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#329068 - 11/20/10 01:22 PM Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60"
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My sister and brother-in-law would like a new TV. At first I was simply going to give them a couple hundred dollars toward it to encourage them to get at least a 50". However, they've had bills come which wiped out their TV savings, so I'm considering getting a new TV for myself and passing on my 60" SXRD. I don't want to spend more than $2k simply because I still plan on getting a projector at some point. I just haven't seen the model that I want yet.

My TV search hasn't been very exhaustive yet, but these are my top considerations so far:

Panasonic Viera TC-P65S2

Mitsubishi Diamond Series WD-65838

I imagine I won't find anything at my price point and desired screen size that kills in the reviews, so is this about what I can expect?

If I go with this model of plasma, do you think I'll be disappointed in any way? I have my concerns about DLP. I like the technology, but that's based on the DLP that I see in commercial theaters. How is the home version of the technology these days? Also, if I go with DLP, would you recommend this 65" model or suggest a 73" model with fewer features?

I'm not entirely sure a new TV is the direction I'll go, but I'm leaning toward it heavily right now and would love to get your input. Thanks!

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#329075 - 11/20/10 01:43 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: CV]
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Being an S1 owner I vote for the S2. I know the S series has a slight green tint that is reported but I have yet have it interfere with my viewing pleasure or anyone else that has watched my TV. There are also reports out about fluctuating black levels but again this isn't bothersome to me. I am sure if you look at the various threads on AVS you will find various desparaging remarks about any TV, so save the hedache and pick the one you like and buy it.

I also like Mitsubishi products. I bought a 21" TV back in 89 and it still looks and sounds great today, never had an ounce of problem with it.
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#329076 - 11/20/10 01:44 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: CV]
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My coworker (who I finally got to be a pair of M2s), has an older Panasonic Viera. I was over at his house setting up his new receiver and looked at the TV. It had been a while since I saw it, before I even had my plasma, and with casual viewing it looks every bit as good as the Pioneer.

Mitsubishi probably makes the best DLP, rear-projection sets out there. But the best rear-projection still isn't as good as an average plasma when it comes to viewing angle. That's one of the other things I don't like about LCD, is you lose contrast as you move out of the sweet spot. The new sets aren't as bad as they used to be, but it still happens with as little as 15°. The rear-projection DLPs are the same way. Also I believe that there is no true dot-by-dot mode on the rear-projection sets that have small depth, that's because the picture has to be processed before sending it to the chip to correct for keystoning and other distortions.

I'll always vote for the direct view, self emitting (no back light) display panel.
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#329083 - 11/20/10 02:06 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: ClubNeon]
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I am surprised that Mitsubishi has still devoted a significant amount of time and effort in to still developing and selling RP DLP sets since pretty much all the other brands(Samsung, Toshiba etc.) who did offer them at one time or another in a similar style eliminated them from their product line awhile ago. Mitsubishi is about the only one left that I am aware of, still selling this type of technology in an RP format. It is kind of unfortunate since because customers were so preoccupied with the "thinness" aspect of monitors, LCD eventually prevailed and although a similar type picture, DLP sets were always a much better value, especially in the larger screens.

Of course, DLP is still very common in FP with Mitsubishi offering a number of models in this category.

Having said all that and since the Panasonic plasma you mentioned is a relatively new model within your budget limits and it would be a superior picture to the DLP set anyway, like Club Neon, that would be my choice.

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#329085 - 11/20/10 02:50 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: casey01]
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Included in an email ad from 6ave today was this 60" plasma LG for about $1100. I dont know anything about this TV but it's priced 3-400 cheaper than I could find anywhere else. It doesn't have any of the web app stuff like a lot of the newer tv's but the price seems reasonable.

http://www.6ave.com/shop/product.aspx?sku=LGE60PK250
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#329086 - 11/20/10 03:14 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: terzaghi]
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Just saw a commercial for the phillips media connect system.
http://live.philips.com/index.php/global/video/wi-fi-mediaconnect/111972122001

Seems pretty cool...
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#329087 - 11/20/10 04:12 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: terzaghi]
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Thanks for the thoughts, guys. It looks like the plasma is the way to go. Now I just need to save a bit.

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#329104 - 11/20/10 10:35 PM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: CV]
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Charles, the December issue of Consumer Reports tested the TC-P58S2 and rated it a "Best Buy" in that size group while mentioning that the 65" model should perform similarly. Since the TC-P65S2 is available around $1800, it should meet your needs well.
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#329127 - 11/21/10 01:10 AM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: JohnK]
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I think that LG is the one Bryan(icehawk21) has (I should go back and check his threads but am too lazy to night). It has a very nice picture as well.
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#329129 - 11/21/10 02:19 AM Re: Sub-$2000 TV bigger than 60" [Re: jakewash]
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I have a Mits Diamond 65" 1080 DLP. Picture is great. Friends, the sound quality from this set is EXCELLENT. It throws a 5.1 sound image that is incredible. I hear effects behind me as well as off to the sides. Bass is strong, voices clear, I have a big 7.2 system around the Mits but I end up not bothering with it more often than not and I'm not missing much.
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