Flat Screen TV Advice...

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  1. GoTitans3801

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    Would it be a better decision to go in the direction of LCD, since my room is a very light one? I hadn't really even been thinking about it.
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  2. Puck

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    LCD advantages :

    not as reflective (as plasma screens are mostly glass)
    impervious to burn in
    120hz panels create a '3-d' effect, which some like others don't
    \about 1/3 the weight and significant less wattage / power consumption

    LCD disadvantages :

    unless you get an quick panel respone (>4seconds), you're going to get alot of artifacting and trailing in action scenes
    colors and black levels won't be as deep as plasma
    personally, I think plasma is a sharper image
    it is possible that a pixel will burn out or get 'stuck' eventually

    if you want to look into LCD, I highly recommend the 750 series Samsung
    or better yet, the 950 series which uses LED backlight instead of CFL
    the LG Scarlet series is also nice, LG makes about 75% of the world's LCD panels
    I bought a Philips at Sam's and it is a very nice TV and was less than $1300

    it basically boils down to this :
    (according to many experts, and I feel the same way)
    the best consumer Plasmas are made by Panasonic (the 800u is king)
    the best consumer LCD is made by Samsung (650/750/850/950)

    the coolest feature of the Sqamsung LCD series 750 and up is DLNA
    it's basically a media center like Twonky or XBMC
    hook the TV to your network and stream torrents to you TV

    the coolest feature of the Panny's is the built in SD slot, the higher end units also can decode h.264 codec for those tricky AVCHD files your camcorder makes that your computer can't play


    whatever you do, spend the extra bones if the upgrade has something you'll want .... new TV's (the ones listed above) should have ratings of 30,000 hours or more until half-brightness
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    How would I know about quick-panel-response? What specification do I look for?

    Thanks again for your continued advice.
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  4. Just got the Samsung 650 40" LCD. Only been a few days but couldn't be more pleased. I haggled down to $1350. Home network hooks right into it, still have to get some time to play around with it to find out all the features but the picture is exceptional.
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    I have a Samsung DLP and a Toshiba DLP. I am a gamer so I went DLP all the way considering the artifacting and burn in problems that are negated by this type of TV. You can't hang it on the wall, but I have no complaints besides that, the picture is fantastic. Now both of them are a couple of years old and I have replaced the bulb on the Toshiba, but I would rather do that than replace the whole tv.
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    it will say it on the box / advertisment

    this Philips I bought says right on the box that's 2ms response
    which is quite fast
    most LCD's are 8ms panels, very few are 4
    the Philips was the only one I've seen that claims to be 2

    in LCD , the faster the refresh (response) the faster motion can be on screen


    what exactly do you want this to do ?

    are you going to be primarily watching Blu-Ray/ HD content ?
    playing video games til you pass out ?
    watching alot of TruTv in standard definiton ?
    sports, sports, and more sports ?
    naturesque scenery programs ?
    news, stock, info chanels ?

    THE ANSWERS WILL GUIDE YOUR PATH
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    Well, mostly, I want to be able to watch TV or a movie and have a clear, sharp picture. I want it for football, but also for movies. I'd certainly get a full HD TV package, so I doubt I'd watch as much non-HD tv anymore. I need a larger screen because I have a large living room, with anywhere from 12-18 feet between the viewer and the TV. The room has a lot of windows, so it gets a lot of light and is a bright room. Thankfully, the location of the TV does not get direct sunlight on it, so I only have to deal with a bright room, and only have to deal with that while watching daytime tv. However, I want to be able to watch a noon titans game. I don't have a blu-ray player, but I presume that I'd get one in a year or so. I don't play video games anymore really, so I'm not worried about that. Mostly, I want it to watch TV and movies.
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    you should start thinking more in the 55"-60" screen size (50" min.)
    (I guarantee you will never complain about getting more screen)
    46" is a little small for a 15' (avg) distance from screen

    although being phased out, you can get some nice 60" rear-proj. TV's for about what it would cost to get a 50" LCD
    Samsung and Mitsubishi still make respectable DLP's
    I have the Sony SXRD (an LCOS variant) and it handles everything very well
    it's a shame that Sony decided to discontinue production because LCOS was a very good technology that does not suffer from ailments associated with both LCD's and Plasma
    theoretically, the set should outlast me with nothing more than changing a single light bulb
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    I've been looking pretty hard at this Samsung...

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...t_shr?_encoding=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&v=glance

    It's the 52" 650 model. I hesitate to go up to 60" just because I don't want this room to be all about the TV. When it's just my wife and I, we sit 12-13 feet from the TV. The second couch is the one that's farther from the TV, and isn't used as much for that as for other (non-tv) entertaining. I'm also a little gun-shy about buying a technology that's being "phased out."
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    the 650's are nice (although I prefer the blue TOC that the 860 offers)

    ... the only thing about RPJ being "phased out" is that manufacturers seem to be on this kick that everyone wants to mount TV's on their walls
    DLP's and the like (again theoretically) should last longer because there's nothing about the technology itself that will burn out .... just a bulb, that's easily user-replaceable

    fwiw, i just saw the Panasonic 50px80u for less than $1000
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