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Old 03-19-2008, 10:35 AM   #1
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Question about HDtv

I am currently looking at some HDtvs and was looking to see if any of you MH home entertainment specialist have any suggestions. I am looking to stay in the $1500 range. I currently have a 42" HP mediasmart which I am considering returning and getting something with a better picture. Thanx in advance
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yo no say, but I just picked up a 50" Plasma 780pi (I think) at Sears for $1350....they were on sale for 1500 (regularly 2000), but I managed to get one that was opened and returned and managed to get an additional 10% off. GL on your search. I can tell you this much. The picture quality on the 50" plasma is 100x's better than that of my current 32" projection tv.
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Awesome yeah I also got 10% off the one I just got for the same reason, but I seen others in a bigger size with better quality picture. Do you know what brand yours is
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Awesome yeah I also got 10% off the one I just got for the same reason, but I seen others in a bigger size with better quality picture. Do you know what brand yours is
Panasonic....and I'm kicking myself in the right now for not opening a Sears CC to save an add'l 10% or whatever and then closing the account. Oh well, it was an impulse buy and it was my fiance's idea....I figured I couldn't go wrong to agreeing to buying a 50" TV when it took 0 effort to get her to agree

I agree that I could have probably found a better deal on a 1080 or whatever, but my time is money and not having to argue and drive all over town was worth it in my opinion.
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Panasonic....and I'm kicking myself in the right now for not opening a Sears CC to save an add'l 10% or whatever and then closing the account. Oh well, it was an impulse buy and it was my fiance's idea....I figured I couldn't go wrong to agreeing to buying a 50" TV when it took 0 effort to get her to agree

I agree that I could have probably found a better deal on a 1080 or whatever, but my time is money and not having to argue and drive all over town was worth it in my opinion.
I did that for 3 hrs
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Ive got a 56" samsung DLP 1080i. Samsung is the way to go. My buddy's parents just got a Mitsu. 56" 1080 for a fraction of what I payed for my samsung from circuit city. But my picture is amazing as long as you have the appropriate hardware (HDMI)
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Hope no one wants me banned for agreeing with Racer X, but we did a tad of homework and Samsung seemed to be the best, so we bought one and it is awsesome - cost more than you said you wanted to spend though.
Well I don't mind looking for a deal The HP I got was regularly $1899 was on sale for $1299 and I got it for $1146 + extended warranty. Yeah Samsung is a brand I was thinking about going with, or maybe Toshiba, LG, or Sony if I find a good deal.
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Can't strees enough, do your research.

There is lots to read on this site, you will know more then your sales man. Generally sales people dont know , other than what they read off a sales display card. Site also has guides for LCD and DLP

http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com/plasmatv.html
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depends what you are going to do with the tv...playing lots of games, don't get plasma since burn-in is still an issue. 1080p vs 720p doesn't matter too much unless you have or are planning to get a hd source such as blu-ray. lots of little things to keep in mind
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burn is not not near the issue it use to be, don't confuse ghosting with permanent burn in.

Any new TV would have to be on pause for hours (all day) for burn in to take place.
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Slightly over your budget, but good TV.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-LNT406...5946325&sr=8-1
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i love my 52" vizio plasma.

I want a samsung though

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I would def not go with LG or Toshiba ... but the question you need to ask is what type of tv are you looking for? there are many different types that are HD, and they'll have different pro's and conn's ... you have Plasma, LCD, RP LCD, and DLP. the RP LCD and DLP are going to be big screens (50"+) but require a lot of space while the plasma and LCD come in more sizes and are very thin and mountable. also, the type of room it is going to be in and the lighting in the room (windows) and seating arrangements all have an effect on what kind of tv would work best for you.
Me personally, I only buy Samsung and Sony LCD's. Samsung is the leader in LCD tech right now, they have the trueest black contrast of all the others, and incredible PQ. One thing that a lot of people dont know is that Sony uses Samsung parts to make their LCD TV's, which is why Sony is just as good as Samsung when it comes to LCD's. If you plan on using it a lot, and especially for video games, then you probably dont want to get a plasma. if your in a room with a lot of windows and is very bright and/or you have seating that is at a 90 degree of the tv, you probably dont want to get a DLP or RP LCD. LCD's are the best overall IMO.
Then if you really want to get technical, we can talk about what your gonna have hooked up to it to see if your gonna want the 120hz as opposed to the 60hz and theres also the 20fps refresh rate that is recommended if your gonna have a blu-ray player ... and so on.
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this is the one that I bought and I am taking back

Description:
The HP MediaSmart LCD HDTV takes television and makes it personal by bringing your photos, music, and video from your PC to your TV. The MediaSmart TV also connects directly to online services providing access to thousands of movies and millions of songs. Featuring the most advanced in wired and wireless networking, the HP MediaSmart HDTV SL4278N will forever change your expectation of what a television should do.


Product Specification:
Key Features Screen Size 42 in.
Television Technology LCD
Supported Resolution 1080p
Supported Standards HDTV
Form Factor Widescreen
HDMI Type HDMI Type A
Connector Types HDMI input, Ethernet, Serial, Composite video/audio input, VGA input, Digital audio output (optical), HD component input, Audio input, Audio output, S-Video input
TV Standard HDTV
Sound Supported Stereo
PC Compatible Yes
Included Accessories Remote control
HDTV Ready Yes
Display Features Aspect Ratio 16:9
Contrast Ratio 1500:1
Brightness 500 cd/m2
Viewing Angle 176 degrees
Display Resolution 1920 x 1080
3:2 Pulldown Compensation Yes
Widescreen Modes Conventional 4:3, Zoom, Panorama, 16:9
Tuner Features TV Tuner Type HDTV
Number Of Tuners 1
Audio Features Audio Format Supported Stereo
Audio Controls Balance, Bass, Treble
Additional Features HDMI Yes
Parental Lock Yes
SAP Yes
Closed Caption Yes
V Chip Control Yes
Multi-Language Menu English, French, Spanish
Additional Features Video Noise Reduction, Parental Control, On-screen Menu, Contrast Enhancer, 3:2 Pulldown Compensation, Anti-reflection Coating
Accessories Remote Control Universal remote control
Included Devices Remote control
Connectors Connectors HDMI input, Ethernet, Serial, Composite video/audio input, VGA input, Digital audio output (optical), HD component input, Audio input, Audio output, S-Video input
HDMI 3 x HDMI input ( 19 pin HDMI Type A )
S-Video Connectors 2 x S-Video input ( 4 pin mini-DIN )
RCA Connectors 2 x composite video/audio input ( RCA phono x 3 ), 3 x audio input ( RCA phono x 2 ), 1 x audio output ( RCA phono x 2 )
Component Connectors 2 x HD component input ( RCA phono x 3 )
Digital Optical Connectors 1 x digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK )
Other Connectors Total (Free) / Type 3 x HDMI input ( 19 pin HDMI Type A ), 1 x VGA input ( 15 pin HD D-Sub (HD-15) ), 1 x audio input ( mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm ), 1 x digital audio output (optical) ( TOSLINK ), 1 x serial ( 9 pin D-Sub ), 1 x Ethernet
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