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Plasma? LCD? looking around 42" for bedroom. I watch sports 90% of the time and not sure what to get.

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Don't get a vizio

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Samsung or maybe Panasonic were the best engines I saw, but everyone sees things differently. I've had my Samsung 54" LCD for a couple of years now and it's been fantastic.

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Samsung is the way to go.

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Plasma is pretty much dead. Some the the newest plasmas have recieved the best image quality ratings ever but LCD is taking over. It is probably best to go with the dominant technology.

LCD's response times are low enough now that Sports will do just fine. 5ms is a good target. Don't get a TV with anything higher unless you want to see what it's like to watch football on shrooms. 8ms is still ok but once your approach 10-12ms it gets noticeable. NASCAR, Football, The Olympics, and Hockey all do better with low response times.

1080p should probably be your target for resolution. It's pretty much expected nowadays for a TV around that size. I wouldn't want HD cable and Blu-Ray unless I was getting the max resolution. The high resolution also helps again with hockey.

If you don't want to spend a lot of money Vizio is surprisingly good for a value brand. They still are a value brand though.

Just shop around and you should find a decent one. Sony, Pioneer, and Samsung are all Brands that I trust.

Make sure you factor in the costs for the mounting equipment and speakers. If your watching it from your bed and you have a large bedroom you might want some separate speakers so you don't have to strain the TV's speakers to hear it. Some of the better brands have great speakers on their TV's now so that may not be a problem.

Make sure not to get scammed on HDMI cables if a retail place tries to package them with your TV. All salesmen are pressured to offer you Monster cable because their profit margins are far higher than the TV they are selling you. Expensive cables are only partially worth it if you are running them through walls.

One important thing to remember though is if you aren't' a huge videophile, you probably aren't going to notice a huge difference between an expensive tv and a cheaper one. A lot of the reviews you see analyze things that the average consumer isn't going to notice.
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I have a Samsung T260HD 26" 1080p tv that doubles as a computer monitor and I give it a big hug every night. I love it.

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[quote name='SorthNarolina']Plasma is pretty much dead.[/QUOTE]

lolwut

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[quote name='Goosfraba21']Plasma? LCD? looking around 42" for bedroom. I watch sports 90% of the time and not sure what to get.[/QUOTE]

Read [URL="http://www.carolinahuddle.com/forum/nerdvana/7825-new-tv-advice.html"]this thread.[/URL]

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I bought a 42" LCD from Dell 3 or 4 years ago, and it's been great.

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[quote name='Carolina Husker']lolwut[/QUOTE]

LCD tv's have the advantage in the long run. They don't use as much power which is a huge advantage since every market in the entire universe is emphasizing sustainability and green tech.

LCD's are also used in more applications than plasma. It's cheaper for companies to just concentrate on one application.

I shouldn't have said that you shouldn't not get a TV. But the plasma market is shrinking.

Most cheaper plasmas aren't going to get you 1080p as well. Since you like sports I would go with LCD.

Plasmas have better response times but once you get so low it's hard to notice a difference.

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LED LCD. Get a plasma if you want a space heater, too.

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LED's are great especially in your bedroom you'll strain your eyes less.

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[quote name='Goosfraba21']Plasma? LCD? looking around 42" for bedroom. I watch sports 90% of the time and not sure what to get.[/QUOTE]
Check out Circuit City [URL="http://www.circuitcity.com"]www.circuitcity.com[/URL]

They closed their stores, but do a great business over the internet. I bought a 65" Mitsubishi DLP HDTV, 3D ready for about 1/2 price and they through in the TV stand for free and I think shipping was free!

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It still all comes down to a few things, one of which is how bright/dark your room is. I have a really dark living room, so my plasma works great. My power bill increase was nominal at best, and it's not overly hot. It's 1080p. If you have a dark room without much window glare, get a plasma.

The bigger issue a lot of times is what you are watching on your TV. Anyone with Cable as their provider is doing themselves a greater disservice than debating between LCD or Plasma. Why spend all that money and then get a provider that will only broadcast in 1080i?

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bigger is better...no matter what she says!!!

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Most important question

What's your TV purchase budget?

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I'm thinking around $600

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We got a Vizio 55" LCD from Wally World a while back...

It is a decent TV for the price... Aside from the LEDs out there, I haven't seen many TVs that can beat the colors or clarity of the picture...

The biggest drawback was the sound, but I solved that with surround sound... The regular audio of the TV was just plain bad... I tweaked the settings so that it would be tolerable, but the surround sound is so much better...

The only other negative thing I can say about it is that it doesn't handle some motion things too well... Like, if something on the screen is moving really fast, it has a hard time keeping up (it leaves a little blurry pixelated trail)...

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i love our vizio.

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[url]http://www.logicbuy.com/deals/lg-42ld450-lcd-hdtv/22798.aspx[/url]

AFLLGE618

$618.99 with the coupon code I posted above and free shipping.

Don't really know too much about this one but the price is right.

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Yeah I have heard the sounds from the tv themselves are not very good. I have a nice sony surround system to hook up to it.

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What size are you looking for? If bedroom...are you talking 37-40 or more like 46-50?

I own a Samsung 40" that's been outstanding 60hz LCD. You can probably get my model for around 600-700. LN40a550 is what I got, but you can find some 120Hz for about a hundred more. 1080p/120hz...low response times.

[url]http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN40C530-40-Inch-1080p-Black/dp/B0036WT3NO/ref=sr_du_17_map?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1278011608&sr=1-17[/url]

No taxes...great deals...

Find what you want in Best Buy...write down the model #...then shop at Amazon. Samsung prices on Amazon are incredible.

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Or take the Amazon deal to Best Buy and they should be able to match it. Plus they have 36 months same as cash.

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LG

bought a 47LH90 last year and couldn't be happier. It beat the hell out of the comparable Samsung model that I was convinced was the best LED TV on the market at the time.

Id have to give them a look again if I was in the market.

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CH...I asked a BB rep once on that...and they said they wouldn't match. Unless it's an online deal with a store in the area, they won't match internet sales.

$600 isn't going to buy you a big LED tv...

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