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i've had a CRT sony 27 incher for the past 14 years, now my family is ready to upgrade to an HDTV.

we all agreed that because of the size of our living room, we should get a 40-42 incher.

LCD will work maybe, but LED-LCD is prefered.

i've seen them 120hertz samsungs at costco, and i really liked the smoothness and the sharpness of the high refresh rate, but i dont know if that is easy on the eyes or not, and if its a good feature to have.

our price range is to make it under $1,000 with tax and shipping.

i looked at all these review sites and cant make up my mind or have picked any for consideration.

i dont really care for all the internet connections to the tv though, although they would be a nice feature to have if its included in the price.

anyone have any tvs that they would want to recommend and kinda fit into what im looking for?
post #2 of 16
At the thousand dollar price range you should be able to get yourself up to the 46" models, I wish I waited after I got my 40(deal was hard to pass up though =) In that price range, just be sure to stick with the good brands, don't try to save a hundred bucks, and get one of them "disposable lcds". Toshiba, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Vizio, for the most part in the "lower mid range" area, most of their panels will perform quite well, and will be quite competitive with each other(performance wise).

I know that didn't really help, but there's so many good panels out there now days, just see if any have certain features you would find useful. If I could rewind a bit, I'd go out and probably snag ~or wait~ for the new 47" Vizios that are supposed to be under 900 bucks.

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LED is not inheritly better than LCD.

Anyway, the best quality TV in your range IMO:

Panasonic TX-P42G25 Plasma

http://www.lcdtvs.com/prodinfo.phtml...=LCDTVSFroogle

$800 shipped 1-2 day.
Review from a quality review site (quality of review > quantity of reviews)

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/panas...0100308169.htm

btw, all the plasma myths of the past don't apply to modern plasmas. The only bad thing plasmas have is higher power consumption.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 4/30/11 at 2:31am
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Insignia is excellent, and its price point will give you allot more 'bang for the buck' than Sony, Samsung, LG, Philips, Hitachi, or Matsu****a (Panasonic, Sharp, etc.)! The Insignia screen++ is made by LG, which is one of the top manufacturers.

We tested 4 manufacturer's units (32-40â€versions) in my home. We chose the 37†Insignia and returned the other 3. For the past 2 years, we have a 37" in the armoire in the MBdRm and a 50" in the FamRm. Both are virtually perfect in any kind of light condition even at wide angles. They have HDMI inputs and virtually all the other ports needed for inclusion in a home theater configuration. Their audio quality is more than reasonable at least for the MBdRm. Both have DISH HD satellite service connected, and we also use the 37†as a computer monitor in the MBdRm. Setup, config and ease of use is simple and effective.

LED-based TV units are still priced too high. Plasma has challenges and only has a valid market place in the largest screen sizes. LCD is the way to go for now unless you can wait several more years for OLED.

When we did the side by side tests in our home, we used a Blue Ray DVD and could not tell the difference between 720p (HD) and 1080p (true HD) unless we sat very close to the screen, which is uncomfortable and atypical. Do not be overwhelmed with all the hype about 120Hz vs. 60Hz and 1080 vs. 720. Let your eyes tell you what is what, and not the sales person nor varying viewing environments/locations. Do compare apples to apples. If you can see the difference between 720 and 1080 at normal viewing distances, I will be surprised. But, certainly you will feel the difference – in your pocketbook.

Insignia was and is a wise choice for us.
http://insigniaproducts.com/products/televisions.html
Merely follow the Best Buy sales flyers to get a great deal.

Hope this helps a bit.
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post #5 of 16
I have a 42 inch sylvania HDTV in great condition that i am looking to sell. PM me if you are interested.
You could probably save a bit that way.
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One thing that changed dramatically from televisions between the old "tv set" era and the new LCD/LED sets are the manufacturers who excel in making these TV's. Samsung and Sony have pretty much dominated the LCD /LED world as far as quality. Pretty much any tv is going to look very similar if the specs are the same upon purchase, but Samsung and Sony are pretty much the brands to trust for longevity and strength. Also plasma is not a "future" brand. Many reasons why plasma never took off, always go LCD or LED when buying a new tv. Also if you dip down in the 32-36 in range make sure your tv is 1080P capable, no reason to get less at this day in age.

Edit: Sony has always made high quality tv's, Samsung is kinda the new guy to the mix, and companies like Magnovox, and Zenith didnt really make the transition from CRT to LCD. LG is probably a reputable brand now as well and Visio is more the budget brand.

Something like this would keep your jaw dropped for a while.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-131-_-Product

Not to mention your PC would look nice on it.
Edited by Chuckclc - 4/30/11 at 4:25am
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^

ehh what....

The only reason plasma was not popular was the price. Pure and simple. In the range and screen size they (the OP) is looking at, plasma is the way to go. What you said what a pile of crap tbh. e.g. Mitsubishi used to make decent quality TVs in the CRT era before they went out of the market.
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^

ehh what....

The only reason plasma was not popular was the price. Pure and simple. In the range and screen size they (the OP) is looking at, plasma is the way to go. What you said what a pile of crap tbh. e.g. Mitsubishi used to make decent quality TVs in the CRT era before they went out of the market.
Yes, there were a lot of good CRT tv's that I didnt mention. Plasma TV's have always been hotter, power hungry tv's that you could only get at 1080P at higher resolutions and that were notorious for screen burn especially for folks that wanted to use XBOX 360's and PS3's on them. They are almost extinct now except for folks buying up the last remaining ones for cheap. Kinda like HD-DVD vs Blu Ray. Pretty much the way Plasma vs LCD is. Except Plasma held on a little longer cause it looked prettier, and HD-DVD and BLU RAY looked the same. No BS here.
Edited by Chuckclc - 4/30/11 at 4:36am
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Originally Posted by Chuckclc View Post
Plasma TV's have always been hotter, power hungry tv's
Yes, that's right

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Originally Posted by Chuckclc View Post
that you could only get at 1080P at higher resolutions and that were notorious for screen burn especially for folks that wanted to use XBOX 360's and PS3's on them.
Where to begin on how wrong this paragraph is....

1) 1080P is a resolution. I think you meant screen size, and well, that's still wrong.

2) All the plasmas myths of the past don't apply to modern plasmas and well basically myths to begin with

Mythbusting time (Note the publication date August 2005. See 'Executive Summary' if you want the concise facts)

Oh gees, I'll even make it easier for you and quote the relevant bit:

Quote:
Unlike early generation plasmas, where those type of images would not go away and could actually "burn" onto the screen, modern plasma TVs enjoy a combination of more robust screen materials and subtle image-shifting technologies that have rendered this former issue moot.
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They are almost extinct now except for folks buying up the last remaining ones for cheap. Kinda like HD-DVD vs Blu Ray. Pretty much the way Plasma vs LCD is. Except Plasma held on a little longer cause it looked prettier, and HD-DVD and BLU RAY looked the same. No BS here.
Plasma has better picture quality. And well, people watch TVs for the picture quality. What part of this don't you get?And no, plasma is far from extinct. In fact, LG accounced that they will be introducing a range of plasmas TVs in their line....yesterday. So yes, less farting, more facts.
Edited by chinesekiwi - 4/30/11 at 6:59am
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i ended up going to a local best buy and looked at tv's over there. we were also looking for a tv that looks nice in its design. i didnt want plasma from the very beginning... the power consumption being a big reason, but also because in the store the plasmas had a glass screen and there was a lot of glare. and glare is something i really dont want because our tv stand is right next to a huge window... so a matte screen was a must. also, i was at a friends house and he has a huge plasma thats like 55 inches or more, and i did not like how the picture looked on it, it was as if there was glare or something in the way of seeing the picture vividly (although it was dark in the room). i saw the same thing in the store with the plasmas there.

a couple samsungs stuck out at me because of their quality in the store. i know that prolly the tvs in the store arent calibrated in the settings much when they are put on display, but i just looked for the best picture, and the samsung ln40c630 stuck out. the price was 700$, but i found out that the store was out of stock. it would cost 770$ with tax, so instead i wetn online and got the 46inch model of the same series for 850$ with no tax and free 2 day shipping. so now im waiting for it to arrive... it will be here on wednsday. the ln46c630 has 120hertz, which is good for watching news or something. and the reviews i read for it said it was a good mid-range tv for the price. and amazon had 250$ off the msrp, plus i wont have to figure out how to get the tv home from the store.
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