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Best HDTV for gaming...

by filauc / October 17, 2007 8:33 AM PDT

Hi guys,

I'm sure you already seen this question but I still don't have the answer.

I got a 2500$ budget and I want a LCD HDTV 40" or more.

Which HDTV should I buy and should I care about 1080p?

Thank you

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Similar question...
by atrain311 / October 18, 2007 10:41 AM PDT

To anyone who is out there looking to answer this nice person's question, I was wondering if you could answer my related question. I have a similar budget (might spend a bit more if needed) and I'm stuck between Plasma or LCD. I always thought LCD until just recently when some J&R techies and Best Buy techies told me "no way" for video gaming and sports, you want Plasma." I was surprised to hear that. Now, I'm wondering which technology to go for and then which model. I noticed some of the reviews said that the pioneer plasma (the one that got hte 8.7) has a gaming mode and so does the Samsung 5084, but CNET doesn't test those features. Does anyone know? Can anyone help. I can't believe this decision is so hard and complicated. Thanks in advance. -Joe

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by bevillan / January 31, 2008 3:38 AM PST
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Personally I prefer plasmas to LCDs. Plasmas don't have the annoying dead pixel dilemma that LCDs can have and their picture is just better (if you go with Panasonic or Pioneer plasma). One thing though, is the break in period for plasmas to protect against image retention on things like video games and channels with static images. Most plasmas have a 100 hour break in period so for those first 100 hours I wouldn't play hours and hours of games on it at a time. With that being said, brands like Pioneer and Panasonic have taken measures to all but eliminate permanent image retention risks so you should be find with gaming on a plasma...just honor the break in period.

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by froasier / January 30, 2008 8:27 AM PST

most Xbox 360 and PS3 games are rendered at 720p so you won't gain much with a 1080p display there. However, 1080p is quite advantageous (especially at closer viewing distances) for: HD-DVD and Blu-Ray movies, PC gaming (assuming your PC is powerful enough to run games smoothly at 1920x1080), and general PC use. 360 and PS3 will scale everything to 1080p if you have the right cable (VGA or HDMI), including regular DVDs. It all depends on what you will use the TV for and how close you will sit for a given screen size.

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