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Old 01-03-07, 09:39 AM   #1
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Default console/HD on lcd or plasma?

okay next week i will be picking up a 360 as i already own games and a controller and will be playing it on my viewsonic in my sig, down the road, (some time in march or april) i am looking to upgrade my old 34" sony sd tv to either a 42" plasma or lcd... the plasma i am currently looking at is the panasonic th-42px600u, now i understand that lcds have higher resolutions, yet lack the picture quality of a plasma display, i also understand that sd broadcasts look like pure sh!t on a lcd compared to sd on a plasma, hence why i've been looking more towards plasmas. Am i looking in the right category? should i check out dlp as well? the only thing that drives me away from dlp is the rainbow effect on white images, or is that just a rumor? like i said, i'll be using a 360/hd-dvd/hd-broadcasts and also possibly hooking up my computer, using it as a htpc. basically i need help.
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Default Re: console/HD on lcd or plasma?

How much are you willing to spend? As per gaming on a Plasma vs LCD I recommend LCD since
A. Plasma displays usually have a highly reflective coating on the screen that can be distracting depending on your home lighting and
B. Plasma displays still have the potential for burn in.
LCD HDTVs have come a long way and at times rival Plasma HDTV picture quality. As per SD programs the Plasma might be the better choice since LCDs don't look as good when they are not displaying content at their default resolution but some manufacturers have come up with DNR solutions that help alleviate that problem (i.e Samsung's DNI tech).
So my suggestion is for pure gaming and PC use-LCD, for mostly home theater use-Plasma and for an all purpose solution-digital projection (DLP, LCoS).

BTW if you are worried about the so called "Rainbow" effect on DLP TVs just buy the Samsung DLP with the LED lighting option. Since the spinning color wheel was removed the rainbow effect is essentially eliminated!
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Old 01-03-07, 10:25 AM   #3
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Default Re: console/HD on lcd or plasma?

do DLP's have burn in issues?

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As a side note, I have not kept up with TV tech in a long time, so I am bit behind on the drawbacks of each, and what has changed. Last I know DLP's looked good, but had issues with the mirrors wearing out.
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do DLP's have burn in issues?

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As a side note, I have not kept up with TV tech in a long time, so I am bit behind on the drawbacks of each, and what has changed. Last I know DLP's looked good, but had issues with the mirrors wearing out.
No phosphors equal no burn in for digital projection TVs. As per things that might need replacement on DLPs the only thing that you might have to replace over time on DLP sets is the lamp. The typical rear projection TV might need that lamp replaced after about 8000-12000 hours of use. (typically every 4 to 6 years depending on usage.)
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Default Re: console/HD on lcd or plasma?

plasma burn-in isn't what it used to be at all though, many sets, including the panasonic i am looking at use a series of white/grey screen wipes that elimate and image that is starting to be burned in.

i'm willing to spend around $1700 for the display, i know dlp will give me the largest area per dollar, i'm just not sure how i feel about projection devices.
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i'm just not sure how i feel about projection devices.
Superior PQ in every way as compared to any flat panel. As a person who will spend whatever, I got Sony's KDS-R70XBR2 which is an LCoS based set.
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is it possible to find a dlp set with a vga/dvi input? because using a decent sized 1080p display with my pc is something i would love to do.

that is also my concern with plasmas, as their res usually tends to be 1024x768 and wouldn't really want to run my pc at that res
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http://www.crutchfield.com/S-psiQ2Ij...p?i=305HLS5679

HDMI and VGA inputs. You'll need a HDMI to DVI adapter if you want to go the all digital route.
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*goes off looking at more dlp sets*
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Stay away from the Sony's if you want the VGA, they neutered it. Probably because X360 uses it.
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wow, i already found something i'm gonna look more into: Samsung HL-S5088W

i thought they were heavier than that, only 65lbs? most plasmas will blow out your back if you try to lift them
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wow, i already found something i'm gonna look more into: Samsung HL-S5088W

i thought they were heavier than that, only 65lbs? most plasmas will blow out your back if you try to lift them
I suggest you read up on that model. Make sure that it can "accept" a 1080p signal... not just display one. Some earlier sets were not able to accept a 1080p signal.
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