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Hey I've been looking around as much as I can to get ideas for HDTVS. I want to stick around as close to $600 as possible and no more than $700.

I was set on LCD's because there was a possibility that I would hook up my sig rig and play a few games on it. But - I want a 46" tv and I can't get a 1080 46" lcd in my price range.

I've also heard that plasma has much higher picture quality over lcds and I will mostly be playing movies off of my computer to the tv, along with watching cable programs.

So if I decide to go with plasma for more inches/dollar and I wont be gaming on it - is it safe to go 720p? There aren't any tv shows or movies made for 1080p are there?


tl;dr - If I'm playing movies off my computer will 720p plasma be the greatest picture quality and size for my money?
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post #2 of 20
plasma are the best but have durability concerns, and I wouldnt buy something that wasnt 1080p myself unless it was under 32 inches
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I would suggest getting a 1080p. I see a major difference. And you can get 1080p plasma on sale for $700.
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My parents have a 42" LG Plasma that's 1080p, and it's pristine, works great never any problems had it since 07.
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If 1080p is what I should get than I think I'll just stick to a 42" lcd
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Plasma still beats everything but full-array LED backlit LCD.

The only concern is if you plan to game on it most of the time, with static HUDs. You will get some image retention, but usually a few minutes of scrolling bar will erase it. Some people recommend using a break-in slideshow for the first hundred hours or so to decrease the effect of image retention for the life of the panel.
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It will depend on what quality your cable company is giving you/what you're paying for.

Most shows I have are 480p, so everything looks terrible on my 1080p TV. Truly, I had better image on my 1024x768 television.

However, anything that's 720p or higher looks amazing on my TV (output from PC).
    
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Originally Posted by Zakel2 View Post
So if I decide to go with plasma for more inches/dollar and I wont be gaming on it - is it safe to go 720p? There aren't any tv shows or movies made for 1080p are there?
You can play 1080p with hdmi.
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if you thought your room was hot now because of your setup, just wait till you add that plasma lol

If you don't mind the heat definitely go for it, just make sure it's 1080p
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Originally Posted by Zakel2 View Post
There aren't any tv shows or movies made for 1080p are there?
Are you serious? Everything is now made for 1080p, most old movies have been redone and remastered in 1080p. Most sources are from film which has a higher resolution than 1080p, they can make 20 year old movies look just as good as many of the brand new movies.

There a thousands upon thousands of 1080p TV shows and Movies now. http://www.blu-ray.com/

DVD has been obselete for quite some time and have been replaced by blu-ray. No offense, but how can one be so out of tune with things like this? Especially with the whole HD-DVD/Blu-ray war that was so popular.

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Originally Posted by Zakel2 View Post
I've also heard that plasma has much higher picture quality over lcds and I will mostly be playing movies off of my computer to the tv, along with watching cable programs.
At your price range, this is probably true. However when you get up into the $3,000 price range LEDs and Plasmas are pretty neck and neck in terms of performance/price. Each have Pros/Cons. Plasma is probably better for strict movie viewing, however LEDs can be used for much more since they don't suffer from image retention and burn-in.

The thing to note is, if you are hooking up a PC to a plasma and you are not extremely careful you will damage the plasma very very quickly. Any non-moving objects for an extended period will cause image retention which is fixable but is an annoying process. If those non-moving objects stay for even longer or you do not fix your image retention in time, you can get permanent burn-in, which is not covered by warranty from most companies.

I personally don't recommend Plasma unless you are ONLY watching blu-rays and movies. I've seen many plasmas get logo burn-ins from stations, game UIs, etc. You can avoid this if you know how the technology works and avoid excessive gaming or excessively watching the same channel.

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Originally Posted by Jaguarbamf View Post
Most shows I have are 480p, so everything looks terrible on my 1080p TV. Truly, I had better image on my 1024x768 television.
Your TV, receiver, and/or player likely sucks at upscaling. 480p can look really good even on a 55"-60" screens if you have decent hardware that can upscale them properly. It's no where near blu-ray quality, but it still looks good.
Edited by Murlocke - 7/19/11 at 7:49pm
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