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bonesninja
06-02-2009, 09:58 PM
Looking to buy something in the 46"-52" range. Haven't decided between LCD or Plasma (LED is just too much loot right now). Must be 1080p and not looking to spend a mint. Its been awhile since i shopped for TV's so i don't know whats out there...not really looking to buy online either unless i save a couple hundred bucks by doing so

BeAlLsTaR13
06-02-2009, 10:00 PM
get one of those cool new LED display TVs..

think samsung just came out with them

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:02 PM
get one of those cool new LED display TVs..

think samsung just came out with them

do you not fukking read you moron?

rollerdj
06-02-2009, 10:03 PM
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/rollerdj-77/uploadtoday067.jpg

thats mine. a samsung 61" DLP. the picture is AMAZING on this thing. on board speakers are not quite up to par with some of the others i've seen. only other down side is it's not a true flat screeen on the back, it can't be hung on the wall.

bigaudiofanati2
06-02-2009, 10:03 PM
Go with lcd and go with sony.

thevic24
06-02-2009, 10:03 PM
funny you should ask,
we(me and the wife) just bought a philips 46" lcd thats 1080p. got it for just under 1k on sale. imo, great tv

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:04 PM
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb191/rollerdj-77/uploadtoday067.jpg

thats mine. a samsung 61" DLP. the picture is AMAZING on this thing. on board speakers are not quite up to par with some of the others i've seen. only other down side is it's not a true flat screeen on the back, it can't be hung on the wall.

not doing DLP again...i have a DLP now (57" Mitsu) color wheel just went out

bball09124
06-02-2009, 10:05 PM
What's your viewing distance from the screen? Will it be used for any gaming? And finally, what's your budget?

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:05 PM
funny you should ask,
we(me and the wife) just bought a philips 46" lcd thats 1080p. got it for just under 1k on sale. imo, great tv

refuse to support Philips one bit...they closed a 4000 employee plant here locally in favor of moving to Mexico.

rollerdj
06-02-2009, 10:08 PM
not doing DLP again...i have a DLP now (57" Mitsu) color wheel just went out

ahh. they don't seem that bad to replace on mine. i've yet to have any problems with that part yet.

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:08 PM
What's your viewing distance from the screen? Will it be used for any gaming? And finally, what's your budget?

i have a 57" now so 46"-52" will be fine...i do use it for PS3 bluray and don't have set budget...just don't wanna spend a shitload. I don't need the super top line stuff like Pioneer Elite or anything like that. I like SAmsungs, Sony Toshiba (i have a 42" LCD in my Bedroom) Sharp Aquos etc.

bball09124
06-02-2009, 10:09 PM
refuse to support Philips one bit...they closed a 4000 employee plant here locally in favor of moving to Mexico.

That's horrible logic IMO. If you were running a company and you would make more money by moving a plant why wouldn't you do it? Companies are run to make money, not to supply Americans with jobs.

Without the outsourcing of jobs the cost of goods here would be much, much higher. Well, either that or the large companies would be less profitable.

thevic24
06-02-2009, 10:09 PM
refuse to support Philips one bit...they closed a 4000 employee plant here locally in favor of moving to Mexico.

ouch, did not know that. there seems to be a lot of that going on lately.
sony was my next choice though.

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:09 PM
ahh. they don't seem that bad to replace on mine. i've yet to have any problems with that part yet.

expensive...and bulbs are $115...just bought my 4th one in 2.5 years

bball09124
06-02-2009, 10:10 PM
i have a 57" now so 46"-52" will be fine...i do use it for PS3 bluray and don't have set budget...just don't wanna spend a shitload. I don't need the super top line stuff like Pioneer Elite or anything like that. I like SAmsungs, Sony Toshiba (i have a 42" LCD in my Bedroom) Sharp Aquos etc.

Viewing distance from the screen, not the size of TV's you've previously owned. And unless you are strapped for cash, I would take an LCD or plasma any day over a DLP TV.

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:11 PM
That's horrible logic IMO. If you were running a company and you would make more money by moving a plant why wouldn't you do it? Companies are run to make money, not to supply Americans with jobs.

Without the outsourcing of jobs the cost of goods here would be much, much higher. Well, either that or the large companies would be less profitable.

they aren't an american company so i could care less if they make a profit.....they put over 20 of my friends out of a job...i'm willing to pay more if it helps local people stay in a job so they can support their family

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:12 PM
Viewing distance from the screen, not the size of TV's you've previously owned. And unless you are strapped for cash, I would take an LCD or plasma any day over a DLP TV.

what i'm trying to say is that i don't think it matters that much...its a 15' by 17' living room but i usually lay on the couch from about 10' away. I'm not strapped for cash, i just don't want to pay like $3000 or more for a Tv that looks pretty much the same as a $1200 tv.

gymfreak101
06-02-2009, 10:15 PM
I like the samsung b550 or 650's the 46'' 550 can be had from amazon for around 1100 shipped. If you are not going to be watching blu ray thats the best bang for the buck tv out right now.

bonesninja
06-02-2009, 10:16 PM
I like the samsung b550 or 650's the 46'' 550 can be had from amazon for around 1100 shipped. If you are not going to be watching blu ray thats the best bang for the buck tv out right now.

i do bluray

gymfreak101
06-02-2009, 10:18 PM
i do bluray

still a good tv. 1080p of course

thevic24
06-02-2009, 10:19 PM
the sharps are quit nice as well, just a little pricy to me. ive thought about getting a 40" or so for the bedroom.

bball09124
06-02-2009, 10:19 PM
what i'm trying to say is that i don't think it matters that much...its a 15' by 17' living room but i usually lay on the couch from about 10' away

If you're 10' away you cannot notice the difference between 720p and 1080p on a 50" screen. http://www.carltonbale.com/2006/11/1080p-does-matter/

I would recommend the Samsung PN50A450, or PN50B450. I paid $960 with tax and a 3 year warranty from a local company, Jetson's. You can probably find it for $900 shipped if you do a bit of looking online or in sales papers.

tcguy85
06-03-2009, 09:13 AM
Samsung 50B560 is my recommendation. i have the 58" version and it's awesome.

its_bacon12
06-03-2009, 11:12 AM
Plasmas are attributed for better colors.

They've gotten better too so they don't die in 2 years like the first ones did. And I'd go 1080p regardless what anyone else says because who knows what plans you might change for the future.

its_bacon12
06-03-2009, 11:16 AM
I like the samsung b550 or 650's the 46'' 550 can be had from amazon for around 1100 shipped. If you are not going to be watching blu ray thats the best bang for the buck tv out right now.

I got a 50" Panasonic plasma 1080p (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-50PZ85U-1080p-Plasma/dp/B00142MUEM) for $1300 clearance at Circuit City a cpl months ago.

So no, that's not the best deal that samsung.

And for the record, everyone who does HT like we do car audio recommends Panasonic if you go plasma

Flipx99
06-03-2009, 11:19 AM
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-46PZ80U-46-Inch-Plasma/dp/B00142JKRM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1244042376&sr=1-1

I have this and it does all I need.

soloXgt
06-03-2009, 11:21 AM
Go with lcd and go with sony.

no and no

get a plasma. best picture. best response time. best contrast. better blacks. little to no more burn in.

gymfreak101
06-03-2009, 11:24 AM
I got a 50" Panasonic plasma 1080p (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-50PZ85U-1080p-Plasma/dp/B00142MUEM) for $1300 clearance at Circuit City a cpl months ago.

So no, that's not the best deal that samsung.

And for the record, everyone who does HT like we do car audio recommends Panasonic if you go plasma

I was refering to lcd, of course the plasma is cheaper and yes is a better tv.

TurdFergueson2
06-03-2009, 11:36 AM
Looking to buy something in the 46"-52" range. Haven't decided between LCD or Plasma (LED is just too much loot right now). Must be 1080p and not looking to spend a mint. Its been awhile since i shopped for TV's so i don't know whats out there...not really looking to buy online either unless i save a couple hundred bucks by doing so

This one I would get (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=9034216&type=product&id=1218010847639)

But Frys.com has great prices. Not sure how far Fishers Indiana is to you, but if it's not far it might be worth making the trip.

tcguy85
06-03-2009, 01:51 PM
I got a 50" Panasonic plasma 1080p (http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-50PZ85U-1080p-Plasma/dp/B00142MUEM) for $1300 clearance at Circuit City a cpl months ago.

So no, that's not the best deal that samsung.

And for the record, everyone who does HT like we do car audio recommends Panasonic if you go plasma

nothing wrong with samsung plasma's. especially this years new B series. they have made huge improvements this year. my brother has a 50A550 and i just bought a 58B560 after spending some time watching his. after some time with each it is obvious that they made some big improvements this year. many professional reviewers and professional calibrators agree that the Samsungs offer the most realistic and accurate colors. the blacks aren't quite as black as the Kuro's but acceptable at their price point.

Enellz
06-04-2009, 12:25 PM
they aren't an american company so i could care less if they make a profit.....they put over 20 of my friends out of a job...i'm willing to pay more if it helps local people stay in a job so they can support their family

I wish everyone have this though process, eveyone else in the world seems too.

bonesninja
06-04-2009, 06:44 PM
Well, i got my replacement parts today and fixed my old tv but i'm gonna save up and get something else soon. Possibly a SAmsung LED in the 55"-57" range

TNTR70
06-04-2009, 06:56 PM
i have a samsung 67" dlp. mine DOES NOT have any bulbs or color wheels. mine came with what is called an LED light engine and is supposed to last 10,000 hours, which works out to about 10 years of use , and it uses about as much power as a 100 watt light bulb. plasmas, unless you live up north and need another space heater in your living room use way to much power. lcds also have their issues but i didn't need to put mine on the wall so dlp was it for me. plus in the 67" plus range flat screens were three to four times the price of my 2000 dollar set.

KyleBechtold
06-04-2009, 06:59 PM
just sit and test some out... when you go out to restaraunts with tvs if you like ones picture look ask what kind it is and go to a store with them..

kpozr2
06-04-2009, 07:11 PM
Samsung or Panasonic. I have a 46A550 LCD from Samsung and it was well worth the money to me. I got it from Amazon last year, free shipping of course. The Panasonic Plasmas are also very impressive for the money. Great contrast ratios and excellent picture. Samsung, Sony, or Panasonic IMO is the way to go.

bonesninja
06-04-2009, 07:13 PM
Samsung or Panasonic. I have a 46A550 LCD from Samsung and it was well worth the money to me. I got it from Amazon last year, free shipping of course. The Panasonic Plasmas are also very impressive for the money. Great contrast ratios and excellent picture. Samsung, Sony, or Panasonic IMO is the way to go.

yeah i went and checked out some new sets at sears...really impressed with the new samsung LED's

rollerdj
06-04-2009, 07:31 PM
did you change that wheel yet? how bad was it?

bonesninja
06-04-2009, 07:33 PM
did you change that wheel yet? how bad was it?

toast....bulb was burnt up too, lot of dust on the bulb cartridge vent:furious:

rollerdj
06-04-2009, 07:42 PM
toast....bulb was burnt up too, lot of dust on the bulb cartridge vent:furious:

do you have a lot of dust build up in your house? i've had mine since the first of the year and there is no dust what so ever on the back side. although i had some faulty parts on the power supply burning up the ballast board. the smell of a fried cap is hard as hell to get out of a house. :crap:

cmayhem4
06-21-2009, 10:17 PM
I had the same problem with my dlp, lamp and ballast when at the same time. I just bought a lg 47" 1080p,120hz, lcd for $1099. The pic is great, had to turn down all the settings way too bright, Hd programming is amazing on it.