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post #1 of 5 Old 09-06-2007, 03:36 PM - Thread Starter
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I've been doing nothing but research, reading all the arguments on what format is better and why(720p or 1080p). I've read arguments on one TV being better then the other, but I really haven't heard anything from the gaming community. Now, I will be using my TV to watch movies, shows, but I will be doing a LOT of gaming. I rather have a TV that makes gaming look better. Does not having an Elite matter if I want a 1080p set? I do have VGA cords that I use on my 19" monitor, but will it give me a 1080p signal on a TV? Basically, can someone, ANYONE, point me out to a nice GAMING TV for a budget of $2000-$2500? I would rather not spend $2500, so I don't want to max out that limit if I don't have to, but if i must, I must.


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post #2 of 5 Old 09-07-2007, 08:56 AM
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Welcome to the community. I'm new myself.

I echo your question, but I would suggest doing some reading thru this post (which I haven't yet) because I'm sure this question has been address 100 times.

But since you already asked, I echo your question. I'm sure this debate is as old as HDTV's are. I want to hook up my computer to a 42"- 55" HDTV to play PC Games on. It's also likely that I would use it for movies, but video games (pc games specifically) would be it's primary use.

I heard a plasma has no ghosting and is best, but I don't know. I'll continue to research, but shout out if you have opinions.

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I am looking for an HDTV for similar purposes. I figure there are a few criteria that a TV would really have to meet.

First of all, I want 1080p. This seems to be the standard and I don't expect to see any higher formats for a while. Should I expect to?

Second, I would like the TV to accept 1080p signals via component cables. I know it's possible, but I have also heard that most TVs do not do this. I have a 360 with no HDMI so this is rather necessary.

Third, I would like the lowest amount of lag possible. Is there a TV that approaches a normal SDTV in terms of response time?

Since I also have a lot of older systems with less capable video outputs, I would prefer if the image did not look like crap when I play it on the TV. This is what has held me off of an HDTV for so long - poor support for NES games. However, I expect to play mostly the current generation and past generation of games on this TV, so it is not the most important issue.
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I would look into getting a RPTV. I had the Sony KDS-60XBR2 and it looked great with Wii (including Virtual console) and PS3 (upscaled PS2 and native PS3) and also worked great for a HTPC. I never detected any lag, and there was no chance/fear of burn-in.

One caveat would be the lamps, but the KDS-60XBR2 came with a replacement lamp, so you would be set for years to come. The other issue is the size--although newer models (new XBR5) are thinner, they do take up a lot of space compared to a flat panel--but for the size and money can't do much better.
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post #5 of 5 Old 09-28-2007, 01:22 PM
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The 2006 plasma line from Panasonic (60U/600U) has a reputation for minimal-to-no gaming lag. I've played extensively on a 42" 60U and perceived no lag. I've also done some in-store testing and determined the lag on 42" and 50" sets to be less than 1 frame.

I have no idea if this has carried over to the 2007 line.
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