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post #31 of 116
I sit 6-7 feet from my TV and my 27 inch CRT serves me very well, two thumbs up!
post #32 of 116
Well, I recently bought into a particular technology. I decided I wanted a flat panel display for my living room. I initial thought 42, but opted for 50 in the end. I did a lot of looking and comparing between LCDs and Plasmas for about two months before I made my decision. Plus I did a ton of online research so I knew the pros and cons.

To my eye, the Sharps and Sonys had the best LCDs; and the Pioneer/Elite and Fujitsu had the best Plasmas.

I got the Pioneer PDP-5070HD because I preferred the overall picture quality, action imaging, and larger size to cost ratio to the LCDs and couldn’t justify the additional premium for say the Elite or the Fujitsu, though they were definitely better. On occasion, I still go compare and don’t have any regrets. And the fact that I got a really good deal makes me happy too.

I suppose my biggest complaint is that I wish there were more HDTV channels. Yet the HD sporting events such as football, baseball, basketball, boxing, golf, etc is fantastic as is the stuff on Discovery HD and some of the other HD channels. It’s difficult going back to SD sometimes it’s OK and other times next to intolerable.
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I got the Pioneer PDP-5070HD because I preferred the overall picture quality, action imaging, and larger size to cost ratio to the LCDs and couldn’t justify the additional premium for say the Elite or the Fujitsu, though they were definitely better. On occasion, I still go compare and don’t have any regrets. And the fact that I got a really good deal makes me happy too.
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Pioneers are great. Wise choice. I used the Pro1130HD before switiching to the Panny TH-65PF9UK. The only thing I didn't like about my Pioneer was the shiny black bezel. I almost bought the Pro-FHD1, but the release of the 65" 1080p Panny mad me realize that it was time fro me to step up to something bigger than 50".
post #34 of 116
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Those SXRDs are really nice. However, some sets suffer from "green blobs."
As the OP suggested, every technology seems to have their limitations.
Yeah that was my one major reserve about buying the set. I talked to the dealer and got an extended warranty in case any issues (not limited to, but including the 'green blob') came up.

I really like what I am seeing so far. I am still waiting on my stand being delivered so I only have my receiver and xbox 360 hooked up, but the 360 looks fantastic. I am also waiting on my HD sattelite being installed so I am just watching SD content for now.

Anyone have any other experinces with a certified ISF person calibrating your set? I'm not even sure how to go about having it done. Would something like the Avia or DVE discs be another option?
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Anyone have any other experinces with a certified ISF person calibrating your set? I'm not even sure how to go about having it done. Would something like the Avia or DVE discs be another option?
Personally, I don't think it is worth it. If you change your setup (eg. switch sources) you will have to recalibrate. Use something like Avia and you'll get very close. IMO close enough. Furthermore, you'll learn quite a bit in the process.
post #36 of 116
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Yes, I use Blu-ray and just picked up HD-DVD.
I can see you're not fooling around with true HD Actually, another reason why I like 50" or below in my apartment is that I still do a lot of regular TV watching. When I can get it on HD, I'll switch to HD. Actually, when I first got HDTV I would get sucked into crappy TV shows just for the picture quality (Certainly your jaw drops the first night you watch HD programing ). But I can't miss the Daily Show.....and I've noticed that larger screens can only interpolate crappy analog 480i to an extent. On a 65" TV, John Stewert must look like pixel man!

On a side note of DVDs, I figure I won't fool with hi-def ones until there's an accepted format or there are more movies out. I noticed a big difference going from analog to digital connection (with an upconverting DVD player, I notice the upconvert doesn't do as much with sharpness as the HDMI connection does). Though I guess the old 75mm movies and new digital ones must do the best with full 1080p. Humm.....maybe I should buy a house just so that I can get more gadgets
post #37 of 116
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Pioneers are great. Wise choice. I used the Pro1130HD before switiching to the Panny TH-65PF9UK. The only thing I didn't like about my Pioneer was the shiny black bezel. I almost bought the Pro-FHD1, but the release of the 65" 1080p Panny mad me realize that it was time fro me to step up to something bigger than 50".
I like black bezels, but would prefer it be matted or flat much better than shiny. Yet it's not a big issue since it's not noticeably reflective in my living room. I don't like silver bezels at all. I seriously considered the Panasonics, but only their commercial line since it has that flat black bezel. The Panny's probably had the darkest blacks and contrast ratio of any display I viewed and really reasonable pricing too, yet to purchase two HDMI inputs really increased the cost and I noticed choppiness during fast action sequences and skin tones and SD content didn’t look as good as it did on the Pioneer.

Yet I’ve never view the Panasonic’s 65” inch display. It must be awesome.
post #38 of 116
i dont like the idea of spinning wheels on DLPs
CRTs are just too large to be put under consideration

between LCDs and Plasma, i think that LCDs are the way of the future--lower power comsumption, generally higher resolution, etc

however, all the LCDs ive seen exhibit this smudging effect (especially with SD sources) that i cannot stand. for my $ my plasma set looks the best
post #39 of 116
In three to five years, we'll probably be talking about other technologies besides LCDs and Plasmas. Not to say they won’t still be around, but just not cutting edge. And then in five to eight priced so the mass can more readily afford it.
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I like black bezels, but would prefer it be matted or flat much better than shiny. Yet it's not a big issue since it's not noticeably reflective in my living room. I don't like silver bezels at all. I seriously considered the Panasonics, but only their commercial line since it has that flat black bezel. The Panny's probably had the darkest blacks and contrast ratio of any display I viewed and really reasonable pricing too, yet to purchase two HDMI inputs really increased the cost and I noticed choppiness during fast action sequences and skin tones and SD content didn’t look as good as it did on the Pioneer.

Yet I’ve never view the Panasonic’s 65” inch display. It must be awesome.
I hate silver bezels too. The one I have is a commercial model and has that nice picture frame effect. I don't even bother trying to watch SD content on the 65".
post #41 of 116
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In three to five years, we'll probably be talking about other technologies besides LCDs and Plasmas. Not to say they won’t still be around, but just not cutting edge. And then in five to eight priced so the mass can more readily afford it.
Industry reports predict 70" 1080p LCDs will be the standard home purchase by 2009. I'm planning on going to 103" plasma within the next 18 months. The newer technologies are already in the works and being talked about, but I think it will take some time for them to be ready for market.
post #42 of 116
That's huge! Bigger and bigger... What about SED, the flat-panel display technology called surface-conduction electron-emitter display? Seemingly better than LCDs or plasmas.

http://www.hdtvsolutions.com/sed_tvs.htm

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I hate silver bezels too. The one I have is a commercial model and has that nice picture frame effect. I don't even bother trying to watch SD content on the 65".
Yeah, I probably watch 90% HD and when there's absolutely nothing in HD or something really interesting in SD I'll grin and bear it.
post #43 of 116
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what really pisses me off with LCD TV is the vertical banding. I just cant stand this artifact and I find myself being very sensitive to it. I see it on almost every single LCD, and I just saw some banding on mine unintentionally (i knew they were there though) when watching irobot just now. My 30days return is almost up and I cant decide if I should keep my TV and live with the LCD flaw, or try replacing it with a 720p Plasma for the mean time(and live with its flaws...if I could). I'm actually very reluctant in returning my TV as I got it at a superbly superb price and once returned, I'd have to pay 400 bucks more to buy it back at the current price...man the decision is hard.
post #44 of 116
Plasma has superior colour reproduction compared to LCDs in the same pricerange. However I'd still buy LCD simply because I'm clumsy as hell and would rather just kill a few pixels than the entire screen.
post #45 of 116
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That's huge! Bigger and bigger... What about SED, the flat-panel display technology called surface-conduction electron-emitter display? Seemingly better than LCDs or plasmas.
SED is promising, but I think it will take a few years before it is fully flushed out in products I would want to buy.
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