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Old 07-10-2013, 09:19 AM   #21
 
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That's so exciting CP....Hope he shows up this time to help you. Jim and I are moving to our new place this weekend, so we'll be tv shopping very soon. We know nothing so this thread has been very helpful. He has a friend at a place (can't remember which one) so we should be able to get a discount. From what I'm reading I think the LED will be the best choice for us. I hadn't considered the Samsung, but I am now. Nice to know about the glass screen showing reflections. We are big movie buffs, so we'll be watching a lot of tv when we aren't at the movies.
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Old 07-10-2013, 09:36 AM   #22
 
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Got to love a sexy set.


It's really hard getting a good feel for plasma in the stores because of all the overhead lights, but that is a concern. If you're in a place with several windows, you'd have to shut the curtains or blinds to watch. That stinks, but they would be perfect for a basement game/entertain room or ...

My friend has a giant old plasma. It is a massive floor model, and one of the first they came out with. It always drove me crazy because it's way too big for his house, you are too close to it, and you could see the pixilation at times. It's not easy to watch in the day at all.
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^ but that said... He's had it for 14 years or so, and it's going strong.
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I wish I could remember the name... I went into shock and forgot it. Begins with an O perhaps. Eh! It's a brand of tv I would love to see in person. It is top of the line. A 20" screen runs around $10,000. They have a 55" that is curved. The sides wrap around and it gives you the feeling of being surrounded by the movie. That is $25,000 +. Insanity, and only in my wildest, I won the lottery, dreams.
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The two flatscreens I have are LED and aren't huge. But when my current dinosaur in the family room dies, I was planning to replace it w/ a 70 inch over the mantle. It's tacky, I know, but it's just the family room, not the living room. If I invest in something like that, I want to get the best value for my money (quality/price=value).
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We have a Pioneer plasma tv that we got 5 years ago. We haven't had any problems with burn-in and it's still going strong. The minute we saw it in the store, we knew we had to have it, the picture was that good.

We also have two Samsung LEDs. We have two because hubby bought one for his apartment where he works. After just over a year (of course it was after the warranty ran out) the screen went black and the idiots at Best Buy said it would cost more to repair than to just buy a new one. For whatever reason, hubby bought another Samsung. On a whim, he took the first tv to a regular tv repair place just to see what they would say. They replaced a part and fixed it for $100.

Anyway, there is no comparison between the plasma and the LED but, for the price, the Samsungs are pretty good. I recommend shopping around at both regular and high-end home theatre stores to get a feel for what's out there and what to look for.
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The two flatscreens I have are LED and aren't huge. But when my current dinosaur in the family room dies, I was planning to replace it w/ a 70 inch over the mantle. It's tacky, I know, but it's just the family room, not the living room. If I invest in something like that, I want to get the best value for my money (quality/price=value).
At the B&B we stayed at in Sedona the owner had a large flat screen above his fireplace in his private living quarters. It looked like a framed picture and the picture inside the frame slid up to reveal the tv screen. The frame framed the tv screen. It was really cool.
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The two flatscreens I have are LED and aren't huge. But when my current dinosaur in the family room dies, I was planning to replace it w/ a 70 inch over the mantle. It's tacky, I know, but it's just the family room, not the living room. If I invest in something like that, I want to get the best value for my money (quality/price=value).
Absolutely! If I went with the plasma (which was a pioneer and is the best plasma brand) I was going to get a 60". I kept looking at it, and kept looking at the Samsung right beside it, which was 55". I had read up on both brands, with Samsung being the leading LED. My living room is not small, but it's not huge either, and everything kept pointing toward the 55" Samsung. It looked beautiful, and the size was a bit better for my area. I probably spent 45 minutes standing in front of them, looking like I was watching tennis.

Also, the Samsung is the active shutter stereoscopic 3D that gives the impression of depth and things coming at you, and the Plasma is full on flying toward your face. I love both, but I decided to go with the mix

Upgrading from a 36", the 55" seems massive to me.

ETA: When it comes time to buy, there are a blue million really helpful tech forums.
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The two flatscreens I have are LED and aren't huge. But when my current dinosaur in the family room dies, I was planning to replace it w/ a 70 inch over the mantle. It's tacky, I know, but it's just the family room, not the living room. If I invest in something like that, I want to get the best value for my money (quality/price=value).
At the B&B we stayed at in Sedona the owner had a large flat screen above his fireplace in his private living quarters. It looked like a framed picture and the picture inside the frame slid up to reveal the tv screen. The frame framed the tv screen. It was really cool.

I would love it if I could disguise that kind of monstrosity w/ a tasteful object d'art!

Did this guy supply his own painting to cover the tv or did the tv come w/ the painting?
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Last year we bought a Samsung Plasma 3D Smart TV. We love our television. The picture is amazing. I never thought I would buy a plasma either. But when I saw the TVs side-by-side I preferred the plasma picture.

We have ours in our living room not too far from sliding glass doors and we have not had a problem with glare or burn-in.
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Spider, I'm not sure. I didn't ask him. It was a pic of the Sedona mountains. I did ask him how he did that and he just said with a lot of money.
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We have a Pioneer plasma tv that we got 5 years ago. We haven't had any problems with burn-in and it's still going strong. The minute we saw it in the store, we knew we had to have it, the picture was that good.

We also have two Samsung LEDs. We have two because hubby bought one for his apartment where he works. After just over a year (of course it was after the warranty ran out) the screen went black and the idiots at Best Buy said it would cost more to repair than to just buy a new one. For whatever reason, hubby bought another Samsung. On a whim, he took the first tv to a regular tv repair place just to see what they would say. They replaced a part and fixed it for $100.
^ That is good to know, and lucky!! The way they build most flat screens now, it would cost as much as the tv itself to repair it. But that's true with many electronics and appliances. They are not made to last.

Mrs. P & Curly66, just out of curiosity, did you break yours in? I read a great deal of debates on that. Because the image retention problem has been reduced, and most logo's (or what have you) will not remain on your screen for more than a day or two (if it does happen), it seems like many skip that step. I know it's still recommended by tech forums, and manufacturers. It can add years to the life of your tv, if nothing else, especially if you use the color burn images. They wear each pixel evenly, and help to reduce any future dead areas.

I'm glad they have worked on that. Curly66, does yours have a glass screen? I heard they were working on that technology too. Some have a setting for bright rooms that help a bit with the issue, and some do not. *The one I looked at was was said to have a substandard BR setting, still had issues with glare, and was better in a darker room but the 2 (much) more expensive models after it had the full setting and only one other difference that really doesn't make a difference . Ah! TV research* They were also working on screen material. I'm glad they did/are. Plasmas would not have had a chance if they didn't fix some bugs.
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This is our TV:

TVs | 51-inch Plasma 6500 Series Smart TV | Samsung PN51D6500DF - Plasma TVs

We have our TV for about 18 mos now. This is our main TV so it is on alot. We have not had an issue with burn-in at all.
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This is our TV:

TVs | 51-inch Plasma 6500 Series Smart TV | Samsung PN51D6500DF - Plasma TVs

We have our TV for about 18 mos now. This is our main TV so it is on alot. We have not had an issue with burn-in at all.
Okay, I looked at it on CNET and it has
the louver filter, which makes it one of the best for bright room performance. That's handy info for anyone looking. I really am glad they keep progressing the Plasma's. Surprisingly, the store I went to had no Samsung plasmas for sale, period. Just Panasonic, and I read every last detail on those. The cheapest model (ST series) was said to have the best pic, period, but like I said it had issues with bright room performance. I could not see paying thousands more for one of the newer models that had a slightly lower quality picture, and only slightly better bright room performance. Just not worth it, for me. From what I heard Panasonic is continuously working on upgrading the bright room situation, and eliminating any chance of an image burning in. Really, with all the stupid logo's, that's a necessary. They drive me insane. I already know what channel I am watching, and if i don't, I can hit info! Get that thing off the tv!

I hope this Samsung lasts a long time. I am very happy with it, and loved that it came with 4 pairs of glasses. At $20 each, that was a good deal. When the time for the next upgrade comes, I will see what other advances have been made.
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We have a Pioneer plasma tv that we got 5 years ago. We haven't had any problems with burn-in and it's still going strong. The minute we saw it in the store, we knew we had to have it, the picture was that good.

We also have two Samsung LEDs. We have two because hubby bought one for his apartment where he works. After just over a year (of course it was after the warranty ran out) the screen went black and the idiots at Best Buy said it would cost more to repair than to just buy a new one. For whatever reason, hubby bought another Samsung. On a whim, he took the first tv to a regular tv repair place just to see what they would say. They replaced a part and fixed it for $100.
^ That is good to know, and lucky!! The way they build most flat screens now, it would cost as much as the tv itself to repair it. But that's true with many electronics and appliances. They are not made to last.

Mrs. P & Curly66, just out of curiosity, did you break yours in? I read a great deal of debates on that. Because the image retention problem has been reduced, and most logo's (or what have you) will not remain on your screen for more than a day or two (if it does happen), it seems like many skip that step. I know it's still recommended by tech forums, and manufacturers. It can add years to the life of your tv, if nothing else, especially if you use the color burn images. They wear each pixel evenly, and help to reduce any future dead areas.

I'm glad they have worked on that. Curly66, does yours have a glass screen? I heard they were working on that technology too. Some have a setting for bright rooms that help a bit with the issue, and some do not. *The one I looked at was was said to have a substandard BR setting, still had issues with glare, and was better in a darker room but the 2 (much) more expensive models after it had the full setting and only one other difference that really doesn't make a difference . Ah! TV research* They were also working on screen material. I'm glad they did/are. Plasmas would not have had a chance if they didn't fix some bugs.
I don't remember doing that but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.
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