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My house was recently struck by lightning and to make a very long story short, my Vizio 50" Plasma 720p HDTV is acting very strange. Menus don't work and I have a vertical line that is purple on one side of the screen which is annoying.

Basically I've made the decision to move this TV to our exercise room and I plan on replacing it. Our viewing distance from this TV is about 14'.

I'm going to move up in size to a 60" HDTV. 1080p versus 720p is not that important to me (for this TV) because we also have a dedicated theater that is 1080p on a 120" screen. Price is the driving factor.

So...in trying to keep costs as low as possible, can anyone recommend a 60" (or 58", etc) TV model/brand that is cheap in relative terms? I'm hoping to find a 60" 720p model that is discontinued or sharply reduced in price.

So far I have found a refurbished 60" Vizio VM60p (720p) for just over $2.2K shipped. I'd like to stay around the $2K mark. Does anyone have recommendations?

Although this is posted in the LCD forum, I don't care if it is LCD or Plasma, as light/reflections are not a problem.

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If you don't mind mail order, you can find such TVs with 720p resolution on the net easy. They are old TVs with well established reputations, so reliability will be good. I personally watch 720p and 1080i or 1080p very often, and can easily see the difference, but if you enjoy the 720p, more power to you.


http://www.amazon.com/LG-60PC1D-60-inch-720p-Plasma/dp/B000M2P3NU/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224762290&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-50PX80U-50-Inch-Plasma/dp/B00142MUDI/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1224762290&sr=8-1

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If you don't mind mail order, you can find such TVs with 720p resolution on the net easy. They are old TVs with well established reputations, so reliability will be good. I personally watch 720p and 1080i or 1080p very often, and can easily see the difference, but if you enjoy the 720p, more power to you.


http://www.amazon.com/LG-60PC1D-60-inch-720p-Plasma/dp/B000M2P3NU/ref=pd_bbs_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1224762290&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Viera-TH-50PX80U-50-Inch-Plasma/dp/B00142MUDI/ref=dp_cp_ob_e_title_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1224762290&sr=8-1

Great, thanks for the links Saturation. For some reason I hadn't even thought of checking Amazon.

Just to clarify, I can tell a significant difference between 1080p and 720p on a larger screen, but if my family is watching 1080p material (blu-ray) it happens in the dedicated theater which is 1080p. If we're just watching TV feeds from Networks, I can't tell that much of a difference at 14' between a native 1080i or 720p signal upscaled to 1080p, versus watching the signal on a 720p TV.

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Thanks for getting me thinking of other online places. I think this is what I'm looking for (and it is free shipping).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16889005017

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Nice, glad to help. When you receive it, let us know what it does!

That's a good idea, I've played with the idea myself. I was thinking, instead of paintings in some locations, put lower end LCD TVs or screens in high visibility areas, like kitchen walls, living rooms. So, good res is not the vital, its 'generic', then hook it up to a webcam system to monitor your home.





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Thanks for getting me thinking of other online places. I think this is what I'm looking for (and it is free shipping).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889005017

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Great, thanks for the links Saturation. For some reason I hadn't even thought of checking Amazon.

Just to clarify, I can tell a significant difference between 1080p and 720p on a larger screen, but if my family is watching 1080p material (blu-ray) it happens in the dedicated theater which is 1080p. If we're just watching TV feeds from Networks, I can't tell that much of a difference at 14' between a native 1080i or 720p signal upscaled to 1080p, versus watching the signal on a 720p TV.


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