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Looking for 37" or 42" FPD

kps246
11-02-2005, 10:49 PM
I am looking to get my parents a new TV, the tube on their old 27" Sony went out last week. They watch a lot of cable TV, and some DVD's. I am looking for a FPD in the 37 to 42 inch size. The only reqiurements are ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners, and that the set be Digital Cable Ready. I had decided on the Panasonic 42" ED Plasma until I found out it wasn't DCR. I have looked at the Panasonic 37" and 42" HD sets, Hitachi HDS52, and Phillips 42PF7320. Are the any other Plasmas or LCD's that I should consider?

wolfman730
11-05-2005, 12:56 PM
Check out the new Sony KDLV-40XBR1. It's a 40" LCD. Had good reviews on CNET.

CatManDoo
11-05-2005, 01:23 PM
I am looking to get my parents a new TV, the tube on their old 27" Sony went out last week. They watch a lot of cable TV, and some DVD's. I am looking for a FPD in the 37 to 42 inch size. The only reqiurements are ATSC/QAM/NTSC tuners, and that the set be Digital Cable Ready. I had decided on the Panasonic 42" ED Plasma until I found out it wasn't DCR. I have looked at the Panasonic 37" and 42" HD sets, Hitachi HDS52, and Phillips 42PF7320. Are the any other Plasmas or LCD's that I should consider?
If you want a plasma, go with the Panny. I'm not sure what your budget is, but personally I'd suggest the 50" over the 42" if you have the space for it. Yeah, it costs more, but if you can do it I'd recommend it.

If you want an LCD, this would be my current choice in that size range:

Sammy 40" LCD With CableCard (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-40-LCD-HDTV-LN-R408D-/sem/rpsm/oid/123645/catOid/-12869/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)
Most people love the Sharp brand for LCD viewing, so this suggestion for a Sammy is contrary to popular belief.

Since your parents are coming from a Tube TV, it's a good idea to go with at least a plasma FPD or an LCD front view. RP sets would not cut it. (please, no rebuttals from the $13,000 Sony Qualia 006 RP 70" CRT proponents due to assumed price limitations)

Keep in mind this is just IMHO.... because you are seeking other considerations :hithere:

maicaw
11-05-2005, 04:51 PM
The 45" Sharp LCDs are a full 1920x1080 native and the price on-line seems comparable to the large plasmas which have only half the native pixels. http://www.sharpusa.com/products/ModelLanding/0,1058,1412,00.html
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002TX7S6/102-2525400-2157761?v=glance&n=172282&%5Fencoding=UTF8&v=glance
here's one of the cheaper online prices - they had stock when I called them - http://www.dbuys.com/product_list/?19

Emsurfer
11-05-2005, 05:04 PM
Check out the new Sony KDLV-40XBR1. It's a 40" LCD. Had good reviews on CNET.

Also check out the Sharp 37" AQUOS and the Panasonic 42" 50U Plasma. (note that all 42" plasmas are sub-HD even if stated as HD) The Samsung 40" is not bad, nothing wrong with getting a Hyundai instead of a Lexus, Infinity, Mercedes, or BMW. I don't think your parents need the 1080p displays for a first HD just yet
:). But if they want to go all out, look at the 50" Panasonic Plasma, Sharp 1080p LCDs

kps246
11-06-2005, 12:57 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Went to Sears and Bestbuy with the intention of buying the Panny 42PX50, came home with the Toshiba 42HP95. Same list price as the Panny, but Sears had it on sale plus 10% off if I used the Sears credit card. Took that price to BestBuy and they pricematched it plus, and got 0% financing for 18 months. The Toshiba uses Panasonic glass, and has some features that the Panny didn't. I'm very pleased with the PQ and ease of use, my parents are quite pleased with their new set

Today was a prime example of what I learned by hanging out on these message boards. My wife thought that a 42" Zenith set looked the best, I got into the menu and sure enough 100% contrast, and 100% brightness. I dialed them both down to 50% (same as Panny and Toshiba), and it was no contest. None of the salespeople at either store new what a QAM tuner was for, and said that I needed a STB or cablecard to receive local HD channels over cable. After we got it setup I punched in the local HD channels and there they were. It never ceases to amaze me some of the stuff you hear in these stores. Thanks again for your replies.

Emsurfer
11-06-2005, 07:03 AM
I totally forgot about the Toshiba plasmas. The top two plasma players are 1) Pioneer and 2) Panasonic. Panasonic has better prices so better bang for the buck. Toshibas and SONYs are very good too. Toshiba uses Panny glass and SONY uses Pioneer. I would consider Philips as another player. Samsung and LG also makes Plasmas but these are pretty sad excuses that I wouldn't bother with. :eek:

CatManDoo
11-06-2005, 09:42 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Went to Sears and Bestbuy with the intention of buying the Panny 42PX50, came home with the Toshiba 42HP95. Same list price as the Panny, but Sears had it on sale plus 10% off if I used the Sears credit card. Took that price to BestBuy and they pricematched it plus, and got 0% financing for 18 months. The Toshiba uses Panasonic glass, and has some features that the Panny didn't. I'm very pleased with the PQ and ease of use, my parents are quite pleased with their new set

Today was a prime example of what I learned by hanging out on these message boards. My wife thought that a 42" Zenith set looked the best, I got into the menu and sure enough 100% contrast, and 100% brightness. I dialed them both down to 50% (same as Panny and Toshiba), and it was no contest. None of the salespeople at either store new what a QAM tuner was for, and said that I needed a STB or cablecard to receive local HD channels over cable. After we got it setup I punched in the local HD channels and there they were. It never ceases to amaze me some of the stuff you hear in these stores. Thanks again for your replies.Is this the set: Tosh (http://www.bestdigitalonline.com/shopping/ProductDetails.asp?Sku=42HP95)

It looks nice! :bowdown:

borromini
11-06-2005, 12:53 PM
...RP sets would not cut it. (please, no rebuttals from the $13,000 Sony Qualia 006 RP 70" CRT proponents due to assumed price limitations)
No rebuttals for the Qualia 006, but the newly released Sony SXRD RP displays I believe warrant a rebuttal. :)

CatManDoo
11-06-2005, 02:16 PM
No rebuttals for the Qualia 006, but the newly released Sony SXRD RP displays I believe warrant a rebuttal. :)And at less than $4 grand for the 50" it qualifies for discussion. :yippee:

50" Grand WEGA SXRD Rear Projection HDTVKDS-R50XBR1 (http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start?ProductSKU=KDSR50XBR1) And the 60" is less than $5k. :eek:

borromini
11-06-2005, 03:28 PM
I've checked them out...they're pretty cool, but I prefer my Sony front projector...no viewing angle limitation other than what your neck allows. :)

kps246
11-06-2005, 06:27 PM
CatManDoo

Yes, that is the set. Watched the Vikings/Lions game today, and the NASCAR race. Amazing picture