New TV Suggestions

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  1. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    I'm looking sometime in the next 6-7 months to pick up a new TV. I just don't know where to start with the new stuff so I was kinda hoping to get some advice.

    Here is what I'm looking for:

    Price Range 1000-2000$ (willing to go higher if a TV matches EVERYTHING I need, but no higher than 2800-3000)

    Needs to:
    Support native PC Resolutions. I pipe all my stuff through a HTPC and right now have it in just a Tube TV. It's TERRIBLE, the video is alright but it could be MUCH better.

    Have a metric shitton of inputs. Currently I have a PC (DVI/HDMI), XBox 360, DVD, PS2, Wii, DV Cam. Planned expansion to a couple other items in the future.

    I'm not sure if I want LCD or Plasma, I hear alot about burn-in and I don't really have the cash to replace this TV every couple years, I'm looking for something that will be reliable in the long run, I will get an extended service plan on whatever I get.

    Size range I'm looking at because I don't want to replace my entertainment center is high 30-low 40 inch. It won't be wall mounted, It will rest on my current entertainment center which is 38-40inches wide (depending if I want the sides to stick out a little bit).
     
  2. amill94

    amill94 OT Supporter

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    Because of your size requirements get a Panasonic 42PZ80U. I'd recommend pioneer but they don't/won't produce a 42" anymore. The panasonic is 1080p, and has a variety of inputs that will suit your devices.

    Plasma does not have the burn in issues people state. Most people are dumb and keep repeating issues that were habitual of plasma from 5+ years ago. If you didn't burn in your CRT you won't burn in your plasma. This brings me to another point, if you had a crt before glare won't be an issue with plasma...which is another thing lcd sackriders say. Plasma will produce a truer black than lcd, better shadow detail, higher contrast ratio, true to life color and better overall PQ.

    Your entertainment center really limits the size options of your tv. What is your viewing distance?

    http://www2.panasonic.com/consumer-...Vs/model.TH-42PZ80U_11002_7000000000000005702

    Screen Size 42" Class (41.6" diagonal)
    Display Resolution 1080p
    Contrast Ratio Native: 20,000:1
    Dynamic: 1,000,000:1
    Compatible Signal Formats 1080p/1080i/720p/480p
    Aspect Ratio 16:9 (Widescreen)
    Shades of Gradation 4,096
    Pixel Pitch (H x V) 0.480 x 0.480 mm
    Panel Type G11 Progressive 1080p HD Plasma Display Panel
    Aspect Control for TV/AV Modes 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill
    Native Resolution (Number of Pixels) 1920 x 1080
    Moving Picture Resolution 900 lines or more
    Progressive Scan Yes
    Video Noise Reduction Yes
    Digital Comb Filter Motion Adaptive 3D-Y/C
    Color Purity Optimizer (3D Color Management) Yes
    Sub-Pixel Controller Yes
    Motion Pattern Noise Reduction Yes
    Studio Ref. Mode No
    Pro Setting No
    Digital Cinema Reality Yes
    480 Hz Sub-field Drive Yes
    24p Playback(2:3) Yes
    Deep Color Yes
    x.v.Color Yes
    AUDIO: .
    Speakers Full-range x 2(L,R)
    Number of Speakers 2
    Audio Ouput 20W (10% THD) (8 ohms, 70Hz-17kHz)
    Surround Sound Yes
    BBE® ViVA HD3D Sound No
    INPUT/OUTPUT: .
    Tuners Integrated ATSC
    Photo Viewer Yes
    SD Card Slot Yes
    HDMI Input 3 (1 front)
    Analog Audio Input (for HDMI) 2
    Composite Video Input 2 (1 front)
    S-Video Input 2 (1 front)
    Audio Input (for Video) 2 (1 front)
    PC Input (RGB-VGA) No
    Audio Input (for PC) No
    Component Video Input [Y, PB(CB), PR(CR)] 2
    Audio Input (for Component Video) 2
    Composite Video Output 1
    Audio Output 1
    Digital Audio Out 1
    CONVENIENCE: .
    VIERA Link Yes
    Game Mode Yes
    Pixel Shifter (Anti-Image Retention) Yes
    Video Picture Memory Yes
    On-Screen Display Languages English/Spanish/French
    V-Chip Program Lockout Yes
    Built-In Closed Caption Decoder Yes
    Timers - Sleep/On/Off Yes
    Video Input Labeling Yes
    GENERAL: .
    Power Supply AC 120 V, 60 Hz
    Power Consumption 573 W
    Safety Standard UL6500/C-UL
    Receiving System ATSC/QAM/NTSC
    Operating Temperature 32°F - 104°F
    Pedestal Stand Included (TBLX0036)
    Remote Control Included
    Screen Coating (Filter) New AR (Anti-Reflective) Filter
    Dimensions (H x W x D) w/Optional Speakers -
    Dimensions (H x W x D) w/Stand 28.6" x 41.3" x 12.9"
    Weight (lbs.) w/Stand 70.6 lbs
    Dimensions (H x W x D) 26.7'' x 41.3'' x 3.7''
    Weight 66.1 lbs
     
  3. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Viewing Distance will be between 7-12 Feet.
     
  4. amill94

    amill94 OT Supporter

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    50" + would be the best bet for that distance.
     
  5. Dominion

    Dominion I believe you have my stapler.

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    Honestly I'm fine with the 40inch, right now my TV is a 32 inch and that size is plenty for us. I'd say the rear seating has the toughest time seeing it and then it's just reading the guide. But the chair and main seating is much closer than anything else. (6foot range)

    I think 50inch might be getting out of my price/comfort range. Maybe too big for my entertainment center as well.

    Looking at a few things, a 40inch Samsung is 38 inches wide, while a 50inch samsung was 48 inches wide, almost a foot wider than what I can do with it :p

    What about the 40inch 1080 Samsung? The LNT4061F
     
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