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What TV Do I Buy?
me | 10/9/07 | me

Posted on 10/09/2007 11:39:13 AM PDT by freekitty

My 6 year old Sony just died. I am looking for a tv that does not have a picture tube.

Does anyone recommend one? Does anyone know about LCD or Plasma?

Need some help.

Thanks.


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: digitaldowngrade; hdtv; lcdtv; newtv; oldtv; plamatv
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1 posted on 10/09/2007 11:39:14 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: freekitty

Just wait for Hillary’s Plasma TV plan....


2 posted on 10/09/2007 11:40:37 AM PDT by ljco
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To: freekitty

Don’t buy one. Get a nice stereo instead. :o)


3 posted on 10/09/2007 11:40:37 AM PDT by pissant (Duncan Hunter: Warrior, Statesman, Conservative)
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To: freekitty
Plasma has a limited display life. LCD does not, but you can get dead pixels over time.
4 posted on 10/09/2007 11:40:47 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islam is a religion of peace, and Muslims reserve the right to kill anyone who says otherwise.)
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To: freekitty

I got a 42” HDTV plasma cheapie from Walmart. Very happy with it for a year now. Everyone remarks what a nice picture it has.


5 posted on 10/09/2007 11:42:00 AM PDT by OSHA (Liberals will lick the boot on their necks if they think the other boot is on yours and mine.)
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To: freekitty
I would recommend reading and freeping more, and not having a TV.

I got rid of our last one in March of 1995 and it was a good move. You can watch movies and DVDs of many TV series on your monitor.

6 posted on 10/09/2007 11:42:36 AM PDT by MrEdd (Ron Paul is Ralph Nader for the right...)
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To: freekitty
Get a Pioneer Kuro
7 posted on 10/09/2007 11:43:50 AM PDT by sourcery (Referring a "social conservative" to the Ninth Amendment is like showing the Cross to Dracula.)
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To: freekitty

Don’t. You’ll be better off without one.


8 posted on 10/09/2007 11:43:51 AM PDT by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: freekitty
Died after only 6 years? I have two TVs (one 27" and one 20") from the mid-80s that still work perfectly. They sure don't make 'em like they used to.

But I also have a new(ish) Sony LCD 27" that gets the job done. ...so far.

9 posted on 10/09/2007 11:43:56 AM PDT by Mr. Mojo ("Hidin' in a corner ...of New York City, lookin' down a .44 in West Virginy")
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To: freekitty

I just bought a 42” Sanyo LCD. ChinaMart has them for under $1000. It works great!


10 posted on 10/09/2007 11:44:13 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (I will not try to BS xsmommy. I will not try to BS xsmommy. I will not try to BS xsmommy.)
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To: freekitty

Be sure you get HD in a flat screen. LCD or plasma depends on the size of the screen....anything up to 42” is normally LCD, the bigger ones are plasma.
Warning: cable looks like crap on an HD TV (unless you subscribe to HD cable...it’s a little more) because the resolution is so good it shows how crappy the normal cable feed really is. I was very disappointed with my new 40” until I went with Dish network. Now I have a great picture.


11 posted on 10/09/2007 11:44:17 AM PDT by teledude
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To: freekitty
Good. I’m glad you are asking this because my tv is failing and I have been wondering this very thing. You will probably have people chastise you for wanting a tv at all but I bravely stand up and say Jackson the cat and I just gotta have one.
12 posted on 10/09/2007 11:44:49 AM PDT by A knight without armor
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To: freekitty; Las Vegas Dave

I too am looking to buy a NEW age provider of the public air waves. Las Vegas Dave is a great resource for we that are not of new age television buying intellect.


13 posted on 10/09/2007 11:45:24 AM PDT by Just mythoughts
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To: freekitty

The best current bang for the buck are the Vizio LCDs sold at Sam’s Club and Walmart, and the price/value break point is at the 32” - 37” sizes.


14 posted on 10/09/2007 11:46:00 AM PDT by tarheelswamprat
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To: freekitty

The choice between LCD and Plasma will first depend on how large a screen you want.
LCD can only be so large (I don’t know the current limits—it used to be about 20 inches).


15 posted on 10/09/2007 11:46:04 AM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: freekitty

I like the DLP. They are less expensive and have good picture quality.

I like Toshiba TVs as I have a 32 inch one in the bedroom.. It weighs a ton, is over 10 years old with no sign of dying. (it also has dual tuners so can to picture in a picture by itself).. But one day the CRT will die.

I have a 7 year old Sony projection (53 inch), but it will do 1080i.. It has a good picture, but if one of the lamps blows, it’s done for. I give it 2 more years tops.

But I am sure there are other good names.. All the different technologies have their trade offs. So you have to figure out what looks good for you.


16 posted on 10/09/2007 11:46:31 AM PDT by tje
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To: pissant

I love you pissant.


17 posted on 10/09/2007 11:46:40 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: E. Pluribus Unum
LCD does not, but you can get dead pixels over time.

The backlight on LCDs ages and eventually burn out if it's florescent. If it's LED-backlit (newer technology) that's not a problem.

LCD's don't give you true blacks only dark grey although it's getting better. Plasmas have true black.

Plasmas are best watched in dark rooms because glare is an issue for glossy screens.

LCD's are generally less expensive, but good plasmas are now quite reasonably priced.

18 posted on 10/09/2007 11:46:54 AM PDT by 50mm (Inside every cynical person, there is a disappointed idealist - G. Carlin)
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To: freekitty

Get a 30” gateway 1080p lcd computer monitor and a tv tuner. It’s cheaper than a ‘tv’.


19 posted on 10/09/2007 11:47:09 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: freekitty

I bought a 56” DLP set two years ago and am very pleased ... much more bang for the buck than LCD or Plasma, but not as sexy.


20 posted on 10/09/2007 11:47:26 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: Lazarus Longer

I know; those tv’s had quality. I can’t believe I paid a good price only to see it bite the dust six years later. What happened to quality. I am not going to pay a lot for this one. I have Hitachi’s are good and Zenith is; but what’s the difference between LCD and Plasma. They both sound like blood is involved.


21 posted on 10/09/2007 11:49:36 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: freekitty

I bought a 56” DLP set two years ago and am very pleased ... much more bang for the buck than LCD or Plasma, but not as sexy.


22 posted on 10/09/2007 11:49:41 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: freekitty

Here’s one I’m fond of and plan on buying after I get my girl friend her engagement ring ;)

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=5633687


23 posted on 10/09/2007 11:50:03 AM PDT by gjones77
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To: freekitty

Sharp Liquid Chrystal


24 posted on 10/09/2007 11:50:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: calcowgirl

65” LCD’s are now available.

http://amazon.com/s/ref=sr_st/104-2120784-1215153?rs=3144201&page=1&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A1065836%2Cn%3A172659%2Cn%3A1203578%2Cn%3A3144201&sort=-price


25 posted on 10/09/2007 11:50:34 AM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: freekitty

If you’re looking for a TV that will serve you for a long time, I’d choose and LCD over a plasma.

Are you using it for home theater? For TVs over 32”, consider a 1080p vs. a 720p.

Make sure it has more than one HDMI input for connections. One for DVD, another for cable/satellite.

A high contrast ratio is important when judging larger LCD TVs....above 1000:1.

Panasonic and Samsung are highly rated LCD TVs. If you want a lot of features for the money, look at a Westinghouse.

If you want a large TV but don’t need to hang it on a wall, look at a Samsung or Toshiba DLP in 1080p. The technology is very impressive and not too large vs. a projection TV. You can get a very large TV for under $2000.


26 posted on 10/09/2007 11:50:41 AM PDT by rightinthemiddle (Without the Media, the Left and Islamofacists are Nothing.)
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To: freekitty
Whatever you do, if you spend a lot of money on a new television, don't palce a penguin on it.


27 posted on 10/09/2007 11:51:43 AM PDT by ElkGroveDan (Take the wheel, Fred.)
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To: TheRightGuy

Don’t care about sexy. Care about the money going down the drain. LOL

My computer bit the dust last week; but got a great deal on rebuilding it. This is the only computer I have ever(3rd one)that has crashed. Always have them built for me. Cheaper and you get all the bells and whistles for half the cost of dell, etc.


28 posted on 10/09/2007 11:51:56 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: MrEdd
“You can watch movies and DVDs of many TV series on your monitor.”

True, but I’m not set up to plop down in the easy chair with a bowl of popcorn in front of a 17” monitor!

29 posted on 10/09/2007 11:52:12 AM PDT by PCBMan (Now with extra zazz!!)
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To: freekitty

I love my 50” Visio Plasma, but LCDs are good too.


30 posted on 10/09/2007 11:53:31 AM PDT by CougarGA7 (What he posted.)
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To: teledude

Actually best bang for your buck, if you are looking for size and picture quality is either rear projection (biggest screen size for price and far better picture IMHO than LCD or PLasma) or DLP.

Yes, neither of these are as slim as the LCD/PLASMA screens, but they are far better picture quality, and cheaper.


31 posted on 10/09/2007 11:53:59 AM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: freekitty

What kind of Sony did you have? I have a RCA 56” projection television that we purchased in 94. Still going strong. I also have a 27” Radio Shack that I purchased back in 87 and it too still works.


32 posted on 10/09/2007 11:54:04 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: Las Vegas Dave

Bump


33 posted on 10/09/2007 11:54:04 AM PDT by Incorrigible (If I lead, follow me; If I pause, push me; If I retreat, kill me.)
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To: freekitty

Just bought a 37” LCD over the weekend. Toshiba. $999.00 @ Circuit City. They’re currently offering 18 months no interest financing. Looks great!


34 posted on 10/09/2007 11:54:44 AM PDT by RedFred In A Blue State
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To: freekitty

I’ve been looking at the Samsung 71 series LCDs. LNT 4071F is the 40 inch and LNT 4671F is the 46 inch version. Expensive, but appear to be the best LCDs on the market (until next month anyway).


35 posted on 10/09/2007 11:55:26 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: freekitty

Having had a 14” Sony for many years, when it came time to buy a new one I got an LCD Samsung HD TV. Samsung makes their LCD screens themselves, and for other manufacturers as well. I’ve had it 6 months and have no complaints.

PS. 44 inch wide screen... Makes football worthwhile.


36 posted on 10/09/2007 11:56:02 AM PDT by theDentist (Qwerty ergo typo : I type, therefore I misspelll.)
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To: freekitty

Plasma TVs are power hogs....your local electric power company would love for you to buy one.


37 posted on 10/09/2007 11:56:55 AM PDT by capt. norm (Be thankful we're not getting all the government we're paying for.)
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To: freekitty

Sony SXRD. Just picked one up two months ago. The new models are due out now. SXRD is better then LCD and DLP, great contrast, 10K to 1.


38 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:00 AM PDT by Dead Dog
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To: freekitty

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39 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:06 AM PDT by SweetCaroline (***Your own healing is the Greatest Message of Hope to others!***)
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To: freekitty
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
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40 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:27 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: rightinthemiddle

Thanks. I think the one I had was 36”. I had Home Theater; and it was nice until my pups chewed up all the speaker wires. LOL Also, my husband has been known to break a remote or two. The guy is unbelievable. He breaks everything. Do I need childproof. LOL Between him and the pups; life can be a mess.

Btw, none of my stuff is broken. Only his. LOL


41 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:40 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: freekitty

Pick up a copy of the Nov issue of Consumer Reports.


42 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:40 AM PDT by vietvet67
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To: freekitty

If you get a Westinghouse, they have a variety of inputs ranging from VGA to HDMI. I have the 42” and 47” LCD models, and I’ve been very pleased with both (both are 1080p).


43 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:43 AM PDT by LanPB01
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To: freekitty
Don’t care about sexy. Care about the money going down the drain. LOL

There's very little that can go wrong with a DLP set. There's a one lamp (about $200) that supposedly needs to be replaced every several years, but mine is over 2 years old and is showing no sign of losing brightness and it's on 40-50 hours weekly.

44 posted on 10/09/2007 11:57:57 AM PDT by TheRightGuy (ERROR CODE 018974523: Random Tagline Compiler Failure)
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To: capt. norm

Thanks for that tip. My electric bill is beyond reason now.


45 posted on 10/09/2007 11:59:03 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: capt. norm

I don’t think the electric company likes me especially when someone left the gate open; and my girls escorted the electric man down the street. Don’t misunderstand; they are sweet; but he did the right thing by just letting them escort him. My husband got them back in. Could it be that he left the gate open. Now it is locked.


46 posted on 10/09/2007 12:00:43 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: HamiltonJay

I agree... I have a 65” Mitsubishi Rear Projection AND a 54” DLP.... Both cost about the same.

The DLP has VERY bright colors.. and, it good to watch. I love it. But, the Mitsubishi is MUCH CLEARER in HD. It’s really stunning. It’s a big TV.. but, I have it in a big room, so it works...

Less money, bigger screen, better picture... Hmnnnn.. tough choice.


47 posted on 10/09/2007 12:01:04 PM PDT by SomeCallMeTim
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To: A knight without armor

I hope you are finding answers. I know I am.


48 posted on 10/09/2007 12:01:23 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: ElkGroveDan

“Intercourse the penguin!”


49 posted on 10/09/2007 12:01:59 PM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: TheRightGuy

What does DLP mean and does it have a tube?


50 posted on 10/09/2007 12:02:34 PM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly our beautiful and free American sky.))
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