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Old November 27, 2010, 01:49 PM
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I know nothing when it comes to the best hdtv. Any advice would be appreciated.

I'm looking at these as a start:
Samsung PN50C8000 50in C8000 Series Widescreen 3D Plasma TV at Memory Express Computers
Panasonic 50in VIERA VT25 Series 1080p 3D Plasma HDTV at Memory Express Computers

as a Christmas present for my father.
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Old November 27, 2010, 02:42 PM
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do you really need a 3d tv?
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Old November 27, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Nope, but like I said I don't know much about this area. Quality is all I'm interested it. From what I understand even though these can also do 3D they're also really good at 2D.

I would be looking at only 1080p and ~$2000 as an upper price cap.
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just got me a panny 50gt25 and love it. 1499@fs with free install.
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Old November 27, 2010, 10:30 PM
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The tv would be mostly for watching sports if that helps anyone.

Is there a good place to go for review/comparisons for hdtvs?
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Not sure if it's all hype or not, but I'd look into the Sharp Quattron.

As for reviews, just Google around. Should be able to find something.
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Old November 27, 2010, 11:23 PM
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Its truely all hype, we only have 3 colour receptors in our eyes; red, blue and green. This is why we have those three primary colours that tvs use to mix to get us the rest of the colours on the screen. Adding a forth whom is fundamentally seen as a mix of blue and green is just a money grab gimmick for a "we ran out of real ideas"
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Its truely all hype, we only have 3 colour receptors in our eyes; red, blue and green. This is why we have those three primary colours that tvs use to mix to get us the rest of the colours on the screen. Adding a forth whom is fundamentally seen as a mix of blue and green is just a money grab gimmick for a "we ran out of real ideas"
True, but there are people out there who have a 4th receptor. Almost always women with colour blind male sibilings and a colour blind father. Granted they are incredibly few and the Quattron seems to be marketed more towards a male market. Go figure.

But back on topic, I have the Panasonic TP54G20 which is essentially just the 54" non 3D version without the swivel stand. If you can live with the drawbacks of plasma technology, there honestly isn't another TV out there to buy. Colour reproduction is incredibly realistic with the G/VT series and anti glare implementations are done incredibly well. Not to mention all the other natural benefits of plasma technology. Panasonic really toned down the power consumption too, they use ~<600W PSUs to run ~<300W max loads to keep energy efficiency at its peak. Albeit, it's still high compared to some LCDs and all LEDs. If you want "prettier" colours I would actually look at the Panasonic S2 series. (they're a lot cheaper too)

TLDR: Panasonic G/VT series Pros and Cons

Pros: true 180 viewing angle, realistic colour reproduction, nonexistent motion blur, good price compared to LEDs, and simply one of the best picture quality on the market

Cons: the drawbacks of plasma technology
Most of these drawbacks are "fixed" or reduced to being less problematic with these series such as:
-Enhanced anti reflection filters, (no, they don't eliminate it completely in bright rooms, but these sets are much more viewable in bright rooms than some matte screen LCDs)
-Lowered power consumption (though still on the higher end)
-Automatic burn in prevention and optional manual burn in "washing" (burn in should be a thing of the past now)

Bottom line, if your dad watches sports in a dim/dark room and doesn't have an issue with an increased power bill, he'll love the G/VT series.
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Old November 29, 2010, 11:33 PM
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Sounds like the Panasonic is probably the one out of those two unless there are any better alternatives to them.
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