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Jay_Scott

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I posted this on the AVSForum as well, but I am trying to get a good idea of what's out there and what's good. The requirments are these:

-16:9

-HDTV

-Big Screen....60" or above.

-Must be RPTV as the room I have just won't work for a

FPTV.

-Plasma isn't much of an option considering the size of the

screen I am looking for. But, finding one under the 10K

range would be worth looking into, so long as it's 60" or

more.

-I've looked into the Sony Grand Wega, but I see a lot of

good and bad on it which makes me think twice. I'd like

the best of the best within these restrictions.

My price range is somewhat topped out at 8 grand, but for good quality and product, I am willing to go a bit higher on the price.
 

Jay_Scott

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Okay, but why? Not saying it's a bad choice as I am looking into the Pioneer or a Mitsu 70". But anyway, why the pioneer?
 

Jack Briggs

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The Pioneer or the Mitsu would do you fine. Mitsus, it should be noted, run at very high color temps in stock form. Consider a professional calibration as part of the purchase price. Once tamed, the Mitsubishi produces a beautiful picture.
 

jeff lam

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Elite! From what I have seen, the Elite's can't be beat but I would get the opinions of: Michael TLV, and Gregg Loewen as they see tons of projection TV's all the time. I think they would agree though. However the elites are very expensive!
 

Bill Slack

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There's some RPTVs out there with 9" CRTs as well, but I don't know how well they compete from other points of view. (Philips has one, I think?)
I wouldn't get Plasma set since the picture quality isn't up to snuff. The Grand Wega is a RP LCD set, I believe. Also, picture won't be as good.
Between the Mits and the Elite, which are both great sets...
The Elite has a better line doubler and stretch modes. It is also a much nicer piece of furniture. It has a bigger 'Wow' factor because it's a Pioneer Elite.
If the money doesn't matter too much, might as well get the one that's cooler. :)
If the money saved could be spent on something more useful to you then looking nice (e.g., audio system, more DVDs, a nice present for the wife...) then save a bit of money and by the Mits.
You could throw a high quality screen onto either of them as well. Though both of the sets most likely come with pretty nice ones already.
And make sure to get it calibrated (by Gregg Loewen, of course!)
 

Jay_Scott

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I thought Plasma was always considered better? I mean, the whole reason I wasn't looking into Plasma was the price range, but if the quality isn't as good, well, then why even bother?
 

Morgan Holly

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I looked at some RPTV sets and some plasma sets, did a lot of research and decided to go with plasma. The 160 degree viewing angle had a lot to do with it. Space was another consideration. Quality of picture is subjective, before going much further I strongly suggest going out and demoing some units. Don't be shy about asking for the remote and playing with the picture controls as many retailers have the setup wrong resulting in a nasty looking picture. I decided on the 50" Panasonic. You can get it for 8-9K at many online outlets. A good place to start is plasmahouse.com. I have no idea if they're good or trustworthy though, I'm buying mine from a local vendor.
 

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