Help a confused video noob

Discussion in 'Displays' started by ShelbyB, Feb 1, 2005.

  1. ShelbyB

    ShelbyB Stunt Coordinator

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    Simple situation, looking to spend no more than about $3000 on a new HDTV, roughly around 50".

    Priorities:
    1 (tie) Image quality and reliability
    2 Value
    3 Size and weight
    4 Features/tons of inputs.

    Have at it. It all just confuses me too much. Any and all help is appreciated. I will be reviewing old posts in the meanwhile.
     
  2. John S

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    Living room? Or dedicated Theater room?
     
  3. Elinor

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    Shelby, the one I chose was the Pan. RP-LCD, 50".

    Fantastic sharp image with HD, DVD is excellent, SD is fine (when the source is fine).

    Very good price/inch.

    Wide, but not very deep (about 15").

    More inputs than any other set that I know of (HDMI, 4 HD component, 3 svideo (one on side), 3 composite (one on side), 2 RGB (one on side).

    I've had this set a year, and it really rocks. Have not regretted a minute.

    However, if you are a finicky fanatic, the black levels may disappoint. Some sets show occasional vertical banding also, very mild in general.

    They also make a DLP that is considered to have an excellent picture, costs only a bit more, and has almost as many inputs.
     
  4. ShelbyB

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    Living Room for now. Dedicated HT will be down the road a ways.
     
  5. Egbert Berfel

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    I can tell you about some of the items I sell, but I need to know if you are looking at a set with a built-in tuner or not. There is generally about a $500 difference between a "Monitor" and an "Integrated" set.

    Sounds to me like you are interested in one of the newer "Microdisplays". These sets are generally between $2500 and $3500 for the features you are looking for. (Add a few more hundred $'s for the matching stand.

    The sets I could show you (if you were in my store) would be the Toshiba DLP, JVC LCoS, Hitachi LCD, and the Panny as mentioned above. -All of which are in your price range if you stay around the 50" to 60" areas.

    To my eye, I choose one of the following 52" Toshiba's:

    52HM84
    52HMX84
    52HM94
    52HMX94

    I prefer the latter, as it's:
    1. Integrated w/ cable card slot.
    2. Has the flashcard / picture display capabilities.
    3. Has the TV Guide function built-in.

    - hence the "94" suffix.

    And:
    1. Has the black bezel and 2 HDMI inputs

    - hence the X in the model #.

    It may be wise to wait until the "5" series comes out however, as they will most likely be cable card 2.0 compatible.

    Let me know if you have anymore questions....
     
  6. John S

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    I'd be looking at the newer LCD RPTV's if I were you.

    I really like the newest crop of Sony's.
     
  7. Egbert Berfel

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    It's been my experience that the LCD microdisplay's will do the most vivid colors, but suffer from:
    1. Pixel response lag.
    2. Overall brightness when compared to DLP
    3. Pixel death.
    4. Horrible quality of blacks.

    Sorry, just one man's opinion who sees the stuff everyday....
     
  8. Larry Fabbri

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    I agree with Egbert. I was looking at LCD RPTV and loved the colours but that was about it. All of the other faults Stuck pixels etc. were a real disappointment. I went with a Toshiba DLP (52HM84) and love it. I can see the rainbow effect if I try, but otherwise no problem. Reasonable price and a great picture. I highly recommend it
     
  9. ShelbyB

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    When do the Toshiba 5 series arrive in storeS?
     
  10. Egbert Berfel

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    I've heard as soon as April, or as late as August. I guess time will tell....
     

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