjoying what we watch. We stuck with a cheap piece of crap and are perfectly happy with it.

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    How far away do you sit?
    about 12 feet

    Is there a lot of light in the room?
    I can close the blinds and it is extremely dark

    If the tv puts out a lot of heat, do you care?
    no

    quantity or quality?
    quality

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    What kind of viewing angle is involved?
    pretty much straight on

    What is the purpose (games, movies, TV)?
    FOOTBALL, and movies

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    At 12' you probably need a 50" at least. So I suggest waiting till you can afford a quality panel of that size.

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    As a temporary measure, you could buy a LCD projector and a silver screen. Its not as fancy as a flat screen TV, but shows the same image in about as much clarity.

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    Hi,
    I would suggest 50-60 inches. I sit about 8 feet away and have a 52" set. The limitations of current TVs start to get obvious over 50 inches. Watch for that when you are shopping. A few sets will have electronics that will make the picture look better.

    LCD and Plasma are popular these days; each is going to have some advantages and disadvantages. I haven't been in the market for a while. Best thing is to find
    a store with a good hi def feed, and watch.

    Google Oppo dvd players. You will need one with digital outs, and they offer a lot of bang for the buck.

    And don't forget Netflix.

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