$1300-1400 for HDTV. What do you recommend???

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  1. Jeff Sch.

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    I have around $1300-1400 for a hdtv and was looking around at some but cant decide. I do have an Xbox along with a DVD player and HT setup. I was looking for something economical. I am 20yrs old in an apt and sold my 27" pip magnavox to my bro for $200 so now i need a tv. I want something that looks good for both games and dvd, plus i have comcast digital cable. Keep in mind that I dont need the greatest tv. I mean my friends have a regular 61" RPTV and it looks great for dvds, and xbox plus tv is fine. I mean should i go for the cheaper RPTV or the hdtvs? I have looked at many models from the Panny PT47WX42 for $1300 or a Toshiba 50a61 for $1000 or even a 60a61 for $1300. I have s video cables and all so im just not sure what to do. I want to marrow this down soon. Ill even go on a payment plan for these tvs.
     
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    Get the Panny 47" and set it up properly. A lot of Panny owners seem to love playing XBox on their 47". Just make sure you keep the contrast down--maybe lower than normal--for gaming to avoid burn-in.

    If you want to save a little and don't mind sticking w/ a smaller direct-view HDTV, you should also take a look at the Samsung Tantus 32", which sells for ~$1000.

    There's really no point in getting an analog RPTV. However, you will need to get component cables to make the most use of an HDTV.

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    I have gotten mixed reviews. I mean some tell me to get the Panny others dont . Some say RPTV others dont. Im stuck here. Also i wouldnt see how buting a 32" for $1000 would be any better than buying 47" for $1300. I wonder if i buy a Best Buy protection plan. Burn in would be covered. I mean they said it covers everything
     
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    best buy service plans don't cover burn in
     
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    You and I are in similar boats (I'm 24, and want it for mostly games and DVD)and 've been doing ALOT of research over the past month and I just made the decision to go with the 53" Panny (53wx52)...
     
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    how much is that and where? IS burn in covered on service plan?
     
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    Crazy Eddie has it for $1560. They also have the 47" model for around $200 less. As for the warranty, I havn't come across one that covers burn-in. That's almost universally considered a result of abuse. My research tells me, though, that if you get a calibration tool like Avia you minimise the risk and only if you do something stupid like pause a game and leave it for 3 hours will the screen get damaged.

    Fahnon
     
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    I just ordered the 47" Panny from Crazy Eddie for $1620 with white glove delivery and the 4 year phillips warranty...
     
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    Yeah, I personally think it's a good idea to get white glove (or in-home) delivery and some sort of an EW for an HD RPTV. But not all EWs are created or cost equal. I heard the Philips one is pretty good and cheap too--you can actually buy it online. I got my 53" Panny from Best Buy w/ a 4-year EW and got them to knock off $50 by taking the EW.

    FWIW, somebody mentioned that most TV makers offer 2-year warranties in Canada for the same TVs. Makes me wonder if there's not something to that 2nd and 3rd year.

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    As always, read the fine print as to what an extended warranty will and will not cover. Do not believe what a salesperson tells you, only go by what's in writing, and ask for clarification if you are unsure (but make sure it makes sense).
     

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