Looking to buy a new tv
Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:30 PM
Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:41 PM
Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:52 PM
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.
Posted 01 July 2010 - 12:54 PM
Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:02 PM
Posted 01 July 2010 - 01:06 PM
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.