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Old 01-18-09, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default HDTV 40''-46'', $1100 is the sky - Help?

Alright, first foray into the HDTV universe and it's definitely overwhelming. I've read through quite a few of the posts within the first 3-4 pages of this sub-forum but as with all technology things get phased out and updated info is a must.

Going into this with an $1100 limit for an HDTV that's going to be used for the family. Going right into the living room. This thing will be used for everything from SD channels to HD channels, Wii, 360 and PC, you name it.

I don't want something that is prone to burn-in because there are times when channels get played for entire days, marathons ya know, and every damn station has to advertise their channel in the bottom right hand portion of the screen. Like you didn't know you were watching Comedy Central. Bastards.

Before I derail my own thread with rants what I'm getting at is: I NEED YOUR HELP!
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Old 01-18-09, 09:12 AM   #2
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http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LN40A6...2287870&sr=1-9
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Old 01-18-09, 03:42 PM   #3
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Just barely over your budget, and of you search you may find it cheaper somewhere else.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889104116
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Old 01-18-09, 05:47 PM   #4
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Awesome, hadn't seen the Phillips yet and the Samsung 6 series is something I've been looking at.

So far so good but keep em coming!

Anyone with buyers remorse that may have some words about things they would have done differently?
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Old 01-18-09, 05:49 PM   #5
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Panasonic Plasma... You can find a 42" for under a grand...
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Panasonic Plasma... You can find a 42" for under a grand...
qft. if i didn't have my 60a3000, i'd pick up a panny plasma in a heartbeat
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Plasmas tend to burn in. That's one of the reasons they get phased out (I know what I'm talking about: had a 1st gen plasma for videoconferencing - perfect setting for burn in).
Has been replaced last year due to unusability: burn in and color bleaching.
But then, things might have changed since 1997.
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Plasmas tend to burn in. That's one of the reasons they get phased out (I know what I'm talking about: had a 1st gen plasma for videoconferencing - perfect setting for burn in).
Has been replaced last year due to unusability: burn in and color bleaching.
But then, things might have changed since 1997.
They don't burn in as easily as the first generation ones did, but theres still some image retention if you use the wrong settings on a still image for too long(high contrast + PC desktop for example). Remember to check if you're sensitive to phosphor-trailing if you decide to go with a panasonic plasma!

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Remember to check if you're sensitive to phosphor-trailing if you decide to go with a panasonic plasma!
haha i like how they use gears2. my buddy with a 42" panasonic plasma said that he never noticed them until playing gears2 since half the game is high contrast adjacent to low contrast areas. he obviously refuses to play that game anymore

burn-ins aren't a concern like they once were. most plasmas come with some extent of a "screen wipe" utility
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burn-ins aren't a concern like they once were. most plasmas come with some extent of a "screen wipe" utility
It's called white-washing, and it cuts the life of the plasma. Basically, I recommend a plasma or LCD based on the following conditions.

Primarily used for BluRay - Plasma
Primarily used for TV - either (but if you're a huge fan of one channel, the logo in the lower right could burn in, so go with LCD)
Any gaming at all - LCD
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I'm quite happy with my Vizio that I bought a few years ago (MikeC has or had the same one). If you can afford it, I'd probably go the Sammy or Phillips, but if your looking for a good bargain, the Vizio's can't be beat...
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If you don't necessarily need the extra inches a LCD or plasma can give you then I would definitely check out some DLP sets which usually can be had at a bigger size for a great price and look every bit as good as LCD or plasma and do not suffer from any type of burn in.
A regular DLP has to have the bulb replaced after maybe a year and a half to 2 years but they also have LED ones now that should never need the bulb replaced.

Here's a 60 inch regular DLP by Mitsubishi for $1099
http://www.amazon.com/Mitsubishi-WD-...2604092&sr=1-9
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