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plasma vs. LCD hdtvs???? anybody know??

yea i've got the 360, and im thinking about getting the wii, but i really want to get an HD plasma or lcd tv... anyone have any suggestions? im thinking about that vizio tv.... http://www.vizioce.com/ im leaning towards the 50 inch plasma.... but i've heard that lcd's last longer... any have any input on plasma vs. lcd??? my mom already has a 42inch plasma... its nice and all but it was 3 or 4K at the time she got it...
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LCD's last longer, are sharper and have a higher contrast ratio. We brought in a Plasma screen and for TV it's ok but for a computer monitor it's not.

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been doin a little research myself but won't buy till mid 07 ,with the 37" vizio LCD HDTV is my choice of size and brand so far.

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I worked for Circuit City for several years as a manager. I will give you my insight.

As was said the LCD are going to have higher contract ratios, faster refresh rates than the Plasma and they are going to have alot wider viewing angles almost at 170 degree from the side. LCd have a replaceable light bulb that has between 5000 to 8000 hours of life. They run from $100 to $300 for the buld and some if not most all service plans cover the cost of the bulb.

Plasma are going to availiable in larger sizes but are going to cost more for the larger sizes, they are going to have a limited life span and do not do well with high altitudes. The Plasma tube are non serviceable and are prone to image burn in if left on with ticket tapes or non moving images on them for long periods of time.
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I am in the gaming industry on the tech support side of things and I know quite a bit about this stuff. For serious console gaming, my advice would be to skip plasma and go with LCD if you want to stay in the 40" range (look at the JVC, the Sharp Aquos, or the Panasonics). If you want bigger screen (50"+) then look into DLPs (Samsung is top notch, Panasonic) or LCOS (JVC). Most everything new is 1080p but the better deals will be for the 720p sets right now. All HD content as far as television is either 720p or 1080i (which a 720p set converts to its native res). The only things that will be 1080p will be some (not all) games and HD DVD/Blu Ray, so imo it's not critical to have it for the forseeable future unless you are going to beef up your DVD library. And even then some DVDs will not look much better than their current state, even if they are remastered in 1080p format.

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For a good forum to ask more questions about AV advice I suggest AVS-

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I just got a 32 inch samsung lcd and it is bad ass. I also have a 50 inch sony dlp and the lcd looks way better IMO. I have never had a plasma and have stayed away from them for the limited life span and burn in problems I have heard about; but I am no expert. Also, I found the plasma to be about double the price for any given screen size.

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I worked for Circuit City for several years as a manager. I will give you my insight.

As was said the LCD are going to have higher contract ratios, faster refresh rates than the Plasma and they are going to have alot wider viewing angles almost at 170 degree from the side. LCd have a replaceable light bulb that has between 5000 to 8000 hours of life. They run from $100 to $300 for the buld and some if not most all service plans cover the cost of the bulb.

Plasma are going to availiable in larger sizes but are going to cost more for the larger sizes, they are going to have a limited life span and do not do well with high altitudes. The Plasma tube are non serviceable and are prone to image burn in if left on with ticket tapes or non moving images on them for long periods of time.

I didnt know about the high altitude problems....good info my horse! LCD All the way!!!! Especially for gaming.
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thanks for all the info... does anybody know about that link for the vizio brand tv's??? i like this 1... http://www.vizioce.com/products/detail.aspx?pid=9 b/c its a 46 and its lcd, and i wanna do ALL my gaming on the 360 on it, and occasionally use it as a monitor... im just wondering if anybody has experience w/ that brand and for the size and price.... its pretty unbeatable...
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And since everyone else has to say they are an expert I will to. I worked in the home theater department at Best Buy for a few years. Don't buy a LCOS, the technology is still no there yet. Sony started making LCOS first then dropped it due to its instability. JVC and a few others have tried to pick up, with not the greatest results. JVC had a major recall last year on some of their LCOS sets. Other than that yeah, LCD has better contrast, better viewing angles. One thing I will recommend is to get a good line conditioner, also known as power protector or surge protector. You should want to spend about $250-300 for one. Also get good quality cables to connect everything up. If you are using the crap that comes in the box to hook up your DVD player you do not have the right stuff. Anyway go with LCD if ya got any other questions I'm here.

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