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    TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Here's my situation. My parents have a 50 inch wide screen tv that is over 15 years old that went out yesterday. They had a repairman come in to look at it who basically told them that it is time for a new tv (I could have told them that but they preferred to pay someone $59 to tell them that instead. LOL)

    My question is now, with all the new tv's, which would be better -- plasma or lcd? I have no idea about this topic so some advice would be greatly appreciated. And a large one too, about 40 - 48 inches...

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    I highly recommend checking out CNET.com. They have TV buying guides and product reviews. For price, I find CostCo usually beats everyone and the additional warranty year is a plus.

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    I agree with Costco. We got our plasma from Costco and it's great!



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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Plasma.

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    plasma better image.. lcd better cost

    recognize their old TV was probably analog and their new one will be digital.. so be sure they have a decent source too (digital cable or sat) .. otherwise they will be disappointed with the image.
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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    We have a 50" plasma and we're very happy with it.


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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Thanks for all your suggestions! It is much appreciated!

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    We're in the LCD camp. But, either will serve you well.

    Costco is good, and you can return the TV within 90 days if it doesn't suit you. Sam's Club has a 100% Satisfaction guarantee, which means they will take it back with no time limits. Bad part of the warehouse stores is that you get to lug them home, and even a modest 37" had to be laid down to fit in my ginormous station wagon.

    We've bought several through http://dealmac.com Each day they display the best deals they find in several electronics/computer areas. Absolutely a great place to get hard drives, computer accessories, and also electronics like TV's. But, you never know what is available on a given day, and most deals last a very short time. You don't buy from them, when you click on an item it takes you to the site of whoever has that low price. Got an Olevia 42" from Target.com last Christmas for $800, delivered. And a 32" for the store for $400 delivered. Today, they have a Westinghouse 47" for $1,350 shipped from Best Buy and a Magnavox 50" Plasma for $1,200 shipped. It's a pretty good resource. Often, you cannot get the same price by walking into the brick and morter local store.
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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    My parents have a 42" plasma at their house in MI and a 32" LCD at their trailer here in Florida and they love both.

    I want a 37" LCD... I hate screen glare!

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Personal choice...plasma.

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    We have a very bright and sunny room. We were told LCD was the best for our light conditions, and that Plasma is better for less light rooms.
    I love my my LCD.

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Quote Originally Posted by samsma View Post
    We have a very bright and sunny room. We were told LCD was the best for our light conditions, and that Plasma is better for less light rooms.
    I love my my LCD.
    What they were trying to tell you was LCD is better for direct light/glare situations because it has a matte finish (look at your laptop screen) and will not glare like a plasma glass screen front.
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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    It used to be the blackest of blacks were only available on a plasma. With contrast rations of 1000 to 1 or greater for LCD's, this is no longer the case. Plasma has slightly improved color over the LCD, but you pay a premium price for it. The dollar/performance equation is better for LCD.

    Lifespan issues. Plasma starts to fade in a few years - ask anyone who owns a 5 year old plasma. They fade until they become unwatchable, but the thinking was that people who could afford a plasma (at the prices 5 years ago) will likely buy a new one within 5 years anyway. LCD has the pixel deadness problem. You will find that over time some pixels will freeze - either black, white, or some solid color such as blue. It is more noticable than a slow fade, but in ten years you can still see a sharp picture but with a few flecks.

    Either way you will get a good picture from the start, and it is always advisable to go to showrooms where they have a digital source to send to the tv's. You can tell more by watching than by reading spec sheets. Buy what pleases you most for within what you want to pay.







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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Thanks again for all your suggestions. This helps out a lot. Thanks!

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    Re: TV's -- LCD or Plasma?

    Becareful with the lower end brands at Costco (Sceptre, Vizio) Numerous problems with a few people i know, esp with the 42" Vizio...

    I got a 42" Sharp Aquos from Cotsco for 1500 (2200 at Best Buy and 1900 at Circuit City) and it beats out anything out there easily!!!

    Panasonic has the better components, and with HD you can't go wrong with the Samsung or Sharps...

    If you wanna drop some money and get a KICK BUTT Plasma...Pioneer Elite series, WOW!
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