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Our 2000 year model Sony 53" rear projection has been laid to rest. Only 7 years old, $3,100, and now they dang shop can't fix it for less than a GRAND....and that is IF they could get the red and blue tubes to start with. So, we are in the market for an LCD we think. Needs to be at least 46"..have read some reviews on-line. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
 

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I bought a 46" Sharp Aquos LCD 1080p in January. I love it. I play Xbox and it isn't recommended to use those with Plasmas. The Sharp has its own HD tuner in it and I can get some HD stations using the Cable input and bypass the HD Cable box. You wouldn't believe how much better the HD picture is. The channels are like 101.2, 111.5. I just did a channel scan and they showed up - even a pay per view channel. Wondered how Porn shows up ever now and again (not that I would watch that :whistle: )

Damn the price has dropped.

http://www.amazon.com/Sharp-Aquos-LC46D62U-1080p-HDTV/dp/B000HKHLPA/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1/103-4881639-0764626?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1192126632&sr=8-1
 

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LCD or Plasma??

From what I understand, the LCD's use less power and do not give off as much heat.

I'm thinking very hard about getting one for my "wife's" anniversary present. :roflback: (I'm not sure if she'll buy that explanation, though...)."

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I've had a 50" Samsung DLP for a few years now - I love it. Only drawback with the model I have is 1/4 second lag which thwarts game play but that's not real important for me. Other DLP's don't have the lag but if you want to be certain just bring your game system to the store to try it out. DLP rocks!
 

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Google "dlp vs lcd vs plasma" and there's tons of info there. I bought a 50" Samsung Plasma and it has a game mode. Best picture I have seen. Also look for the contrast ratio....you want minimum 10,000:1. Plasma technology has been around a very long time, look it up on wikipedia. Brandsmart had the best price and beat Costco by $261 on my TV. Sear's will price match anybody too. The over the air broadcast HD channels actually look better than the HD signals going through my Comcast tuner. There's really no difference to the eye from 720p to 1080i.....just two different formats. Read about it when you google. 1080i is over rated really and cost tons more. Look for HDMI inputs too...better picture when you hook up cable box and dvd player plus one cable to hook up.
 

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I bought a 42" Panasonic Plasma with the Panasonic sourround sound and love it. I also purchased the 5 year extended warranty for 250.00. I also have a 37" LCD in the bedroom. You will here pro's and con's on the two. What I did was went by what I thought was a better picture. Good Luck.
 

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I bought a 46" Sharp Aquos LCD 1080p in January. I love it. I play Xbox and it isn't recommended to use those with Plasmas. The Sharp has its own HD tuner in it and I can get some HD stations using the Cable input and bypass the HD Cable box. You wouldn't believe how much better the HD picture is. The channels are like 101.2, 111.5. I just did a channel scan and they showed up - even a pay per view channel. Wondered how Porn shows up ever now and again (not that I would watch that :whistle: )
Damn the price has dropped.
On Saturday I saw a 32" Aquos playing a blue-ray HD movie, the picture was stunning, I was fixated for several minutes, unbelievable picture quality.
 

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Steve,

There are pro's and con's with both. Depends alot on what you watch. Plasma was much better, but LCD has caught up alot. The best thing about LCD is you can change the bulb. You can't change the gas in a plasma. I like
LCD's as they are light, carry one from the bedroom to the backyard no problem. I have a Panasonic and a Olevia. Sharp has always been rated the best, but Sont and Samsung are just as good now, but more expensive. Also don't go by what you see in Bestbuy or Sears as all the TV's there are in showroom mode. Check out www.avsforum.com and you'll have tons of info. The reality is you won't be disappointed by any new model TV. You don't watch 10 TV's side by side at home. My 2 cents for what it's worth.

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Google "dlp vs lcd vs plasma" and there's tons of info there. I bought a 50" Samsung Plasma and it has a game mode. Best picture I have seen. Also look for the contrast ratio....you want minimum 10,000:1. Plasma technology has been around a very long time, look it up on wikipedia. Brandsmart had the best price and beat Costco by $261 on my TV. Sear's will price match anybody too. The over the air broadcast HD channels actually look better than the HD signals going through my Comcast tuner. There's really no difference to the eye from 720p to 1080i.....just two different formats. Read about it when you google. 1080i is over rated really and cost tons more. Look for HDMI inputs too...better picture when you hook up cable box and dvd player plus one cable to hook up.
I agree with a lot of what you said, but I wanted to expand on a few parts.

Over the air HD looks better than any HD coming in through a cable or satellite. That's because OTA is barely compressed (if at all) where all other mediums must compress the signal to make it fit in the appropriate bandwidth. The downside to this, is you usually need a good aerial antenna and be in a city that has OTA channels... if you live in the sticks, you probably won't get much.

1080i,720p, etc, etc... This really depends on the media you're watching, the size of the screen and the distance you sit from the TV. It has to do with how much detail your eyes can distinguish at a given distance... A 57" might look the same in 720p and 1080i at 8-10ft, but if you're trying to get the "cinema" look and are sitting 6-7ft, then there is a difference.

One thing to remember about Plasmas is you aren't supposed to lay them flat for transporting. This becomes a pain if you have to move often like my friend did.
 

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I just bought a SONY Bravia KDL-46S3000 LCD 1080P just 4 days before Consumer Reports listed it as a Best Buy. I was pleased with my decision.
LCD has minimal glare which was a must for me. It can be viewed from all angles without losing the screen.
So far, so good.

Good Luck.

Bob
 

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Another point on the plasma vs lcd. You need to think about what room you are using and if there are any large windows in the room. The plasma will reflect alot of that light where the lcd will not have any reflections. I have a room that is two walls of glass and no way could I watch a plasma screen in that room where as the lcd screen even in bright sunny days does not reflect the light from outside. Do some comparisons at the store and you will see what I mean. plasma really would only be a good option in a media type room where you don't have alot of windows.

also think about do you really need a flat screen or will one of the dlp units work. If you are not going to mount hte screen to the wall and are going to put it in a cabinet the dlp 1080p lcd screens could save you some serious bucks and the picture on them is fantastic. I went with the samsung 1080p lcd units, one a dlp that is mounted in a cabinet in my living room and another true flat screen that can be wall mounted in the bed room.
 

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Thanks guys.....you would THINK with the time I have been a member here I would be the first guy to do a proper search. For some reason it never even crossed my mind...until about 5 seconds after I submitted the thread. :spank:
We went out last night and bought a Sony (BRAVIA) KDL-46XBR4. Got everything hooked up and now need to go get a HD box from the cable company and try to figure all this stuff out. HDMI, etc, etc. I guess I need to trash my S-Video and use just HDMIs...hell if I know.

I did save some money.....bought it on base so no tax. Plus, since I opened an account with them to pay for it I saved an additional 10%. I think we are going to be very happy with it once we figure it all out and get it hooked up the very best way.

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO POST ADVICE...and all those threads too.
 

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Thanks guys.....you would THINK with the time I have been a member here I would be the first guy to do a proper search. For some reason it never even crossed my mind...until about 5 seconds after I submitted the thread. :spank:
We went out last night and bought a Sony (BRAVIA) KDL-46XBR4. Got everything hooked up and now need to go get a HD box from the cable company and try to figure all this stuff out. HDMI, etc, etc. I guess I need to trash my S-Video and use just HDMIs...hell if I know.

I did save some money.....bought it on base so no tax. Plus, since I opened an account with them to pay for it I saved an additional 10%. I think we are going to be very happy with it once we figure it all out and get it hooked up the very best way.

THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO POST ADVICE...and all those threads too.
For sure spend the money for hte HDMI cables, to not do that would be a waste of the potential of the money you just spend on the hot rod TV. HDMI is the only way to go for attaching the hd cable to the tv and the hd dvd player to the new tv. In my living room I got a new stereo unit that acts as a switching device using hdmi connections to it from the cable box and the hd dvd player and then hdmi from the stereo set to the tv. the hdmi cables are like an all in one video and stereo connection.
 
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