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In the market looking for a new HDTV, any ideas would be super helpful

Discussion in 'High Definition Displays' started by oldschoolecw, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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    What I have now Westinghouse LVM-42w2 http://www.crutchfield.com/S-nV6tqzHnlSl/p_647LVM42W2/Westinghouse-LVM-42w2.html got it in 2006. Runs extremely hot, has banding issues and discoloration fogginess.

    My budget is $1400
    Looking for anything from 42-Inch - 55-Inch
    I have a Boxee Box, so I apps and internet access are not necessary built into the TV.
    I'm Disabled so putting 3D glasses on would be difficult so 3D is not a major thing for me.

    Here is what I'M looking at Samsung UN55EH6000 55-Inch 1080p http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55E...TF8&coliid=I1P65NDFZ8KOLS&colid=10OMHCH655X3U

    Here is what I will be hooking up to what ever new HDTV I do decide on via my receiver.

    Pioneer VSX-1120-K 7.1 Home Theater Receiver http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039XQQXA/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00
    XBOX360
    Roku
    Boxee Box
    TiVo Premiere XL "Switching to Comcast this week"

    So any suggestions LED or Plasma are appreciated
    Thanks
    Rich
     
  2. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    This 60" is the one I have. Works great, and its less than $1k. For 1399 they have the LED Quattron version as well. Not sure if your 55" upper limit is due to size restrictions or price. They also have some 55" ones on sale for under $1k as well. Ive always had good luck with Sharp Aquos TV's, and they are ultra adjustable for easy calibration should that interest you.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sharp+-...HDTV/3641541.p?id=1218422888626&skuId=3641541
     
  3. oldschoolecw

    oldschoolecw HarpoonIPA

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  5. dpeters11

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    I'd take a look at the Panasonic ST50 Plasma. Theres a 50" and 55". It doesn't have as many calibration options for a professional calibration, and doesn't include the THX modes of the VT50, but quite a bit cheaper and great for your budget. It is 3D, but you don't pay for glasses you aren't using. I honestly don't think you'd notice the black level differences etc unless they were side by side. The GT50 adds the THX modes.

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-VIE...TF8&qid=1339869867&sr=8-1&keywords=Tc-p55st50
     
  6. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Its as good as any top of the line LCD. Much better than the low priced brands. If black levels are VERY important to you, however, I would look for a plasma. I have mine calibrated with the backlight set to -7, to get really good black levels, but also dont have sunlight or bright lights in the room which allows me to do that. I just dont like the extra power, burn in possibilities, and 1/2 life of plasma, so I pretty much stick with LCD. With the prices now, however, I would suspect the plasma would hold up long enough to make it obsoleted, so it probably doesnt matter.
     
  7. oldschoolecw

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    I just watched the CNET review of this one http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-panel-...82_7-35118300.html?tag=rb_content;contentBody What a great review it got, I put it in my wish list at Amazon. My only question is about plasma tv burnin, does it still happen?
     
  8. dpeters11

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    It can, but not unless you have something on the screen a long time. I would avoid things like games with HUDs, channels that have tickers for long periods of time etc for the first 100 hours or so. But burn-in isn't as bad as it used to be.

    Personally, I don't think the half life of Plasma is a big deal. Mine is rated for 100,000 hours. If accurate, the half life will not be what makes me replace the set.
     
  9. sigma1914

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    It's possible, but very difficult. I watch sports a lot and ESPN...I don't have any ticker or scoreboard burn in. Plasma today is far better than years passed.
     
  10. Davenlr

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    Definitely want to avoid games or computer screens or TV stations with static bright logos. Friend left his video game up on my LCD, and it had several boxed menus that never moved. After playing the game about 12 hours a day for two days, the LCD had the image of the menus displayed on the screen, even when the set was turned off. Fortunately, on the LCD, I just needed to leave it powered off for 48 hours, and the screen returned to normal.
     
  11. dpeters11

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    Plasmas can get retention as well, not always actual burnin. Things like the pixel orbitor helps prevent actual burnin. The Panasonic also has a sweeper feature, at least on the VT50.
     
  12. hfa

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    Look for as many inputs as you can find on a set that pays off later. check your sound system connections and see if the tv has input. STAY WITH THE NAME BRAND HDTV - IN TODAYS MARKET IT IS HARD NOT TO FIND 3D ON A 50/55 IN TV. don't care for3d, but went with panasonic st series and just do not use it on my 50 in. samsung, sharp, toshibia and lg make good led for $1k'
    Do comparison shoping and make sure it covers free shipping. my panasonic is on 12 hrs per day with the pixel orbitor enabled and no burnin. own sharp and rca lcd too, that is why i say look for 3 or 4 inputs other than the usb included.
     
  13. Cholly

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    The biggest concern with plasma these days is heat and powr consumption. Although better than early plasma receivers, it's still significantly higher than LED/LCD sets. Another problem is the sensitivity to bright sunlight. I wouldn't be too concerned with burnin if you don't have static images on your receiver for long periods of time.
    Regardless of what youdecide to buy, make sure you have a screen refresh rate of 120 Hz or higher.
     
  14. azarby

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    A couple of days ago I installed a Panasonnic TC-P65vt50. Because of the size what I paid is probably out of your budget range, but this plasma is a killer. I looked at a lot of LED LCDs, but none could beat the black levels of the Panasonic. The only thing close was a high end Sony.
     
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    I had a 7 year old Panasonic 50" plasma tha I just moved to my daughters house. No burn in or retention, and after an average of 10-12 hrs a day, it is no where near its half life intensity.
     
  16. MysteryMan

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    I know you said LED or Plasma in your post but you may want to look at Sony's KDL-55XB520. My wife's brother bought one recently. Not many horns and whistles but great picture quality and falls well within your budget ($1,349.99).
     
  17. Marlin Guy

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    I picked up the LG 50PA5500 from Dell for a song, and it's a great set.
    I just set it up last night.

    Base price was $649.99 with free shipping.
    I gave myself a $400 gift card and Dell gave my other self a $75 card.
    Total out of pocket was $607.49 tax included.

    The deal is still running.
    http://www.techbargains.com/news_displayItem.cfm/305037

    Other good buys Techbargains and Slickdeals sites.
     
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  20. Inkosaurus

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    Burn in isnt that big of an issue anymore. Yes it *can* happen but only if you let it.
    I have an old 2006 th42px75-u 42" from panasonic that I use primarily for gaming now a days and have never had any images burned in.

    And thats despite the fact that Me and some friends have gone on 24 hour+ benders of Battlefield 3 which has a bright box on the right side with bright white font indicating ammo count and hp, and a minimap on the left hand side.

    I have also come home from work after 12 hour shifts, found it on with Skyrim idle on the screen in the big quest menu with my room mate dead asleep on the couch. He was playing it before I went to work and fell asleep with it on shortly after I left. He's done this multiple times.

    And thats with a 6 year old model. You seriously have to leave the TV on with the static image for days before you really start seeing burn or retention.

    So like I said; It can happen but only if you let it happen ;)
     

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