Jump to content



Sign up for a free account to remove the pop-up ads

Signing up for an account is fast and free. As a member you can join in the conversation, enter contests and remove the pop-up ads that guests get. Click here to create your free account.

Photo
- - - - -

School me on HDTVs (please).


This topic has been archived. This means that you cannot reply to this topic.
7 replies to this topic

#1 of 8 OFFLINE   Debbie E

Debbie E

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 82 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 26 2003

Posted October 17 2007 - 03:07 AM

I'm looking to get an HDTV and wanted opinions. I'd love to spend around $800, however I can go up to $3500 if it's worth it in the long run.

Price range: $800 - $3500.

Uses: HD Gaming and HD-DVD/Blu-Ray exclusively, although if SD channels look better on an HDTV I might watch TV on it too.

Size: I'll be sitting 5 feet away from it. Someone told me not to go below 40". Is 37" acceptable at that distance?

What's the difference between plasma, projection TV, DLP, and LCD HDTVs? I don't want to worry about burn in (is Plasma the one that suffers from burn in?).

I want something thin.

Thanks! Posted Image

Is this a good TV?
http://www.bestbuy.c....=1169512521206

Right around 2k after tax and service plan.

#2 of 8 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

    Lead Actor



  • 9,575 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 22 1999
  • Real Name:Aaron Silverman
  • LocationFlorida

Posted October 17 2007 - 04:58 AM

I think you should probably narrow down the amount you wish to spend before putting too much effort into shopping. There's a HUGE difference between what you can get for $800 and $3500!

Since you're mainly going to be doing HD stuff, I would definitely err on the side of a larger screen. At a distance of only 5 feet, I would probably go for a 50" for HD sources.

Which is more important to you -- physical thickness, or picture quality? If the former, then go for LCD or plasma. If the latter, then go for DLP or LCoS.
"How wonderful it will be to have a leader unburdened by the twin horrors of knowledge and experience." -- Mr. Wick

#3 of 8 OFFLINE   Mitchel_K

Mitchel_K

    Auditioning



  • 11 posts
  • Join Date: Apr 05 2005

Posted October 17 2007 - 08:20 AM

I think 50" would be too large at only 5'. You don't want to have to move your head side to side when watching. I think 42" would be a good size for you. 42" tv's are also at a very good price point right now. You can usually find something in 1080p on sale for around $1400. Make sure you get a 1080p set. At 5' you will notice the screen door effect on the 720p sets. Also since you are playing games on it look for something with a fast response time. Sharp Aquos tv's cost a little more but most have a blistering 6ms response time. Also... check out costco if you have one near you. They have a lot of 42" 1080p tv's at great prices.
Sometimes I sit and think...
and sometines I just sit...

#4 of 8 OFFLINE   Aaron Silverman

Aaron Silverman

    Lead Actor



  • 9,575 posts
  • Join Date: Jan 22 1999
  • Real Name:Aaron Silverman
  • LocationFlorida

Posted October 18 2007 - 10:04 AM

One more thing. . .one of the things I did when I was shopping was bring a tape measure to stores and look at sets from exactly my viewing distance to figure out which screen size worked the best.

"The best size" varies by individual, though, so I strongly recommend you do the same test. Posted Image
"How wonderful it will be to have a leader unburdened by the twin horrors of knowledge and experience." -- Mr. Wick

#5 of 8 OFFLINE   LanceJ

LanceJ

    Producer



  • 3,168 posts
  • Join Date: Oct 26 2002

Posted October 18 2007 - 01:36 PM

Uh, only five feet? Posted Image

Guys maybe she meant to write fifteen feet.

#6 of 8 OFFLINE   Debbie E

Debbie E

    Stunt Coordinator



  • 82 posts
  • Join Date: Feb 26 2003

Posted October 18 2007 - 02:52 PM

Nope. I meant five (5, 1+4) feet Posted Image

#7 of 8 OFFLINE   ErichH

ErichH

    Screenwriter



  • 1,167 posts
  • Join Date: Mar 01 2001

Posted October 18 2007 - 09:30 PM

5 ft is close. I could live with a 32-36 at that distance. 40-42 sounds like the top size.
The good news in that range is price. 1200 to 1600 will net a great display.

I agree with Aaron - take a tape to the store and check it out.

#8 of 8 OFFLINE   SethH

SethH

    Screenwriter



  • 2,867 posts
  • Join Date: Dec 17 2003

Posted October 19 2007 - 12:06 AM

What's the difference between plasma, projection TV, DLP, and LCD HDTVs?


At 42" or less your only real options are plasma and LCD. You are concerned about burn-in, so that would make LCD appear to be your best option.

Some good options at various price points:

Samsung LN-T4071 - 40" 1080p 120Hz
Sony KDL-40W3000 - 40" 1080p
Sony KDL-40XBR4 - 40" 1080p 120Hz
Sharp LC-42D64U - 42" 1080p (not sure about 120Hz)
HP LC4276N - 42" 1080p

And I would also suggest that you at least go check out the Panasonic TH-42PZ77U plasma 1080p and compare it to some of these others.