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Looking for help on buying new HDTV

Prosdo
06-13-2011, 09:57 PM
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 8-10 feet

2. What TV will it be replacing (i.e. 27" tube TV, etc) (include TV age as well) Old tv that I never watch is in that room. TV is 60 inches 10 years old. Typically watch a 46 inch Samsung LCD that is 5 years old I believe.

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) 1/3 sports 1/3 gaming (Call of Duty, NHL 11) 1/3 other tv.

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

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? Will be buying a Blu-ray player with the TV and watch nothing but HD cable.

6. Are you looking for the best in class display, the best bargain display, or best bang for the buck in the middle display? Looking for the best. Looking to spend at most 2700. Something in that ballpark.

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? Kinda interested. If some huge jump in 3D was going to come out in 8 months I'd wait to buy.

8. What is the room lighting situation? (i.e. can you control the lighting? Can you use light blocking blinds, etc to control it?) Room is typically not too bright. I can always buy light blocking blinds or drapes.

9. What is your budget range? Around 2700 at the most.

10. Will people be watching at multiple viewing angles or just usually one person sitting directly in the center? I guess multiple although the room isn't huge.

11. When will most viewing be done on the display (i.e. Daytime or after sunset)? I don't get home from work til like 8AM. Most viewing would be from 2PM until 10PM. Some day viewing on days off.

Looking for something in the 55 inch range for a TV.

Bigloww
06-14-2011, 12:03 AM
If not too bright of a room and 3D strikes your interest a bit, I would look into the Panasonic 55ST30 55'' 3D plasma for around $1600 shipped with free 3D glasses.. The TC-P55vt30 is a step up and very nice for around $2600-$2800 shipped.. The cream of the crop..

http://www.abt.com/product/52298/Panasonic-TCP55ST30.html

http://www.vanns.com/shop/servlet/item/features/463348281/panasonic-tc-p55vt30?srccode=cii_9324560&cpncode=21-119775377-2&v_c=Nextag


Bundle in a nice Panasonic 3D Blu Ray player for around $150 and you are all set (unless you already have a PS3)....

http://www.abt.com/product/52455/Panasonic-DMPBDT210.html

Prosdo
06-14-2011, 01:13 AM
Thank you for your reply. I play video games quite a bit and watch sports. Are the images like the score bar that stay on the screen going to be an issue? That is one of the things that makes me nervous about plasmas. The TV you selected (the cheaper one) is actually the one I was considering.

jkkyler
06-14-2011, 06:55 AM
Thank you for your reply. I play video games quite a bit and watch sports. Are the images like the score bar that stay on the screen going to be an issue? That is one of the things that makes me nervous about plasmas. The TV you selected (the cheaper one) is actually the one I was considering.

With a reasonable amount of common sense you will be fine. The first 100-200 hrs are the most 'prone' to problems as the phosphors are breaking in. Although many people state a break in is no longer needed with today's tv's, I reccomend that you run at least 75% of your program material at full screen (16x9) and limit 'black bars' to less than 25% and take breaks every now and again regarding static score counters for the 1st 100-200 hrs (small price to pay for an amazing display). Prob not necc. but to be sure and have peace of mind after a big purchase break-in is always reccomended. I have a Panny plasma and game on it all the time without worries. Every now and again after I turn it off, if I get real close (<1ft) and look closely I can see soe faint IR which disappears as soon as any programming appears. Based on all your other esponses plasma makes perfect sense for you. Don't forget, we gamed on crt for years with almost the same risks

Bigloww
06-14-2011, 08:09 AM
I have been heavy gaming and sports watching on my plasma for almost 7 years now... Burn in no, pants tight yes....


As stated above, with a little care (especially during the break in period), you will be in HD heaven...

Loves2Watch
06-14-2011, 11:28 AM
I have been heavy gaming and sports watching on my plasma for almost 7 years now... Burn in no, pants tight yes....


As stated above, with a little care (especially during the break in period), you will be in HD heaven...

Ditto to all of the above...

Prosdo
06-14-2011, 03:32 PM
I appreciate the responses. Is the Panasonic TC-P55ST30 a tv you guys recommend? Anything else I should know as a new Plasma owner? I was going to buy a new Samsung LED LCD which was around 2500. If I buy this Plasma I can get my Denon home theater, blu-ray player, and tv all for the price I was going to spend on the LED LCD.

Loves2Watch
06-14-2011, 04:37 PM
I appreciate the responses. Is the Panasonic TC-P55ST30 a tv you guys recommend? Anything else I should know as a new Plasma owner? I was going to buy a new Samsung LED LCD which was around 2500. If I buy this Plasma I can get my Denon home theater, blu-ray player, and tv all for the price I was going to spend on the LED LCD.

And you will have a much better picture plus the bonus of all of the other equipment...

Prosdo
06-15-2011, 01:15 AM
Just out of curiosity, when does the new crop of tvs come out? I am probably buying in November or December after reviewing my fianances.

Loves2Watch
06-15-2011, 04:23 AM
That depends but most manufactures new TV's show up in the spring.

ImRizzo
06-15-2011, 05:19 AM
Just out of curiosity, when does the new crop of tvs come out? I am probably buying in November or December after reviewing my fianances.

The only thing "new' hitting the market that late in the year will be the larger (65") models of this years issue. But what will be to your advantage is that by that time all the pro's & con's of this years models will be identified and you will also get the advantage of better pricing, "holiday sales" etc.