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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by Old_School, Mar 16, 2013.
What's a VCR? i thought batamax was top of the line?:lol:
Also need to keep in mind how far from the tv you'll be. A few years ago I bought a 56" Panasonic that was probably one of the very last of these bigger tvs they made for 720p because we would be sitting about 14" away from the screen. See the link to the chart below to get a sense of what resolution makes sense given the size of your screen and how close you'll be to it.
You'll love the picture on either the 720p or 1080p. But for a screen that size and a normal distance from the screen, I'd save myself the $30 and get the 720p.
I purchased my 58" Panasonic plasma in February of 2007 (it was a post-CES clearance sale of a 2006 model) and it is also a 720p resolution.
I have always been quite happy with it. It is in my family room where I sit about 12' from it. I leave the ol' HR20 with native on and let the TV do all of the rescaling. I've never once found myself wishing the picture was better.
I do have a 40" Toshiba in the living room that is 1080p. I am also very happy with it, but I can honestly say that I don't ever find myself thinking I woud rather watch in the Living Room because the picture is better there.
A lot of broadcasts are sent out in 720p. ABC and all of the ABC owned channels (all of the ESPNs and ABC Family for example) as well as Fox and all of their owned channels (Fox News, Business, RSNs, Fox Deportes) send their HD signals in 720p. They don't use 1080i at all. There are also some of the cable networks in 720p such as History Channel, H2, National Geographic and NatGeo Wild to name a few.
There is almost a stigmatization of 720p by some people, but it is a fine format and delivers an excellent viewing experience. I'm not sure how many people who swear by 1080p as the only resolution to buy even realize how much 720p proramming they are receiving that is being rescaled into 1080. 720p is good enough that some providers choose to use it as their native format.
So at 32" the chances are very good you would be very happy with either resolution. In my opinion you have nothing to lose with either format. 1080p or 720p. They both look just great.
My advice: Get a 40" or higher 1080P set.
Assuming you have pretty good set, make sure you put the DirecTV receiver settings Native On.
24" 720p Vizio LED
32" 720p Panasonic LCD
32" 1080p Samsung LED
55" 720p Panasonic Plasma
72" 1080p Samsung DLP (LED light souce and 3D capable)
Of all the TV's, the best picture quality is on the Panasonic Plasma. The 72" DLP is a great picture too, but the deeper black level on plasmas can't be beat. Plasmas have lost favor because they are not so great in really brightly lit rooms, they consume a lot of power, and are heavier than their LCD/LED competition.
My advice for a primarly viewing location is, in order of importance:
1) Buy the largest TV you can manage
2) Really consider a plasma
3) Get 1080p if your budget isn't broken yet, but don't avoid 720p if you're under 60"
With some of the newer models many if not all of those "issues" are greatly reduced if not gone. The newer Panasonic plasmas are supposed to be great in any room lighting.
My next TV purchase will either be a front projector, or a Panasonic Plasma.
The biggest things the original poster needs to consider is distance from the tv to the main viewing position, how good the eyesight of the average viewers will be, what features are wanted (smarTV, 3D, etc.) and budget.
If they are sitting far away, or if they have poor eyesight buying a 1080p set will most likely be a complete waste of money. Better off buying a bigger 720p set for the same money.
He said he currently has a 20" TV so he would want to go with at least a 26" TV or he would acutally be getting a smaller TV heightwise. I personally say go as big as you can afford and get the features you want. Very seldom will you regret going with a bigger TV, you may thinnk it is too big at first but usually within a week or two you get used to it and like it (or want bigger ha ha). A lot of the time you will regret buying one too small.
Old School, can you let us know approximately how far away from the TV you sit? How is your eyesight, as well as the others that will normally watch this TV? Any certain features you want (smarTV, Netflix, etc)? What is the budget? If you can tell us that I'm sure we can help you pick out a TV that will make you very happy.
Better hurry...I just saw a report that Panasonic may be exiting the Plasma market (a sad day indeed).
Oh no! I love Panasonic's plasmas.
I would say the most a person would sit away from the TV would be less than 10'. T primary viewers would be my son, my wife and myself.. son is a young age of 4 and the wife and i are in our early 30's so eye sight here is still pretty good for now.
After reading all the replies here i am thinking that a nice TV around 32" in 720p would make us very happy for quite a few years (or at least till most programing is sent out in 1080P) I was also told that if i am gonna replace the living room TV that i must replace the bedroom TV so it looks like ill be doing the replacements in pairs..
Got a chance to browse around HHgreg over the weekend and all the TV's there looked very stunning to me..lol They had a nice 19" RCA 720P on sale for $88 that i was so tempted to pull the trigger on for the bedroom.
I guess the only issue now is what am i gonna do with the old TV's.. The state passed a law that you cant put them out for local trash pickup anymore. The only choice i have found is to drive them 30 mins out of town to a Ecycle place and pay to have them recycled:nono2:
It was sad when Mitsubishi left the DLP technology. I think that Panansonic leaving Plasma means the death of Plasma. Who will be left besides Samsung?
I have a 46 inch Samsung Plasma, and would never buy another one, unless maybe you put it in the basement with no windows. Make sure there are no lights turned on in back of you.
Does this help for disposal?
I don't think channels will do 1080p.
LG still does, and it looks as if they still make their own panels. I have a 60" and despite what many will say about LG Plasmas, this current gen, if you're not looking for all the web content extras, etc., is a very nice set.
The biggest part would be the transfer rate when being connected to a 60Hz, 120 Hz or 240Hz television. What would the outter ring being gold plated do to help connectivity? I do admit it looks nice though, lol.
As far as directly related to connectivity? It makes you say "Oooh I am connected with gold"
So hard to weigh in after something like that being said. My computer monitor is 24". I can't imagine a telelvision smaller than that unless you're really just using it for background noise. I had a Samsung CRT that hovered around 27" (had it years ago) and when I switched to my 55" LED, I was utterly blissful. The enjoyment out of having a telelvision in the living room that was so much bigger than what I was accustomed to sparked something. I never got that feeling from seeing the tv's in-store. I only mention this to say, if you can get a larger tv and stay in your budget, definitely do it. I know I switched from 27" 480p to 55" 1080p and the PQ was alarmingly better but my favorite aspect of the change was honestly the larger screen size.
If it matters you might want to check the sound quality of the TV that you decide to go for. I have a little 22" Westinghouse TV in the bedroom and the sound quality is not good (sounds like people are talking in a tin can). Just a thought...
Yes, Panasonic's departure from plasma is certain after the 2014 model year. Look for Samsung to follow in '15 or '16 along with LG. By then, it's very possible that LED tech will have closed the gap with plasma so far, that no one will care.
Everything I am reading says the whole Panasonic thing is still a rumor and most likely isn't true. They say why would Panasonic go through all the trouble of coming up with a bunch of new models for this year, including the ZT60 which is being touted as the first one to finally best the old Kuro's for black levels and colors, only to shut down plasma production completely.
Evidently it all stemmed from one Japanese article talked about how Panasonic has said they are dropping LCD/LED production to concentrate on OLED. Panasonic said they are shutting down their LCD production plant to reformat the lines to produce OLED panels, and mentioned that it is impossible/not feasible to retool the plasma production lines for OLED. The other websites have started playing "telephone" with that news and came up with the death of Plasma and others keep reporting on those rumors.
There have been similar rumors almost every year for about the last 4 or 5 years.
As far as Old_School, I really think he needs to reconsider the sizes. I personally wouldn't go less than a 37-42" TV for the living room with a 10' viewing distance. At that size a 720p TV will most likely still be good enough (if he does go smaller than 37-42" then 1080p will be a waste at that distance unless they have really good vision, like 20/15-20/12).
In the bedroom he could probably get away with something smaller like a 29-32" but I don't think I would go smaller than that.
I say for the living room look at the Samsung PN43E450. Looks like it's $400 at HHGregg, and I think you would be really happy with it for that price.
If you have a Best Buy close by, they take electronics for recycling for free [link]. That's where I dropped off some of my old electronics like the Beta VCR you mentioned in a prior post!