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is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Sun Nov 22, 2009 5:14 pm

i'm not too well versed in the hdtv relm, but from what i've read in the past few days this one seems to be a fairly good price...
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_12605_05710446000P?sid=I0084400010000100600&aff=Y&origin=prod
oh yea, and i won't be in the states for black friday, otherwise i would wait till then to get something.
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby glen a richter » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:16 pm

LCD > Plasma

My parents had a plasma that just outright exploded the day after their warranty expired. It cost more to replace the necessary broken parts than to just go ahead and buy a new TV. They went with an LCD and it's still working just fine with as good a picture as the plasma ever had when it was working.

The missus and I chose to go with an LCD as a result of their plight. Cheaper, last longer, quality just as good.
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:49 pm

hum...everything else i've read says the opposite. all the reviews and shit say that the colors are much more vibrant and the blacks are like ink....
could it be the older LCDs that they are refering to?
what ever happened to DLP? is that pretty much phased out?
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby ViPeRx007 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 8:57 pm

I don't know if you can say LCD > Plasma based on one unfortunate incident. I've heard horror stories from both sides. I have a Pioneer Kuro plasma and couldn't be happier with it. I've always thought that colors seem richer on plasmas and you get better whites/blacks. Viewing angles are also better (though LCD's have improved in this dept.). Oh, and if anyone tells you that you have to worry about burn in with a plasma they are idiots. Unless you buy some cheapo off-brand set this shouldn't be an issue at all.

A few other things worth mentioning...

- LCD's generally have a longer lifespan; I think it's like 40 years with 8 hrs. of usage a day. (compared to 20 with plasma) but honestly, do you really think you'll have the same tv 40 years from now with the way technology changes?

- LCD's do use less power than plasmas. I don't know $$/mo. difference it makes though.

- LCD's tend to be more affordable.

- Plasma's handle motion better; though again, LCD's are closing the gap here as well.

- LCD's are lighter. If you have to lug this thing down 6 flights of stairs that might be a selling point.

I guess all you can do is pick the one that has the best balance of quality, features and price to you. Everyone's going to have a different opinion on what's good and bad.
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:04 pm

true. i havent' been able to find a bad review on this thing. actually, i found one and it had to do with the sd card slot...something about the guy couldn't figure out how to get the pictures to slideshow chronologically, they were random. hardly a show stopper (get it).
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby ViPeRx007 » Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:13 pm

Also, if you haven't already you might want to check out this forum:

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/

A lot of people there who are way more knowledgeable about this stuff than I am.

(I suppose Curt will ban me for linking to a different forum. :wink: )
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby ohio BLUES » Mon Nov 23, 2009 1:10 pm

Amazing how the price has fallen on these things so quickly. I spent about that, maybe a little more, on a 1080p 32" LCD only a little more than 2 years ago :aaaa:
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby cprice12 » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:56 am

I've got a 720p Pioneer Plasma that I bought a few years ago.

At the time, Plasmas were superior to LCD's because of the whiter whites, the blacker blacks and the better handling of motion.
It's a kick ass tv. It was more expensive than an LCD, but it was also a lot better. No regrets buying it.
The drawbacks to it are that it does use a lot of power, puts off a lot of heat (nice in the winter) and is fairly heavy (but I don't carry it while watching it, so I don't really care how heavy it is).
If you own a plasma, you may want to unplug it when you aren't using it. Just having it plugged in still uses quite a bit of power. You'll be shocked at how much power a plasma tv uses when it is off.
http://www.tvsnob.com/pictures/008_vampire_energy.gif

However, I've heard that today's LCD's have caught up quite a bit in terms of whiter whites, blacker blacks and motion handling.
When we add a tv to the finished basement, it may be an LCD...but I haven't done much research yet, so my opinion may change on that.

I know the new thing is LED tv's...I don't know much about them. I imagine they use a LOT less power and may last longer...and they are more expensive right now. Not sure on picture quality though.
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby WaukeeBlues » Tue Nov 24, 2009 4:59 pm

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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:08 pm

yep.
i bought it.
we shall see how it is when i get home. the 2nd...i cant wait now.
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Tue Nov 24, 2009 5:17 pm

yea curt...you are correct, leds are the new shit. going that big, i can't afford that shit though, not even close. this was plenty of a stretch already. anyway...the thing weighs 90 pounds. and you are very correct about the vampire energy(from what i've heard)...from the panasonic site (for this particular model):

Standby Power Consumption 0.3 W
On Mode Average Power Consumption 293 W

anh...its all good.
i couldn't care less really, i've never owned a tv that wasn't picked from an eviciton pile, so i think i will be happy...
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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby SteveO » Mon Dec 07, 2009 2:28 pm

stinkdified wrote:Standby Power Consumption 0.3 W
On Mode Average Power Consumption 293 W

anh...its all good.
i couldn't care less really, i've never owned a tv that wasn't picked from an eviciton pile, so i think i will be happy...


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Re: is this a good deal?

Postby stinkdified » Mon Dec 07, 2009 4:41 pm

Prngr44 wrote:Al Gore hates you.

good, that fukkin hippie, i'll stab him if i see him.
damn it...i said the 2nd.
i got extended until the 16th, so i still haven't gotten to see this bastard yet.
i can't wait...
im not going to work through the new year...and i'm going to look like this the whole 2.5 weeks...
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