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Looking around 50" and lost, help me decide which set to go with..

anythingwt
11-20-2007, 12:31 PM
So circuit city has a ton of TVs on sale right now and I am ready to replace my family room set. As of now I have a 4 year old 55" Mitsubishi CRT. It is big and clunky and the PQ need an upgrade as most of my viewing content is HD DVDs and HD cable in that room.

Anyways, the point is I don't care about technology, dlp, plasma, lcd, lcos, whatever. That makes no difference, I'm just looking for something in the similar size range that can deliver a significant upgrade in PQ.

Price range is $1000-1500 ideally.

I found 5 sets on their site that seem interesting but its been a while since I've shopped for a new set so I was hoping for some personal reviews or opinions from the forum.

My maybes are as follows, feel free to add with any other suggestions.

Samsung 56" DLP
Model # HLT56765
1080p
$1499

Sony 55" Wega
Model # KDS-55A2020
1080p
$1499

Sony 50" 3LCD
Model # KDF50E3000
1080p
$1349

Mitsubishi 57" DLP
Model # WD-Y577
1080p
$1199

Vizio 50" plasma
Model # P50HDTV10A
720p
$1249

Thanks ahead of time for the replies.

clearday
11-20-2007, 02:30 PM
I am a Samsung fan. I have one of their DLP's and love it. I also have two of their LCD's and they are very good as well.

The DLPs have a cleaner, clearer picture than LCD's in my opinion. Just a result of the current state of the technology. The DLPs have no burn in and no blurring on fast motion. The only problem is the bulb warm up and cool down, which limits how many times you can turn it on and off during the day. And the fact that at some point, you'll need another bulb, about $150. But it's worth it for the picture quality.

LCD's have no limitations in that area, but if I had only one HDTV tv at this time, I'd go with DLP. And I like the Samsungs the best. But other's may feel differently.

Loves2Watch
11-20-2007, 02:51 PM
Mitsubishi still continues to make great projection sets. Why not stay with them since you have been satisfied with your current TV. From what you listed, I think the Mits is the best bargain.

anythingwt
11-20-2007, 03:12 PM
Mitsubishi still continues to make great projection sets. Why not stay with them since you have been satisfied with your current TV. From what you listed, I think the Mits is the best bargain.


I am leaning that way.. Biggest screen and on the lower end of my price bracket.. Just wasn't sure how great their DLP line is.(maybe there is a reason it is so inexpensive?)

Another concern I have is the different types of "1080p." It seems like some sets that are labeled 1080p arent truly able to display 1080p from what I've read.

iserum
11-20-2007, 03:23 PM
if you have to buy 50 inch i would stay with LCD or plasma, based on your room lighting condition, RP sets need bulb to be replaced which is $250 approx. you can also hang the flat panels to wall if you need it in the future.

Bleedgreen71
11-20-2007, 03:24 PM
I vote mits or samsung....slight edge to the samsung, although the bulb in the mits may be cheaper to replace than the LED light engine in the Sammy.

Loves2Watch
11-20-2007, 07:32 PM
I am leaning that way.. Biggest screen and on the lower end of my price bracket.. Just wasn't sure how great their DLP line is.(maybe there is a reason it is so inexpensive?)

Another concern I have is the different types of "1080p." It seems like some sets that are labeled 1080p arent truly able to display 1080p from what I've read.

If you look at the specs and the TV displays 1920 x 1080 than it is in fact a 1080p set. The set in question is in fact a 1080p TV and is relatively future proof. With three HDMI 1.3 and two component inputs on the rear as well as an extra HDMI input on the front, a front USB port for viewing photos, and their new 6 color light engine, I don't think that any of the other sets can compare. The picture on this TV is amazing! The picture on this set when fed by a HD cable or HD DVD player will blow you away.

anythingwt
11-20-2007, 07:46 PM
If you look at the specs and the TV displays 1920 x 1080 than it is in fact a 1080p set. The set in question is in fact a 1080p TV and is relatively future proof. With three HDMI 1.3 and two component inputs on the rear as well as an extra HDMI input on the front, a front USB port for viewing photos, and their new 6 color light engine, I don't think that any of the other sets can compare. The picture on this TV is amazing! The picture on this set when fed by a HD cable or HD DVD player will blow you away.


I appreciate the input. I'm going to go check this one out after work.

Loves2Watch
11-20-2007, 08:11 PM
Check this out as well - http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/j/i/18326/cid/5490/TelevisionDetails/WDY577.html

sam9007
11-20-2007, 09:19 PM
Go with the yeah im in the same boat as you is sony better or samsung or mist?

anythingwt
11-20-2007, 10:22 PM
Go with the yeah im in the same boat as you is sony better or samsung or mist?


That's the problem, they are all good brands.. I don't think any are better than the other..


I did go check them out today after work, and I've rounded it down to the mits and the samsung. Of course though both were playing SD basketball and looked terrible. The only edge I can give the samsung is the piano black bezel. I love that look. Then the mits has just the flat dull black border. I know its small and cosmetic, but that's all I could really compare in person with that crappy content playing on both.

Loves2Watch
11-21-2007, 07:26 AM
Comparing them both, side by side, with HD DVD, the Mits had a better color rendition and was a bit brighter (all other things being equal). I prefer the dull, non-bezel around the Mits as well, less distracting for me and I have heard others say that reflections from the bezel around the Samsung cause viewing difficulties. In any case good luck with your decision.

inazsully
11-21-2007, 10:38 AM
For a 50" I would go with a 720P plasma. The Panny 75 or 77 series is available for under $1400. If you want bigger, say a 55" to 60", go Sony LCOS where the 60" can be had for under $1600.

sam9007
11-23-2007, 06:04 PM
Are the A series Sonys better than the Mistubishi becasue they have 120hz? Pm me