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I agree that LCD are lighter, get less hot, and use less power than the Plasma, for the same sized picture.
Plasma used to die quickly but I think the newer ones are better.
Plasma used to be better at doing big pictures than LCD like the really big inches, 1.5m tv screens (WTF).
I got a smallish (66cm?) LCD samsung TV. The sound is intermittantly crap but I've heard they've fixed this in the models you can get now.
I tell you, it is so much better than the old CRT tv I had that stopped doing green colour. Blech.
And I had to get a new arial too. On the roof. Cos you noticed the crap reception I had with the digital TV.
The other thing you probably want to look at is the kind of menu options you get with the digital tv - how does it display TV guide and program info, and can you make it use the channel number you want - eg I like to use 5 for channel 10 because then I only need to press one button to get channel 10 but my TV won't let me.
The bigger tvs come with more features as far as software goes, like dual HD tuners and picture in picture and stuff like automatic channel changing ie you can program the TV to switch to programs of your choice in the inbuilt TV guide.
My brother's High Def (HD 1080iorp) digital Hard Disk (HD) recorder TV guide display and programming is a big pile of dog poo But it was a cheap one. We're all waiting for the ones that do blue ray.
Not sure I'd want 3D but will wait and see. Despite being a bit of a geek, I'm not one of those people they call "early adopter" of tech. I can't afford to waste my money like that.
Whatever definition you can get in terms of pixel density or 1080i or 1080p (can't remember which is better) or more, get the best one you can. The screen resolution is worth more than the diagonal inches in terms of picture quality.
I know my brother bought his ex g/f a LCD about 18 months ago based on the fact it was one of the few still made in Japan.
I do understand though what you're saying with different brands using the same product. That goes for fuel too. Some people don't realise that just because you drive into a BP servo, that you may well be buying fuel made by Caltex and vice versa.
After some looking and enqiring etc we went for a 52 inch Samsung LCD series 6.
The reason we went Samsung is they are made in the same factory as Sony.
We have had it now for 18 mths and have never had any problems. Picture is fantastic especially watching blu-ray movies. What ever you buy, make sure it has a fast refresh rate. We also have our computer connected to ours so we can sit back with wireless mouse and keyboard and have a really big computer screen!
I know diddlysquat about televisions or anything electronic/computerised etc.
But we have a Panasonic 50" Plasma TV. It was cheaper than the LCD's & I liked the crispness of the plasma over the LCD.
We were originally worried over the reflection in the glass as we have lots of glass in this house but then figured we didn't have any trouble with the old glass TV so why worry. We don't watch much TV in the daytime anyway.
The kids were told by the sales guy not to leave the Playstation etc on pause and they seemed to understand the implications better than I do so have never had any problems there.
A year or so later and no complaints about it.
I notice a lot of the SONY big LCD tvs at the moment have a free PS3. Is that something i could flog off on ebay for a couple hundred dollars ??
You sure could Prowler! Esp if you leave it in the box.
As others have said, plasmas have a much shorter life than LCD. Also, in general, plasmas use a lot more power, but I would check this before you buy as each model is different. Plasmas also get so hot!
I would go LCD, unless you are after something really massive.
husband has imput on this topic
LCD - good small screens
Plasma - good big screens
LCDLED - better then both
Panasonic used to be part of Sony so same technology used, leader at the moment is Samsung - they are the front runners in newer screens eg;led and 3D.
Sony is not a bad brand but is better for cameras etc.
Hubby has been sent to product knowledge conventions for work (OP at Myers, spend most of his time on the tech section)
Last edited by rebec; 05-05-2010 at 05:46 PM.
My daughter is assistant manager at a well known game store.. & i asked her about the PS3 range & here is her answer
Just depends on what PS3 Sony are giving away for free... there are 10 different models of PS3...
Standard 80gb PS3 is $460 RRP...
IF you know what pS3 is being offered for free etc, just let me know & i can give you RRP.. then as a price guide you can check it out on ebay etc..
My daughter had bought a brand new PS3 120 gb, late 09 model including 1 controller,2 games & free warranty upgrade etc, including staff discount she paid $400-..bloody cheap price
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