Need Help with TV Choice! (in Off-topic)


smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 6 2008 12:16 AM EDT

So my parents are getting a new TV (finally getting away from CRT). They asked me to help them choose. I really don't know much about flatscreens, what i thought i knew i really didn't. Supposedly the order goes Plasma > DLP > LCD. Even Plasmas and LCDs have the same life span. I thought Plasmas died out quicker. (What i read, Plasmas half-life was ~30k-60k hours, LCD life-span is ~30k-60k hours. Half-life is the time i takes for plasma lamps to become half as bright as the first day. Plasmas complete life span is 100k hours.) So i then came across this website: Best HDTV List

Site is filled with plasmas with a few LCDs thrown in. So my question was, what does everyone recommend given that list on the site? Their price range is probably something like $1.1k-$2k.

Great site that compares Plasmas vs. LCDs vs. Projectors: Plasma vs LCD

Thanks for the help! I also need to know what your personal experiences are with Burn-ins and stuck pixels and the like. (Plasmas and/or LCDs).

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 6 2008 12:23 AM EDT

DLP vs LCD: http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/wildcard/837/dlp-vs-lcd-in-the-lab-page5.html

Kefeck [BlackSmith] October 6 2008 12:53 AM EDT

I'm pretty sure stay away from LCD's. If you have a LCD you almost have to be perpendicular to the t.v. to see it. If your an angle toward the t.v. you cant see it or it is unclear. Kind of like looking at a digital camera from an angle.

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] October 6 2008 1:05 AM EDT

My roomate has a LCD Samsung 40" TV. It's nice, not bad at an angle. But it is just so pixelated on regular TV. As far as my 360 on his TV goes, it is awesome, IMHO.

bartjan October 6 2008 1:07 AM EDT

Pixels will be pixels, no matter what TV you have. What will be the viewing distance?

SNK3R October 6 2008 2:21 AM EDT

I chose LCD because of the burn-in issue. If playing video games (or something similar), you run into the same background being displayed constantly. The image can be burned into the screen. The LCD doesn't do this, as far as I've researched.

Also, I have a 46" Samsung HDTV and have no issues with watching the screen from an angle.

As far as pixels, I have an HDMI cable for my HD box for TV, so I have no issues at all with watching HD channels. Sure, it may become a slight issue if you're watching the 420 TV channels. But, really, it's not like it'll kill your eyes. Just switch over to the HD channel or live with it. The TV choice won't make it better (ultimately), it's the display of the broadcast.

AdminTitan October 6 2008 3:07 AM EDT

If you plan to play video games online, you may want to compare screen lag times. I play halo competitively and this is a huge deal when comparing tvs.
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