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Help me choose my HDTV.

Post by TeleCarlos » 17 Jan 2010, 10:36

Been a while, had to create new account.

Ok, so I guess I should upgrade my old 27" CRT to an actual TV. Finally I'll actually watch a movie when I invite a date to "watch a movie". I'm no hi fi video buff nor do I care to much about the latest crap but, might as well get the best I can now. I'll just watch movies and concerts in my bedroom, which is usually pretty dark. I plan on also buying some stereo speakers/ monitors (no 5.1 here) for decent sound. Me like it old school stereo. Thought about some cheap studio monitors ( under $200) but haven't researched it yet but I figure there are loads of them. Haven't even checked if these tv's have stereo out. Figure they should!

I've narrowed down what I'm looking for: a 37", 1080p 120hz refresh thingy. I've got these three as possible candidates:

Samsung LN37B650 37-Inch 1080p 120 Hz LCD HDTV with Red Touch of Color (Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 100,000:1)for $964

LG 37LH40 37-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV, Gloss Black (70,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio) for $711

Panasonic VIERA G1 Series TC-L37G1 37-Inch 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV (Dynamic contrast 20,000:1) for $749

all of the prices are from amazon.

Which one would you get, money not being an objection? Are there any better ones I should look into in that price range? Anything else I should look for or I am missing something? I guess specs aren't everything, hence me asking you guys. Is it a good idea to get monitors as speakers? I figured they are better than anything in the home theater market.

Are there any TV forums I should pose these questions, recommended by you of course? This is the first place I thought of so...

Anyway, thanks ahead, for the heads up! This is a place I trust and like so, came here first.

Happy recording!

Thanks in advance guys

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Post by Kent Sandvik » 17 Jan 2010, 21:13

Get a Viera. We have two in our house, one plasma, one LCD. Work like a charm.

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Post by Meester Smeeth » 18 Jan 2010, 03:33

Panasonic Plasma. I've put my money where my mouth is too and I can't fault mine.
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Post by Kent Sandvik » 18 Jan 2010, 10:09

Meester Smeeth wrote:Panasonic Plasma. I've put my money where my mouth is too and I can't fault mine.
Plasma IMHO looks better than LCD ones, however they are a power-hog and in Europe shops have stopped selling plasma TVs, so I heard.

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Post by G » 18 Jan 2010, 10:46

California just passed a law which will prevent some power hungry TVs, mostly the large plasmas, from being sold here as well.

I bought a 40" Samsung LCD from Amazon almost a year ago and the entire experience was great. Their free delivery is well done, and the TV itself is still awesome.
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Re: Help me choose my HDTV.

Post by 27 » 18 Jan 2010, 10:53

plasma's are going away.. LCD's will be around for a while but LED TV's are the next thing. some are already out. very low power consumption and long long life. i have a Sony LCD TV and it's great and so far (knock wood) i haven't had a dead pixel and it's been more than 5 years.

I'd say don't get one too big.. you need one that fits your room but is big enough to see (read subtitles) from wherever you will be sitting.

i'd look for an LED TV and see if you can find one in your price range if not then go for LCD. LED is a noticeably lower power consumption.

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Post by G » 18 Jan 2010, 11:02

True, if money is indeed no object as noted, the Samsung LED TV I saw was just plain nuts. Amazing quality. And it solves the one worry I had in buying an LCD: The backlight fading and going yellow. That should not happen with LED backlighting.
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Post by kanker » 18 Jan 2010, 12:57

Just bought a 50" Panasonic plasma from Best Buy for $670. Pretty sweet...
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Post by 27 » 18 Jan 2010, 14:32

G wrote:True, if money is indeed no object as noted, the Samsung LED TV I saw was just plain nuts. Amazing quality. And it solves the one worry I had in buying an LCD: The backlight fading and going yellow. That should not happen with LED backlighting.
you can bet they'll come down in price just the way the LCD's and plasmas did. but it'll be a while. personally i don't ever want to have to buy another TV!

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Post by Kent Sandvik » 18 Jan 2010, 14:44

Yes, $3k initially for the first generation buyers, then it will drop about $500 each year until you could find them at Costco for 700 and at Walmart from an obscure Chinese company for $499.

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Re: Help me choose my HDTV.

Post by TeleCarlos » 19 Jan 2010, 05:53

Thanks a lot fellas, for all the suggestions. I hadn't looked at plasmas so I'll see what's available at my size/ price range (under $1k, preferably +/- $800ish). I'm kinda dead set on it not being bigger than 37" but will take a good deal on a quality 40" if it comes up. From what I've read, everyone is pretty much happy with the brand they pick so, I guess they are all pretty good. Do you guys have it hooked to a surround 5.1 rig? I hear the internal speakers are all not that great hence my wanting to use some monitors in stereo, just like my main computer/ recording rig/ living room jukebox. Yes, its nice pretty cool to hear everything thru my Alesis.

Anyways, thanks again! Do post any good deals you may find, I'll follow up on them.

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Re: Help me choose my HDTV.

Post by TeleCarlos » 19 Jan 2010, 06:19

By the way, found this Panasonic VIERA G10 Series TC-P42G10 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV for $855. haven't shopped around for price but, is it a decent model? Looks good to me on paper.

Also, the LG 37LH30 37-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV, Gloss Black is going for $590 so, it is a tempting deal.

Thanks again for the guidance!
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Post by G » 19 Jan 2010, 07:20

I found while shopping for a 37" TV that often a comparable 40" model was the same price or less. I figured that manufacturers might have been trying to thin out the size offerings. I see 37's are still around and popular, but I'm very happy I went larger. It's just a tiny bit too big for this room, and that turns out to be the perfect size. :D

Yes, always a 5.1 audio system. In the living room, in the bedroom, and I even hooked up the parents with the same. I know Joe Sixpack might expect speakers on his new TV, but I cannot fathom why modern HDTV displays even include silly little speakers anymore, unless they are also going to ship a matched subwoofer unit. Even a $200 HTiB (home theater in a box) is preferable. Look into 7.1 EX and uncompressed audio now as well. This also depends on your sources, though, i.e. PS3, cable, sat, etc.

My personal favorite resource for home theater info is the AVS forum. These are the guys who geek out hardcore on this stuff. On my model Samsung, for example, they measured color gamut response on every firmware version and provided a set of baseline settings for best color. I started there, adjusted to my liking, and had an amazing image in minutes.

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Re: Help me choose my HDTV.

Post by TeleCarlos » 19 Jan 2010, 11:44

I'm convinved G, can go bigger and better price.

Xhecked the AVS forums and I guess the Panasonic VIERA G10 Series TC-P42G10 42-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV is a pretty good choice. Just checked amazon and its going for $748. Man I really wish I could pull the trigger now but my refund should take a few weeks

If its still available 2 weeks from now, that will probably be my choice.

I'll look into sound later. I really dont want a mess of wires and sh1t around, hence my preference for good ol stereo.

Much thanks dudes!

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Post by kanker » 19 Jan 2010, 17:26

Two weeks from now, the price could be better if you're in the States - Super Bowl TV sales....
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