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Help with choosing a TV

01-05-2010, 09:06 PM
Hello, I am looking for some advice regarding the kind of tv to buy. I've been doing a lot of research but am still completely lost. Any recommendations or advice you have is appreciated.

1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it? (Be as exact as possible. A 5' range difference IS a major difference - Please limit the range to 2')

8.5 - 10.5 feet

2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc) (include TV age as well)

32" tube TV, at least 10 years old (bought secondhand)

3. What will you be watching on it (i.e. 1/3 movies, 1/3 TV shows, 1/6 Sports, 1/6 gaming console, etc)

2/3 tv shows and movies (movies less than tv but can't come up with a fraction to properly illustrate it), 1/3 video games.

4. Will a computer be connected to use the display as a monitor? If so, what percent of the time?


5. Will you be getting a Blu-ray player to watch movies and will you be getting any HD service from cable/sat, or will you just be watching SD programming, and an upscaling SD DVD player?

We intend to get a PS3 at some point but likely not right away. Same with HD service - we want it eventually but won't be getting it immediately.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display?

Bang for the buck is most important - we'd like to get as good as we can afford.

7. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?)

Lots of natural light through the windows, but we do have curtains that can block it out reasonably well. Lots of lights in the house (open type layout) but can turn them off, obviously.

8. What is your budget range?

$700 limit.

9. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center?

Living room is set up like a square, with the tv in one corner, and couches set up in the other corner on a diagonal. So there would be multiple viewing angles.

10. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)?

Equal viewing between daylight and darkness.

01-05-2010, 09:20 PM
42" plasma would be a good fit seeing that your budget is only $700. Plasma's will display SD content better than LCD tv's so that is something for you to consider.

they are also superior for gaming. as long as you can control the light plasma is the way to go.

If you could save up a little more and wait for a sale a 50" panny s1 would be perfect

01-05-2010, 10:45 PM
If you must stay at $700.00 then I would recommend a 50" 720p plasma like the Panasonic P50x1. Anything smaller than 50" and 1080p would be wasted as you could not see the higher resolution of a 42" 1080p at those distances over a 720p.

I think you would definitely want to go with plasma over LCD since viewing angles are a problem with LCD, and even a properly adjusted 720p plasma will give you better overall PQ with deeper black levels.