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Sorry to sound rude but I am in need of help with finding a television. My dad just called me from Costco asking what kind of TV to get, he wants a 55" HDTV but I'm honestly lost. I figure 1080p is a must, I don't know if LCD or Plasma is better, he probably doesn't care about 3D and I doubt there is much of a price limit. Is there a notable benefit from 60hz to 120hz to 240hz?
post #2 of 10
Well, I was going to recommend the Samsung UN55C7000, since I have the 46" version and it's pretty amazing, but looking at Costco's site I see they don't have the larger Samsungs. I don't have any experience with Vizio's.

IMO plasmas have a better picture (slightly), but I still went with LCD since I wanted something physically smaller depth-wise.

If he can find the Samsung, tell him to check it out. It's 1080p, 240Hz. I purchased mine on sale at the beginning of the year and am still amazed at the quality of the picture. In fact, I turn down the quality because it looks a little too real sometimes.

Just my 2c worth...hope it helps,

Rich
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look into led tvs......Vizios are better bang per buck
    
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post #4 of 10
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Well I don't think Costco stocks many Samsung TVs but it had a 55" Vizio that had some good reviews on CNET and I think hes going to go with that. Some stores charge $1850 and Costco had it for $1400 so He'll be happy and it should be a good TV. CNET editors choice of the year should mean something.
post #5 of 10
Samsung 1080p 120hz would be perfect.

Led is thin, low energy usage and bright.
LCD is average.
Plasma is bigger, better picture, hot.

Vizio is bargain bin tv's from my experience.
    
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I suggest you get some form of 120hz, 1080P tv, brand name that is.
Plasma's are all natively 600hz, & if you intend on getting a big TV 40"+, then they offer more screen size for the buck. In my honest opinion, Panasonic makes the best plasmas, I own a G20 50" myself. That's not to say that LG or Samsung plasmas are bad, not at all. I also suggest going to BrandsMart, my grandpa got an 50" LG Infinia PK750 3D Plasma with two free active shutter 3D glasses for $1000 bucks there. It also has some feature where it can convert 2D video to 3D. It's not 100% mind you, but it's still a pretty cool/gimmick feature.

I suggest 120hz, because 60hz is not divisible by 24, evenly. Let me explain.(Thanks to Nomb at Team Xbox forums) Because almost all films are shot at 24Hz, they can suffer from motion judder when played back on TVs with a 60Hz refresh rate. The problem is 60 is not divisible by 24, so they use a special cheating process known as 3:2 pulldown. Its somewhat complicated, but essentially, frames from the original source get ordered in such a way that the movie looks good 90% (conjecture) of the time. Go read more about "3:2 pulldown" at wikipedia if you're interested in more detail.

The real major benefit is a TV that has a 120Hz refresh rate AND is capable of receiving a 24Hz film signal and doing 5:5 pulldown. In this case, the TV does 120 frames in one second, and to perfectly reproduce the original film, it takes each frame from the movie and displays it 5 times. That is:

24 frames per second * each frame displayed 5 times in a row = 120 frames in one second

This is exactly the same as having a TV that is natively 24Hz, and therefore a film is accurately reproduced on-screen.
Edited by N7-OC - 8/3/11 at 6:23pm
 
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Plasmas are more expensive, the plasma matter in it can burn , is a power hog and is also heavy BUT it delivers the best picture quality available yet.

LED LCDs are pretty damn good, very very little power consumption and deliver good picture quality too,

Up to you really to decide which one will work out for u in the end
    
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Originally Posted by Sharang View Post
Plasmas are more expensive, the plasma matter in it can burn , is a power hog and is also heavy BUT it delivers the best picture quality available yet.

LED LCDs are pretty damn good, very very little power consumption and deliver good picture quality too,

Up to you really to decide which one will work out for u in the end
Plasmas are actually normally cheaper. Burn in is a thing of the past. Plasma picture quality is superb and doesnt have the soap opera effect that lcds need to handle motion.
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I'd also like to mention that while LED-LCD's are great, not all of them are made the same.

It's true that due to the LED backlighting, they consume the least amount of energy, and therefore produce the least heat, but the cheapest LED-LCD's have lighting around the edges, which causes colors/brightness & in return, the picture quality to look uneven. The better LED-LCD's have a full aray of LED's on the tv panel, & can turn off cluster's of LED's or single LED's individually, using a feature called local dimming, (Correct me if I"m wrong), making colors/brightness/picture quality look true. These LED-LCD's with a full array of LED's & local dimming tend to cost quite a bit more than the edge lit ones.
 
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Plasmas are actually normally cheaper. Burn in is a thing of the past. Plasma picture quality is superb and doesnt have the soap opera effect that lcds need to handle motion.
rlly? must only be India then, generally a good quality plasma from a company like panasonic would cost more in the long run then a LED LCD TV
    
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