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TV buying nightmare

by a72645 / November 20, 2006 9:24 AM PST

I am searching for a new TV for almost 6 months now and have researched on this topic so much that I think I could hold a job in any appliance store without a problem. At first I thought I'd buy an LCD, because most sources indicated that this was the "future". Than I waited until the 1080p TV's came out and now I am more confused than ever:

Mission: Spend less than $4,000 for a flat panel TV for a dimly lit room, which is strong in two main features: a) sports in HD on cable TV and b) playing movies from my PC. I do not own or plan to own a DVD player, HD player and use my stereo as audio source, my PC as DVR.

Questions:
1) Plasma or LCD. I like the Plasma picture better in the stores, but will it work well with movies from the PC?
2) Will the 1080p make a difference when watching movies from the PC?
3) I am looking at LCD TVs: Samsung LN-S4695 and LN-4695. What is the difference between them? The Sony XBR is just too ugly and the Sharp's picture is not as good to my eye as the Samsung's.
4) The Plasma TVs I am looking at are: Panasonic TH-42PX60U, Pioneer PDP5016HD, Pioneer PDP-5070HD, and Pioneer PRO-940HD.

Any takers?

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Some Answers
by Dan Filice / November 20, 2006 11:04 AM PST
In reply to: TV buying nightmare

Answer to #1: Yes.
Answer to #2: No.
I can't help with questions 3 or 4. Sorry.

But, if you have the room for a slighty deeper cabinet, take a look at the Sony SXRD rear-projection TV. It's response rate is 4ms, which is faster than any LCD or Plasma out now, and this will be important when watching sports (fast motion).

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THE SONY SXRD's ARE A GREAT SUGGESTION..........
by Riverledge / November 20, 2006 11:50 AM PST
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ESPECIALLY IF A FLAT panel is not an absolute requirement!!!
SONY says the rate response is even faster. 2.8ms., Not sure the human eye will ever detect the difference. anyway.........


river.

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TALK ABOUT A LOADED QUESTION.......FIRST OFF, MANY OF US...
by Riverledge / November 20, 2006 11:19 AM PST
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PREFER TO KEEP OUR Home Theater and P/C set ups separate. You're looking for a 1080p HDTV, but want to feed it with a P/C 480i DVD; why? I can't imagine how this look, but you asked. What type of DVD is in your computer? I don't think movies will look very acceptable from your P/C drive.

FROM your questions it sounds as though you'd be happiest with a 50" set. Eliminate the SHARPs and 46" SAMSUNGs.

CUT to the quick; I'd recommend either the PANASONIC TH-50PX60U or the more upscale TH-50PX600U, both are excellent for sports.

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Some FYI on PC hookups.
by jcrobso / November 21, 2006 6:39 AM PST

Most PC based DVD player software is very good, they upscale the video to what ever your PC resolution is set to.
If your resolution is set to 1024x768 then that is what you get for the DVD video, etc.
I have some WMV-HD encoded DVDs that play at 720p or 1080p on a fast PC, with a good video card.
I hook one my PCs to my CRT-RP via DVI and watch them at 1080p/24, picture is excellent. This will work with VGA and DVI, I'm not sure how this would work with a DVI to HDMI converter. John

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