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Shopping for a 46"-47" HDTV, ~$750 US budget

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I'm looking to get a 46" or 47" TV (which you could probably tell from the thread's title) for our living room. It will be used pretty much exclusively as a monitor for our HTPC, for watching movies and TV shows, though there may be some video games in its future as well. Our living room isn't too brightly lit, so good black levels and contrast would be desirable features.

We tend to watch a lot of letterboxed content (most of the shows we watch are 4:3, and most of our movies are wider than 16:9), which has sort of led me to shy away from plasma sets for fear of burn-in, despite reports of improvements in modern plasma sets. I very rarely have a chance to actually look at HDTVs since it's a couple hundred miles of driving to go to a real department/electronics store, but when I have had rare opportunity to gawk at TVs, I've been pretty wowed by the smooth motion I've seen in some 120Hz sets (they'll usually have some CGI flick like Bolt or Toy Story playing on them) though I'm not sure if that's a result of the tech or a result of them piping a better image to their expensive sets to make people buy them.

From what I've read, I'm unsure if LED would really offer much of a visible benefit over CCFL without local dimming, which is probably outside my budget.

I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to buying HDTVs (which is why I'm here) but one set I turned up that looked like a possibility was the LG 47LK520, which is within the wiggle room of my budget. What do you fellows think of this, and what other suggestions do you have?

Thanks.
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there's no burn-in with modern day plasmas pure and simple as better materials are used.
I'd definitely go plasma so for your needs:

Panasonic TC P46S30

http://store.onsale.com/p/Panasonic-...=BWBGOOGLEBASE
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So is it the general consensus that it's not worth worrying over even if we do quite a bit of letterboxing and prefer black bars over gray? (Sorry, I've just got a case of plasma paranoia. )
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I'll bump up the TC P46S30 to my top contender in that case. Just as a bit of a side question, how do DLP rear projection sets like Mitsubishi's WD-60738 compare with plasmas for contrast and PQ? I know we won't find a DLP that's 46" or 47" in size, but given the low cost of DLP sets, they've piqued my interest, and if the picture quality compares favorably to smaller sets, I might be inclined to try and make room for one.
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worse viewing angles

have to replace bulbs

rainbow effect is visible to some people

go plasma
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Okay, you fellows have persuaded me over to the plasma side. A couple more questions:

1. I'm guessing the reason I liked the look of the 120Hz LCDs that I saw was because they applied motion interpolation to the video (which I know is not pleasant to some viewers, but I liked it for CGI content). Would a plasma set have a similar feature?
2. I had originally limited my search to 46" and 47" sets since LCDs quickly shoot past my budget above that size. Since plasmas seem to be a bit cheaper, are there any other (larger) sets I should consider that are still within my budget?
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Little bump.

Along the lines of question #2, I was wondering how the LG 50PV450 compares to the aforementioned Panasonic TC P46S30? It's pushing the budget, but is only about $40 more than the former, which I can justify if the set doesn't make sacrifices in the area of quality.
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http://www.ecrater.com/p/10606452/46...-lcd-full-hdtv

This is the t.v. I have. It's pretty much explained exactly what you're looking for and I've owned this t.v. since last 2010 on Valentines Day.

If you have any more questions, feel free to respond in the thread with them.
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