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My mom has decided that she wants to spend $500 on a TV, her primary needs are 1080p, LCD (it will be in the room with a relevant amount of sunlight), and she wants to be able to use internet and watch movies/listen to music/look at pictures from a computer we use as the media center for the house (has a media server for our xbox, streams itunes music wherever, can use whatever programs needed to achieve the streaming of Music Video Audio). What would you guys recommend? It would be nice to be able to go into a store and look at it before we buy, but if there is a sweet deal that can't be missed that is online only then I'd jump on that, I am just worried about dead pixels and the like and it would be simpler to brick and mortar, which I say grudgingly.
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How big is the room and what is the approximate viewing distance?
    
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a 32" bravia 120hz lcd looks amazing in a bright room, but thats my opinion from experiance, not backed up by reaserch or anything
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10 feet viewing distance, 12 by 16
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At 10' feet away why not go 720p you won't notice the difference and save some money to boot.
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Originally Posted by FREELINE57 View Post
At 10' feet away why not go 720p you won't notice the difference and save some money to boot.
You're not going to find 40in+ LCDs with 720p. Being 10ft away I really recommend nothing smaller than a 40.

To the OP: $500 is a very low budget, but you should be able to find something. If you have a Best Buy nearby, walk in and browse their TVs. Best Buy swaps their TVs out with new models in February and March, so you will be able to find some significantly clearanced TVs (below employee cost).
Edited by Xyxyll - 2/19/11 at 12:28pm
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you will notice the difference between 720p and 1080p, even at 10 feet, its subtle but there, also 32" is fine for 10 foot viewing and fits his price
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You're not going to find 40in+ LCDs with 720p. Being 10ft away I really recommend nothing smaller than a 40.

To the OP: $500 is a very low budget, but you should be able to find something. If you have a Best Buy nearby, walk in and browse their TVs. Best Buy swaps their TVs out with new models in February and March, so you will be able to find some significantly clearanced TVs (below employee cost).
Actually CompUSA has Vizio 42" LCD 60hz for $450 or the 120hz refurb version for $500 42" also.

http://www.compusa.com/applications/...Sort=0&Recs=10

I would rate Vizio sets as a decent brand for your moms needs.(1080p, 42", 60hz LCD)
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