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    LCD or Plasma?

    Hi all,

    New to the game but looking for help!
    Recently my TV packed in and thought it would be good to join the modern age of digital and purchase a flat panel screen. I walked in with no knowldge and kinda walked out the same. Giving as good as the saleperson was I found it hard as he was going from LCD to Plasma back to LCD. Anyone out there that can give me some points t think about before I decide?

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    Do you sit close to the screen or a long way away? Do you watch in bright light or in a darkened room? Do you watch a lot of high movement actions stuff (like sports) or a lot of fine detailed, dark/moody dramatic programs? What size screen? Will you view always from front on or sometimes from the side of the screen?

    There's not one best option between LCD and plasma -- they both have strengths and weaknesses that depend on your watching habits. Google for "LCD or Plasma" and read some review - then you will know what to look for when you go shopping.

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    Yeah you are right,thanks. To be honest some of the points you mentioned I really didnt even think about them. Hey can I ask what factor should I take into account if viewing close up or far away? I remember that the Plasma has the 178 viweing angle but what about an LCD?
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    The main difference is that LCD screens have each individual pixel surrounded by fine black lines. From a few metres you can't see them and it looks fine. From a few feet you can, on some TVs and it can annoy some people. My computer monitor is LCD and I can see the lines with a white background, but the lines are very fine on a monitor LCD -- and they cost much more than the equivalent sized TV screen because of it.

    Plasma has a wider viewing angle than LCD, although LCD is getting better - at a cost. The issue that bugs LCD is that because it's back-lit it is difficult to get really black blacks -- they end up a bit lighter than the black you can get with plasma. That's not a problem watching the footy of course, but it can make some dark and moody programs looks a bit washed out.

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    I understand now, cheers. Well for me I think I can get annoyed quite easy when it comes to details Im afraid to say but then again there would not be too many times I would view the screen from a few feet away anyway I would think, unless its something worth while that is.
    I guess the next thing to consider is brands......the next challenge!
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    Hey does anybody know about the panel usage for plasma and LCDs?
    Are they all competitive ?

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    I read a tip in the paper the other day. Get hold of an "Ice Ice 2" blueray disc and take it to the store with you. get the store to demo the TV whilst playing the movie. Because of the fine detail animation, a good quality plasma should pick up the fine detail. Basically, if you can't see each individual strand of fur on the animals, then re think the TV. Also use the same disc to test sound quaility.
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    Thanks for that tip, which paper was it in?
    I can see the store saying that you cant bring in your own discs for demos though......As dont they have there own special demo disc most of the time that has been made purely to enhance the features of a particular TV they are selling? Will try...Still have not really got down to choosing yet..

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    Quote Originally Posted by clintoA View Post
    Thanks for that tip, which paper was it in?
    Melbourne's Herald Sun. Can't rember whether it was yesterday or day before. I think yesterday in the "Connect" section. It was a small article in the top right corner. (sorry, don't know which page)

    Quote Originally Posted by clintoA View Post
    I can see the store saying that you cant bring in your own discs for demos though......As dont they have there own special demo disc most of the time that has been made purely to enhance the features of a particular TV they are selling?

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    They do, but if they are serious abput selling the TV they should let you ude an independent disc. Also, point out the if you are going to spend big $$$$ in such a large investment, you want to be sure.

    By taking your own disc in, it shows that you are a serious buyer and not just a "tyre Kicker" so to speak. They should pay you much more attention.

    Perhaps, when doing your inital research and browsing, let them use their demo discs etc. But when you have narrowed down your choices to one or two, maybe then use your own disc to do a final check on quality.
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    Quote Originally Posted by montyb8 View Post
    Perhaps, when doing your inital research and browsing, let them use their demo discs etc. But when you have narrowed down your choices to one or two, maybe then use your own disc to do a final check on quality.
    Thats a real good idea, when it comes to the final crunch bring a trusty demo of my own right before purchase.
    Like you said it shows your a "serious player" so to speak.

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    Wow that was a very interesting read thank you.
    It is also interseting to see the different types of opinions..
    I was impressed at your honesty with the free entertainment fact...
    So from what I read your are ideal is towards Plasmas?

    cheers

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    Is there such a thing as a cheap Plasma?
    Are we talking about rip off brands or kmart stock or something along those lines?

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    Again Cheers!
    All noted...
    Its a rule when buying in terms of any product not to purchase knock off brands anyway right!


    thanks

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    Can someone fill me in on the above please?

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    Thanks Lord Smelly cheers.....
    Anyone got more topics to throw at me about this thread, LCD or Plasma?

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    There is a forum dedicated to this sort of stuff
    http://www.dtvforum.info/

    They have more information than you can poke a stick at.
    BE WARNED: The more you read the more confused you get and the more questions you will have, the more doubt you will put into your mind.

    You probably already have a fair idea of what you want so as Nike always says "Just do it...."

    My advice:
    Set a firm budget
    Look at good quality brands only you dont want to buy a product that will die just outside its warrenty period. Yes you can get extended warrenties but most of them are not with the manufacturer directly so they will have fine print excluding some problems ect.. Factor in the cost of extended warrenty if you want it.

    If you have a smallish room get an 32" LCD if you have a bigger one you may then consider 50" plasma ect..
    You may be thinking, "I might change the room the TV is in to a bigger one should I buy bigger now just in case?" Answer NO by the time you decide to move it to another room big TVs will be MUCH cheaper and there may be another technology out there that is better suited. You can always turn your 32" LCD to a computer monitor or a gaming monitor later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by death View Post
    There is a forum dedicated to this sort of stuff
    http://www.dtvforum.info/

    They have more information than you can poke a stick at.
    A lot of it is opinion or bias though which can be confusing, regardless of what someone might say is better, buy what you are happy with

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    Quote Originally Posted by jok11n View Post
    A lot of it is opinion or bias though which can be confusing, regardless of what someone might say is better, buy what you are happy with
    True but at least you get some opinions from people that own the TV ect..

    On these forums there is not much talk about this stuff because it is not intended for this purpose.

    There are other big forums like AVS but they are not AUS based and they have the same crap.

    But as I was saying I think the OP has a general idea about what he/she needs and should just buy what they can afford.

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