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post #31 of 100
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Originally Posted by rsaavedra View Post
Agree, but the screen size alone doesn't make resolution more relevant. It's actually screen size and the right viewing distance.
Absolutely, but there is a standardized recommended viewing distance used for most professional reviews, which recommends surprisingly close viewing distances. There is a significant difference in perceivable resolution at those recommended viewing distances. Also, there is an overwhelming appeal in being able to sit 6' from a 65" panel that has perfect resolution. I moved my couch closer to my panel when I realized what 1080p can really do.
post #32 of 100
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Does that mean I should be looking at Plasma only because it will be 55+inch? I was wondering about the latency on the LCD HDTVs (during fast image movement). Also about the viewing distance, I think it will be about 10-15'. I'm basically looking for the absolute best at 55inch.
post #33 of 100
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Originally Posted by perplex View Post
Does that mean I should be looking at Plasma only because it will be 55+inch? I was wondering about the latency on the LCD HDTVs (during fast image movement). Also about the viewing distance, I think it will be about 10-15'. I'm basically looking for the absolute best at 55inch.

It really depends on what you will be using it for. The newer LCDs are excellent and offer better versatility for someone who is going to use it heavily with with the PC and video games. You won't have to worry about latency. Nevertheless, if you are primarily a HD TV and movie viewer, high end plasma continues to offer the best picture quality.

I don't think you'll be disappointed with a high end LCD or plasma. Check out the Sony XBR2/3 and the new Sharps for LCD, and check out the Pioneers and Panasonics for plasma. The LCDs are much more affordable.
post #34 of 100
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Well it will be for HDTV broadcast and HD movies eventually when I figure out which media player to get.

Can someone just summarise the benefite of special (12-16 guage) speaker wire as opposed to normal wire that you'd use to wire a doorbell.
post #35 of 100
There is no practical benefit. Speaker wire is often called lamp cord. Sometimes speaker wire has finer strands and more flexible insulation, and one side should always be polarity marked to avoid severe hassle, but otherwise, wire is wire. I have recycled cheap extension cords as speaker wire with great results.
post #36 of 100
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OK great, so there's no special properties of speaker wire like interference insulation or anything.
post #37 of 100
Well, some wires are shielded, but that's mostly signal wires. Speaker level wires are just dual conductor...wire.

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post #38 of 100
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Originally Posted by perplex View Post
OK great, so there's no special properties of speaker wire like interference insulation or anything.
Most important aspect of speaker wire is gauge, not insulation. Gauge should be chosen depending on the length of the cable run. The longer the cable, the thicker it should be. The thicker the cable, the smaller awg gauge number. For instance, a 14 awg cable is thicker than an 18 awg.

Crutchfield has a table of gauge recommendations depending on cable length, but some other people/websites are more demanding, might recommend thicker wire for ever shorter runs than suggested here:
http://www.crutchfieldadvisor.com/IS...kers_wire.html
post #39 of 100
I believe plasma still has the best overall picture quality, but LCDs are catching up in terms of contrast ratios and color accuracy.

I recall reading that the Pioneer Pro-FHD1 plasma is great if you are looking at a plasma display. I also like Panasonic (commercial although I own a Panny consumer level plasma). For LCD I would take a good look at the Sharp, Sony and Sammy 1080p LCDs.
They all seem to be suffering from some problems but the Sony bravia V2500 series seems like a good bet. I am looking to grab the 46" version soon.
post #40 of 100
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Yeah for LCD, I've been looking at the new Sonys. For plasma I've been looking at the Panasonics. Right now, plasma seems to be the favourite for me. Plasma just seems to have the advantage in every sense except the burn-in.
post #41 of 100
If money was no object, I'd buy a plasma over an LCD. You've got the potential burn in issue, but to my eyes plasma just produces a better picture. It also weighs more, tends to be hotter, and uses more power, but I just prefer the look of a plasma.

I'm not sure if there are plasmas available at 55", 50" is a common size and there seem to be some 60"+ ones as well. Check out Panasonic and Pioneer, they're two of the better plasma brands and definitely have 1080p sets.
post #42 of 100
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OK thanks for all the help guys. We'll be buying around January sometime. It's a shame about this BluRay and HD-DVD fiasco, would have been nice to get a player at the same time without worrying about the future of the media .
post #43 of 100
Burn-in is not much of an issue with today's plasmas unless you're going to display a static image for hours on end. You just need to keep the settings toned down a little bit for the first 50-100 hours. There's plenty on the AVS forum regarding this topic. Also, a lot of people confuse image retention with burn-in. Image retention will go away within a few minutes if it occurs. Most people panic when they first see it though, thinking it is burn-in.
post #44 of 100
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I just realised something, at the moment I'm using SCART to connect the TV with the DVD player/reciever. How does HDMI work?
post #45 of 100
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Originally Posted by perplex View Post
Yeah for LCD, I've been looking at the new Sonys. For plasma I've been looking at the Panasonics. Right now, plasma seems to be the favourite for me. Plasma just seems to have the advantage in every sense except the burn-in.
If you adjust your plasma right you will not worry about burn in. I would not recommend plasma if you are using gaming consoles and not using a screen saver though. It is all about the brightness/contrast settings when it comes to plasmas.
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