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Old April 11, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Default LCD or Plasma? WTH is 720p and 1080i?

I'm graduating from school, moving to the center of the universe apparently (or so Torontonians tell me) and my brother wants to get me a TV as a housewarming gift. I told him I would pitch for it, so I'm probably looking at around $1k-$1.25k.

I have been really out of the loop when it comes to the new TV technology, ie: plasma, lcd, HD, 720p, 1080i etc etc.

I finished reading the recent flat-screen thread, but wanted to know more since it only recommended products but did not explain the bells and whistles.

Is it feasible to get a 42" for that price? My old tv was that size and I would rather not lose the view.

What should I look for in a TV? I won't be getting HDTV on my cable/satellite yet, but it may be a nice feature later.

Is there much difference between plasma LCD?

Can anyone recommend products in this price range? I don't care about brands, especially since I read that (apparently) the brand-names are sometimes made of the same parts as the off-brand TVs anyways, with the only difference being the high price tag.

I was looking at the Samsung HP-T5034x/XAC 50" at Costco, but at 107lbs that thing seems a little large to me. The 37" viewsonic mentioned in the previous thread seemed like a good choice to me too, even if I was losing 5" off the screen.

Ideas and recommendations are appreciated! (And if you have links to sites that can explain the new TV features, I would be very grateful.)
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Old April 11, 2008, 07:48 AM
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720p and 1080p/i refers to the res it can display. 720p is 1366x720 @ 60hz, 1080i is 1900x1080 @ 30 hz, and 1080p is 1900x1080 @ 60hz.

LCD and plasma is sort of a preference thing. I like LCD cause they last long, but plasmas generally look better... but don't last as long.
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Old April 11, 2008, 09:12 AM
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Ask me what looks better and I'll say LCD over plasma.

My father-in-law has a 46" Plasma and I don't like the picture on it at all and its a Panasonic.
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Old April 11, 2008, 09:26 AM
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Plasma display full HD res 100% of the time while LCD will loose an average 50% of their resolution in fast scenes with a lot of motion perfect example is when watching a football game. Ultimately your choice really depends on what you entend on using the television for, to watch Blu-Ray you will need a tv that will display at a resolution of 1900x1080 to experience Blu-Ray. As to the life of the television I would imagine you will have replaced the television with a newer technology before the tv actually reaches its rated life expectancy. If you decide to buy either a plasma or LCD and are concerned about it breaking in 2-3 years purchase an extended warranty through the retailer, it provides peace of mind and also insures you that your tv will be fixed and or replaced with something equal in value if you're model is not readily available.

Check out these buying guides and really read up on the 2 technologies it really helps to understand the limitations that each one faces and it might help in your decision.

Plasma TV Buying Guide: 10 Step Guide to Buying a Plasma Television

LCD Television: 8 Step guide to buying a LCD TV

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Old April 11, 2008, 09:30 AM
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I'm with enaberif, LCD looks better to me. Plasma is cheaper to purchase at large screen sizes. One of the best LCD brands is the Sharp Aquos. You might be able to get something like a Toshiba 42" for around $1200 not including taxes. I doubt a Sharp comes at that price. But you never know? Prices fluctuate or you might be a good bargainer ;)
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Old April 11, 2008, 09:45 AM
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It really depends on the LCD tv when it comes to fast scenes. Some can't keep up but some keep up no problem!
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Plasma usually have better contrast due to ability to show deeper blacks as well as better viewing angles than LCD. However the life span is not as long as an lcd and you may see colors fading over time. LCDs tend to have higher native resolution than plasmas of similar size, which means more pixels. LCDs also tend to consume less power than plasma screens so it's nice for the power bill.

Also, like mentioned above, LCDs cant show fast moving stuff as good as plasma, but this has improved alot over the years. If you go LCD, check the pixel response time (measured in ms). The lower it is, the better the image quality in fast moving scenes.
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So when looking for an LCD TV, I'm looking for the same features as in my monitor - I can understand that.

Now some of the TVs I looked at support 1080p, but have a resolution of 1366x720 - does this mean they cannot support 1900x1080 @ 60hz?

I plan on using the TV to watch TV, movies and occasional ps2 gaming.

I'll look around and get a better idea of what to look for. Thanks for all the responses! I really want to make sure this is a grad gift that I get wisely.
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So when looking for an LCD TV, I'm looking for the same features as in my monitor - I can understand that.

Now some of the TVs I looked at support 1080p, but have a resolution of 1366x720 - does this mean they cannot support 1900x1080 @ 60hz?
I think that's 1080i not 1080p.
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Old April 11, 2008, 12:59 PM
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Now some of the TVs I looked at support 1080p, but have a resolution of 1366x720 - does this mean they cannot support 1900x1080 @ 60hz?
Actually, that means it can accept an input signal of 1080p, but will downscale it to its native resolution of 1366x720 (720p).
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