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Old December 24, 2010, 12:10 PM
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I was considering getting a new HDTV for gaming on my xbox because I've been stuck with an old 27" CRT for a few years and I really have no idea where to start. The xbox is located in the basement and most of the time its really dark down there and I'm looking for something that looks good.

So far I've played on my 40" Sony Bravia TV upstairs without the HDMI cable, just the component cables (not the red yellow white ones, the green red blue ones) and it does look good, it just looks a little off, for some reason, and sometimes images stay on the screen. Sometimes I'll turn right or left and look at a dark corner and notice what I was looking at before is still on the screen in the dark area.

Anyways I'm just looking for a relatively cheap ($500 -$700) 37"-42" TV that is good for gaming on an Xbox 360. I'm looking to take advantage of the cheap boxing week sales .
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Old December 24, 2010, 01:58 PM
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Dark viewing area? Gaming? I'd be inclined to go with plasma.

Panasonic plasmas have very low input lag and you can find the 42" C2 for around $500-$600 and the 46" C2 for around $600-$700. Not sure of any boxing day sales for these models, though. Also, look for the S2 models. They are out of your price range at normal retail, but who knows what Boxing Day will bring.

Visions will be selling a 42" Samsung plasma for something ridiculous like $350 on Boxing Day.
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Old December 25, 2010, 06:55 AM
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So I started looking at Plasmas and it seems they only really come in the 720 p category, and there are hardly any that are 1080p. The plasmas that are 1080p are like 50"+ and that is too big, I want to have something smaller. I've looked at a few on futureshop and it says that th native resolution is only 1024 x 768... my old 17" CRT could display that... So what's the deal with that? It also says the 1080p Display Method is "Downscaled" what does that mean? Thanks for sending me in the right direction though.

Link: Panasonic 42" Plasma HDTV** (TCP42C2) : 40" - 49" Plasma TVs - Future Shop

Here's another one that is apparently 1080p

Link: Panasonic 42" 1080p Plasma HDTV** (TCP42U2) : 40" - 49" Plasma TVs - Future Shop Good idea or no?
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Old December 25, 2010, 10:47 AM
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Old December 25, 2010, 01:24 PM
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Remember that although the Xbox360 can put out a 1080p signal, the games themselves are almost all 720p (if I recall correctly). The PS3 can handle "true" 1080p games, but most for it are made in 720p as they were made originally for the 360.

Edit (if you do go to Visions ask for the X2. Unless they change something between now and then, it actually has a lower cost than the C2 for boxing day. You didn't hear that from me as I could get in trouble heheh).

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Old December 25, 2010, 06:20 PM
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So if I'm sitting 7-9 feet away from the TV and I have a 40" screen... that graph seems to show that 1080p does make a difference, at least a notable difference. Really I just have an issue with what they are saying on futureshop if it is downscaled or what ever that means.
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Old December 25, 2010, 10:12 PM
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The downscaling they mention just means that a 1080P signal can be excepted, but is downscaled to 720P. Are you going to run blu-ray movies on it? If so, I would go for the S2. If not, get an X2.
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Old December 26, 2010, 05:41 AM
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I see, is there anything wrong with the U2 series? They seem to be slightly cheaper in price, but I dont know what is different with it versus the C2 or X2. Also I live in Ontario so I can't go to Visions :(.
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Old December 26, 2010, 01:15 PM
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distance does make a difference;
on my Pioneer Elite Pro-950HD (1024 x 768), the optimum distance from the tv is around 60-62 ins.
it's no use sitting closer as it makes one see more of the noise.

Downscaling is when you send a 1920 x 1080 signal to the tv, it downscales it to the tv's native resolution; it does the same for anything you send to it, whatever the resolution; for ex. a SD program will be upscaled to the tv's native res.
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Old December 27, 2010, 12:26 AM
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I see, is there anything wrong with the U2 series? They seem to be slightly cheaper in price, but I dont know what is different with it versus the C2 or X2. Also I live in Ontario so I can't go to Visions :(.
There's nothing wrong with the U2, but I have found that the S2 is just worth the extra cost. At least on the settings out of the box it seems to give a much better picture.
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