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Help buying new HDTV

Tysonm
01-18-2010, 08:18 PM
First off I am new to this site, so bare with me please.
I currently have a older 55" toshiba and am looking to replace it since I am obsessed with how amazing blu ray looks!
I will be using this tv in a smaller room but will be watching it mostly at night so lighting shouldn't be a problem, secondly I will probably watch 90% movies and 10% video games on it, I usually sit around 8' away from the tv.
I read a lot of reviews about plasma being better than LCD's, but at the stores I could pick out which tv's were plasmas because they didn't look as clear as the LCD's, so I think I would prefer an LCD. I have been seeing a lot of great reviews on the Samsung LN52B630 so I went out looking at tv's today and thought the picture looked good on it, but then I saw the Sony Bravia KDL-52V5100 and its picture quality was better and I was curious if this would be a good tv for me. I want a tv that is going to be a little larger, maybe around 48"-52" and that will look amazing with blu ray, in my price range of $1500 (anything less will be a plus).

SantaPimp27
01-18-2010, 08:26 PM
comparing tv's in the store is useless. the bright lights of the store greatly favor lcds. when you get the plasma in your home lighting, it will outperform any lcd.

if you want the best pq, go with plasma. pioneer is the best, followed closely by panasonic and samsung.

if you want an lcd then check out toshiba.

PFC5
01-18-2010, 08:54 PM
Unless you have sodium gas lamps in your home and have it ultra bright like the stores you cannot base which is better from the store displays. I own both 2 LCDs and 1 DLP, and 1 Panasonic plasma. My plasma easily beats out the LCDs in HOME lighting. Issues with LCds like much poorer blacks that are lucky to be called dark gray, poor viewing angles, and fast motion issues are not easily seen in the stores, but easily seen in home lighting.

If you want an idea about this just try changing your LCD computer monitor to an all black screen and then look at it. Now turn out the lights in the room and look at it again on that all black screen. :D

Tysonm
01-18-2010, 09:16 PM
My most concern about the plasma is how i've heard that they can sometimes easily get image burn and that they start to go "dim" after 2-3 years and that they can up your utility bill.
What are some recommendations on tv's that you guys think would fit my needs that would be under $1500, between 48" - 52", not much motion blurr, looks amazing with blu ray, and that would have some extra perks (so it's easier to sell when I want to upgrade in a few years). Just to make things clear, I am not against plasma or anything, my knowledge isn't very broad with home entertainment as you can tell, and I appreciate forums like this that have experienced people that know what there doing to help guide people to something that they would be happy with and possibly even give them a little more knowledge about in field.

SantaPimp27
01-18-2010, 09:30 PM
burn in is a thing of the past. ive truly abused my panny plasma and no burn in or anything resembling it.

panasonic plasma's lifespan is now rated at 100,000 hours until they are half as bright. thats 11 years if you leave the tv on 24/7.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P50G10-50-Inch-Plasma/dp/B001UAEWUS

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P54S1-54-Inch-Plasma/dp/B001UN6ES8

if you stretched the budget a little, you could have a 54" g10 or a 58" s1

oblioman
01-18-2010, 10:07 PM
My most concern about the plasma is how i've heard that they can sometimes easily get image burn and that they start to go "dim" after 2-3 years and that they can up your utility bill.
What are some recommendations on tv's that you guys think would fit my needs that would be under $1500, between 48" - 52", not much motion blurr, looks amazing with blu ray, and that would have some extra perks (so it's easier to sell when I want to upgrade in a few years). Just to make things clear, I am not against plasma or anything, my knowledge isn't very broad with home entertainment as you can tell, and I appreciate forums like this that have experienced people that know what there doing to help guide people to something that they would be happy with and possibly even give them a little more knowledge about in field.

tysonm,,,if any group of people can mess up a plasma,,well we all be here on this forum. Some of us been here a long time. A lot of us own both plasma and lcd (even got an ol RP still going strong),,and our gathered opinion is about 98% plasma. The only reason for the 2% is some people just need a smaller tv. Life is to short to settle for second place. Get yerself a plasma,,a bucket of popcorn,,,and silently snicker to yerself everytime that beauty comes to life.

Tysonm
01-18-2010, 10:36 PM
tysonm,,,if any group of people can mess up a plasma,,well we all be here on this forum. Some of us been here a long time. A lot of us own both plasma and lcd (even got an ol RP still going strong),,and our gathered opinion is about 98% plasma. The only reason for the 2% is some people just need a smaller tv. Life is to short to settle for second place. Get yerself a plasma,,a bucket of popcorn,,,and silently snicker to yerself everytime that beauty comes to life.

Hahaha, alright thanks oblioman! I think I will be going plasma. I have been going through sites/forums and reading up on other peoples experiences and 10/10 times they recommend plasma over LCD (in my case), but the question now is, what tv is going to be the best in its class in my price range. SantaPimp27 did recommend two very nice plasma's which both also had very good user/expert reviews. What I am planning on doing with my home entertainment is, getting the best quality of a tv in its class thats in my budget, decent blu ray player around $200 or less, and then in the next few months I will be getting a receiver/sub/speakers .

Loves2Watch
01-18-2010, 10:39 PM
Hahaha, alright thanks oblioman! I think I will be going plasma. I have been going through sites/forums and reading up on other peoples experiences and 10/10 times they recommend plasma over LCD (that would fit my needs), but the question now is, what tv is going to have the best in its class for my price range. SantaPimp27 did recommend two very nice plasma's which both also had very good user/expert reviews. What I am planning on doing with my home entertainment is, getting the best quality of a tv in its class thats in my budget, decent blu ray player around $200 or less, and then in the next few months I will be getting a receiver/sub/speakers .

The 54" S1 model would be just perfect for your needs. You will be amazed with the picture.

Tysonm
01-18-2010, 11:04 PM
Everything looks solid about the S1 from what i've read. Would it be smart to buy it now, or do you think the price will come down at all since it's a new year starting and stores may be trying to get rid of some of there old stock?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but I saw an LCD tv at one of the stores today that was playing a blu ray and most of the blu rays i've seen, the movies just have solid colors and look amazing, but this one in paticular looks like a they were filming it as you were watching it, (also saw it reffered to as if you were "watching a soap opera"), can you set the setting of a plasma to play in this mode?

SantaPimp27
01-18-2010, 11:25 PM
most people dont like the soap opera effect so they change the settings on their lcd's to get rid of it. If you got a panny v10, then you would be able to watch blu-rays in 24p which is the same frame rate that it was filmed at.

pappylap
01-18-2010, 11:40 PM
If the director saw his creation (film) being shown in "soap mode" he would most likely slash his own throat...........try to imagine "Gone with the wind" looking like "Days of our Lives"

guile42
01-19-2010, 01:34 AM
tysonm,,,if any group of people can mess up a plasma,,well we all be here on this forum. Some of us been here a long time. A lot of us own both plasma and lcd (even got an ol RP still going strong),,and our gathered opinion is about 98% plasma. The only reason for the 2% is some people just need a smaller tv. Life is to short to settle for second place. Get yerself a plasma,,a bucket of popcorn,,,and silently snicker to yerself everytime that beauty comes to life.
great suggestions, i've got myself sony lcd bravia, but i was much more interested about plasma's because of this forum. I might buy myself a plasma by this year. thanks so much.

Tysonm
01-20-2010, 12:00 AM
What would be a good blu ray player that has has some of the newer neat gadgets such as being able to stream online movies, plays blu rays at top notch in its class, and being under $200 If this is possible.