Pointers for buying a new tv?

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Pointers for buying a new tv?

El-Jaro El-Jaro
So, I'm in the market to buy a new tv in the near future. Between LED's, LCD's, and plasma, I'm having a tough time.

Anyone have any pointers or preferences?
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720p
1080p
Peggi , darthkitt3n , Kindred , authorzero , Jimbo Jones , Tefca , Bignuf , wrmbreze , Moein , dv8 , married with children , Miss Morphine , bdvnt , Lummox , Stagger13 , slynch , Kaltir , ellejay , The Curious Couple
19
60 Hz
Tefca
1
120 Hz
Jimbo Jones , Tefca , Bignuf , Moein , dv8 , married with children , Lummox
7
LED
Starkiller87 , meitman , Peggi , Ghost , darthkitt3n , Jimbo Jones , Tefca , Bignuf , wrmbreze , dv8 , bdvnt , Lummox , slynch , ellejay , The Curious Couple
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LCD
Jimbo Jones
1
Plasma
Girly Girl , poetprincess , Kindred , Moein , married with children , Kaltir
6
WiFi
Starkiller87 , bdvnt
2
No WiFi
married with children
1
Rabbit Ears for me please!
Total votes: 52 (24 voters)
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11/17/2011
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Starkiller87 Starkiller87
I just got a wifi led tv recently it is sick. I feel like every movie we have watched is so different than I remember. You see everything it breaks down the 4th wall in away. I just hate that the tv update itself and shuts off for a minute to do it. It is a little bit of a pain but it doesnt do it that often. And I like that I can watch netflix straight through the tv without turning on my ps3.
11/17/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
cool
11/17/2011
meitman meitman
Love my LED. The colors seem a little more vibrant. I would avoid plasmas if you're like people in my family who forget to turn off tvs or leave them on one image for a while. Everyone I know that has plasma has problems with image burn-in.
11/17/2011
Peggi Peggi
You want to keep in mind that while plasma isn't as expensive to start, it must be "recharged" which is expensive and messy. LED is better quality than LCD and tends to last longer.

As for picture quality, a TV that allows for 1080p is going to give you the BEST picture especially if you plan to stream anything from a PC
11/17/2011
poetprincess poetprincess
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
So, I'm in the market to buy a new tv in the near future. Between LED's, LCD's, and plasma, I'm having a tough time.

Anyone have any pointers or preferences?
I said plasma, My boyfriend an I just bought a 60 inch one a few months ago and we love it..
11/18/2011
Kindred Kindred
It depends what size you are looking for and what you are going to be using it for. For a large screen (~50"+), plasma will generally offer the better image quality at 1080p. However, it will be an energy hog.

For smaller screen sizes, LED or LCD are pretty comparable. Also, depending on what types of things you are viewing and screen size, 1080p may not be necessary.
11/18/2011
Tefca Tefca
From my research, a lot of people wind up turning off the 120Hz and watching at 60. 120 tends to make things look "soap-opera"-ish. Any comments from those with 120?
11/18/2011
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
So, I'm in the market to buy a new tv in the near future. Between LED's, LCD's, and plasma, I'm having a tough time.

Anyone have any pointers or preferences?
Samsung LED TV'S. High reliability, great color, clarity and price. Cannot be beat. Sony great too...but price point way higher.
11/18/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Admittedly, I wasn't really impressed with plasma tv's.

My train of thought: plasma --> HOT! --> THE SUN! --> I don't want a class J star in my living room (any celestial body for that matter). Plus, I was told you can't lay a plasma tv on its side.

I know the tech difference between LED and LCD, but just never saw them next to each other.

I was wondering if 120 Hz was that awesome just because it was "bigger" than 60 Hz. As a point of reference, standard TV's (CRTV) have a refresh rate of 24 Hz. The human eye can tell a difference to something like 30 or something.
11/18/2011
bdvnt bdvnt
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Admittedly, I wasn't really impressed with plasma tv's.

My train of thought: plasma --> HOT! --> THE SUN! --> I don't want a class J star in my living room (any celestial body for that matter). Plus, I was told you ...
The problem with plasma TVs is their durability, or lack of. The 120Hz and 60Hz refers to the screen's refresh rate. This is an important feature. The faster the refresh rate, the better the picture when you are viewing movement, as in a fast paced action movie. The size of the TV is a concern when dealing with the refresh rate. The bigger the screen, the easier it is to see the jumpiness caused by a slower TV. If you get a big TV, DEFINATELY get a 120Hz or faster.

I have a 50", 240Hz, backlit LED TV. It's a Samsung Series 8. I love it!!! The color and clarity are rediculous. It will make me motion sick if I sit close to it. I think the LED TVs have a bit sharper picture than the LCDs.

With 3D TVs becoming the big thing, you can get a really good quality, big screen, fast, LED TV comparatively cheap these days. The newer TVs are using different measurements for refresh rate other than Hz. Some use nanosecond rates for the pixels, some use HZ for screen rates, and others use some form of composite of more than one measure. Just look at the specs and make sure you know what measurement they are using.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll be happy with it.
11/20/2011
LowFreqFreak LowFreqFreak
Fun! We went projector in the family room a couple of years ago and absolutely love it. I'll second the vote for Samsung LEDs. We were so happy with one we got for one of the bedrooms, we replaced the other 2 LCDs we had.
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Don't get too hung up on 1080p. Most sports are broadcast in 720. 1080p requires both a digital connection and 1080p source material. For example, DirecTV only has 1080p available on select ppv movies and requires the HDMI connection (vs component) IIRC.

Be sure to let us know what you end up with!
11/20/2011
Kaltir Kaltir
I'm hoping plasma is the way to go - just ordered one and have it on the way, lol. This is going to be a LONGGG week waiting;-D
11/20/2011
Vanille Vanille
I have a Panasonic 32 720p LCD. I did my research and found that with smaller sizes there isn't much difference between 720/1080. The higher the hertz, the less likely there's going to be blur if something is flashing across the screen quickly (like a football!)

Also will note that VIZIO TVs have a horrible side-angle viewing.

So rule of thumb, if you want to buy a TV, go look at them in the store! It's easier that way.
11/20/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Well...

My car died yesterday. It's like it KNEW I was going to get a new TV.
11/20/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Well...

My car died yesterday. It's like it KNEW I was going to get a new TV.
Sorry to hear that and yes all modern cars has a built in "fuck you!" mechanism, to assure they breakdown in just these circumstances.
11/20/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
Quote:
Originally posted by El-Jaro
Well...

My car died yesterday. It's like it KNEW I was going to get a new TV.
I'm sorry, but I couldn't help but laugh. My car's been having a lot of trouble, too, recently - the cost to repair it breaking down since we got it has now surpassed the price we paid to get it! - so I know what you're going through. It's always the way, though

Also, we've been thinking about getting a new TV, as well, and wasn't sure what the difference between LED and LCD and Plasma, so thanks to those who cleared that up (even before I asked!).
11/21/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
no i don´t mind having a tv ,,, but that is cool
11/21/2011
El-Jaro El-Jaro
Quote:
Originally posted by namelesschaos
Sorry to hear that and yes all modern cars has a built in "fuck you!" mechanism, to assure they breakdown in just these circumstances.
I think you're right...
11/21/2011
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Unique posters: 15