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Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Moderator1, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    OK, I know we've done this before. Indulge me. I'm finally succumbing to pressure at home to upgrade the TV.
    I have no clue but am told this one is pretty good at the price I can get.


    Thoughts? Suggestions? 1100 is about the best I can go at this point and even that is a reach.
  2. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Sorry... two things to look for ... 120HZ and as much contrast as you can get
  3. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    Allow me to suggest this one from the same place....
    with the discount from Dell (add to your cart) it's 100 bucks more, and you get 120hz which is better for sports and high action; contrast ratio is the same and comes with blu-ray too...

    Nice move getting from Dell.. no interest for a year;
  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Moddy, It has been more than a year since I got a big HDTV, so I have no idea what prices should be. But that looks like a nice set. You can't go wrong with a 1080P TV at that resolution -- 1920 X 1080. One thing some less expensive sets scrimped on when I got mine were the inputs. The TV you are looking at looks great on that front, though. Plenty of component and composite inputs, back and sides and 5 HDMI inputs, which is key, if I am reading that correctly. One other thing to look at on sets is the contrast ratio, but that link says "not available" under "Image Contrast Ratio." I'd want to know, and would want a set that offers as much of a ratio as possible on an LCD TV. From what I understand, the contrast is an important part of the picture on an LCD TV, so you want the difference between the brightest and darkest aspects of the picture to be well defined. They are making TVs now with a 2 million to 1 contrast ratio. I'd make sure this one has a decent ratio. Other than that, the TV looks good. I'd want to actually see it in a store, and I did, but it was probably useless, because you have no idea how they have the thing hooked up or if your picture is going to translate to what you see in a showroom. My LCD TV was made by Samsung, by the way. Was very happy with it.
  5. slappy4428

    slappy4428 Active Member

    I have two -- one Vizio and one Philips and I like them both, but r-e-a-l-l-y like the Philips.
    The one Moddy looked at has 10,000-1 contrast ratio
  6. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks, slap. Looked at that one, too, wasn't sure what made it cost more - you think it is worth the difference?
  7. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Slap, The one he was looking at comes with the Blu Ray player also.
  8. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    Another difference between your link and Slappy's is the response time. The one you are looking at is 6 ms. Slappy's is 4 ms. It is an indication of how fast the screen displays moving images. Slow response times create ghosting. It is particularly important for gaming, but if I remember correctly, 16 ms was a cut-off point where ghosting becomes a big problem with DVDs and games, so even though faster response time is probably better, both of those numbers are probably good.
  9. Hammer Pants

    Hammer Pants Active Member

    Make sure you get the inputs, Moddy. I got my HDTV several years ago, and it has plenty of inputs ... but just of them is HDMI, and I have to use component cables for a few things I'd rather use HDMI. It does make a difference, and if you're buying an HDTV, that difference is important.

    I'll have to upgrade at some point, but it's justifiably low on my priority list.
  10. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    "Succumbing to pressure at home to upgrade the TV" ... now that's one sentence I'll never get the pleasure of typing. My wife wants to get rid of our Dish and doesn't see any benefit in HD programming. Heresy!
  11. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    My son is back home for a while thanks to a promotion/job transfer so I need to take advantage of his expertise (and trash removing ability) while he is there. I think the only thing we upgraded in his six years away was a new crock pot.
  12. Big Buckin' agate_monkey

    Big Buckin' agate_monkey Active Member

    And you've not had us over for food in this new crockpot?!??!?! HRMPF!
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