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Please help me choose a TV!

04-18-2010, 09:01 PM
1. How far away will you be from the display when watching it?

Will be about 10-12 feet away, it's for a small college-apartment living room. (May have to be a tad more robust?)

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

Roommate's 42" Vizio HD, (he's moving out).

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)

70% sports, 20% sitcoms, 10% movies

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

5% of the time, possibly.

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?

HD Cable...Blu-Ray is unlikely.

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

Best bargain (been watching deals of america dot com pretty intently)

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

Blinds behind the tv can be closed, standard living room lighting.

8. What is your budget range?

>$500, hopefully below $400 if I can get lucky.

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

Multiple, not really sharp angles, though.

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


Please help me out, I think 32" would be a bit small, but 37" or 40" would be a nice sweet spot.

04-18-2010, 10:19 PM
From your viewing distance, I would really hesitate to suggest anything below 50". I sit about 9' from my 50", and have ordered a new 54" to replace it. The absolute minimum you should even consider would be a 42" set, and that would be stretching it a bit. I would suggest a plasma, since you watch a lot of sports. The Panasonic TC-P42S2 would be a good choice, and the TC-P50S2 would be even better. You can find this plasma online at many reputable retailers. If you have a Best Buy close by, you should go check it out. :2cents

04-19-2010, 12:09 AM
I agree with HiDefRev on this. You really should get a 54-58" from that distance but the budget you stated just doesn't allow that, so try to get a 50" even if a 720p like the P50X2, if you cannot at least swing a 46" P46S2. From the quoted distances you would not see the resolution difference going with a 42" @ 1080p.