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Old 01-30-2007, 02:58 PM   #11
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There is (in the last year) a new technology out for plasmas where the screen will not 'burn in'. BUT I recommend LCD for the price. It will last 30,000 hours. Thats about 15 to 20 years for a NORMAL viewer.
They are less expensive too. If I had the money, I would get it at the place I get ALL my tech from. Newegg.com - Buy Computer Parts, PC Components, Laptop Computers, Digital Cameras and more!
Great prices! And I have seen (going to trade shows) them all over. They are the Olevia brand. They look great!!
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Old 01-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #12
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For the size that you are looking for you will pretty much only find LCD, not plasma.

I just bought a Sony 40 inch XBR2. It is most amazing set I have ever seen. All of the issues i have heard about with other LCD screens are not an issue with this one. The black level is fantastic and the viewing angle is 178 degrees.

This set has all the bells and whistles, but you pay for them. This was a very expensive TV, but I feel it was worth every penny.

Something you will want to pay attention to is what type of resolution you will be. 720p and 720i vs. 1080p and 1080i. Basically the higher the number the better and p is better than i. My TV is a 1080p. Nothing is broadcast in 1080p yet, but some day it will be and I will be ready.

I don't have time right now, but when I get home from work I can give you more info if you want.
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Old 01-30-2007, 03:34 PM   #13
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GB has an EXCELLENT TV!!!!!!
Here is the link to all the Sony 40 inchers: Newegg.com - Once You Know, You Newegg


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Old 01-30-2007, 03:40 PM   #14
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Thanks everyone for you responses so far they are very helpful and I feel more comfortable taking advice from someone who actually has one then from the sales people who may be commision driven.

Keep the responses coming. Next I will be seeking computer questions.


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Old 01-30-2007, 04:01 PM   #15
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For the size that you are looking for you will pretty much only find LCD, not plasma.

I just bought a Sony 40 inch XBR2. It is most amazing set I have ever seen. All of the issues i have heard about with other LCD screens are not an issue with this one. The black level is fantastic and the viewing angle is 178 degrees.

This set has all the bells and whistles, but you pay for them. This was a very expensive TV, but I feel it was worth every penny.

Something you will want to pay attention to is what type of resolution you will be. 720p and 720i vs. 1080p and 1080i. Basically the higher the number the better and p is better than i. My TV is a 1080p. Nothing is broadcast in 1080p yet, but some day it will be and I will be ready.

I don't have time right now, but when I get home from work I can give you more info if you want.
We just bought the Sony Bravia V (1080p) in a 40-inch. Your model, I believe, had a bezel that made it just an inch or two too large for our space. We also bought a Sony 32-inch for our bedroom. Expensive, yes, but an amazing change from our beloved old tube TVs.

The December '06 issue of Consumer Reports has a nice side-by-side comparison of LCD, plasma, rear-projection, front projectors, and picture-tubes. There were more "pluses" and fewer "lows" for the LCDs than for the other options, but as you mention, it depends upon the desired size.
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LCDs and plasmas are the governments doing. They read your brain waves! Just kidding of course.
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:13 PM   #17
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LCDs and plasmas are the governments doing. They read your brain waves! Just kidding of course.

BRAIN WAVES??
My brain is not wavy! Since this is a food thingy,i've been told my gravy is wavy wow I REALLY am freekin nuts!
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wow I REALLY am freekin nuts!
I see a logical pattern. Do squash seem to be CIA agents that look for more information? Its happened.
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:41 PM   #19
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We have a 42" plasma and are enjoying it. Costco had a very competitive price.
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IT'S being hailed by its developers as the next revolution in visual technology - a laser television that will make plasma screens obsolete.
Soon-to-be-listed Australian company Arasor International and its US partner Novalux unveiled what they claimed to be the world's first laser television in Sydney today, with a pitch that it would be half the price, twice as good, and use a quarter of the electricity of conventional plasma and LCD TVs.
Manufacturing company Arasor produces the unique optoelectronic chip central to the laser projection device being developed by Silicon Valley-based Novalux, which is being used by a number of television manufacturers.
And displayed beside a conventional 50 inch plasma TV this afternoon, the Mitsubishi-built prototype does appear brighter and clearer than its “older” rival.
With a worldwide launch date scheduled for Christmas 2007, under recognisable brands like Mitsubishi and Samsung, Novalux chief executive Jean-Michel Pelaprat is so bold as to predict the death of plasma.
“If you look at any screen today, the colour content is roughly about 30-35 per cent of what the eye can see,” he said.
“But for the very first time with a laser TV we'll be able to see 90 per cent of what the eye can see.
“All of a sudden what you see is a lifelike image on display.”
Combine that with energy efficiency, price advantage and the fact that the laser TVs will be half the weight and depth of plasma TVS, and Mr Pelaprat says “plasma is now something of the past”.
Mr Pelaprat predicted LCD TVs would come to dominate the market below 40 inches, and laser television the market above that screen size, displacing plasma.
The optoelectronic chip-laser technology won't be confined to TVs.
The technology is also being trialled in mobile phones, where it will be used to project images onto any surface, and in home theatres and cinemas.
The unveiling of the laser TV prototype was held on the eve of Arasor's public float on the Australian Stock Exchange next week."

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