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Thread: The great LCD, LED, plasma debate

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    OK, I am looking at buying a new TV. Never had HD before, but probably getting one now, probably around 42" class. I have a cape cod house with a pretty regular-sized living room. I already have a stereo receiver with traditional Dolby surround.

    Ready to upgrade TV to a flat-screen, and I intend to buy a Blu-Ray player soon. I intend to keep my DVD/VHS player/recorder also (many family and other VHS tapes not yet transferred, but want to be able to watch).

    I want your personal opinions on the TV format -- LCD vs. LED vs. plasma.

    I know that if I get an LCD or LED I need to make sure the refresh rate is at least 120 Hz, to prevent blurring that I saw on my brother's TV watching a blu-ray.

    LED is more expensive and brighter than LCD (somewhat) and plasma (considerably). But also newer technology. Plasma, while dimmer, seems more stable. Plasma said to have slight problem with burn-in (like if I fall asleep with a DVD in and it goes to menu).

    Anyone have any personal opinions? What do you like? Have any bad experiences?

    What about effect on power bill? Plasma said to be less efficient, but I don't know how much.

    And what about life span? Anyone know?

    Good brands? Bad brands?

    Attributes to watch for? I do plan to also use it for computer stuff and games sometimes also, but not aggressively. Mainly concerned about good picture and no blurring.

    Anyhow, I would like your opinions.

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    I can't tell you a whole lot but a friend of mine at work and I have been talking as we are thinking of replacing our TV. He is quite knowledgeable and tell me to make sure I get at least 240 Hz.

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    We got an LED and its brilliant, better quality with blu ray than DVD so might be worth getting a player too, or a playstation which is what we've got

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    Here's a pretty good article on the whole LCD/LED/Plasma thing at Crutchfield.

    At least it seemed like a pretty good article to me!

    Tom (... looking for the same information!)

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