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Old 02-02-2010, 12:53 PM   #1
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We have a Hitachi 50" rear projection LCD TV from 2005 that is verging on unusable due to color issues. I want to replace it ASAP, ideally with something that won't be unusable in five years.

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Price range: $1,000-$1,500
Size: At least 42" screen, plus lightweight/small footprint
Input: Needs to accept digital input from PC and display in correct resolution - we use it as a monitor too.
Viewing location: About 6-8 feet from couch where we sit. Also, there's a large window in the room which lets in a lot of light, so we need good color.
Reliability: Very very important - I'd rather have a smaller screen from a good brand that won't die on us in a few years than a bigger, cheaper model.

I don't know if we want plasma, LCD or what. Whatever fits the specs. Anyone have any advice?
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Old 02-02-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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take a look at the current line of toshiba lcd's. then samsung and sony
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:36 PM   #3
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For $1500.00 you could get a 54" Panasonic plasma that will have better PQ, viewing angles and motion than an LCD.

Check out the close out models P54S1, P54G10 & P54V10 if you can find them.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:00 PM   #4
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For $1500.00 you could get a 54" Panasonic plasma that will have better PQ, viewing angles and motion than an LCD.

Check out the close out models P54S1, P54G10 & P54V10 if you can find them.
he mentioned it will be used as a monitor
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I missed that. Ooops!

The Original Post should do a Google search for his light engine issue with his RPTV as many of these have had this issue from multiple mfg, and most mfg are offering to fix them out of warranty or issuing a credit. It is worth a shot to try this.
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Old 02-02-2010, 02:20 PM   #6
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I missed that. Ooops!

The Original Post should do a Google search for his light engine issue with his RPTV as many of these have had this issue from multiple mfg, and most mfg are offering to fix them out of warranty or issuing a credit. It is worth a shot to try this.
Yeah, we looked into it and Hitachi is not being helpful to other people with the same problem. We also want to move to a flat-panel anyway.

Plasmas don't work as well for monitors? School me, I haven't done any research since we bought the last TV five years ago. (I mean, I did read the stickies before posting, but other than that ...)
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Old 02-02-2010, 03:33 PM   #7
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Plasma is great for video gaming, TV & movie watching but it can get burn in just like CRTs do with static images. That is why screen savers were all the rage back when our monitors were CRT based instead of LCD based.

If you are only hooking it only use the computer to watch downloaded movies/video and use it in full screen mode that would not be a problem with a plasma, but for anything more than about 5-10% use browsing & various word processor/spreadsheet work there would static images that is not good with plasmas.
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Old 02-02-2010, 04:42 PM   #8
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Ohhh, yeah. Well, it's primarily there for downloaded movies and gaming, but the kids do some internet browsing and typing on it too. Plus it sometimes gets left on a static screen for hours and hours because we pause the show and hustle the kids out of the house and forget to turn it off ... so yeah, burn-in would be a problem.
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I would say to stick with an LCD then.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:45 AM   #11
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So, Best Buy has Sony Bravia LCDs, 52" for $1500 or 46" for $1000, with financing deals and free shipping and free recycling of the old TV. Would those be a good bet?

I don't really follow the normal pricing, so it's hard for me to tell if these "$500 off!!" offers are a great deal or just clever marketing.

I tried to post the link, but I don't have 5 posts yet.
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