Need some Advice on buying a new Tv

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  1. gt86

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    Need some Advice on buying a new Tv

    Ok guys I need some help I'm going to be buying a new Tv within the next month for the living room and I've been trying to do some research on the net on which type of Tv to buy. I'm looking at geeting a 42-47 inch maybe up to 50 inch if the price is right but no bigger since my viewing distances in the living room is 6 feet directly in front of the Tv and 9 feet from an angle on the right side of the room. I am having my brain go bonkers on the plasma vs Lcd debate. I have read to not buy a plasma because of possible burn in problems and not to buy Lcd because of of ghosting and poor picture quality comapred to Plasma. I have a friend of mine tell me to go Lcd if I buy anything under 55" and not to worry about 1080p for anything under 55" because none of the cable and satelite companys even send out programming in 1080p and they only go up to 1080I because of bandwidth limitains and the only way I will see 1080p is with some bluray movies. The only thing I know for sure is to stay away from Vizio and Best Buy's house brand Insignia. I've also heard to stay away from Tv's with less than 120 Hz refresh rate. The Wife has gave me a budget from $600 - $800. Also I have heard different opinions on paying Best Buy or anyone else on having the TV Calibrated my buddy tells me I have to have it calibrated but he's really big into the home theater scene, yet a long time family frind who is a Tv repairman for 30+ years says it's a waste of money just plug it in with hdmi and it will be fine. Can anyone help me here on deciding on what Tv would be best for me?
     
  2. bigox1337

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    Just a little piece of advice, 3D is on the verge of coming out, and everyones talking big things like its going to be the next big thing. And also look into LCD, dont know much about it but its the next big thing. Go to the bookstore and get a consumer reports mag, they give great advice and honest scores on every TV.

    If i was going to buy a new TV in the next couple months, understandable that the built in 3D TVs would be out of your budget but at least look to see if you can find any with the hookup port for an external 3D box in your budget.

    That way if it does become the norm like HD/Blueray did, youll be compatible with the next wave... get what im saying

    I was watching HSN last week and they were selling a 72inch DLP 1080p 240HTZ with 5 HDMI ports and the 3D port i was talking about above. Free shipping too, i was seconds away from buying but i couldnt get myself to get it with a perfectly good 42 inch lcd flatscreen on the wall.
     
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    DLPs take up more space and cant be hung up on the wall. They are also a fading technology. If you don't care about that stuff, then go for it. You can get a good cheap DLP in a very large size for cheap.

    Personally, I'd go for a 52" 1080p or so.....Probably run you around 1200 if you look.
     
  5. scarface

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    FUCK worrying about 3-d its just a fad...see the 1950's......

    As for Plasma they can have darker blacks and whiter whites, if that makes sense, Also the newer ones claim to have anit-burn in technology, as was discussed with thelou.
    Plasma is generally cheaper too.

    I went with a LCD, most people I know have LCD as well, LCD's ghosting is a thing of the past with the 120mhz and now 240 mhz models. As far as LCD's go Samsung is probably the best maker of these things then you have ones like Sony bravia/toshiba Regza/ panasonic viera series.

    Best thing to do really is go to a store and look at them side by side and see which one looks best to YOU.
    CANT STRESS THIS ENOUGH

    As for which kind go 1080p while most TV stations and cable/sat providers do not have 1080p DTV is rolling it out slowly you can now watch PPV movies in 1080p as well as some programs.

    PLUS you have a PS3, which does 1080p so why not take advantage of wathing movies and having the games in 1080p.
     
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    If I may chime in...

    I've had really good luck with the three 47+" LG LCDs I have bought in the last year. 120 Hz is something I did not like at first, but have gotten used to. The tv in my living room is hooked up to my home theater PC and looks beautiful. Bluray video through HDMI and lossless digital audio streaming through SPDIF straight from the motherboard is a combination made only in geek porn.

    Your friend tried to steer you in the right direction about 1080p v 720p. He is correct that HD channels provided by your cable/satellite company are only capable of 720p and 1080i resolutions. However, as scarface touched on, more and more 1080p sources are becoming available to us. You would be crazy not to buy a 1080p 120Hz tv if you have a blu ray player.

    LCD, LED, and Plasmas... where do I start. Scarface is right about plasmas having blacker blacks and whiter whites, but LCD/LED tvs are catching them. The new dynamic contrast ratios of the LCD/LED tvs have really helped them match the color depth of plasmas. I would recommend LCDs unless you want to drop the money on an LED. LEDs provide a slightly better picture for 2-4 times the price (depending on model) and can be a lot smaller/thinner (some are only slightly larger than 1" thick).

    Keep your eye out on techbargains.com, slickdeals.net, newegg.com and amazon.com. There are really good deals almost every day. Newegg.com and Amazon.com are great resources for user reviews and are helpful tools for comparison most of the time. If you have a Frys or Bestbuy near you, go to the store and check them out yourself.
     
  8. jms493

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    Samsung or Sony are the best out right now. If you are going to 46 inches u might want/need to spend more. This a tv you will probably have for the next 10-15 years don't go cheap. LCD samsungs and sonys are beautiful. I would suggest them.1080p, 120hz, 46 inches.
     
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    GT i install and work on this stuff every day for comcast. 1080p at least 120 hz will be fine. to me the top 3 brands are son, samsung, and believe it or not sharp. we have a 46" sharp in the living room which is perfectly fine. 60hz. my sony 40" is 1080p and 60 hz and the oldest of all 3 but puts off a beautiful vibrant picture, samsung we bought new years and is 40" and 120 hz and looks awesome. we got it new years time for about 1,100 and should be in your price range. LG also usually has nice Tv's like drifter said, but to me the absolute top 2 pictures are the SONY and SAMSUNG. dont get it calibrated, just get it and hook up to an hdmi cable and youre set. hdmi bought at store is no different then the ones cable/satellite provide so dont wast 60 bucks.

    also on bestbuy online you can read user reviews on tv's and see avg. ratings from consumers. thats a good way to check. i didnt click on the link, but the specs of the TV scar posted look really good and hard to pass up if its in the right price range. good luck!
     
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    When i purchased my first plasma 4 years ago i started with a samsung. Within a year the panel needed to be replaced. I got a replacement and once again after just 1 year the panel was going out. I'm not sure if its a quality issue or the fact that im living in the mile high area (high altitude). So after the 2nd shitted out on me i was offered a 42 inch plasma made by panasonic and now i've had it for 2 years and i've had 0 issues with it. No burn ins not color runs. I happen to think that Panasonic makes one of the best Plasmas around. just my 2 cents chief!!!
     
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    BTW, you should also look into the extras some TVs have. I ended up buying a LG 55" because it had netflix built into it as well as vudu (not that i've used that service yet)....

    my 360 (and now ps3) already did netflix, but since this tv was for downstairs, I wanted to get something that we could stream movies in the living room.

    Samsungs are definitely the best deals out there, but the LG ended up serving my needs better.
     
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    I can't believe SCAR actually said something that is probably the right answer.

    While all the opinions you got here are VERY well informed, and I'm sure everyone knows exactly what they are talking about because all for them are well educated on this stuff...the fact remains, YOU will be looking at this TV. YOU and your WIFE will be enjoying it. So both of YOU need to go look at them.

    Here's what I did...went to Best Buy with wife. Told the guy, "Line up ALL the TVs you have, minimum 42", and less than $1200." Looked at all of them, decided the one that looked best to us, and bought it. Went home with a 42" Panasonic for $1000.

    1080P, 980I, 125 MHz, Refresh rates, bullshit...all of that stuff is selling points and numbers. I'll bet the human eye can't pick up the subtle differences in all that crap anyway. If YOU and your WIFE think it looks good for the price you wanna spend...BUY IT.
     
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    Thanks guys if I buy one at a stroe front it will probably be HHgregg . The two best buys I went to the salemen kept pushing these two Tv's on me.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insigni...HDTV/9299886.p?id=1218079754471&skuId=9299886

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Insigni...HDTV/9554519.p?id=1218131143082&skuId=9554519

    WHich I didn't like since i told them I didn't want to look at any generic crap. Plus HHgregg seems to be cheaper. I'm not really worried about wall mounting since where the Tv sits in the living room there's a double window behind it and no wall so the Tv will be sitting on my entertainment center. When I looked at the Tv's in the stores I really liked the look of the Plasmas and the Led's. Led's are out of the question because of the price point and the Plasmas scare me because of the burn in because from what I have read and heard even with the anti burn in that some have they still are prone to burn in. Right now I'm looking at Lcd or Dlp but I'm not sure I need a 60" Tv since like i said earlier we only sit 6-9 feet away from the Tv and all the Dlps i looked at last night at Amazon etc were 60" or bigger. That's why i'm thinking 46-50 inch will be plenty for my viewing distance. I'm really looking to keep the price down because the wife also wants to buy smaller Tv's for our bedroom and the kids rooms. She's wanting to get a 32" dvd combo for our room and a 19" dvd combo for the kids rooms. Where i'm only wanting to buy one Tv for the living room and stick with my old tube dvd combo in my bedrrom until it goes out :). I might be willing to spend a tad more maybe around 1,100 on a Tv but when you add in a extended warranty that's close to 1,500 or more in my eyes and yes I tend to lean toward the cheap side, that's why I still have tube Tv's at the moment :) . So I'd really like to keep the price down to around 700 -900, I'm not worried about streaming netflix or anything like that since I have a PS3 with a Blu Ray player in it ( i'll just have to get a Blu Ray burner for my Pc ) :p

    I just want a good looking picture when I watch Tv and watch movies and play Madden and watch my Cowboys on Tv :) I still have up to a month to decide before my Income Tax gets here so I'm in no hurry. Thanks again guys it's really made things simiplier on what to look for
     
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    Here is my 2 cents insignia is made by dell which is not a bad brand name some of this generic are big company names like sony toshibia and so on. just do your homework but i like the price on the 50inch.
     
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    Considering EVERY blockbuster movie coming out now is also having a 3d version.. ESPN, the world cup, most major broadcasting companies are launching 3d channels this summer... Its come along way from the "1950s" from which you are probably born in, scar. Its NOT blue and red 50 cent paper glasses anymore, its 200 buck pieces of equipment that you have to charge like your ps3 controller.
     
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    Consumer reports says that the biggest complaint from HDTV users is not having a big enough screen. Their number one rules for buying a new tv is buy the biggest screen to can afford in your budget. Considering your only 6 feet away, 50+ almost might be too big, my roommate bought a HUGE tv, and we had to rearrange the house and move the TV to another room because it was too big and you would have to move your head to see one end of the tv to the other.
     
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    and one more then, refresh rate is big, very big, i would def go for 240htz, motion blur watching football gets old very fast.
     
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    I am not that old but I was not born yesterday....

    you speak of this 3d like its great... lets see first GEN HDTV's are where now? in the junk pile.
    Why would you rush out and spend extra money for first gen 3d tv's? remember HD-DVD????

    so flame away go get in line for your 3-d HDTV because hollywood is telling you to do so...

    Also I guess you didnt see he has a budget he wants to stay in, so you want him to spend extra for a 3-D HDTV then an extra 200 for glasses not to mention each person in the family would need a pair to watch these programs, so that is another (in GT's case) $800 bucks so his family can watch sports center in 3-D?

    Before you get into an argument of wits, please bring ammo.
     
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    Buying a 3D tv right now would be foolish. Never buy first generation tech ever.

    The nice thing about the new 3D TVs coming out is that the price on the non 3D tvs will come down.

    GT, there is a 55" vizio from dell avail for around 1100.
     
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    I'm not going to be buying a 3d Tv at this point. As for screen size I knowyou can go to big. My father bought a 60 " DLp RCA a couple years back and to this day nobody can stand watching the TV because it gives everyone headaches because the viewing distance is like 10-12 feet. Now when people stand in the hall way another 6 feet or so back then it looks great but in the living room it is very pixeled and gives you a headache because it's to big.
     
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    My two bits...

    If you're sitting 6 feet from the TV, then you should be OK with a 40-42". Anything bigger and you're looking at headaches. Link here: http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html

    If your room tends to be darker, then Plasma is the way to go. Plasma TV's typically have a glass screen then reflects a lot of light. If there is natural light coming from outside then you could end up staring at your own reflection while trying to watch pr0n.

    If your room is naturally bright, then I recommend LCD. Yes, it doesn't do white/black as well as plasma, but you don't have to worry about burn-in, and the screen isn't reflective like most plasmas.

    Hope this helps, and g'luck with yer purchase.
     
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    get the 47 toshiba...i have the 37 720p version of that tv in my office. (also paid 1k for it 2 years ago, stupid cheap tvs!)
     
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    What viewing distance are you going to have? Like what is the distance from the TV to where you will be sitting?
     

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