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Braincase
09-17-2008, 01:39 PM
... I'm going to try and get two.

I've got a 5-year old 52" Sony HD projector system that I'll move to the basement. It's been a good set, but it's not current (1080i).

I'd like to get a plasma for the main floor to replace it, as the room is a bit rectangular, and I want to get better visibility from angles. I'll also take the 25" tube in our bedroom and move it to one of the kids' rooms. It has an integrated DVD & VCR, so it's fine for watching movies.

I want to try and keep the whole shebang under 2k.

Suggestions?

Jewish Rabbi
09-17-2008, 02:23 PM
If you want plasma, go ahead and get one. But the problems with viewing angles on today's LCD TVs are greatly exaggerated. You might have problems with a cheaper model such as a Vizio, but with a $2000 budget you shouldn't even look at those POCs. I have a Samsung 40' LCD and I have yet to find an angle where I lose visibility. Just something to check into.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 02:34 PM
What is the light situation like in your room? If there is a lot of ambient light, you are better off staying away from Plasmas. I'd also tell you that the geometry issue with TVs is pretty highly overrated. Most people stay within a 45 degree angle +/- of the center line of the television, and the problems don't start to creep up until you are nearer 70 degrees of the center line.

You aren't going to get a 52" flat panel and another TV for under 2K unless you are willing to go with a second level brand (Visio, Insignia, etc.)

If you are really sold on a plasma, you could get this for your main, which would leave you with 450 for your second TV:

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN50A550-50-Inch-1080p-Plasma/dp/B0015AD2JK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=audio-video&qid=1221683237&sr=1-2

For your second TV, you could get any number of off brands and find them more than satisfactory for their size.

Simply Red
09-17-2008, 02:40 PM
Those new LG Scarlets are kind of sexy.

Pablo
09-17-2008, 02:41 PM
I'd suggest a Samsung as the first two posters did. The set Hamas suggested looks like a fine one.

Go Samsung, by far the best bang for the buck.

Jewish Rabbi
09-17-2008, 02:41 PM
Those new LG Scarlets are kind of sexy.

The bottom part of the frame is too large for my taste.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 02:44 PM
The bottom part of the frame is too large for my taste.

Yeah, it's meant to make the unit look bigger than what it really is. I'm not a big fan of LG products anyway (although all TVs have at least one in them--the ATSC tuner, LG patented it.)

Pneuma
09-17-2008, 02:46 PM
Samsung!!!

They are the only ones I would go with for that size.

19" Sharp in my bedroom and love it.

Simply Red
09-17-2008, 02:47 PM
I think it's just that girl in the commercial. She's almost perfect looking.

chasedude
09-17-2008, 02:48 PM
Been checking into Samsung myself. Newegg has this 1080p 40" listed for 1189.00 with free delivery. Check comes tomorrow this babies mine!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102202

BigMeatballDave
09-17-2008, 03:50 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8740419&type=product&id=1202650462469

Braincase
09-17-2008, 05:53 PM
Samsung 50" Plasma for $999.00

http://www.nfm.com/DetailsPage.aspx?ProductID=28755825&cm_sp=Home%20Page-_-50inch%20Plasma%20999-_-Zone%201

Nebraska Furniture Mart. I need to check the reviews. 720p max res, but I don't know that I could tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in my living room. I'm not that discriminating.

Mr. Flopnuts
09-17-2008, 05:56 PM
If you want plasma, go ahead and get one. But the problems with viewing angles on today's LCD TVs are greatly exaggerated. You might have problems with a cheaper model such as a Vizio, but with a $2000 budget you shouldn't even look at those POCs. I have a Samsung 40' LCD and I have yet to find an angle where I lose visibility. Just something to check into.

I have a Vizio and it far and away had the best picture of every single television in the place. The fact that I was able to get a 42" plasma for less than $600 out the door was just a bonus.

the Talking Can
09-17-2008, 06:04 PM
Samsung 50" Plasma for $999.00

http://www.nfm.com/DetailsPage.aspx?ProductID=28755825&cm_sp=Home%20Page-_-50inch%20Plasma%20999-_-Zone%201

Nebraska Furniture Mart. I need to check the reviews. 720p max res, but I don't know that I could tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in my living room. I'm not that discriminating.

i'm looking at some smaller lcds...seems to be a price break between 1080p and 720p....i wonder how big the difference is?

i'm looking for something in the $600-700 range....

okcchief
09-17-2008, 08:31 PM
I don't think it would make much of a difference at the as far as TV viewing goes. Everything is broadcast in 720 anyway. I have seen the advertisement for dish doing 1080 but I have a hard time believing that is broadcast. It would make a difference if you have a Blu Ray player though.

Sure-Oz
09-17-2008, 08:42 PM
I own a Samsung 46" Touch of Color 1080p A650 series, it is pure ownage, recommend anything Samsung....

KCinNY
09-17-2008, 09:04 PM
Don't mess with Plasma---tons more service issues than lcd.

Got my 47" Toshiba lcd/1080p last year and I freakin' love it.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 09:09 PM
Samsung 50" Plasma for $999.00

http://www.nfm.com/DetailsPage.aspx?ProductID=28755825&cm_sp=Home%20Page-_-50inch%20Plasma%20999-_-Zone%201

Nebraska Furniture Mart. I need to check the reviews. 720p max res, but I don't know that I could tell the difference between 1080p and 720p in my living room. I'm not that discriminating.

If you ran an Avia calibration disc and put it next to a good quality 1080p set, you'd definitely notice a difference with a TV that size.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 09:10 PM
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=8740419&type=product&id=1202650462469

The Samsung is a better TV for 450 bucks less.

Simply Red
09-17-2008, 09:14 PM
The Samsung is a better TV for 450 bucks less.

Jesus, you know everything.

irishjayhawk
09-17-2008, 09:18 PM
Go LCD.
Go Samsung.
Pick size.
Shop sales.
Enjoy.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-17-2008, 09:21 PM
Jesus, you know everything.

Unfortunately, HD technologies won't be coming up on Jeopardy anytime soon.

TrickyNicky
09-17-2008, 09:53 PM
Been checking into Samsung myself. Newegg has this 1080p 40" listed for 1189.00 with free delivery. Check comes tomorrow this babies mine!

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102202

Make sure you're home when the UPS truck drives up. I ordered a 32" TV from Newegg and they told me to inspect the box for damage before I sign consent to make sure they would accept a return. The fugger tossed it on my porch and left before I could even get out the door. Thankfully only the box was beat up and the TV was fine.

Jewish Rabbi
09-18-2008, 12:51 AM
I have a Vizio and it far and away had the best picture of every single television in the place. The fact that I was able to get a 42" plasma for less than $600 out the door was just a bonus.

Um no. If the Vizio truly did look better than everything else, it's because they calibrated the shit out of everything to make them worse, and the Vizio to look awesome. It's a decent entry level TV, but it's not even in the same league as Samsungs.

Where was this at, BTW? The only places I know of that even carry Vizio are Wally World and Sears... They looked like shit at Sears and at Wal-Mart everything looks the same. If you bought your TV simply by comparing the floor models at Wal-Mart, god have mercy on your soul.

'Hamas' Jenkins
09-18-2008, 01:27 AM
Um no. If the Vizio truly did look better than everything else, it's because they calibrated the shit out of everything to make them worse, and the Vizio to look awesome. It's a decent entry level TV, but it's not even in the same league as Samsungs.

Where was this at, BTW? The only places I know of that even carry Vizio are Wally World and Sears... They looked like shit at Sears and at Wal-Mart everything looks the same. If you bought your TV simply by comparing the floor models at Wal-Mart, god have mercy on your soul.

Circuit City, CostCo, and SamsClub (yes, also WM) carry Vizios as well.

chasedude
09-18-2008, 01:52 PM
Make sure you're home when the UPS truck drives up. I ordered a 32" TV from Newegg and they told me to inspect the box for damage before I sign consent to make sure they would accept a return. The fugger tossed it on my porch and left before I could even get out the door. Thankfully only the box was beat up and the TV was fine.

newegg has something called AIT delivery. I don't think it's UPS but the guys are to deliver it and set it down in the room I desire. For a little more money you can get the "white glove" treatment where they'll unpack and set it up for you.

Just got mine ordered today and I can't wait. AIT delivery should call me and setup a time they will be coming so I know to be home!