Are there any plasma/lcd's that have good video quality?

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  1. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Supporting Actor

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    I am looking to purchase a new television, preferrable 32 inches or larger, but all the crt's that size weigh more than some of my ex girlfriends. Also, they take up more space than a refridgerator. Are there any plasma or lcd screens that have black levels comparable to crt or rear projection screens? I would like to do some of my viewing with the lights on, and I would also like to have the convenience of a flas screen (less space, less energy, less weight). I have been looking at some tv's in the $6k-7K range, like the new Sony Wega plasma and some of the panasonic offerings, but reviews for these sets never really compare them to regular CRT's or rear projections.
     
  2. Harly

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    Hi,

    I have a 42" Sony PFM42B1 plasma monitor with a Sony STR555ES receiver, Sony S9000 DVD, with 5 NHT speakers. The plasma monitor is only 66lbs and is mounted on a wall.
    A plasma monitor can cost you between $5 - $15K depending on brand and size.

    Other considerations:
    1. You will need a good A/V receiver, DVD, and speakers.
    This equipment will cost additional $2 - $6k
    2. You will need a satellite dish and a HDTV receiver to
    receive digital broadcasts. Another $1k
    3. If you have a cable connection (Cablevision)you can use
    a super VCR as a tuner to receive analog broadcasts.
    In my area Cablevision is not converted to digital.)
    Another $.3k

    If you are not into playing around with all this A/V equipment a good alternative is the Sharp LC-30HV2U a 30" LCD TV. What a picture!! Recently introduced - selling for
    $5.5k.

    Go to plasmatvbuyingguide.com to get tips, reveiws, and buying guide for plasma monitors.

    Hope I did not confuse you.

    Harly
     
  3. Dave Weida

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  4. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Supporting Actor

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    Thanks alot guys. REally looking forward to auditioning some plasmas/lcds. As for my equipment list, here are items that will hopefully round out my home theater/music setup
    A/V:
    Lexicon DC2 or Outlaw 950
    Panasonic RP91 or Sony NS900v
    Sony CDP-Cx90es
    Optimum Digital Cable
    Panasonic Laserdisc Player (only for Star Wars trilogy and older Criterion Collection LD's)
    Sony S-VHS VCR
    Marantz MM9000 5 channel amp
    Outlaw 750 or Mcintosh 7160

    Music Only:
    Sonic Frontiers Line 1 with NOS Mullards
    VPI HW19 Mk III
    Sony CDP-X5000
    Sony SCD-1
    Trichord Dino Phono Pre
    Mcintosh 2205

    Speakers:
    B&W Nautilus 801 Mains
    B&W CDM7 Rear
    Audax Center Channel
    Blueroom Minipods Back Surround
    SVS 20-39 cs powered by 500 watt AR500 sub amplifier

    Cables:
    3 pair Homegrown Audio Silver Lace 1.5m
    4 pair Homegrown Audio Super Silver 1m
    2 pair Homegrown Audio Silver Lace 2m XLR
    2 Acoustic REsearch Toslink Digital Cable
    2 Acoustic Research Coaxial Digital Cable
    2 pair MIT Terminator II 2m

    TV:
    Sony Wega 27" (now you seen the rub)
     
  5. Bill Slack

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    The Toshiva 40/42" sets have a very small footprint and don't weigh a whole lot. They might weigh a bit more than a girlfriend, but... they're still pretty lighweight. [​IMG]
    Plasma looks better than LCD for video quality, imo. Is a front projector out of the question for you?
     
  6. chung_sotheby

    chung_sotheby Supporting Actor

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    The only problem with a front projector is that every unit that I have seen, even the jumbo, $15000 professional units, are poor at best in lighted viewing situations. I tend to do most of my viewing while the lights are on, so I do not want to have to get a seperate RPTV or CRT to compliment the projector. Also, my viewing room is on the second floor, so dragging a 150 Ibs CRT or a 200 Ibs RPTV is really not that high on my list. Thanks for the advice on the toshibas, I will look into them As of right now I am looking at a couple of Pannys and some NEC's
     

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