The Official "I need help with a new TV purchase" thread

Discussion in 'Gator Bytes' started by helix139, Aug 8, 2007.

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    Once again Helix blows his whole wad on looks (TV) without caring one bit about what comes out of her mouth (sound).:joecool:

    This is a case where I don't think surround sound is necessary. But if you want to pump the volume I would look for to buy some Klipsh Tower speakers with a simple amp (about 120 watts). That will make the trailer rockin' so people will come a knockin'.
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    Not hardly. 37's can be had for well within the price range he mentioned, even leaving some leftover for sound. Even 42's can be had if you know where to look
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    The Panasonic 42 inch plasma is on sale for $999 right now! What a deal!!!
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    Which one and where?
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    My father likes the prices of Vizios and is looking to get their 47" 1080p LCD. I personally do not know anything about them.

    Does anyone know how reliable Vizios are? Quality?

    My father is looking Vizio's 47" 1080p LCD tv. I saw the model side by side with a Sony XBR and there was no comparison. Black levels were completely different and Vizio seemed blurry compared to the Sony. Is this just because I was comparing it to the best LCD out there or are Vizios not worth spending money on?

    I think my dad can get the Vizio for 1350 whereas a 46" 1080p Sony (not the xbr) would cost him ~2250.
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    I am no expert on specific TVs but I have not heard many good things about the Vizio other than price. I would guess there is a reason they are so cheap. I would advise your dad to either sacrifice a little size and get a better television or try to find a brand priced somewhere in between the two. I have heard good things about the Samsung, Phillips, Sony and Sharp Aquos. Also, if you are not set on a LCD you can find better prices in that size range with Plasma. Of course Plasma does not work in all rooms so this may not be an option.
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    Vizio TVs have an undefeatable overscan that actually stretches out the picture slightly unevenly. They've got a good price and other than that, their picture is decent, but your dad would be much better served going with something else. Check Sam's and Costco. Both have 1080p 47" Philips TVs that I can highly recommend for <300 more than the Vizio. Also, keep in mind that at that size, unless he plans to use it as a computer monitor, 1080p is barely noticeable to a well-trained eye. He can save some money by looking at 720p sets
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    OK, here I go....please include a link to your recommendation if possible.

    1. What is your total home theater budget (TV and surround system)?

    $500-$600 (Only looking for a TV in the bedroom)

    2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you value sound as compared to your TV? 1 is you don't care at all about sound, you just want a TV, and 10 is you HAVE to have the best surround sound, even if it may cut back on your TV size and quality.

    1 - I just need a TV

    3. Do you have any specific discount club memberships? (i.e. Sam's, Costco, etc.)

    Sams

    4. Do you need to wall mount it or have other reasons you would only consider flat panel and not rear projection or front projection?

    Looking to mount it on the wall…..so I guess flat panel. Would also consider a stationary mount on the dresser.

    4. Any restrictions on size?

    The wall/dresser the TV will be on is about 15-17 feet away from where my head will be laying. So I’m guessing 32-36 inch TV will be sufficient. I know bigger would be better, but it’s not important for me to have a large TV in my bedroom. Just something with a very good picture so I can see the scores without squinting.

    5. What is your typical viewing distance going to be?

    15-17 feet

    6. Do you plan to use it as a computer monitor?

    No

    7. Do you plan to game on it? If so, what system(s)?

    No

    8. On a scale of (1) to (10), rate which is more important to you within your size restrictions, picture quality, or size? (1) being quality is most important (i.e. you are willing to sacrifice a few inches for the best picture possible as long as it meets your minimum needed size ), and (10) being size is most important (i.e. picture quality is not important at all if you can get the biggest screen possible).

    1

    9. Are there any brands you definitely prefer? Are there any you definitely dislike?

    No preference

    10. Do you have to buy your TV in a brick and mortar store (i.e. Best Buy) or would you be willing to buy it online?

    Brick and mortar

    11. What is the layout of your room, and where will your TV be situated? be sure to disclose any windows, lamps, or other ambient light sources that you would not be willing to cover with curtains (NOT blinds).

    Large window to the left with blinds, currents soon. TV will be on a wall in a niche over dresser

    12. Do you have an available wall that is 60" or larger and are you willing to consider front projection?

    Yes

    13. Any aesthetic requirements we should be aware of?

    No

    14. Do you have any discounts with any retailers or vendors?

    No

    15. What is your typical viewing content? (dramas, sports, action, etc.)?

    Typical TV including sports.

    16. Are you planning on a professional installation, or are you the DIY type?

    DIY

    17. If you get a flat panel, will you want to wall mount it and will you want a stationary mount or something that pulls out from the wall and pivots your TV to an angle?

    Would like to wall mount it or have a stationary mount on top of the dresser

    18. Anything else we should be aware of (i.e. mounting over fireplace, etc.)?
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    uflawyer, what it better choice when choosing screens, plasma, lcd or none of the above?
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    Lots of factors to consider. Size, the room its going to be in, what you are using it for, amount of light possibly reflecting on it. If you fill out the questionnaire in the first post or at least the questions relative to screens someone can provide a better answer.
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    A couple of points-

    At 15-17 feet you really need a 42-50" TV to be able to see any difference between SD and HD. I used to have a 26" at 12 feet and it was completely inadequate. My advice to you would be to save up a couple hundred more and look for a good deal on a 42" plasma or LCD. At that distance you just may find yourself squinting with a 32-37" LCD. There will be deals to be had on 42" plasma and LCD TV's though, especially around black friday (bfads.net has ads in advance. Sears is already up).

    I know lawyer will probably tell you that you need a sound system, but in your case, for simply a bedroom setup for watching sports and the news and such and with a limited budget, I don't think it is completely necessary.
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    Your damn right you need surround sound in the bedroom. You can't watch the spice channel with the misses with just those little TV speakers.:joecool:

    Even a cheap $150 mini system is better than nothing.

    I have come to realization that most people who do not have surround systems do so because they have never watched TV with a good system. I have superbowl party every year, and every year many of the new people who get invited inevitably ask me to design a system for them because they are blown away by the sound. To me, comparing TV speakers to good surround is the same as HD TV to analog antenna TV.
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    The question is, for the purposes of watching sports, news, etc (mainly front loaded voice-centric sound), is the benefit worth the $150? Also, for many people a surround sound system simply is not possible or practical. I've watched plenty of TV and movies with and without a surround system. While a good system makes certain types of content unquestionably better, for other content the benefit is really negligible and not really worth the money, especially for those on a limited budget.
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    It is obvious to me that Helix does not get the spice channel.:ninja:
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    Why pay for porn when you can get it free through p2p? ;)
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    Would you mind elaborating on this "p2p" option?!

    :ninja:
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    forget 720p it's old technology and you will never be able to make use of full hd. from my experience the new sony bravia xbr4 is the nicest tv in terms of quality and features and style lol. let's just say it's the best...only tried the lcd tho im sure the dlp's are amazing too
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    Uh, not true. Icontacked, you've bought into the marketing hype about 1080p. On anything under 42" you will not be able to tell the difference in 720p and 1080p. 42-50" the difference is negligible and only apparant if you sit really close to the TV. Really, the only reason to pay extra for 1080p if you are buying something under 50" is if you plan to use it as a computer monitor.

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