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    I'm looking to buy a new TV, but i don't know what to go for. Plasma or LCD.
    The only brands i really want to look at are either Panasonic or Sony and the size of the TV needs to be min. 42"inch to max 50"inch .

    I don't watch sport as much as i used to, so most of the viewing will be movies/foxtel.

    What would be the better option ?

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    I got no idea whats best for just TV,dvd etc viewing..

    But i do know that if your wanting to use TV for Playstation,W11 ,Xbox etc than LCD is the best as PLASMA lags behind when playing games & my kids have all 3 game consoles & we had to change 3 TV's from plasma to LCD for the kids games etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aussie Floyd View Post
    I got no idea whats best for just TV,dvd etc viewing..

    But i do know that if your wanting to use TV for Playstation,W11 ,Xbox etc than LCD is the best as PLASMA lags behind when playing games & my kids have all 3 game consoles & we had to change 3 TV's from plasma to LCD for the kids games etc.
    No, i don't own any of those, but good point, others may not know that.

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    We bought a new one a few months ago, many said forget the plasma and go for LCD, which we did.

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    Unless you are looking at a screen over 60" go for an LCD, I have a Panasonic Viera 32", which I bought after watching the ex's 42" Viera. Lovely quality, I'm really happy with it.

    Of course the next new fad being LED and 3D is now on the market, but a lot more expensive.

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    Plasma used to have a problem with clagging out after not very long, like a couple of years, and if you'd spent $15K on one, you'd be angry.

    LCD have the occasional problem with dead pixels, especially if they're handled rough like being squished in a laptop bag or sat on.

    Plasma are supposedly better with sports and fast moving action than LCD, but look for the "refresh rate" the smaller the refresh rate in seconds - the better eg 0.02 seconds is better than 0.25 seconds etc. Or the hertz - ie 60hz flickers. 120hz is better. You can fiddle with this on your computer display settings if you really want.

    LCD (mine at least) does not reflect light from the room as much as plasma which is all shiny. So if you plan to put the TV in front of the only window in the room, or have a home theatre where the room is all dark with no shiny things, Plasma is ok. If you have lots of light sources in your room - LCD is better.

    Plasma is better in terms of viewing angles - eg if you have lots of people seated around the tv, the people on the widest angle will have a better view with Plasma than LCD. If there's only one of you and you can point the TV straight at you, LCD is ok. LCDs are getting much much better in this, you can check in the shop by walking to side on and then around in an arc and looking to see what happens to the picture.

    Before you buy a TV, check the online prices for the one you like and use that to screw the TV retail shop down on price. Eg
    Discount Home Appliances, Electrical Goods Buy online Cheap
    I didn't buy from them but I printed out the page they had with the TV I wanted and used that to get the Good guys and Harvey Norman to match it. They did.

    You can also check out this place.
    DTV Forum Australia - Australia's Leading Digital TV and AV Forum (Powered by Invision Power Board)

    Thing i didn't know about the digital tuner in the TV, is it had no "output" ie you cannot use it to connect your hard disk recorder to digital tv if the recorder does not have a High def tuner of its own. TV had loads of input connectors so you could connect anything and play anything on it, but no output to transfer the digital signal anywhere else. So you'd still need a digital set top box for that. Or it would be something to check.

    Also make sure that it has the right kind of connectors for any equipment you want to play back on it. Some of them don't have composite (red yellow white) connectors anymore and go for component (red blue green and speakers/sound red and white) instead.
    Composite -vs- Component Cables - Home theatre
    Note - the component cable plus audio red white - get a much better connection so if you can use that to connect to your existing stuff, it's good.

    And I think most of them come with the new computer monitor interface eg HDMI? is it? it's a different shaped plug anyway. Not that I've used that on my TV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Di_dee1 View Post
    We bought a new one a few months ago, many said forget the plasma and go for LCD, which we did.
    Why did they say forget the plasma ?


    Quote Originally Posted by GreysAreGreat View Post
    Unless you are looking at a screen over 60" go for an LCD, I have a Panasonic Viera 32", which I bought after watching the ex's 42" Viera. Lovely quality, I'm really happy with it.

    Of course the next new fad being LED and 3D is now on the market, but a lot more expensive.
    I was thinking about a 50" inch. Thing is the Panasonic LCDs only go to about 37 "inch. The Sony Bravia LCD are nice and go big, but they're a lot more compared to a Panasonic plasma.


    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    Plasma used to have a problem with clagging out after not very long, like a couple of years, and if you'd spent $15K on one, you'd be angry.

    LCD have the occasional problem with dead pixels, especially if they're handled rough like being squished in a laptop bag or sat on.

    Plasma are supposedly better with sports and fast moving action than LCD, but look for the "refresh rate" the smaller the refresh rate in seconds - the better eg 0.02 seconds is better than 0.25 seconds etc. Or the hertz - ie 60hz flickers. 120hz is better. You can fiddle with this on your computer display settings if you really want.

    LCD (mine at least) does not reflect light from the room as much as plasma which is all shiny. So if you plan to put the TV in front of the only window in the room, or have a home theatre where the room is all dark with no shiny things, Plasma is ok. If you have lots of light sources in your room - LCD is better.

    Plasma is better in terms of viewing angles - eg if you have lots of people seated around the tv, the people on the widest angle will have a better view with Plasma than LCD. If there's only one of you and you can point the TV straight at you, LCD is ok. LCDs are getting much much better in this, you can check in the shop by walking to side on and then around in an arc and looking to see what happens to the picture.

    Before you buy a TV, check the online prices for the one you like and use that to screw the TV retail shop down on price. Eg
    Discount Home Appliances, Electrical Goods Buy online Cheap
    I didn't buy from them but I printed out the page they had with the TV I wanted and used that to get the Good guys and Harvey Norman to match it. They did.

    You can also check out this place.
    DTV Forum Australia - Australia's Leading Digital TV and AV Forum (Powered by Invision Power Board)

    Thing i didn't know about the digital tuner in the TV, is it had no "output" ie you cannot use it to connect your hard disk recorder to digital tv if the recorder does not have a High def tuner of its own. TV had loads of input connectors so you could connect anything and play anything on it, but no output to transfer the digital signal anywhere else. So you'd still need a digital set top box for that. Or it would be something to check.

    Also make sure that it has the right kind of connectors for any equipment you want to play back on it. Some of them don't have composite (red yellow white) connectors anymore and go for component (red blue green and speakers/sound red and white) instead.
    Composite -vs- Component Cables - Home theatre
    Note - the component cable plus audio red white - get a much better connection so if you can use that to connect to your existing stuff, it's good.

    And I think most of them come with the new computer monitor interface eg HDMI? is it? it's a different shaped plug anyway. Not that I've used that on my TV.

    So much info to take in there Hyacinth ! Thanks /

    I always thought it was the opposite to what you said re plasma being the better option for sport, fast moving ect. ??

    All i've really been told by a few people is to get the full HD 1920 x 1080.

    I'll just have to go into JB, Retravision ect and take a look at them all.

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    Out of LCD and Plasma I would go for the LCD, thats just personal preference though. I know theyre a fair bit more expensive but the LED is probably better still... It also uses the least energy out of all of them

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    In my last life I was actually involved in bringing the first commercial LCD TV's into the country in 2001 when I worked for SHARP Corp. LCD was actually my speciality. We also dabbled in a joint venture of plasma with Pioneer in 2003. I wouldn't touch plasma with a 10 foot pole!! For a start it is really heavy. 2nd is that they loose 50% of their brightness in the first 12 months!!! 3rd is when the plasma burns out, thats it chuck the whole set away.

    Where as LCD has a 60,000 lamp life which equates to 8 hrs per day 7 days per week for 25 odd years. Then you simply replace the lamp! They are also very very light weight. They have an excellent viewing angle (can't remember exactly what it is) but you don't have any trouble seeing the TV from the side.

    Bottom line though is that they are both old technology, GAG is right LED is the future. After saying that we have 6 LCD TV's (please remember this was my industry) ranging in age from 2-8 yrs, and sizes from 15" to 42" and none of them have never missed a beat. In fact we are about to purchase another 2 more (60")for the B&B, so what I am saying is that although LED is the future, LCD is more than adequate.

    Back in 01/02/03 there was lag with LCD, which was noticable watching the cricket for example, but these days, this is no longer an issue.

    Try to purchase a product where the screen is made in Japan, although this may be difficult to find given LCD is now grown in factories in Mexico, Taiwan, & other other areas that I would consider less than desirable. But do be aware that these products have all different companants made from all different suppliers and then they are put togther for the end result - hope that makes sense!!
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    I did not really go into it, was listening with half an ear as this was hubbys choice with some inheritance. Not sure if ours is 42 or 46 inch. He is happy with it. I really don't care if it never goes on, lol.

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