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Which tv do you recommend?

by rv5869 / November 7, 2008 8:19 AM PST

This tv will be for viewing all types of shows, (movies, sports...) no games or computer hookups. Picture quality is the main goal, features don't mean much to me. It will go in a dark room so plasma is also an option. The following is a list of televisions that I can get for a similar price. What would you (the experts)recommend? All are 40 to 42" and 1080p.

Sharp LC42SB45U
Panasonic TH-42PZ80U (Plasma)
Sony Bravia KDL-42V4100
Samsung LN40A550

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(NT) Panasonic best PQ
by givemeaname / November 7, 2008 11:05 AM PST
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by superteke331 / November 7, 2008 11:09 AM PST

Based on the reviews with this site, the samsung is probably the better choice. I went to Best Buy today and saw that samsung and looked good hooked up to the blu-ray.

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by givemeaname / November 7, 2008 11:16 AM PST
In reply to: Samsung

was it the 5 series????

I went to BB today too & saw a samsung hooked up at a bluray but it was the 8 series hooked-up.

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but the OP didn't specify blu ray
by Pepe7 / November 7, 2008 11:47 AM PST
In reply to: Samsung

My vote would be for the set which handles the cable or sat box content better, as that's what most folks view more often. Blu ray's not going to be the deal breaker between two HDTV's that are both very good.

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Not sure about plasma
by rv5869 / November 8, 2008 12:57 AM PST

What else would you recommend? Am I overthinking this and all sets will perform similar?

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you are not overthinking this
by jostenmeat / November 8, 2008 2:35 AM PST
In reply to: Not sure about plasma

there's a lot to know.

That being said, count me in for the Panasonic as well.

Plasma will look better with SD material. It will have better NATIVE contrast, better viewing angle, more accurate color, and be cheaper while doing so.

They also happen to have the best track record among brands listed.

I've never seen a Sharp LCD tv that I did not absolutely abhor. I don't think I've ever seen more issues with motion in any other brand.

I don't think that Sammy listed has it, but a lot of the newer LCD tv's at 120hz can apply frame interpolation. Some people love it. I don't. VP is not powerful enough yet for fast motion, and you will suffer artifacting. Like 3 footballs in the air instead of one.

Yes 24p has inherent judder. However, I appreciate film as it is. I will wait for the source itself to change.

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