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  1. THRiLL KiLL

    THRiLL KiLL

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    for Christmas i am planning on updating my old tube tv to a 42" flat screen.

    I have $650 to play with, but i am planning on mounting it to the wall, so let say i have $600.

    I am planning on buying it local as i am afraid what ups would do to one in shipping.


    the question is should i go lcd or plasma.

    I know i cant afford led.

    I game, but mainly on my pc.

    Mostly i am looking to watch movies and tv (no sports)

    I dont have cable (hulu\netflix ftw)

    I dont watch bluerays.


    I am thinking plasma, but i dont know the specs to look for or manufacture...

    any feedback would be appreciated!
  2. theonedub

    theonedub habe fidem

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    Bright room or dark room? Plasma loves to glare with bright lights whereas LCD do better. Just another thing to consider.
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    You can get a 120 DLP projection 1080p 60'' for 599 from dell just saying......
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    Personally, I would go with the LCD.
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    definetly plasma if its a dark room.... way better contrast in the blacks.
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    LCD, slightly better all rounder
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    I say go for this...LG 42" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV 42LD520
    Don't wall mount it at all....Save up and get a Stand that you can mount it on..
    and don't worry they come in a box inside of a box inside of a box...UPS can do what they want and they are fine
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    I recommend the Panasonic Viera 42" S2 series.
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    LCD.

    Plasmas still burn in.
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    lies. maybe after 4 days....


    image retention is not burn in, and its fixed in a minute or 2.
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    you don't have to burn them in anymore.
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    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

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    around here LCD is considerd shit tons better than plasma.



    easily fixable or not, the image retention still sucks.

    LCD's are lighter, less power hungry, less heat, and quite often look better... brighter is not better, imo and thats all plasmas seem to do better is light up the room.
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    Plasma is still the King of black levels, with LED LCDs quickly catching up. Nothing sucks worse than trying to watch a dark movie on an LCD- even in a completely dark room with the backlight nearly off.
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    you talking HDTV on VA or IPS panel, or a TN computer monitor LCD?
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    isn't high bright also harm the eyes too
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    HDTV. I dont think we are talking computer monitors here :D
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    Plasma technology has superior color accuracy, viewing angles, contrast, motion and value. they cost more to operate but it can be marginal.
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    Guess which ones a Plasma and which ones not
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    Which one has better blacks and color
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    You knew what I meant. It's just semantics. And no, it is not always fixable. My brother's 3 month old plasma has an image burnt into the corner of his screen that won't come out.
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    TC-P42C2 720p....
    I get it...they got better....But they also produce a lot of heat and consume a lot more power...but the point is LCD's Black is just as good just as the colors are just as good..

    but Ya gotta buy a mid range LCD or better...such as the one I suggested....The S-IPS panel on those Tv's are phenomenal at a better price and power consumption to the Plasma's at the same price point...

    If I'm gonna buy Plasma I'm gonna do it for size alone...and not for blacks or colors
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    the C2 series is a entry model so comparing it to the G25 or S2 is night and day. I was going to buy a LG 32" LD450 (S-IPS) but with the panel lottery and advantages Plasma have I felt I was giving up too much. I think quality is more important than power consumption and heat. the Philips 42" PFL3704D/F7 LCD consumes more power than a Panasonic Viera 42" S2. I think power consumption will eventually be a non-issue like burn in.
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    My vote is for LCD. Have had a couple and really like the picture.
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    TV Advice: Plasma, LCD or LED?

    My comparison of Plasma, LCD or LED

    You should care about refresh rate, response time(s) and contrast ratio/viewing angle with any LCD. With plasmas I would suggest choosing a model in your price range from an established brand (Samsung, Panasonic, etc.) and then read some reviews (like on CNET). Don't rely on TV speakers though... I personally buy HDTVs from stores (on sale though) so that I can quickly return them if anything is wrong (dead pixels, etc.).
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