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Poll Results: Which of these is the best choice?

 
  • 18% (16)
    46" Sony Bravia (W Series) LCD
  • 55% (48)
    46" Samsung Series 8 LCD
  • 26% (23)
    50" Panasonic Viera Plasma
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post #21 of 48
+1 for the samsung
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honestly if you're going to use your HDTV as a computer monitor, then you want to go with the LCD's. Plasma's don't make good computer monitors.

if you're going to be watching a lot of movies, playing some games, plasma is going to be the best way to go. bar none contrast ratio's and better angle of viewing.
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To start off, here's a nice guide for you to get an idea of what you'll be getting, should you decide between one of the two: Plasma vs. LCD

Okay, now for my answer: It depends. LOL. Really it does. My uncle has a nice 60 inch Plasma, and my wife's grandpa has a 40 something inch LCD. Both TV's look great, but to be honest over all picture quality looks better on the Plasma. He's had it 6 years now and the picture still looks amasing in HD.

The Plasma you listed as a Dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, while the sony has a dyamic contrast ratio of a mere 16,000:1 and the Samsung has a dynamic contrast ration of 50,000:1.

Put simply, contrast ratio is the ability of the TV to display deep blacks without loss of details in shadow or dark scenes. For example, 1,000:1 means the white is 1,000 times brighter than the black.

Go with Plasma if you really plan just movies and TV, however if you ever plan to use as a monitor, you are best to get the Samsung.
post #24 of 48
They both are better in certain applications. You have to educate yourself in order to make the best choice, so I applaud you for not pulling the trigger without some research. With that said, ask yourself the conditions of the room. Wide or narrow viewing angle? Can you control the lighting well or will it be bright during daylight hours? Are you going to mount it on simply drywall or can you find a stud? All of these answers will help you make the right decision. Plasma are heavier, have glass that can reflect light that in turn can reduce brightness/contrast, and need a burn in time. LCD have less of a sweet spot (optimal viewing angle), can have stuck or dead pixels, and are not as good at displaying motion. Good luck on your purchase and I hope you're happy with it. Here's the best comparison that I've read.....
http://www.projectorpeople.com/resou...-projector.asp
Edited by sccr64472 - 12/22/08 at 11:34am
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post #25 of 48
Quote:
Originally Posted by Miki View Post
To start off, here's a nice guide for you to get an idea of what you'll be getting, should you decide between one of the two: Plasma vs. LCD

Okay, now for my answer: It depends. LOL. Really it does. My uncle has a nice 60 inch Plasma, and my wife's grandpa has a 40 something inch LCD. Both TV's look great, but to be honest over all picture quality looks better on the Plasma. He's had it 6 years now and the picture still looks amasing in HD.

The Plasma you listed as a Dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, while the sony has a dyamic contrast ratio of a mere 16,000:1 and the Samsung has a dynamic contrast ration of 50,000:1.

Put simply, contrast ratio is the ability of the TV to display deep blacks without loss of details in shadow or dark scenes. For example, 1,000:1 means the white is 1,000 times brighter than the black.

Go with Plasma if you really plan just movies and TV, however if you ever plan to use as a monitor, you are best to get the Samsung.
That's not the whole story, and is in fact a bit misleading. Static contrast ratio and dynamic contrast ratio are two different items. You want to know the static contrast ratio of LCDs when you compare them, and that is what you will compare with any contrast ratio given by plasmas as they do not have a need for dynamic effects and naturally have high contrast ratios. Dynamic contrast ratios with LCDs are made by changing backlight intensity which is very hard to localize on the display where the darker colors are needed. Each plasma cell is individually lit so they do not have this problem. With dynamic contrast ratios driven by CCFLs comes the ability to see the changes occuring which defeats the purpose (you see the entire screen get darker or lighter). The only time you listen to dynamic contrast ratio for an LCD is if it is from an LED source where the lighting will respond faster to changes and where the effects will be more localized than a CCFL.
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post #26 of 48
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Originally Posted by stargate125645 View Post
If you are going to get a Sony, you need to get the XBR models which means a big jump in price. You get what you pay for, but the price is steep indeed. From that list, I'd go with the Samsung. Plasma sets use up ridiculous amounts of power and the picture looks sharper on LCDs to me (though that is personal). Plus, no burn in time on LCDs.
Yeah the XBR series is a lot more expensive. I don't think I'm that much of a connoisseur that I'd notice the difference.

Quote:
Originally Posted by eureka View Post
LCD if you have an HD source most of the time, otherwise Plasma.
Elaborate please. This sounds interesting. With normal TV, which will look better?

Quote:
Originally Posted by Miki View Post
To start off, here's a nice guide for you to get an idea of what you'll be getting, should you decide between one of the two: Plasma vs. LCD

Okay, now for my answer: It depends. LOL. Really it does. My uncle has a nice 60 inch Plasma, and my wife's grandpa has a 40 something inch LCD. Both TV's look great, but to be honest over all picture quality looks better on the Plasma. He's had it 6 years now and the picture still looks amasing in HD.

The Plasma you listed as a Dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, while the sony has a dyamic contrast ratio of a mere 16,000:1 and the Samsung has a dynamic contrast ration of 50,000:1.

Put simply, contrast ratio is the ability of the TV to display deep blacks without loss of details in shadow or dark scenes. For example, 1,000:1 means the white is 1,000 times brighter than the black.

Go with Plasma if you really plan just movies and TV, however if you ever plan to use as a monitor, you are best to get the Samsung.
Awesome Miki. Cheers.

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Originally Posted by sccr64472 View Post
They both are better in certain applications. You have to educate yourself in order to make the best choice, so I applaud you for not pulling the trigger without some research. With that said, ask yourself the conditions of the room. Wide or narrow viewing angle? Can you control the lighting well or will it be bright during daylight hours? Are you going to mount it on simply drywall or can you find a stud? All of these answers will help you make the right decision. Plasma are heavier, have glass that can reflect light that in turn can reduce brightness/contrast, and need a burn in time. LCD have less of a sweet spot (optimal viewing angle), can have stuck or dead pixels, and are not as good at displaying motion. Good luck on your purchase and I hope you're happy with it. Here's the best comparison that I've read.....
http://www.projectorpeople.com/resou...-projector.asp
I definitely will be getting a lot of brightness during the day and our current TV does suffer from glare. Will the LCD be inherently better then?
post #27 of 48
Samsung makes good quality's these days my brother in law has a nice big Samsung TV it has amazing picture.
 
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I definitely will be getting a lot of brightness during the day and our current TV does suffer from glare. Will the LCD be inherently better then?
Yes, this quote is straight from the link I gave you.

"LCD TVs can often look better in 'real-world' situations. Plasmas are made with a special glass surface that can reflect light, which dulls the brightness and contrast of the image. LCD TVs reflect very little light, allowing them to maintain levels in well-lit rooms."
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post #29 of 48
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Elaborate please. This sounds interesting. With normal TV, which will look better?
The more expensive models will give you better upconversion of standard definition TV. That is why XBR models from Sony are so expensive, but worth it in my opinion. I believe that is what he is referring to, though not explicitly stated.
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Okay guys. Thanks for all the input, it means a lot. I went ahead and purchased the Viera 50" because it came with a free Wii and we got an insane price on it (30% under RRP).

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