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1080 LED LCD vs. 780 plasma for my circumstances?

by macnmum / January 6, 2013 8:51 AM PST

I'd really appreciate help making this decision...don't want to get to the store and be snowed into a bad choice for me.

I've been watching a 32" Sony Bravia that's about 4-5 years old, with LCD and 1080i. It's primary use is for TV watching, Netflix, including blue-ray disks and instant watch stuff. The room is dim, even in midday and primary seating is 10"-11" from the TV.

I'm about to move this set to my son's room...I'm tired of sharing time and purchase a new TV for my viewing. The maximum size the room/space can handle is 42", In my price range (under $600), it looks like my choices are plasmas at 780 resolution or LED LCDs with 1080 resolution. I understand that the plasma is better in a dim room and for wide angle viewing, which I sometimes need (watch from an oblique angle while in the kitchen.)
So I am inclined toward the plasma, but am concerned that the lower resolution will be a bummer. Any advice?

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It's a personal decision.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 6, 2013 10:08 AM PST

Here I would not get a 720p unless it was not for me. That is, 1080 for me.
Bob

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But will I see a difference?
by macnmum / January 6, 2013 1:20 PM PST

The real question, I think is : On a 42" TV, in a dim room typically viewed from 11' away, will I gain more from the higher resolution of the LCD or from the better contrast on the plasma?

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a 720 plasma would suffice
by Pepe7 / January 7, 2013 2:52 AM PST

You can see from the chart below that at that screen size, you won't be noticing the extra resolution at your viewing distance. The better viewing angle & contrast/black levels can be quite noticeable though, depending on which plasma you end up with.

http://s3.carltonbale.com/resolution_chart.html

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I do.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 5:35 AM PST

I only have a 47 and the 720p I get on my Revue pales in comparison to 1080p on our Kindle. I'm not going back.
Bob

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Oh, if only the real world was so black/white (n/t)
by Pepe7 / January 7, 2013 6:12 AM PST
In reply to: I do.

n/t

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(NT) It used to be!
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2013 6:23 AM PST
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