Halls120 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2623 times:
Looks like I've finally convinced the SO that we need to upgrade the TV from a tube set to a modern widescreen. I'm thinking a 37"-40" LCD, but would be interested in any advice Anetters could give as to whether I should opt for plasma instead. (Yes, I did a search for old threads discussing the question, but they are somewhat dated.)
Also, which brands/models to avoid, based on lack of reliability. Thanks.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 2619 times:
I'm currently looking as well, as the convergence on my widescreen set is starting to hiccup. A friend just bought the new Sony LCD projection TV, and while it's big and expensive, it's the most stunning picture I've seen out there yet.
Futurecaptain From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2600 times:
Go with the LCD if your only choices are that and plasma. Both types will get pretty warm with continous use, but the LCD seems IMO to be a bit better in the heating department. With some plasmas I know you could turn off the heater in the house and run the TV and it will keep the house warm.
Stay away from brands such as Olevia and Philips. I have heard stories of rebates taking nearly a year to be recieved and overall IMO the picture quality just isn't up there.
Go with a Magnavox, Sony, Sharp, or some other brand you know. The major name brands, while they cost a bit more, offer a better warranty and quality of the product IMO.
Shopping tip: Go late in the day to shop for a TV. Most businesses will leave the TV's on all day and turn them off at night because of how much heat they produce. If you go late in the day you can really feel how warm the TV will get and see the picture quality when everything inside is good and warm from being on all day.
If you can get the extended warranty I'd say go for it if you have kids. These TV's are light and fragile, light enough for a young kid to accidentally bump off wherever it is sitting. A little extra protection can go a long way. Many businesses have warranties which allow you to get a brand new TV if something like this happens for 1 or 2 years after the purchase.
All TV''s have their own quirks. Check them out for awhile before you buy. Look for pixels that just arn't being colored right. Dull colors. Picture sharpness, ect.
The Philips that doubles as my computer monitor has been doing great over the past year. No dead pixels, quick response time when playing high fps computer games, etc. The only thing it lacks is an HDMI port.
AndrewUber From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2528 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 2582 times:
I have the Panasonic PT-60LCX64 60" LCD HD Projection TV, and it is fantastic. Had it since 2004, and the only problem we had was the bulb went out once - and the extended warranty covered it. They came out with a new bulb (which they had in stock), and changed it in about a minute. Nice little access door in the front meant we didn't even have to pull it away from the wall.
It is capable of 720p and 1080i, but not 1080p - which is kindof a bummer since I want a Blu-Ray player soon. But I've seen it in 720p and it's still damn impressive.
The main reason we chose Panasonic was the viewing angle. This TV is remarkably clear from just about any angle. We also have friends with the same TV, and they have never had any problems with theirs either.
I am considering a 42" plasma for the bedroom, possibly sometime late this year. As expected, the prices have come down by about half, and I look forward to seeing what kind of deals I can get when the time comes.
Plasmas are great (although I too have heard about burn-in and tube life being somewhat short), but don't think for one second that LCD's are bad.
RichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2558 times:
If everything else is the same... LCD, they have a longer life, are cooler, and weigh less. Less susceptible to burn in, but they can have burn in.
Clarity, thats becoming hard and just depends. LCD's used to be less clear but thats no longer the case. Plasmas used to have a short life, but not so much any more....
If you go to a brick and mortar and check them out, go into the menu and reset the settings then compare. Personally I'm practically blind to high def and cant tell the difference between rgbhv and hdmi...so go figure.
If you plan on mounting the thing to your wall, residential construction usually will handle both but commercial does not. Your wall has to support 5X the weight of both the display and mounting equipment and with Plasmas that really becomes a factor.
Personally I like Samsung, but I only have commercial experience (best commercial warranty and availability on the market). My only advice is, make sure you have all the inputs you need and make sure the audio (if you have speakers) will follow the video as you need.
DLP is usually referring to projection systems. DLP is very hot, and bulbs have a short life in comparison to lcd's...but when referring to lcd projectors, dlp is far Superior in clarity.
TWISTEDWHISPER From Sweden, joined Aug 2003, 716 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2514 times:
Plasma if you're only watching TV, LCD if your planning to run computer stuff on it as well
Why? Well, as meantioned above, the plasma is more sensitive when it comes to "burning", although this is more true on older screens.
Plasma as general is a bit quicker, i.e. the image does not get "blurry" when the pixels are changing colours.
Plasma also has "a blacker black" and higher contrast: better colours.
LCD is less fragile. And is the better option if your room has a lot of windows, because it's less sensitive for sunlight not that Plasma will be destroyed by sunlight, but it's hard to see the screen due to the plasma technique as such.
My advise is that you go to your nearest dealer and start comparing. Stand at the same distance from the screen that you plan to do at home. Look at the sharpness on moving objects and the colour saturation.
Only you can decide what you think looks best. Be critical.
I have a 50" Sony plasma and a 32" Samsung LCD. I bought the 50" when I had a very good financial situation two years ago, but now I've moved to a smaller place, so it's a bit big. When sitting at the correct distance from the screen, I think that the 50" has a smoother image than the 32".
Also, do NOT be fooled by the fact that the dealer might use HD on their display units. You need a blueray DVD to watch a movie in HD, they're not widely accessable, and it is NOT the same as "aired HD" (which is interlaced HD, not progressive)
And of course, price is a factor as well.
Quoting Jutes85 (Reply 6): 100x better than any Plasma that I've seen.
Wow! One hundred times better!!!!!!!!!
I feel tempted to ask on what crtierias you based that statment, but I won't since I'm quite sure that you just exaggerated a bit.
Melpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1785 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2473 times:
We've had a plasma at home for the past 18 months or so, a Conia 106cm, paid just a tad under $2000 for it, fantastic picture, it's perfromed well so far with no dramas. The place where we bought it had other plasmas from the usual 'established' brands such as Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, some of them were cost twice as much or more & the picture quality on some was not as good as our 'budget' model. Our neighbours paid 8 grand for theirs as a 'demo/display' model not long after plasmas started becoming widely available, picture quality is not as good, goes to show how they're advancing.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 5060 posts, RR: 14
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 2410 times:
IF you're going to be putting it in a bright spot get and LCD for sure, if not it will boil down to what you need, eg PC input HDMI/DVI etc etc. I ahve an LG 37" LCD which has been a cracker since I got it. Amazing stuff at a good price.
DL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11454 posts, RR: 72
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 day ago) and read 2332 times:
Opinions are like elbows...most folks have a couple.
I own a Philips 50" Ambi-light and it's been excellent so far. My friend owns a Pioneer 60" and it's really really really good.
I gotta say that you should buy the one that looks the best to you. LCD is going to be more expensive the bigger you go, but for the smaller screens I know it's pretty good. My mother has one of the 26" Aquos HD screens and it's pretty impressive.
As far as quality....we all know that electronics are built to varying standards in terms of innards and the like based on who's ordering it. If Sams club or Costco is ordering televisions they may order the cheaper ones...if you go to Magnolia or Hi Fi Buys they are ordering the more expensive components.
One thing....pay them to come install it at your house and get the insurance.
Quoting Comorin (Reply 2): I cannot say enough about my Pioneer 43" plasma.
The one I see alot of is terrific....and expensive.
Not necessarially. Especially when you start factoring cost in. Sony, Panasonic, and LG are the three brands I would I would look at. IMHO, Panasonic makes some kick-ass plasmas and LCDs -- I have a TH42PHD8UK (from their broadcast group) and the picture quality rocks and its quite price compteitive (and it doesn't have all of that extra crap that keeps getting bolted on to TVs these days). Sharp also has some respectable LCDs, and some very picky people I know have been satisfied by Westinghouse.
As far as the LCD vs. Plasma question goes possibly one of the biggest questions to ask is "How many hours per day are you going to use it?".
Plasmas tend to have sharper images with better black levels and slightly better motion response, but they are also speced with a shorter lifespan (in hours) than LCDs, so if you're the type of person who watches 20 hours a day of TV this might start to become a consideration.
Plasmas also tend to have more "glossy" screens than LCDs (though there are some 'flat' plasmas starting to show up on the market which can be a concern in some lighting scenerios.
As far as size goes, remember that plasmas and LCDs are (virtually all of them, at least) 16:9 vs the conventional 4:3 aspect ratio, so if you are looking at 4:3 SD content in its native aspect ratio a 37" 16:9 plasma will have a smaller image than a 37" 4:3 conventional TV. (For reference, my 42" plasma provides just about the same height image as my 27" conventional TV)
I have a plasma in my living room, and love it -- I thought about the Panasonic TH37PH9UK for my bedroom, and if it weren't for how often that one is on it would be my hands-down choice. Given, though, that longevity is more of a concern than image quality for my bedroom, I'm going to be going with an LCD.
(One of my current projects has over 100 plasmas and another 50 or so LCDs throughout the facility... I love my job)
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