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Old 12-30-2009, 12:13 AM   #1  
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Hi to everyone. This is my first post I'm new to HD and have never owned one, and I need some recommendations. I have an $800 budget and some questions. I want a 40" - 46" TV

LCD or plasma? I know many say plasma is better but do they last as long as LCD?

I want 120hz, best contrast ratio for the budget. Bottom line I want the best bang for my buck.

I found a scepter on new egg that looks good for the price. X460BV-F120 . I cant post the link because of less than 5 posts. any opinions?

I am not into gaming and the TV would be used mostly for general TV viewing. A few movies.

can you guys help me out?
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:53 AM   #2  
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Plasmas last plenty long. Plasma is generally rated on half brightness (the amount of hours it takes for the brightness to half it original) and Panasonics are rated at about 100,000 hours. Chances are the TV will break by the time you get anywhere near that many hours. Plasma is an incredible technology that outscores LCD on nearly all levels. There are however reasons not to get plasma, and so we can tell you whether or not that's the case, fill this out: http://www.highdefforum.com/flat-pan...help-here.html
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:12 AM   #3  
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ok, here is the answers to those questions

1. I'll be watching the TV from 8-10' away

2. the TV will be replacing a 27" tube TV that is about 6 years old.

3. I'll be watching 90% TV shows and a few HD movies.

4. I dont plan on hooking a computer to it.

5. yes, I will be getting a blue ray player and HD tv programing.

6. I'm looking for my best bang for my buck. Budget of $800

7. I can control the room lighting pretty good with blinds. I dont think the room that it will be in is ever really that bright.

8. budget of $800 I want a 40"-46" TV

9. usually one person sitting directly in front of the TV.

10 most of the viewing will be done after sunset.

I hope that after answering these questions I can get some recommendations on a good tv and weather I should go LCD or Plasma.
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Old 12-30-2009, 02:39 PM   #4  
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Right now Newegg has the Panasonic 42" TC-P42S1 1080p Plasma for $749 with FREE shipping. I also searched Amazon.com and Vanns.com, and neither one could beat that price. Go to www.newegg.com and place your order before they sell out !!
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Old 12-30-2009, 05:22 PM   #5  
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that is the exact one I have been looking at.
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Old 12-30-2009, 06:24 PM   #6  
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At up to 10ft 42" is a little small. And 1080p isn't really necessary at 42" with that distance either. I know you have a budget, but I would recommend jumping to at least the 46".

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Right now Newegg has the Panasonic 42" TC-P42S1 1080p Plasma for $749 with FREE shipping. I also searched Amazon.com and Vanns.com, and neither one could beat that price. Go to www.newegg.com and place your order before they sell out !!
Get this TV. Seriously. The difference between 42" and 46" is not that much really. But that S1 has the NeoPDP.... Best Plasma panel Panasonic has ever made (the NeoPDP that is).

On a physical size the 46" will be roughly 3 inches wider and 2 inches taller. It's noticeable, but only if you have them sitting right next to each other. But it's another $250 more. Is it worth it? That's to you to decide.
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dang it!! I may have waited too long. New Egg is out of stock on the Panasonic VIERA 42" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P42S1.

I'll wait a couple of days and see if they get more in. Or.......... should I go with this LCD one? - SCEPTRE 46" 16:9 6ms 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV X460BV-F120
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dang it!! I may have waited too long. New Egg is out of stock on the Panasonic VIERA 42" 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV TC-P42S1.

I'll wait a couple of days and see if they get more in. Or.......... should I go with this LCD one? - SCEPTRE 46" 16:9 6ms 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV X460BV-F120
I'd wait... But that's me. Panasonic is the king of plasma right now. But again, that's me.
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Don't wait and settle for LCD, please don't.
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Old 12-31-2009, 09:54 AM   #11  
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I understand that plasma produces a better picture than LCD but my concern is how long the service life of the set is.
I understand that the LCD's can have there bulbs replaced when they burn out. But how long should I expect a Plasma to last??

I dont want to get a better picture just to have to replace the TV in 3-4 years. Am I missing something??

I'm still waiting to make my decision. I wish that New Egg had that Panasonic in stock because I was ready to order this weekend. Now I'm waiting again. and second guessing weather I want LCD or Plasma.
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just read most of the sticky - LCD vs Plasma who rules. That answered allot of questions.

I found the Panasonic TC-P42S1 at best buy near me for $829. I wonder if they would price match?
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just read most of the sticky - LCD vs Plasma who rules. That answered allot of questions.

I found the Panasonic TC-P42S1 at best buy near me for $829. I wonder if they would price match?
Check Amazon again...this box is $798 with free shipping.

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIERA-TC-P42S1-42-Inch-Plasma/dp/B001UE6M8O/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1262281061&sr =8-1

if you can manage another $100 or so, the 46" S1 is $907 with free shipping. The 42" is also $797 at Buy.com (free ship) and the 46" is $899 with free ship.

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never ordered from Amazon before. I'm a little leery with such a high priced and delicate item. Any reason for concern?
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never ordered from Amazon before. I'm a little leery with such a high priced and delicate item. Any reason for concern?
I ordered my Panasonic G10 from them a little over a month ago...on TVs 40" or larger their shipper brings the TV into your house and unpacks it...allowing you to inspect it for external damage. They also plug it in and make sure it operates. My G10 was in perfect condition and I love it. Here's the link to their policy:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?ie=UTF8&nodeId=510066

Remember also, if you buy from Best Buy, depending on where you live, you will have to pay sales tax...and you have to "ship" it home yourself!

Amazon is very well regarded in the HDTV sales/service. Many folks at this site have gotten their HDTV from them. I wouldn't worry.
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