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Subj: Re: Suggestions about HDTVs
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 12:58:10 pm EDT (Viewed 629 times)
Reply Subj: Suggestions about HDTVs
Posted: Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 11:12:33 am EDT (Viewed 783 times)


> so, due to the fact that i'm a game junkie (PS3 and XBox 360 owner), as well as the fact that i'm feeling the years creep up on me and i tend to spend more time in the house watching movies than i did a few years ago, i've been thinking about building me a home theater, starting with an HDTV. i just ran into an old co-worker of mine, who was giving me some advice as to which brand and what kind of HDTV i should go with. he suggested i go with either Sony, Samsung or Sharp (in that order of quality). while he said Plasma was the newer albeit more expensive tech, he also said it has its drawback (namely screen glare) when compared to LCD, which is cheaper. i've been seeing a brand of HDTVs at Sam's Club and Walmart called (and forgive the spelling) Vizio. they're really cheap compared to other HDTV brands, but by eye comparison they don't seem of quite equal quality. i'm working towards having a $1300 budget for an HDTV. what do you think i should go with?
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I would stay away from Vizio. The list you got from your co-worker is very good. If you want to go cheaper, someone like Panasonic is also good (but not as good).

What szie are you looking for? LCD TVs are only really an option up to the 50-inchers for the most part. But I would recommend those over plasma for your use if you are going around 50 or under. I have a 1080p Sony Bravia LCD in the 50s, and I love it (it was very pricey though, so Bravia is not something you should really be looking for when on a strict budget - better to get a slightly "worse" but bigger TV for sure). The main complaints with LCDs are worse contrast and slower response rates than plasmas, but my PS3 games, Blu-rays, and HD cable have all run as well as I could hope for.

Like you heard, plasma has some issues that are direct pains for gamers...screen glare is a real killer for me. Especially for muliplayer games, where multiple people need good viewing angles, it can be a huge pain. Screen burn-in is less of a problem now than it used to be, but I am still terrified of it. I don't know about you, but I have definitely fallen asleep with a game on pause or otherwise have forgotten that I left a game on for long periods of time. I really don't want to take a chance that doing so could affect my TV at all, even if it is usually fixable these days. LCD avoids that mess, thank god.

> also, between 720p and 1080p, which is the sounder option?

Well 1080p is categorically better, but you would never tell the difference on a TV smaller than, say, 40-some inches. It really just depends on what you want to spend.




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