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Since: 25.2.04
From: Keystone State

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Anybody buy a new TV lately? I work and have money now, so I'd like to replace one of my old 19" Walmart specials with a nice HDTV. I was thinking 40" or so. Basically I want to watch shows and sports in HD and maybe explore the HD DVD thing when I get time and more money.

Also: which is better, plasma or LCD? And what would I look for in a TV so I could get HD cable service from Comcast? Do I need some sort of special connection? I'm truly clueless and have a bigger budget, so I want to be semi-educated on this stuff before I go blow money (or credit) on something I really don't need.

Thanks in advance.
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Since: 24.3.02
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TitanTV has a good Digital/HDTV FAQ.
http://ww1.titantv.com/ttv/home/hdtvfaq.aspx
Like they say there, all you need to start watching HD signals is to have an HDTV and an HDTV tuner card. A lot of HDTVs have the tuner card built-in, but the digital cable will probably have a set-top box with its own tuner card in it anyway.

If you do a search for Plasma vs LCD in Google, you'll get a bunch of links. Here's a page showing a detailed comparison between the two: http://www.flattvpeople.com/tutorials/lcd-vs-plasma.asp
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Plasma has a better display than LCD IMO, but LCD's tend to have a longer life.

My inlaws have HD and a new 65" DLP...and it's definitely a better picture, but I don't know if it's everything they crack it up to be.



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Since: 25.1.02
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For size, LCD projo (Sony) or DLP (Samsung, Mitsubishi) is the best way to go; a 42" to 46" will run you between 1300 and 1500. You can get a 50" for not much more. If you want flat panel, here are some of the main differences:

• LCDs consume less electricity and give off less heat than plasmas.

• Plasmas have far more glare than an LCD if you have light shining at the telly.

• LCDs and plasmas have about the same life span now, and in my opinion are about the same sharpness/color depth (it varies by brand.) Lord knows I stare at about forty of them everyday so I'd certainly notice the difference.

• Burn-in on plasmas is not really a concern unless you plan to fall asleep with a DVD's title menu on.

A good 42" plasma will start around $1600, while an LCD will be $100 more or so.



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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
    Originally posted by PeterStork
    Burn-in on plasmas is not really a concern unless you plan to fall asleep with a DVD's title menu on.


What about when gaming? My buddy wants to upgrade his CRT big screen for a LCD and "heard" that plasmas are not good for gaming because of burn-in.



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Since: 25.2.02

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.03
Wait a year.

In a year, 42" LCD's should be starting around $1000 if not less. HDMI 1.3 should be widely available, which will be significant when you start looking at either HD-DVD or Blu-ray down the road.

If anything, on the short term you can get the 37" Vizio LCD 720p on the cheap right now.
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Since: 3.5.03
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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.85
    Originally posted by Zeruel
      Originally posted by PeterStork
      Burn-in on plasmas is not really a concern unless you plan to fall asleep with a DVD's title menu on.


    What about when gaming? My buddy wants to upgrade his CRT big screen for a LCD and "heard" that plasmas are not good for gaming because of burn-in.

Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think plasma burn in is a proble anymore, even with respect to video games. The technology has come a long way, and as PeterStork said, as long as you don't leave the TV on the same still image for a long time, you'll be fine.

I recommend checking out plasmatvbuyingguide.com and lcdtvbuyingguide.com. I used the former when buying my 42" Panasonic plasma. I also recommend checking out the user reviews on Circuit City's website (for the TVs they carry). And last, but CERTAINLY not least, avsforum.com has about all of the answers on just about any topic you could possibly be interested in, from TVs to HD technology to home theater setups to digital/HD television service.

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