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Big Screen, Big Decision! Please Help!

by tvgoof / February 25, 2005 5:58 AM PST

Ok, I can' decide. I have $3-$4,000 allocated for my TV. I watch a lot of sports, some movies, limited reg. tv and the kids play some PS2. I really like the Sony KDF-60XS955. But there is no DVI. I like the Samsung HL-P5085W. But I have heard other say you can't play PS2 on it. And now others have sai they like the Mitsubishi WD-52525 and the Hitachi 50VX915. Paralysis by analysis. I currently have digital cable, but would swap to satellite if need be. Any help would greatly appreciated. I want to make an informed decision that is best! Thanks for the help.

Scott

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by 3luke3 / February 25, 2005 6:57 AM PST

Based on your viewing material (sports, movies, & video games), I would suggest that you get something that has native 720p resolution or better (1280x720 widescreen) so that your TV doesn't have to do any scaling when it receives a 720p signal. FYI, I believe 720p is better than 1080i for watching fast moving material. For specifics... I don't know much about the TV stuff, I'm a forward projection / home theater kind of guy.

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by HTHMAN / February 27, 2005 2:49 PM PST

Just a few things to think about before you make your decision.

CRT rear projection and Plasma TV are prone to burn-in if you display a static picture for a long time as in some video games or news stations. If you can keep these to 15% of your viewing time, it will not be a problem. CRTs last forever and Plasmas have about an 80,000 hour life until they dim to about 1/2 brightness. Figure 20 or 30 years on either

DLP and LCD rear projection do not burn-in, so video games and news channels are not a problem. The downside is that they use a projection bulb that lasts 4000 to 6000 hours. You will be replacing it every year or two if you have it on a lot, and at a cost of 300 to 350 dollars.

I opted for the HD plasma as I figure the initial cost will be ofset by not replacing bulbs. The CRT is by far the best buy (especially if you want a 55-65 inch screen)if you have the space for that big 2 foot deep box.

Don't pay much attention to what others like. Make your decision by viewing and comparing side by side sets. Check out the inputs, make sure you have a couple high quality inputs such as DVI or Component Video, both of these are better than S-video for your HD box or progressive scan DVD player. The higher priced TV have more features and inputs, but not necessarily a better picture. Check Consumer Reports for repair frequency. Worst records are RCA and GE-both made by Thompson electronics (a French company). All the rest have a much better record.

Hope this makes your decision a little more informed.

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