Looking for a flat panel TV under $2000, need advice

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  1. Jim_Smith_

    Jim_Smith_ Auditioning

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    I am shopping for flat panel TV's. Both plasma and LCD are options. I will be using the monitor for both television and computer. For television, I will be watching mainly DVD's and DirecTV. HDTV is something I may get later.

    I am looking for a 42 inch, but will consider something smaller. I know I will be buying a low end unit, but picture quality is probably what I am looking for most. I will be sitting as close as 2 feet from it at times so picture quality is a must.

    My budget for a TV is $2000. I am currently considering this unit:


    I have also looked at models from Akai and Panasonic.

    Any advice would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jim
     
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    Michael TLV THX Video Instructor/Calibrator

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    On the low end, Panasonic still does blacks better than the other two.

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    Yep, panasonic tends to be markedly better in the Extended Def Plasmas.

    I don't think there are any 42" LCD or larger in that price range is there?
     
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    There are no 42 inch LCD's in that price range, but I am willing to go smaller if it means a much better picture. I was looking at a JVC 26 inch LCD for around $1500 I think.
     
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    The problem with smaller, is it can seem better just because of that.. It's smaller.

    I'd go with the plasma and size myself. I would choose an ED Panasonic Plasma over any of the more bargain HD Plasmas I have personally seen. There is so much more to a display than the raw resolution it can produce.
     
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    I would think a 42" ED plasma viewed at two feet would be pretty ?????grainey???? Not something I think I'd choose for close up computer work anyway.

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    I have yet to see a plasma hooked up to a PC, so I have no clue what it will look like. I have duel monitor support and plan to have a 2nd 17 inch LCD for when I want to watch TV on the plasma and still work on the PC.

    I went to Best Buy and Circuit City tonight and looked at some displays. The Panasonic ED's did seem to have a slight better picture. All the lower end plasma's I looked at did have slight artifacting, but all looked good to me, even up close.

    I am still deciding.
     
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    "I will be sitting as close as 2 feet from it at times so picture quality is a must."

    At 2 feet, a 42" plasma is out of the question.
    The sreen door affect alone would be annoying, not to mention the resolution of the set when used as a computer monitor just wouldn't cut it.
    You'd be able to see all the defects of the image being displayed. You might want to consider the HP L2335 23" LCD.
    A true 1920x1200 HD monitor.
    Just a thought.
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    Have you looked in Sceptre LCD's?..42" LCD's are starting at $1,200. This is a really good price.
    http://www.sceptre.com/Products/LCD/Specifications/spec_x420bv-F120.htm

    This is how it looks if you want to see it...Hope this helps
     
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    Jim,


    You are confusing a computer monitor with a video display, which is quiet easy to do. If you want a 42-inch display for TV and you aren't ready to show HDTV on it now - including BD movies - then WAIT and just purchase the size computer monitor you need, and it probably won't be 42-inches. I have found that once the computer display gets above 23 or so inches that eye movement and placement of work objects gets to be a problem. So, while you think you may want a larger work surface, unless you have entire areas of your surface where absolutely nothing is gong on and that doesn't bother you, go larger. I also like being able to pivot the display; something I can do at 23 inches, but not at 42 inches.


    All that said, the native display of a 23-inch monitor these days should be 1920 x 1080. It can be higher, but no lower at that size. Then, if you want to watch HDTV on your monitor, you can.


    I have a 37-inch 1080 p monitor that I thought would make a great display, but it hasn't worked out that way because it simply has too much space. It's used for TV now. I need to us my eyes microversions as I move across the screen, not macroversions that will lead to eye fatigue.



    Good lkuck
     
  12. BenS

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    I think he found the tv by now. lol


    This thread was from 2005.
     

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