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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.

I have a Wii and the 360. Wii is about to go home (special co pre-order) and a 360 here in the office. The 360 is very good but I haven't played enough Wii to get a good feel for it yet. I will get a PS3 too, just not right away. Can't find one!

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

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/

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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.

For gaming, I would definitely go lcd. Lots of good info here:

http://www.avsforum.com
 

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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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Another thing to consider is your veiwing room. If you have windows that let in a fair bit of light, reflections and glare can be a problem with Plasmas. That said, I personaly prefer the warmth of a plasma. No, I don't snuggle up to it at night... I'm talking about the fullness of the picture. more CRT like than a LCD. Current Plasmas have a 10+ year life expectancy. Same burn in rates as CRT's. Personally, in ten years, I think there just may be some new technology I'll want. Unfortuanately for my wallet, i know that will be much sooner!!
 

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Try avforums.com or plasma vs. lcd in google cause it's tv buyers' biggest dilemma at the moment. I went for 42" Sony LCD rear projection TV and I'm quite happy with it so far, it is cheaper then LCD or plasma of the same size but gives similar picture quality and globes in the unit are replaceable so you don't have to chuck it like LCD or Plasma, but the disadvantage is it is bigger and not as sharp pic quality as high end very expensive plasma tvs.
 

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I have an lcd hdtv and it's fine. I was going to get plasma but with the difference in price and after talking to the guy at best buy I went with the lcd. Originally I went into the store to kill some time before real estate class and didn't plan on buying anything but ended up walking out with a new tv. Oh yea and I play my 360 on it whenever I'm at home and it looks awsome.
 

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I just bought a 56 LCD HDTV. I spent weeks staring at tvs. what a pain in the ass. I dont watch that much tv and I dont play games. I do like to watch movies. I ordered a HDTV reciever from my local cable company. HD is great. But there are only like 12 HD chanells. Mostly regular stations. Watching regular tv channels just plain sucks.
What pushed me towards the LCD was the screen. No glare or at least low glare, The plasma has a glass screen like a tube. I personally hate looking through a glare on the screen. I also feel a smaller screen would have been fine. 56 in is just way to friggin big.
 

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I just bought a 56 LCD HDTV. I spent weeks staring at tvs. what a pain in the ass. I dont watch that much tv and I dont play games. I do like to watch movies. I ordered a HDTV reciever from my local cable company. HD is great. But there are only like 12 HD chanells. Mostly regular stations. Watching regular tv channels just plain sucks.
Get Dish- over 30 HD channels currently with more on the way.
 

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Get Dish- over 30 HD channels currently with more on the way.
Anyone know how many HD channels Directv has?...last time I was with them they had no more than Comcast cable. I think I am switching back to DirecTV anyways in the next month.

:eek:t:...:eek:ccasion1 jstwkd1 on the LCD purchase...I think I would go that way next time, there just wasn't to many choices when I bought my Plasma 2yrs ago. :sad:
 

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No I didnt want flat screen. The Mrs and I discussed size/shapes for weeks as well. She didnt like that fact that she would have to buy more furniture if hung on the wall......lol From what I could tell the flat screens come with alot less for more money. Personally I wouldnt go over a 42 with a flat screen. Like I siad all I really watch on it is movies. The looking flat I saw was a plasma at costco for the money. But it was a 50in. I forget the actual name. Maxtent or something. Screen was made by panasonic. Nice TV for the price.
We have friends with flat screens and cant stand looking up at the TV. But they are very cool. I will be getting a 32 or smaller for the toy hualer.
 

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No I didnt want flat screen. The Mrs and I discussed size/shapes for weeks as well. She didnt like that fact that she would have to buy more furniture if hung on the wall......lol From what I could tell the flat screens come with alot less for more money. Personally I wouldnt go over a 42 with a flat screen. Like I siad all I really watch on it is movies. The looking flat I saw was a plasma at costco for the money. But it was a 50in. I forget the actual name. Maxtent or something. Screen was made by panasonic. Nice TV for the price.
We have friends with flat screens and cant stand looking up at the TV. But they are very cool. I will be getting a 32 or smaller for the toy hualer.
I thought you had something flat...I have my 42in plasma hanging on the wall. Flat is really nice...the key is to spend the $$ on some very good adjustable wall mounts that have good angle as well but then again I don't know what's out there for bigger TVs over 42in...my .02:thumbsup:
 
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