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New or Used Plasma?

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#1 of 3 OFFLINE   Mike Bonfiglio

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Posted March 07 2003 - 04:01 AM

I have seen the ViewSonic VPW425 42" Plasma Flat Panel HDTV-Ready TV used for $2400 and the Toshiba 50HP82 50" Plasma HDTV-Ready Flat Panel TV used for $1700. Is it safe to buy used Plasma screens? Or would it be better to go with a new rear projection screen for around the same price? Also, I don't know much about HDTV, if I don't watch TV, only play video games and watch wide screen dvd's then is there any benefit to having an hdtv tv? If rear projection would be better are there any models you would recommend? Thanks for the help.

#2 of 3 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted March 07 2003 - 04:59 AM

I wouldn't buy any used TV of any type. None are good values. Yes, the newer ATSC technology is superior for all applications. Watching DVDs in 480p is preferable to watching them in 480i. For the money you're looking to spend there are a number of fine options out there. Also, wait a little while on plasma technology. It's not quite there yet (the black levels are not state of the art).

#3 of 3 OFFLINE   Mike Matheson

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Posted March 07 2003 - 07:16 AM

Mike, Plasma TVs are particularly tricky to buy used because of the possibility of screen burn-in. Definitely NEVER buy a used plasma site unseen. . .

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