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I am looking into finally upgrading our TV set from the brave little 19" CRT we owned since 1992.

Falling price of premium technology, my missus' bonus this year and upcoming World Cup 2006 have given us very good reasons to take the plunge.

As with anything tech-related, I went to cnet for their guidance as a starting point, but LCD vs Plasma, HD, screen size... it only gets more confusing for my poor brain that had ceased absorbing new information as of three years ago... Though given my preference for sturdier and simpler things, I am leaning towards LCD display.

I welcome any input from the board as I know some of you out there are into toys of this kind.














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LCD is IMHO, the way to go if you're looking at 42" or under.

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I am leaning towards LCD display.
LCD = Liquid crystal display

LCD display = Liquid crystal display display




Time to go over to the stupid thread and vote 'yes'.





I think 42" is probably the right size in terms of budget and where it will be installed so thanks for the input [;)]





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so YOU'RE the American soccer fan, I knew there was one somewhere [;)]

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As with anything tech-related, I went to cnet for their guidance as a starting point, but LCD vs Plasma, HD, screen size... it only gets more confusing for my poor brain that had ceased absorbing new information as of three years ago... Though given my preference for sturdier and simpler things, I am leaning towards LCD display.

I welcome any input from the board as I know some of you out there are into toys of this kind.
Don't shy away from DLPs
Also, some of what what true just a year ago has changed considerably. For instead, plasma fading is almost a myth now. I seen test of hundreds of continuous hours of static imaging, no fading, the display took a few hours to return to normal though, but who would run a static image for hundreds of hours?
Plasma has come down, and color wise, better than LCD
BTW, you should make sure it's LCDoS (on Silicone)
bigger LCD are now priced around or just above plasma.
Be very mindful that you do not buy an EDTV by mistake. There are a bunch of ads for 42 inch plasmas that are EDTV, not HDTV.

For screen size, you'll have to match to your viewing room. Large can be too large forcing eye movements on you and making the experience uncomfortable.

Formats, what a mess, for sure, you want HDTV, there is no substitute, notably in sports, but movies and shows. HD braodcasts are only in 720p or 1080i, but I would try to look at a more expensive display that does 1080p. It might seem overkill, but blue ray might help deliver 1080p HD DVDs and you'd kick yourself in the ass.
There will almost always have conversions to native display
For instance, Fox, ESPN, ABC (national but not necessarily local, for instance, our local affiliate converts the national signal from 720p to 1080i) are 720p, NBC, CBS are 1080i
I prefer 720p, but my display is native 720p (DLP)
the 1080i looks very good too.

LCD, for me, shows much more of the space between the pixels, LCDoS has made progress, but DLP is still better, IMO. Transition state of LCD was also a bother for me, especially in fast action flicks or sports, you could see a blur. DLPs can make people see weird things, the rainbow effect. To see if you are subject to it, check a DLP display at the store and move you eyes around the screen quickly. It is an artifact from the color wheel used to taint the light reflected byt eh mirrors. Have your family check that too.

I went for a couple of 50 inch DLPs and am quite happy. A failed plasma experience (but that was early). One of the DLP's color wheels was going bad (noisy) replaced free of charge.

THe blacks are not really super on the DLPs, somewhat similar on the LCDs, but outstandingly natural on Plasma.

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But a 42" DLP? Seems kinda small for a DLP, you Dilapidated Lick Poodle.

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Prices are going to dramatically drop after year-end, so I'd wait until Feb if you could. In my own interests, I'd have to say that LCDs are the best. And if you buy one, my wallet thanks you. [:)]

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Prices are going to dramatically drop after year-end, so I'd wait until Feb if you could.
I've been told the very same thing.

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But a 42" DLP? Seems kinda small for a DLP, you Dilapidated Lick Poodle.
They might only start at 46", I dunno.

I had missed his size requirement, getting into making sure he's pick a size that was compatible with his viewing area. Too big sucks worse than too small.

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Well, he has a 19" now. We don't want the poor fellow to have a heart attack. [:D]

I have a DLP in my living room -- picture is outstanding. I'm going to pick up a 37" LCD as part of a kitchen remodel in Feb after prices have dropped. The tv in the kitchen will be on most of the time, most days, so I thought LCD would be a better choice than a less expensive plasma.

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