Need some help with selection...


Oct 4, 2006
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We are in the market for a new tv and I'm not quite positive what type of tv we should go with. I'll try to provide as much information as I can in order to aid my helpers. Thanks in advance.

The room is 21'x18' (seating area is 18'x12')
Viewing distance is ~ 12'
Cabinet space in unlimited (no front projectors however)
Price < $8,000

Usage will be daily, mainly after 4:00pm. Light is moderate, and does interfere with picture during certain hours of the day (pictures included of room layout). At the moment there are a PS2 connected via fibre optic audio, Motorola DCT 2200 (I believe) connected via fibre optic audio, and an N64 connected via composite, to a HTR-5730 Yamaha receiver. All video sources are connected directly to the tv using composite video.

In the near future I will be looking at getting a PS3 and a source of HD. So I'm looking for something which will not become obsolete in the near future and can handle high def pictures (preferably 1080p). I know there are no sets which include HDMI 1.3 yet (for PS3), so would it be reasonable to wait? What type of technology (lcos, plasma, lcd, crt, ect.) would you recommend? Screen sizes would also be appreciate. Thanks for the help. (If you need anymore info just ask)

sorry about the quality of the pictures,
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I'll try to include a floor plan of the room in the future (if needed).


Senior HTF Member
Dec 17, 2003
Some sets to consider:

1) Panasonic TH-58PX600U - 58" Plasma 720p
2) Sony KDS-R70XBR2 - 70" SXRD 1080p
3) JVC HD-70FH97 - 70" HD-ILA 1080p
4) Mitsubishi WD-73831 - 73" DLP 1080p

I really only put the plasma on there in case you really want a flat screen. It's a great TV, but the effect of a 70"+ screen would probably be more dramatic.

I would take LCD out of consideration at your price point. You really stop seeing many LCD's once you get larger than about 47" and at your price point you can go much larger than that. Also, LCD would probably be affected by your lighting situation.

See if you can check out the sets listed above in person and see if any of them work for you. If you decide on a DLP, make sure you aren't bothered by the rainbow effect that many people see with DLP.

Regarding HDMI 1.3 it's probably not worth waiting for. We should start seeing sets equipped with it by 1st quarter 2007, but that doesn't necessarily mean those displays will be able to take full advantage of the increased color depth which is the main contribution of 1.3

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