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What Should I Buy - Pioneer Plasma Or Sony LCD?  
User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Posted (8 years 10 months 6 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

I know, I know, this topic's been discussed before.

Just when I was ready to plunk down some hard-earned money on a SONY plasma TV after 5 years of hemming and hawing, SONY decides to pull out of the Plasma business.

So it's down to the SONY Bravia 40" LCD vs the Pioneer 43" 4360 plasma TV. I can't completely base my decisions on the picture quality in the store, and wonder if any a.netters can advise me.

The LCD seems to be a little pasty on the fleshtones, and I wonder how regular Non-HD programs will look on it. I'd hate to buy something that will be worse than my 15-year old XBR on standard TV.

Thanks in advance.

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User currently offlineJAL From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 5085 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

I would suggest Sony but it's up to which you prefer.


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User currently offlineJush From Germany, joined Apr 2005, 1636 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 3 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

We don't have HD in Germany yet so they show standard television with it's utterly bad resolution on them in the store and it looks awful on a bog flatscreen. I'll hope they'll introduce HD here soon (they want to have it here by 2006 for WC2006 in Germany) then i'll will decide if i buy a flat.
I hope by then the problem is solved for me because i find it hard to determine what's better for me: LCD or Plasma.

Regds
jush



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Go for the Pioneer.

User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2130 times:

I did some research earlier this year.

When it comes down to it, its the picture quality that counts.... crazy 

I was contemplating the same thing you are now. In the end, you won't believe it.

I went for a Sony CRT 36" Hi-Scan. Still the best picture going...a real true black !.

Just my  twocents 



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2126 times:

It's personal choice. LCD is better but I prefer the larger screen so.............

User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 hours ago) and read 2119 times:

Quoting YooYoo (Reply 4):
I went for a Sony CRT 36" Hi-Scan. Still the best picture going...a real true black

YooYoo, I fully understand what you did, the picture on a CRT is FAR better than LCD or Plasma (fixed pixels, scaling), and MUCH cheaper too.

However, I did want a larger and wider screen to watch DVDs,HBO and other HD channels , so I am talking myself into accepting a lower-quality standard broadcast picture at a much higher price!

Quoting 9VSPO (Reply 5):
It's personal choice. LCD is better but I prefer the larger screen so

Right now, I walked over to Circuit City, and am leaning towards the Pioneer.

The pricing is about $2,800 for the SONY and $3,400 for the Pioneer. Planning to pull the trigger Tuesday.

Appreciate the guidance!


User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2110 times:

Tsk tsk,............doesn't anyone realize that altho plasma tv's are awesum, they are also prone to 'picture burn'?!?!?! This means that if u're unlucky enough or if you're stupid then a permanant image is 'burnt' into the screen...don't forget, plasma is a very high temp gas. The best choice and the only way to go for quality is LCD. Sure, it costs more but the more you pay, the better quality you get and it will last years! Oh, you can even hook up your comp to the tv so you can have a.net displayed on your tv, or you can play your XBOX! lol

Cheers



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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2107 times:

Quoting SkySurfer (Reply 7):
altho plasma tv's are awesum, they are also prone to 'picture burn'?!?!?!

Thats a load of crap! You would have to have the same image on the screen constantly for about 12000 hours for an image to burn like that!


User currently offlineSkySurfer From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 1136 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2103 times:

SPO, Really? Why don't you tell that to all the customers who've returned theirs due to exactly what i described? Maybe you think it was just a flaw found in testing? Or maybe you don't think it happens? Oh wait, the way you replied it would seem you're the chief designer/tester for a tv manufacturer. If it's a load of crap, why do SOME ( i say SOME, not EVERYONE) ppl have problems?

Cheers

http://www.answerbag.com/c_view.php/1053#q_2110

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User currently offline9VSPO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2101 times:

SkySurfer,

I used to sell LCD/plama tv's.  Wink


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2101 times:

I concur with YooYoo on this. In the last year I purchased a 20" LCD for my room, and quite frankly I like it a lot. However, my dad recently purchased a 32" HD CRT TV and the picture quality is absolutely fantastic! I don't regret my purchase of the LCD, but if space isn't an issue at all, I would still go for the tried and true CRT. It is definitely nice to have so much available choice in technologies these days.


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User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7780 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months ago) and read 2097 times:

Buy both and send them to me. I will gladly foot the cost for HD cable and test them out for the next 6 months.


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User currently offlineAzoresLover From United States of America, joined Jun 2004, 757 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2086 times:
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DON'T GO PLASMA!!!!!

I spent some time at a manufacturer's center, learning about all the new technology in TV's, etc. Even the demo plasma TV's there had picture burn on them. Plus, they operate at a very high temperature.

I came away from that training class knowing that I personally would never buy a plasma TV, with all its drawbacks, especially when there is so much more on the market now that is so superior!

Explore a little more...there is so much new technology out there now.



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User currently offlineYooYoo From Canada, joined Nov 2003, 6057 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2083 times:

I'm not sure, but, i think that Sony is discontinuing their Plasma line and concentrating on their LCD line? Why, I don't know but I think the sales Plasma Vs. LCD are leaning towards LCD so now they want to concentrate on that product.

The CRT Hi-scan model Sony i have is capable of receiving and showing a HD signal, also they do offer a widescreen (16:9) version.

Just a thought.

IF !!! i had to choose i would go for the LCD....there i said it.  Wink



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User currently offlineEmiratesA345 From Canada, joined Jun 2003, 2123 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2072 times:

You'll notice that stores such as Future Shop and Best Buy won't sell you a warrenty for longerthan 4 years on a plasma t.v.. The reason for this is because the gas generally leaks out of the t.v. within 4 years and it needs to be replaced. This is what one of the store's associates told me.

Mark



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User currently offlineComorin From United States of America, joined May 2005, 4896 posts, RR: 16
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

Thanks everyone for your most valuable input!

So far, we have YooYoo and CaptainGomes saying CRT is unbeatable for picture quality, to which I wholeheartedly agree.

AzoresLover and Skysurfer are clearly in the LCD camp, and not amused at the suggestion of buying a Plasma TV.

9VSPO is the lone voice in the wilderness endorsing the Pioneer Plasma (my initial default choice).

In summary:

Buy CRT: Best picture, BUT screen not big enough, very bulky for living room.
Buy LCD : much more reliable than Plasma, less burn-in, BUT picture not quite there yet.
Buy Plasma: Picture better than LCD, BUT less useful life, obsolescence and reliability issues.

More thoughts, anybody?

Even harder than choosing between B777 vs A330!  Smile


User currently offlineMiguelss From Colombia, joined Jul 2005, 84 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2058 times:

I had a US$9.000 headache after I bought a Pioneer Plasma, because in cities like where I'm (Bogota, Colombia) we are 2.600 meters above sea level, and this kind of TVs emits a very high pitch tone which turns to be annonying watching movies at low volume.

User currently offlineSATX From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 2840 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2043 times:

I would go with LCD 100%.

The plasma displayes seem to be very fragile and are difficult and expensive to repair when it's even an option. I know people who claim that they had plasmas that failed and they were unable to repair them at any cost. The gas does deteriorate over time, but it can't simply be "recharged" despite what some salesperson has to say about it.



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User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2039 times:

I recently purchased a TV at BestBuy and was advised against getting a plasma screen TV because of picture burn and overall "long term maintenance issues". I walked out with a 50" Sony Grand Wega HDTV thingermejig.....it just looked kind of cool!


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