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Old 04-09-07, 07:08 PM   #18
ad hoc
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Default Re: Looking for TV Help (new purchase)

Originally Posted by nrdstrm
Alrighty you A/V gurus...I'm looking for the absolutely most inexpensive "quality" Plasma or LCD tv (42 or 50 inch) that is capable of 1080p. Please give reasons why you chose Plasma vs LCD, etc....
Thanks in advance!
Is there any partiular reason you want to go LCD/Plasma? I mean, unless you are putting it on a wall you will be paying for a premium that many people don't really need...

Personally, if you want to go with "inexpensive", I'd seriously look at DLP and/or LCoS (or SXRD or whatever Sony uses). In my opinion (and many others) DLP/LCoS has the best price/performance ratio of any display technology in the market except CRT. These displays offer better contrast and color repoduction than LCD's, and use much less power than Plasmas.

They aren't perfect, of course. Since they are rear projection technology, they have finite bulb lives (replacable), limited viewing angle (comprared to Plasma, arguably comparable to LCD), and other platform-specific issues such as "green blob" (SXRD) or Rainbows (DLP).

To start, might I suggest looking into TVs such as:

Samsung HLS5087W (50" DLP; or the new 2007 HLT series, but more money).
Sony KDS50A2000 (50" SXRD; I think there is a new A2200 series coming out soon, too).

For a quick and dirty look at some pics I've taken of my HLS5688W, take a look at these posts:
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