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In the market for an LCD or Plasma...

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Hello everyone,

 

I am currently saving my money for an LCD or Plasma television. I am going to be purchasing my tv from costco. I am in costco quite a bit and they have most of their tvs that they have on their website on display. And by looking at the LCD tvs, I think that Sony takes the cake, then Panasonic. Although I AM on a budget, no more than 1300. But, that will only tell until after christmas because I do not know how well I'll make out money wise :angel:

 

I do care about the specs of the tvs such as constrast ratio and brightness. But you can get a better sense by just going and comparing them side by side like costco has set up. But the one I am considering right now is the Vizio line, I am actually pretty sold on it. I looked up the Vizio lcds online (cnet) and their review was terrible compared to us, the consumers. Consumers love this tv and say it is one of the best budget tvs there are. Here are some links to some I have been looking at.

 

42 inch Vizio LCD

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

37 inch Vizio LCD

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

37 inch Philips LCD

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

37 inch Sharp LCD

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

32 inch Sony LCD

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

42 inch Panasonic Plasma (NOTE: No hd tuner included)

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

42 inch Philips Plasma

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?...p=C&ec=&topnav=

 

There is also a 32 inch Panasonic LCD at the store that is not advertised online, it is $999.99.

 

But the thing is that I want at least a 37 inch tv. As you can see that the 32 inch Sony is as much as a 42 inch Vizio LCD or a 42 inch Panasonic Plasma (no built in HD tuner). So is having a "really good" 32 inch such as Sony better than having a "good" 42 inch Vizio, etc.

 

Note: My friends parents just got the 50 inch Vizio plasma from costco and Gears of War, Call of Duty, and HD NFL look AMAZING on it.

 

Thanks for the input.:)

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Yes I have heard that too. From what I heard, and I'm no expert by any means is that plasmas lamp life is almost about the same as an LCD's. But yes the burn in issue could be a problem. And "I've heard" that it will burn in after a few days. I don't know anyone in their right mind that would leave a tv on pause for a few days. Then again ammo bars and health meters are always in the same spot....hmmm?

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FYI the HD tuners in tvs are nearly useless. You can only receive over the air HD signal with them, and no one in their right mind would spend $1000+ on a big hd tv if they didn't have cable/satelite television. To receive HD signal for cable channels you're still required to use one of those ugly boxes and have another remote :/ . Hopefully they'll have tv's with the cable card embedded in them soon, then it'll remove the need for the cable boxes all together... but don't hold your breath.

 

EDIT: btw, the current generation plasma tvs still suffer from mild burn in. If you're obsessed with CNN the stock ticker would probably burn in. Its not as bad as the first gen plasmas, the burnin is only temporary and goes away after around 10 minutes of 'snow'. Its still unreasonable to have a "superior" technology that requires you to actively fix its design flaws... 'tis a shame.

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Yeah, thats what I am thinking too. But boy does that 42 inch Panasonic look awfully nice!!!

 

Would you guys give up the size for quality though as in 32 inch sony vrs. 42 inch Vizio?

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It is your eyes that matter go to the stores and look and hope you fine one that has a high quality signal on all the TV's. Personaly the Plasma look better to me than the LCD and once you get to a decent size they are very compeditive in price. The new rear projection or even front projection are great fo a decnt sized room. The bigger the room the bigger tha TV you want. What size is the room and how far are your sitting from the TV?

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Had a plasma 42" for a year and a half with no problems. The picture is great...no burn in problems. Like the screen saver feature on the TV and the DVD player. I'm sure the LCD has a better picture quality and now they must be actually afordable. Unless you need to fill a gigantic room.....I think 42" is prefect size =)

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It is your eyes that matter go to the stores and look and hope you fine one that has a high quality signal on all the TV's. Personaly the Plasma look better to me than the LCD and once you get to a decent size they are very compeditive in price. The new rear projection or even front projection are great fo a decnt sized room. The bigger the room the bigger tha TV you want. What size is the room and how far are your sitting from the TV?

 

Not that big of a room at all. Probably a 20x12, give or take. But I am going to be taking this to my apartment in about 9 months when i transfer to I want this to be for my living room. So I mean I don't want to go too small.

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