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Please help me hone in on a Tv

11-15-2010, 08:38 AM
Hi, nuther nub. I've had a 55" sony lcd for 5 years and it's heading out fast. Need to replace the optical block. So I'm looking for a replacement.
right at the outset I'll say that we've never been extremely happy with the sound of the sonys. we aren't surround sound users, but do like to be able to hear conversations smoothly on tv.

I've been doing a little research and it's not a small decision as I hope the tv lasts at least 5 years this time, and technology is advancing pretty fast so.
I heard that for plasma, panasonic is the one, and toshiba for lcd. Not sure.
Here are the answers to the questions and I hope to get some advice.

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')

about 7-8 feet usually

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

A 2005 sony kd355a20 lcd.

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)

Movies, Reality Tv, Sitcoms, Discovery channel stuff etc...

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

No, but I am intrigued by the new internet abilities. Maybe I can wireleslly hook to my pc and do a picture slideshow, plus options to order movies from amazon and other online vendors means more flexibility.

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 hardly ever use the dvd player we have. We do use FIOS which has a lot of HD channels. We like the HD channels.

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 think we are looking for middle bang for the buck. I don't want to cheap out so bad that I'll be sorry, but we do have other needs to spend the money on so don't want to break the bank on the tv either. I was thinking the $1000 to $1500 range.

7. Are you interested in seeing 3D with the new 3DTVs? If not, what about next year since TVs are usually kept for many years so consider that?

Yea, I don't understand yet about 3d "compatibility" but if I can future proof myself a bit in that regard, it may be a smart thing to consider.

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

Pretty much we can control about 80% of the light.

9. What is your budget range?

$1000 to $1500.

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

I think 45% viewing angle max will do. Our current 5 year old technology gives us no issues with side viewing, so I think most things should be ok.

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

All hours. btw, the tv stays on A LOT !!

Thanks in advance for any time you devote to helping me out.


11-15-2010, 09:01 AM
Panasonic's G25/G20 series is their top of the line 2d pictures. It's right in line with the price you are willing to pay. They come in 42-inch, 46-inch, 50-inch, and 54-inch sizes. I say get the 50-inch as that is the best deal as there is like $400 increase in price on amazon for 4 more inches. http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P50G25-50-Inch-Plasma/dp/B003924UCK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1289833875&sr=1-2

11-15-2010, 10:03 AM
Thanks for the reply. Yes that looks like a nice set for sure.
It's a bit on the high side of my budget so I am still checking other things too.
I see that there are sales going on for the Toshiba 55HT1U. I see that one doesn't have internet ready, but I think I can get it for around $1000.
Do you know how that is in comparison ?
I know it's lcd so a direct comparison is probably not likely, but is it a good Tv ??