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  • So school me on TVs

    I know nothing about tvs. The wife and I have been using a old 31 inch trinitron since we bought the house some 18 yrs ago. we have a cheapo chinese 13 in in the bedroom.

    Im finally decided to stop using the finished basement as a storage room and want to use it as a " Dougs Room. " I hate the term man cave".

    the room is 27X27 but there is two brick columns in it, so Im deciding on how big of a TV I can go with. there is two sets of double hung windows on the north facing wall. the east wall is all brick with a fireplace and log box , and the west wall has the entry way, and a 1/2 bath.

    I dont know which is better lcd, led projection , plasma . 3d, . so tell me what you like, how big , what brand, pros and cons. I trust you guys more than any salesman!
    Reading , Pa
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    Stay away from Plasma...old technology...terrible black ....looks washed out...terrible viewing angle.
    LCD...best bang for the buck... Samsung has the best black color out there. I own a 60" 55" 50" and 3 42" Samsung touch of color models...these TV's are awesome.... here's one http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+...&skuId=2009087
    LED is nice but new technology and still pretty pricey.
    3D...I bought one....took it back 2 days later...gave me a headache trying to watch it....
    Last edited by Chassisman; February 22, 2012, 09:40 PM.
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    • #3
      We're spending your money, right? get a big LED backlit LCD tv. As big as will fit.
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      • #4
        thinking about it Jim....really dnt see me popping for it!
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        • #5
          I have a small LED, the pic is fantastic IF you are watching HD...otherwise its no better than an old tube TV. I also have an LCD and I like it just fine. They are dirt cheap now compared to when I purchased mine. If you have the room I am of the school of though that bigger is better. Stay away from rear projection and plasma...there are some nice overhead projection units that I have seen that have decent picture quality and at 70+ inches, its freaking awesome...if I had a room to myself I would go that route.
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          • #6
            Anyone have a DLP, digital light projection?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Scott Liggett View Post
              Anyone have a DLP, digital light projection?
              ...YUP !...I'll have it at the March Meet showing old racing videos... A good one runs just under 2,000.00 ...a great one as high as 8,500.00
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Chassisman View Post
                ...YUP !...I'll have it at the March Meet showing old racing videos... A good one runs just under 2,000.00 ...a great one as high as 8,500.00
                I guess I'll be sticking with my Sharp Aquus 42" LCD HD for a while longer.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Scott Liggett View Post
                  I guess I'll be sticking with my Sharp Aquus 42" LCD HD for a while longer.
                  ...there are decent cheap ones out there... we just installed one of these at my buddies place...works great. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Optoma+-...&skuId=2126047

                  Contrast ratio and resolution are the main things followed by bulb life.....bulbs can be pricey for sure.
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                  • #10
                    We bought a 46" Samsung 1080p, backlit LED LCD back in January from hhgregg for around $1100. It is a "smart" TV with internet capability, the first thing I did was watch my youtube stuff...blew me away. It also has 3D which wasn't at all a selling point but it was there and have never tried it out. We didn't want some monstrosity dominating our living room so for us the 46" was a good size, and kept us within our price range. I would reccomend hhgregg, good prices and knowledgeable sales staff, right before last Thanksgiving we bought all new kitchen appliances from them and had a good experience so we went back when the old TV shit the bed.
                    I think there is one in Reading.

                    This is the one...
                    http://www.hhgregg.com/samsung-46-cl...item/UN46D6400
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                    • #11
                      I just picked up a 55" LG LCD 1080p from tigerdirect, on special with free shipping, $899 to the door.

                      It's Rhonda's 40th bday present.

                      I didn't do a ton of research, but we are not videophiles by any stretch. We've been quite happy with the simple vizio LCD 36" we got a few years ago - it was as big as we could fit into the wall cabinet.

                      Now I have to get to work building a new free standle mantle over the wood stove to put the new TV on - it's supposed to be delivered by March 5.... tick tock.
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                      • #12
                        IMO most people overpay by buying more TV than they need. Anyone who's been watching a 31" trinitron (I loved those back in the early 90s btw) is going to be blown away by the most basic flatscreen in HD. My Dad bought a LCD flatscreen and marveled (bragged) about it's clarity etc.. and when I came over to visit he was was watching it in standard definition. Egads!

                        I don't know your budget, but even a basic $500-600 50" regardless of the hz, contrast ratio, etc.. will probably work for you.


                        I have quite a few TVs but if I were forced to replace one today I'd probably get this one:
                        http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sharp+-+...&skuId=3641514

                        The reason: 1. I'd like at least a 70" in my game room. 2. It's LED 3. It has Netflix built in. (My wife and I watch a lot of netflix)

                        Cons: There are tvs with faster refresh rates, and it's not a 3d tv. Neither of which matters to me... For the price you could almost get 4 50" plasma tvs.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by bishir View Post
                          IMO most people overpay by buying more TV than they need. Anyone who's been watching a 31" trinitron (I loved those back in the early 90s btw) is going to be blown away by the most basic flatscreen in HD.
                          x2, I can't see you being disappointed by anything new.

                          I prefer plasma's. IMO, seeing LED, LCD and Plasma side by side playing the same thing, it appeared to me the plasma was the cleanest. I've had a 52" plasma since 2007, and just bought a 65" plasma a week ago because I wanted bigger =P Both Panasonic's, the only brand I'd get for plasma.

                          As for DLP's, I don't know a person who has owned one that didn't have trouble with it after two or three years. Needing either light bulbs, or some kind of motor, or a whole motherboard. I probably would only take one free if I wanted to put it in the garage. They're bulky compared to the competition and I don't think they can hang on walls.
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                          • #14
                            Great thread, wife and I were discussing get an new TV soon. Just wish I could get better shows to watch. Crap in regular def is Crap in HD with a better picture.
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                            • #15
                              I havent checked out the 3d , but I cant believe I would want it. My friend is not a fan of it.....

                              My buddy stopped over and had a Black Eye.
                              So I asked how he got it. He said " watching porn in 3d on his new large flat screen TV. "
                              I said " WTH?"
                              Then he said " His wife came home early, with her friends from work. And she wasnt happy"
                              then he pointed to his eye!

                              True story, and I wont mention his name, in case he comes on here.
                              Reading , Pa
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