Originally Posted by Mickey_C
I am in the market for an upgrade to my tiny 32" 720 Westinghouse cheapie TV. What I did like about this TV was the size and the number of inputs, and it was easy on the wallet. Since then things have changed enough, that I would like to upgrade to a 42" flat screen (or a 40" if it's better quality).
What I am hoping for is the best quality picture I can get for under $1,000 that would be a good match with my system:
- Internet: XBOX 360 games and movies (netflix, xbox video rentals)
- Audio: Denon AVR-2106 (component video only, no HDMI) with Boston Accoustics VR1 speaker system
- DVD/BLU Ray: Denon DBP-1610 (has an HDMI running to TV for DVD upconversion, usually just runs component)
- Cable TV: Cox Internet/Cable (also connected via component)
- Some glare in the room - arizona sunlight
- Size: Maximum 42" width including bezel
Obviously I don't care about sound or internet functionality, just the best picture - and it has to have at least 1 component video and at least 1 HDMI.
With a $1,000 budget what's the best fit for me?
If you can control the lighting in some way, I'd look at new TC-P42S60 from Panasonic. I'd expect that to be another strong performer/value FP in 2013. It's a PDP w/ no AR filter so again you'll need to have some control over the room's light. However of the one's listed here, I'm going to assume it'll be the best performer. (This is assuming that it'll be on par, if not a step forward from this year's U50, which was a great value and performer given it's incredibly modest price.)
The 40EX645 from Sony is a pretty solid FP, it's an edge-lit LED/LCD, 120Hz, Smart functionality. From what I've seen the EX645 will hold up well in direct light and has strong performance for the price and size.
The 40EH6000 from Samsung is another one that derserves a look. It's a direct backlit LED/LCD which I've found gives the unit better uniformity, etc. over some
traditional edge-lit's. Great value on this FP.
Of the 3 above, my first choice would be the S60 from Panasonic, but each FP has their strong suits. The only drawback I think you'll find with the S60 would be glare/light output issues. If you can't control the lighting environment, then it might not be the best option for you if you'll be having direct light on the screen.
(And as far as looking for an FP with one component and one HDMI, that's a standard today so you're fine on that end.)
Best of luck!