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Best HDTV?

Discussion in 'High Definition Displays' started by williammck, Aug 18, 2010.

  1. williammck

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    I'm looking for an around $1000 46"-50" LCD or Plasma. What are the best brands? I've heard Samsung has problems with the capacitors, so I don't want a Sammy. Is the Sony EX500 good? It got good reviews.
    Thanks!
     
  2. MysteryMan

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    Sony owner here. Whatever you decide to go with have the set calibrated. Big difference in picture quality when calibrated.
     
  3. williammck

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    How do you calibrate, what to do it with?
     
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    There are two ways. You can hire a professional like I did but it's costly or purchase a calibration DVD. Calibrating fine tunes your blacks, whites, color, sharpness, ect.
     
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    I have a panasonic and love it! I had it broken in and calibrated before I got it and I have nothing but praise for it.
     
  7. BenJF3

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    Agreed - Bang for the buck in PQ = Panny Plasma. Recently got a 65V10 THX calibrated and LOVE IT!
     
  8. jponte55

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    RISING BLACKS

    Just kidding. I have a 58" S1 (12g) and before that a 50" 60u (9g). I also have a few Vizio LCDs in varous rooms. All fantastic displays. When people ask me about LCD vs Plasma I always tell them they should view them in an environment similar to their home if they can before buying. They just have such a different look especially when engaging the motion interpolation features on LCDs.

    Plasma
    Pros: Smooth, accurate, great blacks, good value, viewing angle, motion resolution
    Cons: Reflective, image retention, dirty whites

    LCD:
    Pros: bright, sharp, saturated
    Cons: poor motion (bluring), blooming (LED backlit), blue-ish less satured blacks (non-LED balcklit), viewing angle, motion resolution
     
  9. BenJF3

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    I've done almost exclusivly Pannsonic Plasmas on my HT installs and have yet to have a complaint or see rising blacks to the effect being reported. I personally just don't like LCD's for TV viewing because the colors are not natural. A phosphor based display looks best (closest to a CRT) and I've had motion blur issues with LCD. Even my wife noticed the viewing angles in stores and she generally doesn't care about these things.

    I'm not denying that some Panny's have a black level issue, but from my research the larger sets have been much more tolerant. That and all Plasma's have some type off black adjustment over time.
     
  10. williammck

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    So, would Plasmas be better in a home theater/gameroom for movies, sports, games etc?
     
  11. BattleZone

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    Plasmas are great in rooms where you have controlled lighting. They are often a problem in brightly-lit rooms and/or with windows as glare can be excessive due to the glass front.

    Most folks have their "main" TV in a living/family room that is obviously used for a lot of other things and can't practically be made into a dark theater. That's one of the reasons LCDs are so popular, despite some drawbacks. But if you have a dedicated room, or if you are otherwise willing to control the lighting, plasmas are hard to beat.
     
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    As you live in a warm/hot area consider your cooling load. A good rule of thumb is a set that draws 500 watts will require approximately 5000 btu's additional cooling. Plasma sets, as a rule, are more power hungry.
     
  13. williammck

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    Any way to get wires through a wall, or do I need to hire someone to do it for me? Here's the plan: I need to get audio/video wires through the wall. In the closet behind where we are going to put the TV, there is a hole where other wires come through. There are speakers above the TV, so wires go there already. How easy would it be to run more cables?
    Thanks!
     
  14. BattleZone

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    It's hard to say without seeing it, but if you have a closet directly behind the wall, it may be very easy. But wall-fishing is a mystery until you do some surveying with a stud finder.
     
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    As long as you have good cable management skills you should be able to do the work yourself.
     
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    Good point! I have the livingroom you describe (slinding glass doors) and an older 50" LCD. I don't have major glare issues now, and I'm just starting to shop for an upgrade. I want better blacks than I have now, so I was looking at plasma. But now you got me thinking about a better and bigger LCD instead.
     
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    LCD/Plasma: In my opinion the only strong point current model plasma's have over current model LCD's is viewing angle. Unless you can eliminate the glare you might do better with a LCD.
     
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    Yea, I'm not sure I couldn't eliminate glare. I mean I know light reflects at 90 degrees, but I'm thinking I'm still susceptible to glare. Here's my layout. Sliding glass doors at the top. The viewing angles are not extreme. Behind the smaller couch is a cut-out to the kitchen, with even more chances for glare. Currently the 50" LCD sits on a rack. So I'd get no benefit from a thin TV. If I knew that I could get incredible picture on a DLP I could even consider that (and save $).
     

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    Looking at your set up and you stating viewing angles are not extreme your concern for glare should narrow your choice to a high end LCD. When calibrated properly the picture quality is awesome. On my set even SD channels look good.
     
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    Agreed, thanks. My PQ now, even with the older LCD, is pretty decent, just not as vibrant as my friends' plasma. I recently replced the bulb, too. When I upgrade this one moves to the bedroom. Looking forward to that.

    If others care to post LCD 55"+ recommendations, please do! I plan to pull the trigger in October.
     

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