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#213467 - 06/28/08 08:23 AM Re: Televisions [Re: JohnK]
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Registered: 02/16/04
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Loc: Charleston, SC
Another vote for the 50" Panny. They have been the highest rated sets for picture quality for a number of years. People still say 'Wow' when they see mine.
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#213478 - 06/28/08 10:48 AM Re: Televisions [Re: Joe_in_SC]
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Registered: 04/15/08
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Loc: Seattle WA
 Originally Posted By: Joe_in_Ct
Another vote for the 50" Panny. They have been the highest rated sets for picture quality for a number of years. People still say 'Wow' when they see mine.

... even though you know you'll have to replace the whole thing one day when it gets too dim?

That's one reason why I went DLP -- no built-in limited lifetime.

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#213679 - 06/30/08 01:19 PM Re: Televisions [Re: anthony11]
Capn_Pickard Offline
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Registered: 03/09/04
Posts: 1056
Loc: Arlington, VA (NOVA)
Don't worry about your plasma dimming. By the time the plasma dims to any noticeable degree, you will have moved on to to another set, promise. The math on the half life of the plasma gas is like 15 to 20 years, they say. Plus, no bulb replacement during that time, whereas with DLP, the replacement bulbs (assuming your color wheel is still spinning) will cost more than the TV initially did.

The bottom line is that most of us will never watch our plasma until it dies because the gas runs out just like most of us will not have to buy another DLP bulb. Chances are, technology will be at a place where those replacement parts aren't worth the expenditure in the face of newer, better, bigger, crisper, more stable and longer lasting technology at a cheaper price.

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#213681 - 06/30/08 01:25 PM Re: Televisions [Re: Capn_Pickard]
SRoode Offline
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Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 1200
Loc: Fishers, Indiana, USA
My 61" Samsung DLP cost $1899. I just bought a replacement bulb for $170 (don't need it yet, but just keeping in ready since the current bulb has about 4500 hours on it). A plasma screen of the same size would have been double what I paid for the DLP, and to me anyway, the picture quality was identical.

I do agree that plasma has much more of a wow factor, and is the best choice for space limitations.
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#213683 - 06/30/08 01:30 PM Re: Televisions [Re: Capn_Pickard]
anthony11 Offline
local

Registered: 04/15/08
Posts: 267
Loc: Seattle WA
At $200 every five years (guesstimate), I'll be dead before that reaches the break-even point. The 2-3x price premium for a plasma set factors in too, as well as the extra power and heat.

Yes, they look really bright and I guess sizes for people who sit 3' from them are affordable.

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#216169 - 07/24/08 10:46 AM Re: Televisions [Re: JohnK]
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1122
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks for the advise, guys - picked up the 50" Panny for $1699.00 + tax, along with a Pioneer DV410 upconverting DVD player.

I'm very happy with video output on the Pioneer, but there is a problem. When connecting to the TV via HDMI, the player seems to downmix the SPDIF output to 2 channel only. No matter what settings I use, the receiver will only decode Dolby ProL2. I even tried the optical out from the TV instead of the coax off the player. Same issue. Is this common?

I have to use SPDIF as my Yamaha receiver doesn't have HDMI.

Future Shop has a Panasonic UC DVD player for about the same money that I could try as well. I went with the Pioneer because it had full controls on the front, and supposedly better picture. (According to the salesman)

Any thoughts?
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#216172 - 07/24/08 10:52 AM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
terzaghi Offline
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Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4848
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
time for a new receiver!
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#216192 - 07/24/08 12:27 PM Re: Televisions [Re: terzaghi]
real80sman Offline
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1122
Loc: Ontario, Canada
 Originally Posted By: terzaghi
time for a new receiver!


Ah, I'd love to, but it would never get past the warden......
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#216199 - 07/24/08 01:08 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
Happy Birthday tomtuttle Offline
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Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8280
Loc: Tacoma
Shawn got a new TV!

Current temperature in hell is apparently 0C.
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#216224 - 07/24/08 02:43 PM Re: Televisions [Re: tomtuttle]
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Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1122
Loc: Ontario, Canada
LOL! It's all about compromises. I wanted an asphalt driveway, and she wanted interlocking pavers. Lets just say we BOTH won on this deal... \:\)
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