Which HDTV is better ?

Gregg Loewen

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there is no silver bullet technology, each has its strengths and weaknesses.

On a side note...on the Mits DLPs...make sure you clean the optics / mirror annually.

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rtperryal1

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Ok, I've been shopping for new flat panel for couple of months. I have a 65 inch rear projection Mitsubishi that is 6 years old and am ready for flat screen. I am going to get something in the next month or so. I think one of the most consistent reviews I have read for best plasma is the Panasonic TH-65PZ750U.

My parents recently bought a 40" Samsung LCD and it has a fantastic picture. But I think 60+ inch LCD is a little out of my price range. I have a dark room, so no worries there for getting a plasma. What about life span...do the lamps need replacing in the plasmas in a few short years? That could be costly and if LCDs last longer, they may be more cost-effective in the long run.

Any thoughts or suggestions are much appreciated.
 
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A web search confirms that modern plasmas are now claiming a 60,000 life to half brightness.

LCDs are claiming between 60000 and 80000, so I don't think lifetime is a deciding factor anymore.
 
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rtperryal1

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Thanks, jayn_j! That's one less thing to consider.
 
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Best LCD's I have seen, are the Samsung ToC 7 Series I think...
 
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A good DLP should get you the most(size, PQ, features, etc) for the least price. With them being as thin as one foot or less now and much lighter then plasma, wall mounts should be doable even though I haven't seen them. And every few years simply screw in a new bulb and the TV is like new again.
 
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if your not hanging it on the wall..

DLP is the way to go. 1080p with Blue Ray, sweet. Why am I on line instead of watching?

I have looked at the new Samsung TOC LCD's; spectacular!.
 
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rtperryal1

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my question of best HDTV.

I'm really ready for a flat screen although I know some of the DLPs rival them for picture quality. The Sony LCDs are just too expensive for me and I am used to the 65" screen. .

So, for now I think I can't go wrong with the Panny TH-65PZ750U. Unless someone comes up with something very negative about it, it seems to be the best choice for me. It should last me until the next great thing (O.L.E.D. TV?) comes along at an affordable price.

Thanks again to everyone for their imput!
 
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For $7000 MSRP I hope your happy. Or you could get multiply 70+ inch DLP's for each room. LOL
 
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IMO, plasma is the way to go. You get the best moving images and contrast ratio (and hence, the best picture). Pioneer plasmas are best; Panasonic is a very close second and definitely has a price advantage. You won't be sorry with your choice.
 
jayn_j

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For $7000 MSRP I hope your happy. Or you could get multiply 70+ inch DLP's for each room. LOL

Now, the world don't move to the beat of just one drum,
What might be right for you, may not be right for some.
A man is born, he's a man of means.
Then along come two, they got nothing but their jeans.

But they got, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.

Everybody's got a special kind of story
Everybody finds a way to shine,
It don't matter that you got not alot
So what,
They'll have theirs, and you'll have yours, and I'll have mine.
And together we'll be fine....

Because it takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world.
Yes it does.
It takes, Diff'rent Strokes to move the world. ;)
 
mike123abc

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Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to respond to my question of best HDTV.

I'm really ready for a flat screen although I know some of the DLPs rival them for picture quality. The Sony LCDs are just too expensive for me and I am used to the 65" screen. .

So, for now I think I can't go wrong with the Panny TH-65PZ750U. Unless someone comes up with something very negative about it, it seems to be the best choice for me. It should last me until the next great thing (O.L.E.D. TV?) comes along at an affordable price.

Thanks again to everyone for their imput!

The 800 series of the 65 inch is on the way, the 750 is last years model, something to consider...
 
jayn_j

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So, you can buy a bulb for $200 and be ahead $150.

My standard answer:
Extended warranties are the highest profit item for any retailer. They only kick in beyond the factory warranty and a very large portion of warranty issues are DOA and failure in the first 100 hours of use. Both are clearly covered in the 30 day return period and by manufacturer warranty.

I have tried to keep track of extended warranties over the years, comparing the costs I refused against repair expenses. The only ones that even come close are road hazard warranties on tires, and these are still money losers for the consumer.

The salesman will try to scare you by quoting the replacement price on some sinister sounding part. "Dis you know that the light engine for this set costs $800 and without this warranty, you will be stuck for the whole amount?" He may as well be saying "Did you know that if Haleys comet returned 65 years early and smashed through your roof, the set would be covered, regardless of the fact that all life as we know it would cease to exist?"

Look at it this way. You are betting $350 that this set that you carefully researched for months is, in fact a piece of cr*p and will fail as soon as you get it home. The store is betting that it is covered through manufacturer warranty for most failures. Further, like any good casino, the store gets to set the odds, bet amount and terms of the payout. Do you really think that won't be heavily stacked?
 
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Anyone looking at any TV, any technology, should see an SD picture on it, as well as an HD one. Sometimes sets with great HD pictures produce unacceptable SD pictures. And by far, most TV today is still SD. This won't change quickly.
 

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