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Old 06-05-2009, 11:36 PM   #1  
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The TV is for my room, which is small (40-42" would probably be perfect due to the best viewing distance)
The TV is going to be used for PS3/Bluray/360
I can control the lighting.
I wont be watching TV/Sports on the TV, just DVDs, blurays and gaming
I am looking for the absolute BEST quality TV for 1100-1200 max, prefer under 1000.

These tvs are from walmart/sams club, i am going to Best Buy, HH Gregg, Sams Club and Best Buy tomorrow to look at HDTV's, i figure i could save time and get REAL honest opinions here instead of someone at X store who doesn't know anything about tvs just trying to sell me the most expensive TV, i burned once doing that and it wont happen again.

Sony 40" Class Bravia Full HD 1080p LCD HDTV w/ Digital Tuner, KDL-40S4100 - Energy Star Compliant - 798.00

Sony Bravia 40" LCD Flat Panel HDTV with Built-in Digital Tuner, KDL40S5100 - 847.00

Vizio 42'' Class 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV w/ Digital Tuner, SV420XVT
- 998.00

42" Philips LCD 1080p HDTV w/ 120Hz 42PFL6704D/F7 - 897.00

Sharp 42'' Class Full-HD 1080p LCD HDTV, LC-42SB45U - 798.00

Vizio 42" Class 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV, SV420M 798.00


if you need the contrast and all that jazz i can look em up on the sites, they are from walmart/sams

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Old 06-06-2009, 12:42 AM   #2  
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Is there a reason why you are not including plasmas?

I know with my 1080p Panasonic 50pz80u plasma gaming is better than it was with my LCD & DLP before it. Much better motion, better black levels for movies and great shadow detail.

You might want to look at the sticky labeled IMPORTANT for people looking for help thread so you can provide the info we need to properly advice you with our opinions. Here is the thread:

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Old 06-06-2009, 01:20 AM   #3  
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Is there a reason why you are not including plasmas?

I know with my 1080p Panasonic 50pz80u plasma gaming is better than it was with my LCD & DLP before it. Much better motion, better black levels for movies and great shadow detail.

You might want to look at the sticky labeled IMPORTANT for people looking for help thread so you can provide the info we need to properly advice you with our opinions. Here is the thread:
i prefer LCD i had a plasma and got the dreaded burn in.. im not going through that again.

i re-edited my post with more information

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Old 06-06-2009, 01:53 AM   #4  
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How long ago did you own your plasma? A lot of features have been introduced in the last few years that have seriously reduced the problem of burn-in (auto pixel shifting, patterns you can run for hours to wipe out burned-in images, etc.)

Also, there are tons of "plasma break-in" guides floating around there, like this one. Basically, as the phosphors in a plasma TV are new when you unbox it, they need to be babied for the first 100-150 hours of use (contrast below 50, never display a static image like a video game HUD or black letterbox bars for more than a couple of hours at a time.) Once you accomplish this you can expect a minimal chance of burn-in in the future.

You should definitely consider a plasma, although I understand how the one bad experience could affect your decision. My Panasonic TC-P50S1 is amazing on movies and games. Basically plasmas are going to offer you deeper blacks and better motion rendering (key for fast-paced games like shooters). Also, at larger sizes, LCDs are going to carry a hefty price premium. Hell, for your $900 you could pick up a TC-P42S1 42" 1080p top-of-the-line plasma.
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They don't carry that at best buy or anywhere here.. I don't buy tvs online.

and i bought my plasma a few years ago, i would rather go with LCD like stated in my post.. not to be pushy or a dick but a post helping me with my decision and not trying to talk into a plasma would be great because im going to get it in about 5 hours
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I would recommend Samsung LCD's if you don't want to consider a plasma (which would be better).

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They don't carry that at best buy or anywhere here.. I don't buy tvs online.

and i bought my plasma a few years ago, i would rather go with LCD like stated in my post.. not to be pushy or a dick but a post helping me with my decision and not trying to talk into a plasma would be great because im going to get it in about 5 hours
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I would recommend Samsung LCD's if you don't want to consider a plasma.
Fair enough that you don't want info about how much improved current plasmas are (which they have BTW). Just so you know, the BRAND of plasma matters a lot too from what I have seen.

I agree with L2W about Samsung LCDs being the best LCD brand IMO.

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Samsung vote here, 6 series or up for the motion plus feature.
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