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    Flat screen tv's

    Looking to get a new flat screen. I know there are plasma and LCD. What are the pro's and con's? I heard something about one is repairable and the other isn't. Any opinions or good/bad stories? Is there any real value in spending more for the top brands? Thanks for any insight.
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    my litle knowledge is that LCD's are more reliable and are *repairable* whereas alot of my friends have had pixel problems with the plasma's.

    a little better picture quality with the plasma, but the newer LCD's aren't far behind if not better now.

    pay attention to the black color shades when buying one. a lower quality TV (LCD) will have trouble producing dark shades or black. cheaper one usually and up making a dark grey color and the pic looks weird.
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    I know a lot hate walmart but if your in the market for a flat screen I just heard on the news the other day that Walmart is coming out with a real special on them that no one is going to be able to compete with.

    Not sure what brand it was but from what the news station said was that it was about the best rated tv brand on the market and that no one else out there was going to be able to comptete against it if they were looking for that sizes of flat screens.

    Just a though that I would mention if that helps ya

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    my understanding is that plasmas are only better if there is no light on them, meaning in a basement with no windows. Samsung or Sony is best. I think its 720 or 1080 pixels is something to be concerned of. If bigger than 40" then go with 1080 under that size the difference is minimal. If going with either you need high deff. otherwise a picture tube is still best other than physical size. Did you check how many high deff. channels you could get with your cable/ Sat. I think I get about 15 channels high deff. outa 200.
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    I have a 42" Panasonic Plasma, the Viera series. The picture is wonderful, but Plasma screens are sensitive to burn in. If one watches Fox News often, that icon at the lower left will become a permanent part of the screen. As I understand things, the Sony 'Bravera' (?) series is so close, it is a wash... and the Sony is an LCD. If you will watch it close (less than about 8 ft away, get the 1080P resolution... avoids the 'window screen' appearance.
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    I got a 40" sony bravia 1080 which I think is great. Im typing on it right now another bonus of these things you can hook your comp. onto it.
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    Sony Wega here.....

    60 inches of pure joy....
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    I have a 48" Philips, LCD. Nice picture. I won't pay the extra ten bucks a month for the HD signal, (what a rip).
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    Quote Originally Posted by whec720 View Post
    I have a 48" Philips, LCD. Nice picture. I won't pay the extra ten bucks a month for the HD signal, (what a rip).
    Hook up an antenna if you are anywhere near the TV station broadcasts, youll get your local channels in HD for free

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    DLP.... with my eyesight, works fine....bulb is around 300 now.....Samsung 50"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swampfox View Post
    Hook up an antenna if you are anywhere near the TV station broadcasts, youll get your local channels in HD for free
    Cool...I did not know that.

    The thing is, when shopping for a flat, they make it sound like the HD just comes with it. It should.......greedy SOBs.
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    Rev is correct with lighting issues.

    LCD you can change the bulb and the pic is back to new

    As you use the LCD, the pic will fade in color even though the bulb is rated for 10,000 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by whec720 View Post
    Cool...I did not know that.

    The thing is, when shopping for a flat, they make it sound like the HD just comes with it. It should.......greedy SOBs.
    You can even make one yourself, there are several tutorials on Youtube

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