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Old 05-18-2008, 09:16 PM   #1  
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Hi guys, long time reader/first time poster

I've always wanted an HDTV, or a TV above 35", and now with my tax return + stimulus package (giggity) I can finally afford to get both. I've been doing research since April... reading up on the technology, checking out vendors, and of course looking at TVs in person. It's a lot to soak in, and it's a pretty big purchase for me since I'm still paying my way through college.

So I've got $1500, tax included, and not a penny more. The rest I'm using to buy furniture (including a TV stand) and saving for school. I'm going to use it for TV of course, watching movies, playing games (wii atm, will be adding a ps3 or xb360 soon), and may occasionally use it as a large PC monitor. Please tell me if these models are lemons, and if so, what I might look at for a 42+ inch display. I've checked every vendor in the county except Sam's Club and this is what I've found:

Samsung 50" plasma HP-T5054 - $1200.

Philips 47" LCD 1080P 47PFL3603D $1400

LG 47" LCD 47LC7DF $1500

Insignia 47" LCD NS-TDP50 $1100

I wanted to get an LCD, but the cheaper ones are either a bit small or aren't as clear (particularly in motion) as I'd like. I'm leaning towards the Samsung right now because it looks good, is fairly large, and it's relatively cheap. I just have concerns about burn-in. BTW, I'm dubious about buying online as I've read horror stories.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and for any help you can provide...
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Old 05-19-2008, 06:03 AM   #2  
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I would seriously look at the Panasonic plasma which is in your price range and would be a much better value in the long run.
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Old 05-19-2008, 07:28 AM   #3  
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Tip: Buy Plasma b/c
-Smoother motion
-Deeper blacks
-Very gamer friendly [I game on mine everyday]

Buy a Panasonic
-High quality
-Low Price
-#1 in units sold of plasma for a reason [points to above to points]

I'd say go with the 42" 42PZ80U personally. Cheaper then their 85u model, but also has 1080p which the PX version lacks, and despite how important that spec is, people still believe the market hype that 1080 is a must.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650462402
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:31 AM   #4  
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Look at this one:

http://www.pricemad.com/ListProducts...vel=&catid=812
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:55 AM   #5  
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Tip: Buy Plasma b/c
-Smoother motion
-Deeper blacks
-Very gamer friendly [I game on mine everyday]

Buy a Panasonic
-High quality
-Low Price
-#1 in units sold of plasma for a reason [points to above to points]

I'd say go with the 42" 42PZ80U personally. Cheaper then their 85u model, but also has 1080p which the PX version lacks, and despite how important that spec is, people still believe the market hype that 1080 is a must.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650462402
Another recommendation for the Panasonic. I got the 50PZ80U a few weeks back, and I'm absolutely loving it. The link that Joe_news provided shows BB's price for a 42", but I believe if you do some looking around, you can find a better price out there.

If you're willing to expand your budget a little bit, the 46" (new size for this year) might be worth a look.

46PZ80U at Amazon

Good luck and happy TV hunting.

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Old 05-19-2008, 06:22 PM   #6  
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I just bought the Panasonic 42" 42PZ80U and couldn't be happier. Best Buy matched Circut City's online price and gave me an additional 10% off which brought the price down to 1279.00. I saw some online retailers with better prices, but many of the reviews fell in the nightmare category (refurb tvs, wrong tvs shipped etc....

Take a look at this one before you make you're decision. I thought I wanted a 50" but 42" is the perfect size for my space.
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Old 05-20-2008, 03:07 AM   #7  
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Alright, thanks for the advice. I'll go back out and take a look at the Panasonics. I remember a few I liked that were just out of my price range -- has the price drop mentioned in an article on this forum happened yet, or should I maybe sit it out a few more weeks?

I'm not sold on 1080p because I can't tell much/any difference on smaller screens, I've read there's little difference on 50-55" screens and below, and I'm going to be sitting ~8 feet away. That's also the reason I'm wanting a larger screen size, closer to 50". If it comes down to reliability and picture quality I'll go with a 42" over a 50", but hopefully I'll find some sort of compromise.

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Old 05-20-2008, 05:56 AM   #8  
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Doesn't matter if you can see the difference between 1080p and 720p, don't you want the best? nowadays the difference in price between the 2 is not that much, might as well get 1080p IMO.
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Doesn't matter if you can see the difference between 1080p and 720p, don't you want the best? nowadays the difference in price between the 2 is not that much, might as well get 1080p IMO.
The price difference is a couple hundred bucks from what I've seen in stores. If I weren't on a budget, then yes, I'd go for 1080p without a doubt. But I am on a budget, so if I get it... fine. If not, I don't really care since I can't tell difference on TVs in my size/price range.

Given that I can't see any difference, I can go a bit bigger on the screen size in place of getting 1080p. If I can't tell the difference on a 50", I certainly won't be able to tell on a 42" or smaller, which is about all I would be able to get for a respectable brand 1080p. I can definitely tell the difference in size...

It doesn't make sense to me that I should spend extra for something just because it's the "best" when, from where I am sitting, there is no functional difference between them. I'm no expert, but what I've read agrees with what I've seen.
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