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New TV for my wife for Christmas need help choosing! (1 Viewer)


Jul 24, 2000
OK Guys looking to buy a new 32, 37, or 40" LCD TV but want some opinions.

I am looking to buy a new LCD TV for my wife for Christmas for our Bedroom but not sure what are the best brands or features to look for. It has been quite some time since I have been on the board or looked for a new TV past my Rear Projection HD. I would like to keep the price at or below $1000 if possible.

Brands: Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba, Sharp, Viewsonic, ?
Display format: 480P, 720P, 1080P
Dynamic Contrast Ration 8,000-1, 10,000-1, 15,000-1, 30,000-1 etc.
Brightness: 500, 1000, 2000, etc

I was at my brother in Laws house for Thanksgiving and he had a new Samsung 40" LCD TV that looked phenomenal but it is a little out of the price range that I wanted to spend. It had a contrast ration of 30,000-1. I dont currently have HD Sattelite just standard but we watch a lot of DVD Movies (No blue-ray player yet but progressive scan) at home. I can get a larger TV in a 720P model but would it make sense to step up to the 1080P (Can you really notice that much of a difference)? Better for my money to get a 32 or possibly 37 in 1080P or OK with a 40 in 720P?

What does the contrast ratio give you. Prices go up as the number goes up but would it be better to get a 40" with only 10,000-1 or go with the smaller size but the 15,000-1?

Here is the kicker guys. I have an $800 coupon (Plus whatever I throw in) through my insight rep www.insight.com so I really would prefer to buy the TV from them to keep the cost down so I am limited to what they carry or can get. My rep will give me Cost on any TV that I buy so TV's that are a little more expensive may fit into my budget.

Any help that you guys can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

Joseph DeMartino

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Jun 30, 1997
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How much of a difference you'll see between 720p and 1080p comes down to a combination of screen size and seating distance. Measure how far your seating positions are from where the TV is going to live, then do the math on your possible screen sizes based on the info in this article. This should give you a pretty good basis for choosing between 720p and 1080p.



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