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Old 11-15-2009, 08:53 PM   #1  
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Default 42" plasma model vs 40" LCD models

I am currently in the market for tv around 40 inches. I play a lot of video games with a 360 although not with hdmi. I am still not sold on plasma or lcd and my budget is between $500 and $600. These are the models I have been considering:

For plasma: Panasonic TC-P42X1, currently on sale for $599 at Best Buy.

For LCD: SHARP AQUOS LC40E67U/UN, ABC warehouse has this on sale for $599 currently.
Samsung LN40B500, which appears to be a special tv Sears has only for black friday for $599. For these two, if i go with LCD, I'm trying to determine if it is worth it for black friday or to just go with the sharp(although the samsung has slightly better specs)

I currently own a 26" LCD which is not bad and I like the brightness but I am looking to upgrade to a bigger size.

Any ideas? I am a little nervous about burn-in for plasmas, especially since I have roommates that use my tv and I dont know what they have on it all the time...
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:11 PM   #2  
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The X1 plasma would easily give you better PQ overall and better motion for gaming. Having roommates that could treat your property poorly would be a concern though. You could make sure they do not use it if they are not going to follow the rules you set down to follow.
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Yes i could very easily tell them not to use it when I am not there. Or are there any good rules for a plasma?

I would also like to have a pc input, which they do not have, but i know of some adapters i could buy to make it work and i would not base my purchase off of that.

Also, should 720p vs 1080p be a concern?
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:35 PM   #4  
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Connecting a PC to a Plasma can be a concern. Unless you are only going to use it watch videos from the PC, or stuff along those lines, you might not want to do it. Normal computer use on a Plasma will result in image retention and burn it.

720p and 1080p will depend mostly on the viewing distance, however this day and age on a TV that size especially I just tell people to go with 1080p.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:40 PM   #5  
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Yes i could very easily tell them not to use it when I am not there. Or are there any good rules for a plasma?

I would also like to have a pc input, which they do not have, but i know of some adapters i could buy to make it work and i would not base my purchase off of that.

Also, should 720p vs 1080p be a concern?
you buy a hdmi to dvi cord to use for pc.
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Old 11-15-2009, 09:47 PM   #6  
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Also, should 720p vs 1080p be a concern?
This is a function of viewing distance and screen size. I think 7.5 feet is the cut off point at 42 inches. Closer and there is a benefit to 1080P, further, you're not likely to notice.

Costco has a good deal on a 50 inch if you're willing to spend $850 + tax shipped. Still 720P but a great set.

If you want 1080, sears as the 42 inch s1 for $800, or you can mailorder from buydig.com for $765

Without a doubt, 1080P would improve resale value.


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I would also like to have a pc input, which they do not have, but i know of some adapters i could buy to make it work and i would not base my purchase off of that.
If you have a desktop PC, a video card with at least DVI is your best bet. Wide screen resolutions tend to not be supported over VGA. They are still useful, but not optimal. If a laptop, well, you have what you have.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:25 PM   #7  
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http://www.buydig.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=E5LG42PQ30

you could look at this set, i just ordered it when it was 620$, use cashback from bing to save around 30$. you could then sell the bluray player or keep.
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:16 AM   #8  
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I have a laptop and I use it to play movies on my tv, so therefore I will need an audio connection as well. I already have a 25' dvi cable with a built in 3.5mm cable as well.

Also, I will be between 5 and 6 ft from the tv.

That tv and blu ray combo does look like a pretty good deal, although not the highest contrast ratio. Any other thoughts on that combo?

$800 is too much, am trying to keep it between 5 and 6 but first I have to decide on plasma or lcd
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I have a laptop and I use it to play movies on my tv, so therefore I will need an audio connection as well. I already have a 25' dvi cable with a built in 3.5mm cable as well.

Also, I will be between 5 and 6 ft from the tv.

That tv and blu ray combo does look like a pretty good deal, although not the highest contrast ratio. Any other thoughts on that combo?

$800 is too much, am trying to keep it between 5 and 6 but first I have to decide on plasma or lcd
it's 2,000,000 dynamic contrast ratio. they dont seem to like lg here but picture is amazing to me and internal speakers are decent. i have a screen problem with mine but a technician is coming to look at it this week, no-ones even heard of this prob everywhere i went. a couple friends of mine even ordered this and love it to death.
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it's 2,000,000 dynamic contrast ratio.
You do realize that some manufacturers measure the black level of their panels with the unit turned off dont you?....kinda hard to watch that movie or ballgame with the display turned off.....
http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-pan...tio-specs.html
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I will have to consider it. But im not convinced that plasma is the way to go yet because of burn in and that other people may be using my tv. also, if i use it for computer, some things like the task bar may be up all the time even if a movie is playing...
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Don't get that LG, the poster of that link has another thread about a problem he is having with it. LG's tend to have problems, stick with the Panny.

What kind of computer use will this tv be seeing?
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Pretty much just video from a laptop
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I would say if your just watching movies from the laptop it would be fine on a plasma. Its when you start using the plasma as a monitor and you do normal computer work it becomes a problem. Just make sure you have a screen saver that turns on fairly quickly if you forget the computer is hooked up and go do something.
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Old 11-16-2009, 12:35 PM   #15  
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Ok so you are set on plasma over the other two models even though they are 1080p? Burn in is not a huge issue?
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