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#213260 - 06/27/08 11:49 AM Re: Televisions [Re: Zarak]
michael_d Offline

Registered: 07/23/04
Posts: 4195
Loc: Up yonder
I was looking at a Mitsubishi DLP a couple days ago. It was a 72", 1080 unit with LED light. Very nice picture. If you have the room for one of these, you might want to consider it as they are quite a bit less money. I almost had them load this thing up for the family room, but figured I'd get in serious trouble makeing it home with a big TV and no washer and dryer.

#213265 - 06/27/08 12:04 PM Re: Televisions [Re: michael_d]
tomtuttle Offline

Registered: 06/20/03
Posts: 8488
Loc: Tacoma
Good call, Mike.

Yes, the more I live with my 61" JVC HD-ILA RPTV, the more I like it. For my installation, the form factor didn't matter, but oh baby, that extra eleven inches...
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#213277 - 06/27/08 12:44 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
biggsly5000 Offline

Registered: 11/30/04
Posts: 205
Loc: Atascocita, TX
Definitely get the biggest you can afford, when the changeover to all digital is finally done you will appreciate the extra inches and can sit closer as well. I got a 60" Sony RPTV and it now seems normal, not that impressive anymore, I don't think it matters how big you buy, you will get used to it. I only sit about 8 feet away from it and it looks great, onHD sources of course. Standard def sucks, so I watch standard def on my old 32" Toshiba.
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#213293 - 06/27/08 02:03 PM Re: Televisions [Re: biggsly5000]
PeterChenoweth Offline

Registered: 10/23/03
Posts: 1349
Loc: Jacksonville, IL
I don't know if you're dead-set on a plasma. If not....

About a month ago I made the jump into the HDTV world. I had a nice Toshiba 36" SDTV and went to a Samsung 61" LED DLP ( HL61A750). Full 1080p. It was $1,700 from Amazon, no tax & free to-my-livingroom-shipping.

I had done an incredible amount of comparison shopping in the past few years, and this set finally hit the mark for me as far as performance (HD & SD) and price. I didn't want to hang the TV on the wall so I spent hours comparing DLP vs LCD vs Plasma.

I am 100% happy with the decision on this set. It's absolutely fantastic. The LED light source should last basically forever (20k hours), and no spinning color wheel means that there is zero noise and no 'screen door' effect. I do not yet own any 1080p sources, but both 720p and 1080i HD (OTA & Dish) looks incredible. It even does a fairly good job on the few channels that I watch in SD, which is surprising.

It is true that this is my first HD set, and thus I don't have a lot of personal experience to draw from. But I know what I've seen comparing this to other models at the store, and from watching HDTV at friends' homes. It seems to be a really good set at a very good price. Just so long as it's not a requirement to be wall-mountable.
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#213302 - 06/27/08 02:46 PM Re: Televisions [Re: PeterChenoweth]
real80sman Offline

Registered: 05/16/02
Posts: 1175
Loc: Ontario, Canada
Thanks for all the input guys. I want good PQ, but I'm not videophile critical, so the 720p will probably be fine. Not dead set on the Plasma - pricing on the LED units is certainly attractive, but unfortunately Future Shop doesn't carry them. (I'm locked into buying there)

So here are the three 720p's that will fall into my budget:
Panasonic 50" (TH50PX80)
LG 50" (50PG25)
Samsung 50" (PN50A450)

For no other reason than brand recognition, I'm drawn to the Panny..... Any thoughts on the other two? I've had 2 LG burners in my computer that have been bullit proof, and I have a Samsung 19" widescreen LCD that is great as well.

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#213324 - 06/27/08 03:32 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
HomeDad Offline

Registered: 12/29/05
Posts: 3301
Loc: Central,California
I would go with the Panasonic, that set has had some really great reviews, and it can be had for several hundred less than Future shops, at least in the states.
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#213329 - 06/27/08 03:38 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
RickF Offline

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 5210
Loc: Vero Beach, Florida
Shawn that's a pretty good deal on the Panasonic, about a year and half or so back we paid over $1,800 for our 42" Panasonic (plasma) ... and I'll second Michael's recommendation for the Panny, we really do like ours.
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#213371 - 06/27/08 06:27 PM Re: Televisions [Re: RickF]
terzaghi Offline

Registered: 04/04/07
Posts: 4870
Loc: Tulsa, Oklahoma
hmmm, 72" dlp led... sounds great!

There is just too much cool stuff that I want to buy...

Edited by terzaghi (06/27/08 06:27 PM)

#213400 - 06/27/08 09:46 PM Re: Televisions [Re: PeterChenoweth]
onn Offline

Registered: 02/28/08
Posts: 999
Loc: Edmonton Alberta
Hey Peter, I checked out Amazon about the Samsung and your right about the pricing BUT no can do to Canada C**P
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#213402 - 06/27/08 10:04 PM Re: Televisions [Re: real80sman]
JohnK Offline
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Shawn, go with the Panasonic.

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