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#11 KendrickPanther

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 06:38 PM

It looks like I can get a bigger, better picture by going plasma for the same money. The downside is they die sooner and dim as time goes by.

This is how I rank TV attributes:

1. Long Life without breaking
2. Picture Quality
3. Size

I don't watch a ton of TV most of the year but come football season I watch every game I can. I don't play video games much. My first Nintento was 8bit graphics so HD gaming is decadent to me. I have heard multiple people say Sony is not worth the sticker shock so thanks for that input.

I want to hook this TV up to a computer and watch NFL Rewind from the comfort of my man chair.

Thanks for the replies my approach to this is "measure twice, buy once"

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:06 PM

I've never owned a plasma, and the store settings aren't indicative of what you'll see once you're home. Therefore I can't really comment about their overall appeal. I know they used to suffer from a lot of "burn in" problems. I've heard technology has advanced enough to stop that from happening. Maybe in a few years, I'll shoot for plasma. As for now, I'm still a little cautious about them.

I'm glad you're doing your homework about it. When I bought my first HDTV, I just went for what I thought was the best deal at the time. I didn't do much research at all. This was before 1080p was around. The TV claimed to be 1080i. I noticed that the edges of the screen were always cut off. Upon further examination, it wasn't 1080i at all. Instead of 1920x1080 resolution, it was something strange like 1746x1050. The picture quality was great - far better than I expected, but my eyes always focused on the edges when it was obvious that part of the screen was cut off. Over time, it developed a "droop" in the bottom middle portion of the screen. If I were watching football and the scores were scrolling, it would sag off the bottom of the screen as it passed that part. It was an old, rear projection HDTV, set in a huge cabinet with wheels. I still have it, but it's in the kids' playroom with rabbit ears connected to it. Since it predates a digital tuner, I have to use the digital converter box. It completely ruins the picture quality.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:13 PM

I've never owned a plasma, and the store settings aren't indicative of what you'll see once you're home. Therefore I can't really comment about their overall appeal. I know they used to suffer from a lot of "burn in" problems. I've heard technology has advanced enough to stop that from happening. Maybe in a few years, I'll shoot for plasma. As for now, I'm still a little cautious about them.

I'm glad you're doing your homework about it. When I bought my first HDTV, I just went for what I thought was the best deal at the time. I didn't do much research at all. This was before 1080p was around. The TV claimed to be 1080i. I noticed that the edges of the screen were always cut off. Upon further examination, it wasn't 1080i at all. Instead of 1920x1080 resolution, it was something strange like 1746x1050. The picture quality was great - far better than I expected, but my eyes always focused on the edges when it was obvious that part of the screen was cut off. Over time, it developed a "droop" in the bottom middle portion of the screen. If I were watching football and the scores were scrolling, it would sag off the bottom of the screen as it passed that part. It was an old, rear projection HDTV, set in a huge cabinet with wheels. I still have it, but it's in the kids' playroom with rabbit ears connected to it. Since it predates a digital tuner, I have to use the digital converter box. It completely ruins the picture quality.


My main concern was the burn in issue. At the time, 6 years ago, the theory was if I played to much madden I would have had the field burnt in permanently. That's why we went with LCD. Now they say it's no longer an issue so we went with the plasma to get the bigger screen.

The picture is amazing. The only drawback is the glare. Don't recall it being as bad on an LCD.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:16 PM

1080 is good AFTER 46 inches. Its nearly negligble under 46 when compared to 720.

I'm looking to get a 47 in the next few weeks. LED fo sho.

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:16 PM

as far as glare, that was one of the things I looked into before i bought the vizio. i made sure whatever i bought had a matte screen

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:44 PM

I'm gonna buy a TV in next few weeks. 1080p 120hz LED 55" for $900 at hhrgreg. Pretty good deal. I would wait tho... TV prices will take a dive in November due to new TV technology release. New era of TVs, 4k TVs, comes out in 2 months and their starting price is $10,000...



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Posted 02 September 2012 - 07:47 PM

I've got 3 Vizio LCDs and am happy with all of them... They're 55", 42". and 36" I think...

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Posted 02 September 2012 - 11:12 PM

Got a Vizio 32" LED TV. Very happy with it and got it off Amazon refurbished. You can't go wrong with a Vizio. I also like the quality of the Sharp Aquios TV's and LG is a safe bet.

I'd recommend shopping around on Amazon some and reading the reviews. They'll help guide you in the right direction.

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 10:25 AM

Everyone sees TV's differently.

Some folks like the look of LED, some plasma.

For my eyes, it's Samsung Plasma that looks the best. I will be getting a 60 or so inch in the coming months, and will be doing my research then.

My biggest thing is I want to be able for it to communicate via Blue Tooth with my PC so I can stream movies off of Netflix, or at least through my PS3. I am not sure what the wording is that I need to look for to make sure it will do this.

Any ideas?

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Posted 03 September 2012 - 11:10 AM

My main concern was the burn in issue. At the time, 6 years ago, the theory was if I played to much madden I would have had the field burnt in permanently. That's why we went with LCD. Now they say it's no longer an issue so we went with the plasma to get the bigger screen.

The picture is amazing. The only drawback is the glare. Don't recall it being as bad on an LCD.


I think I remember reading that plasmas have more glare than LCDs because they have glass screens and the LCDs can have a matte plastic screen.

That said, I went from a 46" Samsung LCD that I was never really happy with, to a 52" panisonic plasma that I really really like. No burn in whatsoever after 2 years and I game on it quite a bit. It has a feature called "scrolling bar" that I run if I've used the tv for more than a few hours. White bar on a black background, seems like it wipes any residual images away.


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