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    Buying HDTV

    How to Buy an HDTV - Reviews by PC Magazine


    LCD or Plasma?
    Plasma TVs were the only flat-panel game in town when they were first introduced more than a decade ago. But given the remarkable rise in the popularity of LCD TVs in the past couple of years, many manufacturers have stopped making plasma sets, while the remaining players, LG, Panasonic, and Samsung are shifting toward producing only larger screen sizes. As a result, the majority of our recent HDTV reviews are LCD sets.

    The popularity of LCD TVs can be attributed to some of the technology's inherent advantages over plasma, including a wider range of screen sizes, a very bright picture, and better energy efficiency. And newer LCD sets with LED backlighting and 240Hz technology offer even greater energy efficiency along with solid picture quality and motion performance. Plasma's strengths include its picture consistency, which (unlike LCD) doesn't exhibit color shifts, loss of saturation, or reduced contrast when viewed at wider angles. With plasma you don't need to be front and center to have the best seat in the house. And a plasma's fast-pulsing pixels are inherently well-suited for minimizing detail loss when displaying motion video.


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    Re: Buying HDTV

    I bought a 65" hi def Panasonic plasma a few months ago and I'm in heaven.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    I love our Samsung and I know they've come out with better since we bought ours for Christmas.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    My 46" Panasonic Plasma has a great picture out of the box. Our 37" Samsung LCD looks good with a little help. On the downside our 4 month old Samsung is now in the shop getting repaired.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    Other than electricity usage and brightness (which this pro becomes a con in a light controlled room), plasmas are much better. Bigger size for the dollar too. Better for sports.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    Quote Originally Posted by cyclonestate View Post
    I bought a 65" hi def Panasonic plasma a few months ago and I'm in heaven.
    Agreed! I bought a Panasonic plasma around a year ago. Best tv I've owned to this point!


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    Got a 58" Panasonic plasma last year. Now that Pioneer doesn't make tv's anymore nothing can compete with Panasonic.


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    Re: Buying HDTV

    The chart that article uses to gauge size of TV relative to viewing distance is also crap. They use a 1x multiplier. It should be 1.5X at the close end and 3X at the high end.

    So 1.5 x the diagonal size of your screen is generally considered the sweet spot. 3X, while distant, is the farthest you would want to sit away from the TV.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    just bought the new 120hz 46" Samsung LCD and I love it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by RayShimley View Post
    just bought the new 120hz 46" Samsung LCD and I love it.

    Just pray that nothing goes wrong with it. You have to take it to Archer in Adel for service and my experience with them so far has been **** poor.



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    Re: Buying HDTV

    Just replaced my 4 yo Samsung, doesnt look like I was the only one with issues. Got a new LG LCD much better picure and such a better all around TV.


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    Re: Buying HDTV

    OK update on Samsung. I will never recommend Samsung again just based strictly on their Customer Service. The next time I buy a TV I'm going to buy it at Costco even if it costs more.

    I've been on the phone with Samsung 5 different times and each time they say they are going to call me back to give me an update and they NEVER do. Finally after waiting 4 weeks with no TV they are promising me a replacement. We'll see how that goes. At this rate I should have the replacement sometime around Christmas.

    When they work the Samsungs are nice but if you have to deal with customer service, it's a nightmare. This is the first TV that I've ever had that's gone bad so maybe all customer service is like this...



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    Update:

    They finally called me back and said "would a 32" be ok?".

    "Well since I paid for a 37, probably not."

    "OK we'll have to call you back". "Once this has been approved it should be to your house with 3 weeks".



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    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Just replaced my 4 yo Samsung, doesnt look like I was the only one with issues. Got a new LG LCD much better picure and such a better all around TV.
    Your kidding right? ... cause this statement is a joke! ... Good one!




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    Re: Buying HDTV

    I still think for the larger 60+ inch tvs, DLP is the way to go cost wise. I bought a 66" mitsubishi tv about 2 years ago and it still looks great. At the time I couldn't justify spending the few extra thousand on a LCD or Plasma for the same size.



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