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  • aimster
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    Yeah I forgot to mention my Olevia is a 1080i. Still can't get over how great the picture is.

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  • goofygoof
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    I don't think anyone mentioned about the resolution being 1080i at least or 1080p which is what the newer devices being made are at, so your 720p will have to upconvert. Mainly right now the only things that are 0180 or the HD/Blue Ray DVD's....but most tv networks are at 1080i now.

    I wouldn't get a LCD for anything over 42", I'd go plasma for the bigger TV's. I have a LCD Sharp Aquos 1080p got from Costco for 1400, at Best Buy and Circuit City it was 2200, go figure! Same one! LCD has passed plasma in a sense now.

    Plasmas I'd go with Samsung, Panasonic, Pioneer.

    LCD I'd go with Sharp, Sony.

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  • aimster
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    My parents have the best plasma you can buy... a Panasonic. They love it. Theirs is a 42" and they've had it for a year.

    I have an Olevia LCD (I hate screen glare). Mine is also 42". The picture is bright and clear. I've had it for a week and am totally impressed with it. My boyfriend is uber jealous. He's happy I like football so we can watch games together on it every weekend. LOL!

    I've heard good things about the Samsung ones. A couple of my old TV's back in the 90's were Samsungs and they were great. I think one of my old VCR's back in the day wa sa Samsung as well. Never had a problem with any of their products that I've owned.

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  • Duck44
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    Originally posted by GrouchyRob View Post
    Giving 5 inches twice to get 10?
    how did you know I have 2 units? I want to upgrade but it looks expensive. Congrats on your 58 incher HD.

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  • GrouchyRob
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    Originally posted by Duck44 View Post
    I have a 10 incher and the g/f thinks its just fine.

    Giving 5 inches twice to get 10?

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  • Duck44
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    Originally posted by GrouchyRob View Post
    Brag much? I've been browsing for a 50 incher but the wife thinks our current TV is just fine.
    I have a 10 incher and the g/f thinks its just fine.

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  • GrouchyRob
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    Originally posted by HDAlien View Post
    I just upgraded to the 58" Samsung plasma. I wanted 1080p since I have a Bluray player.
    Brag much? I've been browsing for a 50 incher but the wife thinks our current TV is just fine.

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  • HDAlien
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    I just upgraded to the 58" Samsung plasma. I wanted 1080p since I have a Bluray player.

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  • flynnibus
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    I did that type of av integration for about 6 years - fun rewarding work, but I'm also glad I don't do it anymore

    Having access to every kind of AV gadget is neat though Go work for Crestron.. they get a CRAZY discount on gear.. like 80-90%

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  • PinBrian
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    Originally posted by flynnibus View Post
    yes, the standardization in mount points has made hanging them much easier... now running the cable, placing your equipment, etc is all the same challenge though
    As I stated earlier, all of that falls into part of my job scope. Mounting points are not totally standardized (yet) due to the huge difference in screen sizes, but the universal mount kits include the standard size fasteners you need.

    I personally enjoy running the cable, placing equipment, etc...My parents are currently setting up a home theater in an extra room with a drop down screen, 7.1 surround, HD projector, etc....As soon as I get home (Been gone for almost 8 weeks for work) I will be there running the cable and all of that fun stuff!

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  • flynnibus
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    yes, the standardization in mount points has made hanging them much easier... now running the cable, placing your equipment, etc is all the same challenge though

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  • PinBrian
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    Very good info here! I will also add in that the actual mounting of a Plasma and an LCD is pretty much the same. Always make sure you have a nice sized stud to mount your TV mount on, no matter if it is a LCD or Plasma. With some Plasmas (and probably older houses) you may have to have additional brace-work added on to your house.

    FWIW, I work for a major electronics retailer traveling around the country doing new store openings and remodels. I have dealt with these TVs for the past 4 years or so. Mounting them is not hard at all. My first one was sort of nerve-wracking, but if you take your time, anybody can put one of these up.

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  • Darkbeer
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    http://www.flattvpeople.com/tutorials/lcd-vs-plasma.asp

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  • Alchimedes
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    Originally posted by PinBrian View Post
    I have only seen one post on this so far, and most if not all stores never tell customers about the amount of power a Plasma Television draws. The average Plasma will draw somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 amps, with the super-size 60 inch plus screens drawing much much more than that. (LG has a model that drew 12 amps) Keep this in mind if you watch a lot of television, as your power bill could see a dramatic rise.

    As others have said, when it comes to the LCD/Plasma TV's, you get what you pay for.
    Good to know the differences in the LCD'S and Plasma. The power comsumption is something to be concerned with definitely.

    One thing is most of the electronics and appliances I like to buy to last.

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  • PinBrian
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    I have only seen one post on this so far, and most if not all stores never tell customers about the amount of power a Plasma Television draws. The average Plasma will draw somewhere in the neighborhood of 4 amps, with the super-size 60 inch plus screens drawing much much more than that. (LG has a model that drew 12 amps) Keep this in mind if you watch a lot of television, as your power bill could see a dramatic rise.

    As others have said, when it comes to the LCD/Plasma TV's, you get what you pay for.

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  • garbear
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    Originally posted by TicTocDragon View Post
    Our TV has been showing signs of going with the screen changing colors, buttons starting to malfunction, little stuff here and there. We have held back from making this purchase for as long as we can.

    Just curious what some of the MiceChat members out there have bought or information they have found the best to read up on Flat screen TV's and Plasma.
    And what brands do you trust in this relatively new technology?
    What kind of questions should I be asking at the stores?

    Any help would be nice, thanks!
    Don't get an Insignia. I have one, and my house phone interferes with the sensor for the remote on the tv and shuts the tv on and off. Its a plasma screen.

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  • flynnibus
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    Decide if you want a wall mount or table mount. Why spend so much more for a flat panel if you aren't going to use it as such? Also consider if you do wall mount your TV, where all your other 'stuff' goes... DVD players, cable box, video games, etc.

    Microprojectors are still a great deal for the price/size.

    Plasmas work fine in bright areas, where people don't like it is because of the glare of the screen (they have a reflective surface). LCDs have a matte finish usually and therefore will have have glare like a plasma will. The off-angle viewing of a plasma still can not be beat though. Look at your room and understand if viewing angles, windows, and mounting are issues. Use that in your decision process. Don't buy 'this great TV' that will not work in your space!

    LCDs will burn in with 'abuse' - just as your CRT, plasma, or any screen will. Its just a matter of which is most sensitive, and plasma is. But it will not be an issue in home use, nor will the lifetime in hours. A few years ago the lifespan was a 10th of what they are now.

    The quality winner is almost always going to be a plasma. The response is better, the blacks are better, the contrast is better. But the trick is, do you care enough to justify the tradeoffs?

    Plasmas are heavier, louder, and take more power then a comparable LCD, and will cost more.

    Pioneer is the 'man' to look at for plasmas in the consumer price range if you are after quality, which if you are picking a plasma to start with you should be. Not sure why someone would tell you Samsung. They are a strong 'B' Grade, but not an A/A+ at all.

    If 'good enough' is just that, then I'd pick a LCD. Find out which have the better scalers and SD performance! Your biggest disappointment if you are not used to it will be how crappy standard definition (especially a cable feed) will look on your new sexy TV. A good portion of what you watch will still be SD, so make that an important review point.

    DON'T BUY the stupidly insane priced cabling from your retailer - no matter what they tell you. Its marked up by about 10x what they should cost. Buy your cables from a place like http://www.totalsignal.com and save yourself a fortune.

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  • samsma
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    I love my Panasonic LCD TV. I have a south facing living room and a huge window, so plasma was out of the question for me, the room was to bright.

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  • Trekkie Dad
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    My son Spencer worked in the TV department at Circuit City before he went back to school, and he got himself a Sony LCD. If I were looking for a HDTV I'd be checking CNET.

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  • dsnylndmom
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    We have a 42 inch Phillips plasma, my husband got it from Costco because he 'just couldn't pass it up'. It's got great picture quality, not at all what I'd expect from Phillips!

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