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Plasma TV questions.... help please

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by sled_dog, Jan 21, 2006.

  1. sled_dog

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    Alright we did the Best Buy shopping thing and are looking at 42" plasma TVs. I found a Magnavox unit I really like for the price($2000 which is about as much as we really want to go) and what it offers.

    Magnavox

    Now we had a home theater guy just come out and discuss options for installing a setup with us. He is trying to push some HP 42" tv. I wish I were more proactive and had looked sooner but I just looked up the only 42" tv HP has. From what I can tell, its less TV for the same money(based on specs alone). As far as I can tell I think it is capable of taking in Digital Cable without the converter box. That is of course a plus but would I be going with that at the cost of resolution?

    HP

    The guy made a stink about how the Magnavox yes has 1024x768 but it did it by giving up contrast ratio. Which, the HP has the same contrast ratio(3000:1). I need to stop and talk to him when I get a chance, because this isn't making sense.

    we want a true HD TV, not an ED tv, the Magnavox seems to be one of the only TVs in a decent price range that meets that requirement. I don't know. Opinions, help here? someone more knowledgable than me?
     
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    Try looking at consumer reports website they test that kind of stuff all the time and give them ratings in performance and stuff.
     
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    I thought it was a free website, my bad:(
     
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    Plasmas are nice because they are thin and what not, but I think some of the HD projection tv's look sooo much better, have a better viewing angle etc. Not to mention A longer life.
     
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    the living room was designed around a Plasma TV. Outlets above the fireplace, centrally located fireplace with all the furniture pointing towards it.
     
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    Hmmm, that sounds cool take a pic of the room when you get one hung up on the wall...
     
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    will do, I'll post pictures of the entire house once the little final stuff is done(like the TV).

    the av guy said that probably 8 or 9 out of 10 plasma setups he puts in are above fireplaces.
     
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    plasma and flat screed LCD are same size but different make up
    i myself would never spent 5 grand on a TV that has a shelf life of 2-4 years
    the plasma will run out and the TV will no longer work, than you are sol

    i would look into different flat screen technology
     
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    Thats why I like the projection, or LCD tv's
     
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    Tru on the plasma life, they run out and stop working. Although, for example, I know that if you bought a plasma at Sears with the service plan, they 'd come to your house and re-fill the tv with plasma (apparently, they can do that) as part of the service plan...plus if it screws up, you just go get another one if they can't fix it.

    Personally, I'd do an LCD.
     
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    service plans are great until you try to get those fockers to actually service anything...
     
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    All depends..supposedly Sears will come pick it up, even. Took 3 weeks for my amp to get repaired at best buy....the guys they normally send it to couldn't fix it so they had to send it to the manufacturer.
     
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    I had a nightmarish time with Wards and a Sony disc changer.But thats another story...
     
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    The AV guy that was out here claims it is not possible to "recharge" a plasma TV, it is just bull the stores tell you to sell the TV. As for the Plasma life. Is it really that bad? No one has ever mentioned this in any of the research I have done about them.
     
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    It might tell you in the specs, there's an hour life on the plasma tv's that varies.
     
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    Can't beat a Panasonic plasma, that is what I have in the party room at my house. Awesome picture, most reliable tv too.
     
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    yeah and all of them are over 40,000 hours. even if we watched 10 hours of tv a day, everyday, that is 3650 a year. That is over 10 years of tv. I think within that period the TV will become outdated.
     
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