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2008/05/18 16:17:05 (permalink)
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Plasma or LCD ??

looking for a new tv, I would like to know the pro's and con's of each before I part with my hard earned ca$h ,
cheers for any input.
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    Indianabol Jones
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:31:51 (permalink)
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    From what I've read, LCD seems to be the way to go, but then I wouldn't take the combined words of Viz and The Beano as balanced view.
    Aren't plasma screens supposed to be prone to crapping out of being a little skanky with pixels?


    First person to defend plasma screens has to also admit they bought one years ago that was horribly overpriced and they're still trying to justify the purchase...muahahaha

     
     
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:36:26 (permalink)
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    Have just bought LCD, 32 HD ready. No problems with it @ all.

    TBH your best bet when looking for a tv is to pop to supermarket buy a magazine & check the reviews and recommended products. Cant really go wrong with following their guides & whatever u wanna spend there will be something that stands out in your price range. My tv works great with sky, my upscaling dvd works in tune with the picture quality of tv & my hd drive for x box360/tv mean i get to watch hd films which are amazing.
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:38:49 (permalink)
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    The one I was looking at was a Hitachi 42" Plasma with built in freeview @ £599, which I thought was a bargain.
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:43:27 (permalink)
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    LCD all day long
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:43:39 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: NDT

    The one I was looking at was a Hitachi 42" Plasma with built in freeview @ £599, which I thought was a bargain.


    seems very cheap for a plasma tbh? id have a good read up about the tv before purchasing it. depends how perfect u want it to be, i knew when i looked @ a new tv i really researched it, i knew what i wanted to spend but i knew what i wanted from the tv & picture quality.......i spent round £500 on mine but had won top awards etc etc. picture is nuts!!! i went for samaung.,.....their new series is worth looking at imo
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:46:41 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: EBBZ


    ORIGINAL: NDT

    The one I was looking at was a Hitachi 42" Plasma with built in freeview @ £599, which I thought was a bargain.


    seems very cheap for a plasma tbh? id have a good read up about the tv before purchasing it. depends how perfect u want it to be, i knew when i looked @ a new tv i really researched it, i knew what i wanted to spend but i knew what i wanted from the tv & picture quality.......i spent round £500 on mine but had won top awards etc etc. picture is nuts!!! i went for samaung.,.....their new series is worth looking at imo


    yeah it's cheap, it's in tesco, they only have one left, I wasn't sure so I left it, I need to do more research.
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:49:41 (permalink)
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    buy a magazine mate, then go to currys/comet/apollo etc to look @ the tvs....certain ones i knew were good but i didnt like the look of them. Dont get me wrong tesco etc can have a good bargen but i think after u know the one u want check it out on a compare website it will find the product @ best price. my old man is looking @ a sony one, he has got the price £1700....ive already just found it for him @ £1499.......however be carefull as u need to also think what type of warranty u want on it etc

    good luck
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:50:45 (permalink)
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    cheers
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 16:52:06 (permalink)
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    Step dad has had a 50" inch plasma for his 40th and it seems fine.

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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 17:07:47 (permalink)
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    From what little I know about it...

    Plasma Pros - Much deeper blacks, very fast response time so no ghosting, very wide viewing angle, more natural colours
    Plasma Cons - More expensive, bigger, heavier, uses more power, produces more heat, possible 'burning' of the screen if you leave the same image on for a long time

    LCD Pros - Brighter, cheaper, less power/heat, no burning, smaller
    LCD Cons - slower response time so ghosting, small viewing angle, not very black blacks

    IMO go for the Plasma if you can afford it.

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    Good sources of info are avforums.com, What Hi-Fi magazine, http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk
    post edited by Paracelsus - 2008/05/18 17:09:13
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 17:09:39 (permalink)
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    I just bought a new widescreen CRT TV for my small lounge. Why CRT and not LCD? Because CRT is superior to LCD with standard definition (SD) media and broadcasts i.e. most TV, DVD, and downloads i.e. avi or DivX. It was a bitch to find a new decent CRT locally though, now that retailers and manufacturers have killed them off. I think they couldn't wait to get rid of CRT's because they are a pig to manufacture, ship, and store, plus they wanted to expand the new market for high definition (HD).

    I think LCD is a little like the emperors new clothes for everything other than HD. Unless of course you got a good length of room to render the inferior resolution (i.e. blocky images) and dodgy blacks less noticeable. In fact, I think a good many people have got rid of their old CRT's only to regret it later.

    Plasma over LCD
    Plasma over CRT
    CRT over LCD for most current viewing
    LCD over CRT if you can afford lots of HD titles

    At least this is how I feel.

    Loads of CRT bargains on ebay.
    post edited by Yohimbe - 2008/05/18 17:14:34
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 17:38:57 (permalink)
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    lcd for hd
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 17:53:54 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: NDT


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    The one I was looking at was a Hitachi 42" Plasma with built in freeview @ £599, which I thought was a bargain.


    seems very cheap for a plasma tbh? id have a good read up about the tv before purchasing it. depends how perfect u want it to be, i knew when i looked @ a new tv i really researched it, i knew what i wanted to spend but i knew what i wanted from the tv & picture quality.......i spent round £500 on mine but had won top awards etc etc. picture is nuts!!! i went for samaung.,.....their new series is worth looking at imo


    yeah it's cheap, it's in tesco, they only have one left, I wasn't sure so I left it, I need to do more research.



    Stick up the make/model - £500 for a 40 inch plasma sounds like you'll be buying a pretty crap TV, regardless of discount. They sell tecknika ones which are pretty damn ugly, and from what I've seen, done particularly perform
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 18:17:09 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: Tony Barnes


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    The one I was looking at was a Hitachi 42" Plasma with built in freeview @ £599, which I thought was a bargain.


    seems very cheap for a plasma tbh? id have a good read up about the tv before purchasing it. depends how perfect u want it to be, i knew when i looked @ a new tv i really researched it, i knew what i wanted to spend but i knew what i wanted from the tv & picture quality.......i spent round £500 on mine but had won top awards etc etc. picture is nuts!!! i went for samaung.,.....their new series is worth looking at imo


    yeah it's cheap, it's in tesco, they only have one left, I wasn't sure so I left it, I need to do more research.



    Stick up the make/model - £500 for a 40 inch plasma sounds like you'll be buying a pretty crap TV, regardless of discount. They sell tecknika ones which are pretty damn ugly, and from what I've seen, done particularly perform

    Highlighted it in red as you missed it the first time don't know the model, can't remember and it's not on their web site.
    post edited by NDT - 2008/05/18 18:20:03
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 18:26:46 (permalink)
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    hah - 'tard moment on my behalf... even quoted it!!

    Might be alright, decent enough brand
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/18 19:26:33 (permalink)
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    The Panasonic 42" Plasma TH42PX70 is £650 in Currys at the moment, it looks great. Not 1080p, actually 1024x768 but it looks ****ing good regardless. My dad was going to buy it but I've convinced him to buy it's better brother the TH42PZ80 which is 1080p and has a slightly better panel (£850).
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/19 10:13:09 (permalink)
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    I have last's years model the Panasonic TH42PX70 as a main set, wicked picture especially on normal TV, now have the TX37LZD as a dining room set, wonderful picture, but would not have it as a main set due to the inherent glow that all LCD's have. This is because you are in essence looking at a large array of fluorescent tubes and in a dim lit room can be distracting. Yes there is the issue of Plasma Panels having pixel failure, I change on average 1 a week, but that works out to less than ½% failure rate, LCD backlights have the same issue as well as the odd one pixel going down.

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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/19 10:16:35 (permalink)
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    go for the plasma as stated above

    my girlfriends family have an LG (i think) LCD and the black is terrible - black = grey!

    i have the hitachi (sp) 42 inch plasma (without freeview) which is HD ready and it is good - picture qulity couldnt be better - although i need to upgrade my dvd player to make most of it

    but the tv itself unfortunalty by todyas standards is fairly ugly

    sound BTW is also good through the TV although i dont use it
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    RE: Plasma or LCD ?? 2008/05/19 10:29:59 (permalink)
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    If you have your tv running for long periods of time then you need to get an LCD tv, plasma has a life expectancy on it.
    LCD is better if you watch tv a lot.
    I have a 52" LG LCD tv and its brilliant, but make sure you get a surround sound system to go with it, makes it even better!

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