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Old 06-09-2008, 10:40 PM   #1  
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Hello All,

1st of all, let me point out that you guys are about to read a post from a complete technical idiot here so please excuse any errors!

I am looking for an LCD TV, will be using the TV for well….normal viewing purposes only!! Not too much into sports or gaming, but watch lot of movies and some international movies too from my laptop, so the S-video output is a must.

I really liked the Sharp AQUOS LC-46D64U, just missing the 2 things that I did want in a TV… picture in picture & Media Card Slot. I tried searching google but couldn’t find any 46 “ LCD Tv’s that had it???

My Q’s are:
Is there any other brand with similar specs which will have PIP & the media slot or at least either of the one? (Samsung was not an option as I have full length windows in the room or at least I was told that!)

Is this a good TV? Anybody own one or know a good price for this, please do advice. Feel free to advice on alternate buys also...(budget 1200-1500 bucks)

Also, I read about a price war happening sometime now, so is this a good time to buy?

Lastly, have a old Panasonic SC-HT700 DVD Home Theater System, how do I know if I can just buy the HDMI cables to help convert the output to the LCD TV or do I have to invest in a new one altogether?

Thanks in advance for all your help & advice...
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Everyone I know has been disappointed in PIP. On all TVs I've seen is pretty limited to inputs. Like if you are running HDMI or component you can only PIP in from SD sources. That is just an example and every TV is different but they are all pretty limited in some way. My TV can ONLY PIP the coaxial antenna input.

Why the necessity of the SD card slot? If you are frequently hooking up your computer to the TV you coudl always slide show images through that?

Lots of people seem happy with Aquos but I have never seen one outside of a store so I can't really give a personal recommendation. Since this is your first jump into HD everything is going to look better. Going from any SD set to any HD set is going to be amazing and you probably wont notice the small differences that people look for when getting a new HD to replace an existing HD set.

You also might want to consider going 720 native. SD content tends to look awful on a 1080 set and since this is your first outing you'll probably still be watching a lot of SD content. maybe? In any case 720p has a bad rap for no real reason. Looking at 720 sets may get you better picture quality or a bigger screen within your budget.

I recommend looking for a pioneer 5080hd (50" plasma) if you can find one it will fall in your budget, but they are pretty hard to find these days.

Edit: the 5080 has PIP and while it doesn't have an SD card slot, it does have a USB port.

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Thanks so much for taking the time to answer.

I was always more keen on a plasma, but every sales person told me I might have a problem of light reflecting as I have full length windows in the room. That's why I thought LCD is the only option for me. Didn't wanna spend 1500 bucks & not be able to watch much during the day But is this really true...I am going by what the sales guy @ BB told me!

I did look @ Sony KDL-46V4100, Sharp LC-46D64U & also Samsung LN46A530 all side by side...loved all, but the Non HD channels somehow looked best in the Sony to me atleast. So I am confused again. But again, one sales person told me Sansung is ok, other said Samsung won't work as it doesn't have the anti-reflective glass?? Do you have any idea? All were same price range....so am debating between them.

I have kept some money aside & want to buy b4 the end of the month, b4 I spend it on something else! Don't mind +/- 100 bucks, but do want to get the best for what I spend.

I did check on the PIP thing also just before I read your post and people had the same opinion, so am not going to stress on it!! I have 2 toddler boyz who hog the TV more than me so just was something that may keep them busy while I watch my shows!! Also SD, was my hubby's requirement but I told him to go get another TV for himself Just kidding, we record lot of kids movies thru our camera, so just watch the stuff easily, but hooking the laptop works great for me too!!

Thanks again for your time & advice. Appreciate it.
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The main difference in plasma and LCD screens is that plasma is glass while LCD is plastic. If you have ever had a CRT (The old big heavy tvs you've seen for the past 50 years) the glare wont be any worse. Plasma are a bit dimmer than LCDs since you aren't staring strait into a lightbulb. My wife loves plasma cause they don't strain her sensitive eyes the way an overly bright LCD does.

My livingroom also has an entire wall of floor to ceiling sliding glass doors, but simply closing the blinds fixes that problem. Not that I really have a problem when the blinds are open.

If you want the best the Pioneer Kuro series, like the 5080 I recommended is pretty widely accepted as the best picture quality you can get. SD also looks fantastic on it.
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If you want the best the Pioneer Kuro series, like the 5080 I recommended is pretty widely accepted as the best picture quality you can get. SD also looks fantastic on it.
That is if you want to spend the most as well. Panasonic makes exceptional plasma TV's and are always rated highly by both reviewers and consumers. They can be purchased for a much more reasonable price compared to the Pioneer line. All other plasma's pale in comparison save the Pioneer plasma sets.
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That is if you want to spend the most as well. Panasonic makes exceptional plasma TV's and are always rated highly by both reviewers and consumers. They can be purchased for a much more reasonable price compared to the Pioneer line. All other plasma's pale in comparison save the Pioneer plasma sets.
Some recent critics are touting the Panasonic as equal to the mid range Pioneer sets and in some instances better my son just got a panasonic 50" it's spectular check em out
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Some recent critics are touting the Panasonic as equal to the mid range Pioneer sets and in some instances better my son just got a panasonic 50" it's spectular check em out
Mid-range Pioneer? Take it back. Pure blasphemy!! How dare you! LOL, just kidding.

Just wait until Pioneer puts out the new Gen II Kuro! My next TV.... Maybe. Supposed to hit shelves this fall.
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Hi everyone... my 2004 era Panasonic 50" DLP had a problem with the pic going out sporadically (when it was on, it was GREAT!)... VERY long story short, Magnolia (Best Buy) is finally going to replace the set under the extended warranty... I'm wanting to go bigger, 58-60 for my room, which sort of dictates plasma these days, and have been looking at the Panasonic (and the Pinoneer, but, $$ !!).

I've noticed, along with the good reviews, some people (and one guy in particular on CNet Reviews) blasting the Panny for a 'known' power issue/problem? I of course don't want to get burned again by this brand, and don't really want to spend the bucks on the Pioneer if the Panny is cool (don't get to watch ALL that much TV)... so, just wondering if any of you 'guru's' know anything about this power issue on the Panasonic Plasma Viera TH-58PZ700U.... thanks....
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Old 06-28-2008, 06:26 AM   #9  
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Default Thanx 4 all the advice ....

Thanx for all the input & advice "gurus"

Sorry for getting lost but changed internet providers so no connecting for past 2 weeks....Finally bought the Sharp 46D64U as got an awesome deal on it....

I did see some Panasonic Plasma's and loved the pic way better, but yes reflection is a big problem for me. Although have blinds, never have them down as have 2 little toddlers boys who swing on them better than Tarzan. Been having trouble since a year since moving into this house and it get annoying not to be able to watch much....

But promise you - next bedroom tv will be a plasma for sure....so will bother you guys again....next year when I have some more money!!!

Thanks once again....
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Mid-range Pioneer? Take it back. Pure blasphemy!! How dare you! LOL, just kidding.

Just wait until Pioneer puts out the new Gen II Kuro! My next TV.... Maybe. Supposed to hit shelves this fall.
so what else is new, huh? I could swear that a few months ago there was an article on the net that Pioneer was discontinuing their Plasma line. IT sited low sales and high production costs. Anyone else remember that?
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so what else is new, huh? I could swear that a few months ago there was an article on the net that Pioneer was discontinuing their Plasma line. IT sited low sales and high production costs. Anyone else remember that?
No that's not correct. Pioneer has decided to have Panasonic produce the plasma panels for them and they (Pioneer) will still continue to make all of the other electronics. This is due to the huge cost associated with the manufacture of the panels. So, Pioneer will continue to make plasma TV's.
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No that's not correct. Pioneer has decided to have Panasonic produce the plasma panels for them and they (Pioneer) will still continue to make all of the other electronics. This is due to the huge cost associated with the manufacture of the panels. So, Pioneer will continue to make plasma TV's.
thanks for correcting my misconception (remember her from high school). Either I read the article wrong or they didn't tell the whole picture, glad Pioneer is still in the HDTV business.
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