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Can you help me pick a new TV?

Neptune76
11-11-2010, 11:57 PM
This christmas I'd like to get a new TV, around $700. I will be purchasing on amazon. Perhaps prices will be cheaper by christmas time? Think they will go down?

I was thinking either 37" or 40"

The two I was looking at right now are

Panasonic TCL37D2
and
LG 37LE5300

Whatever TV I end up it absolutely has to have 120hz (or higher).

Thanks!

Bigloww
11-12-2010, 12:13 AM
If you answer these queations from the stickey on the top of the flat panel discussion, it will better help us find a fit for you..

http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-panel-tvs/83609-important-post-new-members-read-who-looking-hdtv-help-here.html

Neptune76
11-12-2010, 01:19 AM
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')

Bedroom, so laying in bed most of the time or sitting on the bed. I'd say between 6' and mostly between 8-10'.

I've already decided that smallest should be 37", biggest 42". It will be wall mounted.

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

36" Sony Vega. Big ass TV that filled up big chunk of the room. It's a good 8 years old or more.

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)

Mostly TV, netflix stuff, PS3, xbox 360, Wii etc

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

No

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

Yes bluray, HD programming etc

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

Well I'd like a good quality brand first of all, but other than LED would be nice, 120hz is a must as is 1080p

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

Just room lights for the most part. Some softwhite lightbulbs. CFLs

9. What is your budget range?

Around $700

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

Probably offcenter a little bit.

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

After sunset.

PFC5
11-12-2010, 01:56 AM
I would seriously consider going larger than 42" from 8-10' away. I would look at 46-50" models and I would look at plasmas for the usually better black levels and much better viewing angles. Plasmas are perfect for bedroom TVs because with might time watching with lights out like in a bedroom plasmas will provide better PQ IMO. Also going plasma will allow you to go bigger without sacrificing PQ compared to LCDs.

Neptune76
11-12-2010, 02:43 AM
I would be concerned about burnin with my habits though.

I would say that 5-6' is prime view distance for video games and such, 8-9' feet for laying in bed relaxing, watching sdtv kinda thing.

Bigloww
11-12-2010, 08:35 AM
I would recommend the Panasonic TC-P42S2 42'' 1080p plasma. Plasmas are great for gaming and low light bedroom type enviroment. And $669 shipped from Amazon.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-TC-P42S2-42-Inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B0036VO70Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1289572298&sr=8-3

dsskid
11-12-2010, 08:49 AM
If you can afford $799, Amazon has the Goldbox Deal of the Day today......

TC-P42G25 42" plasma with a Panasonic SC-HTB500 2.1-Channel SoundBar Speaker System with Wireless Kelton Subwoofer, both for $799, today only.

http://www.highdefforum.com/1111874-post1.html

woollyB
11-12-2010, 11:14 AM
If you can afford $799, Amazon has the Goldbox Deal of the Day today......

TC-P42G25 42" plasma with a Panasonic SC-HTB500 2.1-Channel SoundBar Speaker System with Wireless Kelton Subwoofer, both for $799, today only.

http://www.highdefforum.com/1111874-post1.html

This is a heck of a deal and I'm really glad you posted it here. Thank goodness it took me that extra 2 days to talk myself into this TV.

Neptune76
11-14-2010, 01:21 AM
I'd like to stay away from plasmas, honestly.

I am however looking for something with low input lag.