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A friend of mine does high end home theater installations (Street of Dreams style stuff - big $$$). A couple weeks ago I just asked him for some TV advice since mine crapped out on me and I needed a new one. Here's his advice to me.

Good brands:
Panasonic (mostly makes plasma which is not good if you play console games. But their TVs are great and they're his favorite brand)
Samsung (good picture, sucky for universal remote compatability)
Sony (Sony name is expensive but they're very good)

Brands to avoid:
Vizio (cheap crap - plus they're currently being sued for patent infringement and are likely to lose which means any warranty goes out the window)
Toshiba (lousy picture quality - he just installed one for a guy who was so proud of his new Toshiba that he didn't have the heart to tell the customer his TV "looked like butt")
LG (also cheap crap like Vizio...but not quite as bad)

I wound up with a 56" Samsung DLP. It was about $1300 at Best Buy and I'm very happy with it. For a 50" LCD which does 1080p, you should expect to spend closer to $2000 for a good one. I'd also recommend buying one locally so that you don't have to worry about receiving one broken in shipping and if you don't like it (doesn't fit or look good in your lighting) you can just bring it back and get a different one.
     
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A friend of mine does high end home theater installations (Street of Dreams style stuff - big $$$). A couple weeks ago I just asked him for some TV advice since mine crapped out on me and I needed a new one. Here's his advice to me.
Yeah I know a guy like that. I have found him to be very biased but its definately something to think about. He swears by Mitsubishi though.

I guess Im better off viewing what the whole continent thinks.



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The TV I just replaced was a Mitsubishi 42" 1080i rear projection. It lasted 5 years before the convergence chips burnt out a couple weeks ago. Thankfully, the extended warranty I bought came into play and covered the cost. First time I've bought an extended warranty and actually was able to use it. That said, the warranty cost me $400 and the repair probably would have cost $200-250.

That said, I was very happy with my Mitsubishi TV and would buy one again. And so far, I'm very happy with my Samsung too.
     
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The TV I just replaced was a Mitsubishi 42" 1080i rear projection. It lasted 5 years before the convergence chips burnt out a couple weeks ago. Thankfully, the extended warranty I bought came into play and covered the cost. First time I've bought an extended warranty and actually was able to use it. That said, the warranty cost me $400 and the repair probably would have cost $200-250.

That said, I was very happy with my Mitsubishi TV and would buy one again. And so far, I'm very happy with my Samsung too.
Man those LCD screens are nice and big but those Wegas still look tempting to me. Something about the CRT display. How heavy is your 42" Mitsubishi?
    
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Man those LCD screens are nice and big but those Wegas still look tempting to me. Something about the CRT display. How heavy is your 42" Mitsubishi?
I'd guess around 80-100 lbs. It's rear projection and not CRT.

My friend who does the home theater installation has a 50" CRT that he got for free from a customer. That thing literally weighs at LEAST 300 lbs. It's unreal how heavy that thing is.

For comparison, my new 56" DLP weighs 61 lbs according to the specs.

When I was making my decision at the store, the picture quality between the Samsung LCD and DLP was close enough that I couldn't tell a difference side-by-side. The only difference I saw was viewing at an angle. The LCD looks the same from any angle. But the harder the angle you view a DLP, the more washed out the picture becomes. Unless you have a huge room and are viewing the screen almost directly beside it, you'll be fine.

But, if viewing at an angle is important to you, go for the LCD or CRT.
     
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couple brands you should know when shopping

my list of good TV's (in no particular order)
Samsung
LG
Pioneer - Elite series
Sony - Bravia XBR series
Toshiba - regza series
Sharp - Aquos series
Fixed. Your Pioneer listing is for Plasmas, is it not?
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