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Old 09-12-07, 10:37 PM   #1
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Plasma or LCD?

me and the wifey are going to get a new tv for the bedroom. but the problem is we can't decide on what kind. here are some of the parameters on deciding a tv that we wan. we like to sleep with the tv on, which tv would be best for that? which produces less radiant heat? what about electricity, which uses less energy?

its between this lcd
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...ct_code=345239

and this plasma
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...ct_code=345243

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If i may suggest...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889234002

42" instead of 40
1080p instead of 720p
$1200 instead of $1400

Plasmas are great and all, but they have their downsides.
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Old 09-12-07, 10:59 PM   #3
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me and the wifey are going to get a new tv for the bedroom. but the problem is we can't decide on what kind. here are some of the parameters on deciding a tv that we wan. we like to sleep with the tv on, which tv would be best for that? which produces less radiant heat? what about electricity, which uses less energy?

its between this lcd
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...ct_code=345239

and this plasma
http://www.compusa.com/products/prod...ct_code=345243

thanks for stopping by!

I just bought the plasma that you are looking at! I absolutely love it! You can't really go wrong with either TV! Just make a decision and love it!
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Old 09-12-07, 11:01 PM   #4
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i've always been iffy about westinghouse b/c it isn't a huge brand like the sonys or the samsungs. plus at comp usa i get a HUGE discount :wink:
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I wouldn't worry, westinghouse is more popular then you think (if thats possible), regardless, they get great reviews.

but...get whats best for ya

http://www.lcdtvbuyingguide.com/lcdtv-plasmavslcd.shtml
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Old 09-12-07, 11:20 PM   #6
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If i may suggest...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889234002

42" instead of 40
1080p instead of 720p
$1200 instead of $1400

Plasmas are great and all, but they have their downsides.
Wow tv's are cheap now. Really is amazing. Can't go wrong with much of any tv out there. If it's just for generic bedroom tv I say go for the cheapest.
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Old 09-13-07, 12:44 AM   #7
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i've got a 50" panasonic plasma.

it blows away any lcd i've ever seen.
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I dug on my 32" viewsonic LCD until it crapped out on me. Waiting on warranty service now.
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Go with the plasma.

Sleeping with the TV on? Way to go, sporto, you're some freaking hero.
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I would go with a LCD, probably Sharp since they make around 90% of the LCD screens to begin with. So all of the other LCD manufacturers are using Sharp screens.

Plasma suck, they use to much power and are to heavy and while they have improved their fast motion video reaction time, I still don't think it is that good. And since you are putting in the bedroom you need something that can handle fast motion for all the porn you will be watching on it.
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Old 09-13-07, 05:35 AM   #11
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i've got a 50" panasonic plasma.

it blows away any lcd i've ever seen.
Me too.
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Old 09-13-07, 06:40 AM   #12
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Go with the plasma.

Sleeping with the TV on? Way to go, sporto, you're some freaking hero.
To each there own but I must agree. How can you sleep with a TV on? Doesn't it program your brain at night?

I would definitely go with the LSD. The colours are so much better man.
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Old 09-13-07, 07:42 AM   #13
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To each there own but I must agree. How can you sleep with a TV on? Doesn't it program your brain at night?

I would definitely go with the LSD. The colours are so much better man.
It's called a SLEEP TIMER. Use it!
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Old 09-13-07, 07:49 AM   #14
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i've got a 50" panasonic plasma.

it blows away any lcd i've ever seen.
FYI the new 10th gen Panasonic Plasmas now have anti-glare screens as well as the anti-burn-in technology that you're currently using; nice choice!
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Old 09-13-07, 07:57 AM   #15
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I would definitely go with the LSD. The colours are so much better man.
I'll have to take your word for it. I've never tried LSD myself.

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Go look at both types, they provide different pictures based on how well they do black levels and different price points. The only real problem with plasma is that it uses a glass screen which makes the picture look very good but if you have a lot of windows or lights in the room the reflections can be quiet annoying. When you go looking try to find a higher end store, they will have them setup better and you will get a more representative picture. Note the picture you get at home once you adjust the setting will always be better than what you see int he showroom. Also for questions or research go to avsforum.com don't listen to the guys in BB or CC they know very little about what they sell.
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cnet reviews are also very good.
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Definitely make sure you get 1080i, the difference is muy noticeable.

I have the most recent Sony Bravia 40 or 42 inch (I forget which) LCD and it is completely brilliant. Light, energy efficient, and can be viewed at almost any angle. Way superior to the plasmas I've seen (which are cheaper). Discount price on the 1st generation version of this set is now around $1600, and you'll never regeret it. I paid close to 3K for mine a year and a half ago, and I've never regretted it for a second.
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which produces less radiant heat? what about electricity, which uses less energy?
The answer to both of these questions is, by a large margin, LCD.
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Definitely make sure you get 1080i, the difference is muy noticeable.

I have the most recent Sony Bravia 40 or 42 inch (I forget which) LCD and it is completely brilliant. Light, energy efficient, and can be viewed at almost any angle. Way superior to the plasmas I've seen (which are cheaper). Discount price on the 1st generation version of this set is now around $1600, and you'll never regeret it. I paid close to 3K for mine a year and a half ago, and I've never regretted it for a second.
1080i sucks for anything with any sort of motion, 1080P...there is no replacement
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1080i sucks for anything with any sort of motion, 1080P...there is no replacement
+1 1080p!
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+1 1080p!
The set I refer to is 1080p, not "1080i." Don't have my manual handy.
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The ONLY 1080p signal that you are going to feed your 1080p display is going to be from a high def DVD player like the Sony Playstation 3 that is playing a disc that IS HIGH DEF. It will be MANY years before a 1080P signal is sent via satellite or cable due to it's huge bandwidth.

So when you buy a 1080p set REMEMBER you are never going to get a 1080p signal on it, unless you are using a High Def DVD player like Blu Ray. There is a lot of fuss over 1080p in the market place right now, but it is not that big of a deal. Many claim to discover very little difference between 1080p and 720p so even then there is not that big of a deal.
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The ONLY 1080p signal that you are going to feed your 1080p display is going to be from a high def DVD player like the Sony Playstation 3 that is playing a disc that IS HIGH DEF. It will be MANY years before a 1080P signal is sent via satellite or cable due to it's huge bandwidth.

So when you buy a 1080p set REMEMBER you are never going to get a 1080p signal on it, unless you are using a High Def DVD player like Blu Ray. There is a lot of fuss over 1080p in the market place right now, but it is not that big of a deal. Many claim to discover very little difference between 1080p and 720p so even then there is not that big of a deal.
+1 - Cable providers do broadcast in 1080i though.
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The ONLY 1080p signal that you are going to feed your 1080p display is going to be from a high def DVD player like the Sony Playstation 3 that is playing a disc that IS HIGH DEF. It will be MANY years before a 1080P signal is sent via satellite or cable due to it's huge bandwidth.

So when you buy a 1080p set REMEMBER you are never going to get a 1080p signal on it, unless you are using a High Def DVD player like Blu Ray. There is a lot of fuss over 1080p in the market place right now, but it is not that big of a deal. Many claim to discover very little difference between 1080p and 720p so even then there is not that big of a deal.
This true but the 1080p TV will upconvert all signals to 1080p, if the signal coming in is less then the advantage is less noticeable. The key for picking between 720p/1080i vs 1080p is how big your screen is and how close you will sit. The bigger the screen and the closer you want to sit the more difference 1080p makes. I have a 67" 1080P DLP and I sit 8' away and it looks better than my 720p 42" set that I was sitting 10' away from. This is mainly because I am more immersed into the bigger screen by sitting closer and with 1080p I don't get the pixel discrimenation you would get sitting that close to 720p or 1080i set. I also have a PS3 so games and HD movies are quite nice on the 1080p set.

I traded off screen size and technology for price. I could not afford a 67" Plasma or LCD and the DLP set looked only marginally less nice than those technologies but the difference between 42" and 67" is a huge difference.
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