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Noob Buying New TV - Need Info

Revanant
01-08-2010, 01:44 PM
I have a problem when trying to figure out what TV is best for my viewing pleasure. I will start here by posting the answers to the questions that were sticked by an admin.

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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')

Range will differ depending on who is sitting where. I would probably say it is between 3' and 5'.

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

Currently looking into replacing a Samsung LN32B550 32" 1080p LCD HDTV. I have had this TV for about a year now. Nothing wrong with it but when I did purchase the item, I thought that it would have HD quality (as in Blue-Ray quality) on just a regular cable channel. HDMI connections, for my xbox and DVD player, are fantastic, but this TV is going to be used for mainly daily cable TV viewing.

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)

As mentioned above, my DVD player, Xbox 360 and Digital Cable TV. I will be using the Xbox during weekends and watching a movie now and then, but the primary use is for cable TV.

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

A computer will not connected for this TV.

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?

I will purchase a Blu-ray player at a later date, but not at the moment. The DVD player that I have is an HD one, but I cannot say for certain that it is an SD one.

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

I dont care about price a whole lot, but as long as it can prove the HD quality during basic cable channels (like this model of Visio XXXXXXXXXXX), I could care less.

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

During the day, just daylight will be there. During the night, basic lighting from the ceiling will be about. If I am on the Xbox, it will be without light.

8. What is your budget range?

As mentioned in question #6, price isnt a matter at this time. When I have enough information, I will then see what I can/cant afford.

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

Generally it is just people sitting in the center, but now and then there will be people sitting at an angle from the computer, at about 20 or 30 degrees, in either direction, from sitting in the center.

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

Please refer to question #7.

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Please let me know when you can. Thanks in advance.

Bigloww
01-08-2010, 02:30 PM
Based off your oom lighting prefferences, how about this...

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/ProductDisplay?productId=41247792&langId=-1&storeId=10153&catalogId=12605&partNumber=05775529000P&mv=sl

Sears has the Panasonic TC42PS1 42'' 1080p plasma onsale for $649 (with he $50 mail in rebate)...

There is only 1 store out of 5 in my area that has them currently in stock. Best Buy offeres it for $799 but perhaps will price match he $699 part.. At only 3-5 ft. away you may think a 42'' is a bit big at 1st, but trust me, you will grow to love it very quickly. Plasma is great for gamming and fast action movies and sports..

fast200
01-08-2010, 02:45 PM
Just note the Panasonic plasmas are having an issue where black levels increase substantially over time. It probably doesn't affect every unit but it is undiagnosed by them at this time. Just wanted to throw that in there.

Revanant
01-08-2010, 03:28 PM
Just note the Panasonic plasmas are having an issue where black levels increase substantially over time. It probably doesn't affect every unit but it is undiagnosed by them at this time. Just wanted to throw that in there.


So, if I understand this right, it would make things harder to see in black areas right?

Based off your oom lighting prefferences, how about this...

Sears has the Panasonic TC42PS1 42'' 1080p plasma onsale for $649 (with he $50 mail in rebate)...

There is only 1 store out of 5 in my area that has them currently in stock. Best Buy offeres it for $799 but perhaps will price match he $699 part.. At only 3-5 ft. away you may think a 42'' is a bit big at 1st, but trust me, you will grow to love it very quickly. Plasma is great for gamming and fast action movies and sports.

Thanks for the recommendation. Since it is a good deal right now, I may just have to consider it, especially with tax season coming soon. I am still not keen on Plasma, but I will have to see this model in a store before making up my mind. I am sure that this has the one thing that my Samsung doesn’t currently have.

pappylap
01-08-2010, 04:52 PM
Just note the Panasonic plasmas are having an issue where black levels increase substantially over time. It probably doesn't affect every unit but it is undiagnosed by them at this time. Just wanted to throw that in there.

Got a source for this...............?

BeeF
01-08-2010, 06:02 PM
I thought that it would have HD quality (as in Blue-Ray quality) on just a regular cable channel. HDMI connections, for my xbox and DVD player, are fantastic, but this TV is going to be used for mainly daily cable TV viewing.


I think your expecting a HD picture from something that is not a HD source. You need to subscribe to a HD service and get a new box and cables to see HD from cable. A new tv won't fix what you are trying to.

I'm not saying there is anything wrong with getting a new tv. However if you're getting a new tv expecting that problem to be fixed, it won't be.

fast200
01-08-2010, 06:43 PM
Got a source for this...............?

Yes I'll PM you the link since its not on this site.

rbinck
01-08-2010, 06:59 PM
Maybe you could post it pappy? Or actually fast200 has enough posts now.

pappylap
01-08-2010, 08:42 PM
here is the link fast provided but it said doesn't exist...maybe someone else.............
http://www./avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1167339

rbinck
01-08-2010, 09:07 PM
Thanks pappy.

Ok that is a link from avsforum and the forum software has deleted some of it. Searching for "G10 black levels have seemingly doubled over night?" in google will get you there.

Following the referenced links will yield a photo of a G10 and a cheap LCD in the same photo where the G10 has a lighter screen than the LCD.Interesting stuff.

http://img707.imageshack.us/img707/38/img4072.jpg

fast200
01-08-2010, 09:42 PM
Yes there are a lot of people in that thread who are experiencing problems. Its a good TV so I don't want to bash it, but it certainly delayed my planned purchase of one.