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    Default Best Value in TVs Today?

    What's the best value in 1080p, 47"-56" televisions today?

    I'm currently looking for a set that costs between $900 and $1200.

    So far, I've favorited the following 2 sets on Amazon:

    Samsung Plasma:
    http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN50C5...=1HS38MLG4E5E4

    Vizio LED:
    http://www.amazon.com/VIZIO-XVT473SV...=1HS38MLG4E5E4

    Plasmas seem to be the current champion in terms of value... they're really coming down in price, and I know they have a reputation for a great picture.

    What are your thoughts on this? What's the best deal to be had currently on TVs in my price range? Would I be retarded not to buy a LED? I'm cool with not having the newest technology as long as I'm getting great value.

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    I can't comment on most of your questions, but I wanted to say that my decision to buy a Samsung had a lot to do with going to Best Buy and seeing which TV they demo'd the Xbox360 on at the Xbox360 kiosk.

    The reason I shouldn't comment beyond that is that historically I've purchased TVs at precisely the wrong time, just before a major improvement or price drop. It is apparently in my genes.
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    Haha, I believe you, D, but I think that's the case for a lot of people.

    That's why I'm kinda leaning towards plasma right now.

    I hear that burn-in is much less of a problem, they're more durable, and they're really dropping in price. Also, a lot of them seem to have really quick refresh rates (not sure if that's the correct terminology? Delay? I can't remember.) in case I ever wanted to hook up the 360 and play online again.

    LEDs are somewhat new and seem to be way overpriced still. I don't see any really good values floating around in the minimal time I've spent looking so far. I'm looking at backlit LEDs in particular.
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    Plasma's are cheaper, but use a LOT more energy- I read an article where they did the math and on a typical 50" tv, the plasma will eat up its initial savings in energy costs vs an LCD in 3-5 years depending on how much TV you watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevstev View Post
    Plasma's are cheaper, but use a LOT more energy- I read an article where they did the math and on a typical 50" tv, the plasma will eat up its initial savings in energy costs vs an LCD in 3-5 years depending on how much TV you watch.
    Yeah, that's true. I was looking at the power consumption and it can be anywhere from 2 to 3 times as high for plasmas than it is for LEDs.

    I'm torn. I think the only thing for me to do is to go out to a few stores and check them out in person, which I would obviously want to do anyway before I buy anything anywhere.

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    Kind of OT since these aren't widely available yet, but I went to the Samsung "store" in the city(I am not sure if you can actually buy anything there), and they had OLED TV's on display there.

    OMG. First off, they are no thicker than a pane of glass, which also makes them extremely light. I just sat there on the side just staring at how thin it was and wondering how they pulled it off. And the picture quality was noticeably better than any LCD or plasma I have ever seen. I heard Samsung is building a factory that will start outputting these things in large quantities in 2012. Everyone's TV will be once again outdated :/

    Samsung seems to have taken down the site showing this model, but this video shows one off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON9p1...ayer_embedded#!


    Also, I was trying to dig up that article on plasma costs and I could not find it, but this site was pretty cool: http://reviews.cnet.com/green-tech/t...umption-chart/

    It lists specific models and how much it costs to run them per year (based on 5.2 hours of viewing per day).

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    Best bang for your buck period is DLP. If you have the room for the screen size that is.

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/c...2167~0~1114340

    65" Mitsubishi 3D ready DLP for $879.00!!!!!

    Draw backs are that they aren't flat panel(About 15" deep) and you have to replace the bulb eventually.

    I've had a 62" DLP Toshiba for the last 5-6 years and it has performed wonderfully. I had to change the bulb after about 4 years but considering it got heavy use I was ok with it and the bulb price was about $135.00

    The link above is from Dell Home and they always have great deals on all brands of TV's.

    Also I use Techbargains.com to shop for Tech as they always list the best deals on the intranets...
    http://www.techbargains.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKULLI View Post
    Best bang for your buck period is DLP. If you have the room for the screen size that is.

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/c...2167~0~1114340

    65" Mitsubishi 3D ready DLP for $879.00!!!!!

    Draw backs are that they aren't flat panel(About 15" deep) and you have to replace the bulb eventually.

    I've had a 62" DLP Toshiba for the last 5-6 years and it has performed wonderfully. I had to change the bulb after about 4 years but considering it got heavy use I was ok with it and the bulb price was about $135.00

    The link above is from Dell Home and they always have great deals on all brands of TV's.

    Also I use Techbargains.com to shop for Tech as they always list the best deals on the intranets...
    http://www.techbargains.com/
    I have a DLP as well, it is about 6.5 years old now (daaamn time flies) and I can attest that it works great. Not sure how the quality is these days compared to lcd's and plasma's but if you have no intention of hanging your tv on your wall, its worth considering.

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    I definitely intend to hang it on the wall. Unfortunately, DLP's are out of the question.

    I think I've pretty much decided to just bite the bullet and get a 55" Vizio backlit LED TV at Costco. I'd rather spend an extra $300 now and have the size and type of TV I want.

    I went to Costco and checked out some TVs the other day. It looked pretty amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. McMic View Post
    I definitely intend to hang it on the wall. Unfortunately, DLP's are out of the question.

    I think I've pretty much decided to just bite the bullet and get a 55" Vizio backlit LED TV at Costco. I'd rather spend an extra $300 now and have the size and type of TV I want.

    I went to Costco and checked out some TVs the other day. It looked pretty amazing.
    I went ahead and bought this monstrosity of a TV. I have a question for anyone that owns a wall-mounted TV, though.

    I didn't get the adjustable wall mount rack (the one that allows you to pull the TV out from the wall and move it around). Big mistake? I'm pretty happy with the position of the TV without it.

    But how the hell do you access the component or A/V cable jacks on the back of the set without going through the wall? The TV has 5 HDMI inputs accessible from the bottom and the side. Are the TV companies basically saying, "eh, fuck it, nobody uses anything except HDMI inputs now anyway"?

    Also, does xbox make an HDMI output cable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. McMic View Post
    Also, does xbox make an HDMI output cable?
    All of the XBOX360s made after the Elite was introduced have an HDMI output.

    MS does make it's own HDMI cable, but you can use any HDMI cable.

    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-HDMI-Cable/dp/B000UODATY
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    All of the XBOX360s made after the Elite was introduced have an HDMI output.

    MS does make it's own HDMI cable, but you can use any HDMI cable.

    http://www.amazon.com/Xbox-360-HDMI-Cable/dp/B000UODATY
    So, if I have an old 360, I'm either shit out of luck or I buy a component to HDMI adapter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. McMic View Post
    So, if I have an old 360, I'm either shit out of luck or I buy a component to HDMI adapter?
    Pretty much.

    Mad Catz has an adapter that plugs directly into the 360. Mad Catz has a reputation of lower quality products so I don't know If I would personally go with it.

    http://www.madcatz.com/default.asp?page=411

    Here is a review of it.

    http://cnettv.cnet.com/xbox-360-hdmi...-50002627.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by SKY View Post
    Pretty much.

    Mad Catz has an adapter that plugs directly into the 360. Mad Catz has a reputation of lower quality products so I don't know If I would personally go with it.

    http://www.madcatz.com/default.asp?page=411

    Here is a review of it.

    http://cnettv.cnet.com/xbox-360-hdmi...-50002627.html
    It is now a moot point, as I turned on my 360 (for the first time in months) yesterday and got the red ring of death.

    I highly doubt my box is under warranty. I got it back when they first came out. Do I have any recourse? Any extended warranties/deals from Microsoft?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M.C. McMic View Post
    It is now a moot point, as I turned on my 360 (for the first time in months) yesterday and got the red ring of death.

    I highly doubt my box is under warranty. I got it back when they first came out. Do I have any recourse? Any extended warranties/deals from Microsoft?
    As far as I know you are boned. It is too bad I read this when I did, I just gave away (for free) a jasper arcade model and a 250GB hdd. Sorry, man.
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