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I have a friend who wants to get a TV today. They are not hell bent on getting a wall hanging unit - the most important is the best PICTURE. I'm thinking he should check out the Sony SXRD units but I haven't checked out every TV on the market. Again - best picture quality is the key - if it is of a decent size that would be a big plus (60") would be great.

I know the $10,000 panasonic looks pretty good and is of a decent size but again we are trying to do the most with $3000 or so that he can. So if I can get a unit that looks twice as good that is only 50" that would be doable over a 70" that looks like crap. 50" is probably as small as he would want.

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Need more info unfortunately.

Form factor a consideration with non-flat panels?

Replacement bulb costs a consideration with DLP and LCD RP?

Biggest screen size for the money will likely be with the latter two. Also will require more 'sweet spot' viewing.



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I think he's putting it in his bedroom so I don't think sweet spot is an issue.

Form factor isn't a consideration - best picture quality is.

I don't think replacement bulb costs are a consideration.
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pioneer 5070 plasma, get it from one of the forum sponsors invisions, plasma concepts etc and he will have it in a few days and lots of extra cash still in his wallet. a local sams or costco may have the new vizio 60" plamsa for $3000 or if you really need the size you can get a mits 65" dlp for under that easy too.

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Plasma Monitors:

NEC PX50XR6A
Pioneer PDP-507CMX
Panasonic TH-50PH9UK

Plasma :

Panasonic TH-50PX600U
Philips 50PF9631D/37
Hitachi 55HDT79
Samsung HP-S5053

LCD:
Samsung LN-S4695D
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Plasma:

Panasonic TH-50PX600U
Philips 50PF9631D/37
Hitachi 55HDT79
Samsung HP-S5053

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Samsung LN-S4695D
Sharp LC-46D62U

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Why aren't the 507cmx+KD or the nec 50xr6 making your lists?
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pioneer 5070 plasma, get it from one of the forum sponsors invisions, plasma concepts etc and he will have it in a few days and lots of extra cash still in his wallet. a local sams or costco may have the new vizio 60" plamsa for $3000 or if you really need the size you can get a mits 65" dlp for under that easy too.

I think he had his eye on the Mits. It has been a while since I checked them out since the last time I looked at DLPs while they had vibrant colors and great detail - they seemed jittery/jumpy to me when watching action scenes. Has that changed?
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i would consider a pioneer plasma or the sony sxrd rear projection
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TH-50PH9UK and I am going to (just got one and now looking into getting anohter one.
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Pioneer Elite 1140HD 50" plasma. One of the best ones out there. Tweeter currently has it for right around the price point you mentioned.
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Pioneer Elite 1140HD 50" plasma. One of the best ones out there. Tweeter currently has it for right around the price point you mentioned.

At that price point, I can pick up a TH-50PH9UK for less than $1800 and an xbox360/HD-DVD Player/acceptable AVR Reciever/mac mini/ect to the system with the remaining picture.

I will then have a TV and more component with comparable performing PDP for less money.

Check out this thread:
TH50PHD7UY and TH50PH9UK - Japanese HDs & Blu-Ray HD Movies PICS

I would defenitly say that 1080p (at this point) is more of a marketing hype than anything else (like HDMI). They are just trying to sell more TVs. It is similar to the computer industry.
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Pioneer 5070HD, 507CMX+card, or Panasonic 50PX9UK would have my vote (scratch the last two if you need a tuner or speakers).
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5070 or 1140 if you can. The 1140 may have more tweaking ability than is really needed in the bedroom.
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5070 or 1140 if you can. The 1140 may have more tweaking ability than is really needed in the bedroom.

Yeah, it might be overkill. I didn't really see that part about it being for the bedroom.

But if best, all-around picture quality is the main priority, a Pio plasma would certainly be a good choice.

And if price is a priority, too, then the Panny should fit the bill quite nicely.

Personally, if picture quality with all sources was a priority, I wouldn't even consider an LCD, except for maybe the Sony XBR's - but that's me. The best ones are expensive, especially where both all-around picture quality AND reliability are concerned. You can get a Westinghouse, which will probably look good with most stuff, but there will be reliability issues. And the Vizio's usually have that issue AND a bit of a soft picture. You usually get what you pay for with the cheaper LCD's. A good, middling point might be a Samsung.

If "best picture quality" truly is the main priority, then in my opinion, a plasma should definitely be your first choice. And the RP units would probably be my last, with the FP LCD's in the middle.
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pioneer 5070 plasma, get it from one of the forum sponsors invisions, plasma concepts etc and he will have it in a few days and lots of extra cash still in his wallet. a local sams or costco may have the new vizio 60" plamsa for $3000 or if you really need the size you can get a mits 65" dlp for under that easy too.

Saw the new Vizio the other day at Sam's. Doesn't appear to look too bad for at all for the price. Quality control may be a concern, though, if you read the Vizio threads - although this is a brand new model with no real history as of yet.
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You don't mention mandatory size preference or viewing distance and that can be critical. If he is satisfied with 50" or less and viewing distance is 10 feet or more then I would get a Panasonic 50" or 42," whichever fits. BB has been selling off their current inventory of 50" for $2k and 42" for about $1.2K. Next gen models get all-black cases and add a HDMI input, but otherwise pretty much the same, while their prices will be a few dollars more for a while. You will have to move up to 1080p to get any better resolution (not a factor beyond 10 feet for most of us, however) but expect to pay $1.5 -2K more, depending on size.

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I said 50" would be a minimum. Viewing distance is not an issue - people have convoluted defined viewing distances - everyone is different. An eye doctor could tell you your optimal viewing size but those charts are useless. I could sit 10' from an 80" screen and see everything perfectly - different people have different ranges of peripheral vision.
You did mention something he did want, the 1080p - he doesn't want anything less as he's going BR AND HD DVD.
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If space isn't an issue, what happened to Bigger Is Better?

The 60" SXRD can be had for less than any 55" or larger plasma. And that picture holds its own with the plasmas of that size.
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I said 50" would be a minimum. Viewing distance is not an issue - people have convoluted defined viewing distances - everyone is different. An eye doctor could tell you your optimal viewing size but those charts are useless. I could sit 10' from an 80" screen and see everything perfectly - different people have different ranges of peripheral vision.
You did mention something he did want, the 1080p - he doesn't want anything less as he's going BR AND HD DVD.

Well that small omission in the requirements changes things just a little.

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Well that small omission in the requirements changes things just a little.

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You're right - I don't know why I skipped that detail - I guess it seems like 1080p is the only technology. Kind of like specifying that I want to buy a TV with a remote control. Once you get used to newer technology it is hard remember there was a time when TVs didn't have a remote and yet half my life, we bought TVs without remotes.
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I guess it seems like 1080p is the only technology.

Not when it comes to plasma. Currently there are only a few out there that are 1080p.
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Although you stated that the flat panel wasn't a necessity, in a bedroom, nothing will beat the appearance of a flat panel hung on the wall rather than a big box mounted on a stand. The advice to go plasma or LCD flat panel is a good one, with 50" plasma being the better value at the moment, of course, if your friend doesn't have QVC projected on it all the time with its fixed logo burning into the screen!
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On the thread title you have $2,500.00 burning a hole in your pocket, but when you post your question it has become $3,000.00 in your pocket. If it earned an additional $500.00 that fast, I say leave it you pockets, and just line the pocket with some asbestos.
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Here is an interesting opinion on the future bang for the buck in panel displays.
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Here is an interesting opinion on the future bang for the buck in panel displays.

Good read, but last year I read similar articles. Two things have always been certain lately, that new tech TVs will continually drop in prices (with some pauses), and the best deals will be at the major gift-giving time.
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It would seem that price drops are driven by excess inventory as much as anything. If the sales forecasts that drive production are overly optimistic, then you'll see some drops.

Of couse, the most common instance is around Xmas. But last year a significant dip occurred during summer when the forecasts for World Cup sales turned out to be way high. I don't think the sales people will make the same mistake with, say, the next Olympics broadcasts.
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