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which is best for watching sports

post #1 of 19
Thread Starter 
Looking to replace 2002 36" sony XBR450. In HD mode it turns into a 32".
We watch a lot of action sports-(football, soccer, basketball, auto racing), few movies, some network and local News/weather/etc.
no gaming.
Would like to go with 46/47" size.
Have Mediacom cable(HD)

Would like to know what would be a good replacement....Since we watch alot of sports, what would be a good set for watching sports?
Do I need LED or just LCD? Do I need 60/120/240?
thanks
post #2 of 19
Thread Starter 
Anyone with some help?
post #3 of 19
Do a lot of research and come back with specific questions on a TV you're interested in. I would suggest that you get a TV that is 1080p, 120hz (or 240hz). Other than that, you need to go out, audition some panels in a good electronics store and narrow your choices down.
post #4 of 19
You can probably save some coin by going with a 1080P plasma.
post #5 of 19
Nothing like recommending plasma on the LCD forum. I didn't see him mentioning plasma as one of the TVs he's considering.

Using your logic, he could probably also save money by getting a used TV from eBay, but I doubt if that's what he's looking for.
post #6 of 19
Thread Starter 
what I have found so far:
It seems that on some sets you need to change settings when switching between watching sports and watching movies.
It seems that there is less reported problems with LCD(non LED) and those that are LED, unless you pay mucho bucks for a full backlit LED(which i don't have).
I have gone back and forth(and looked at in the store) the Samsung c650/670 and the LG LD550(would like the 650 but no one in my area carries it in store).
I had originally considered the Samsung c6500 and the LG LE5400, but after spent alot of time in the stores(BB and Sears) and reading this forum, decided on the non LED sets.
I just would like to be able to watch tv without having to adjust something when changing from sports to movies to regulare HD programing.
Thanks
post #7 of 19
I have two Samsung 650s and very rarely (if ever) have to change any settings on it no matter what type of programming I am watching. If you can't get a C650 in your area, the Samsung C630 and Sony EX500 are two very fine TVs as is the LG you looked at. I'm guessing you would be very happy with any of them.
post #8 of 19
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Originally Posted by bgrewbe View Post

what I have found so far:
It seems that on some sets you need to change settings when switching between watching sports and watching movies.
It seems that there is less reported problems with LCD(non LED) and those that are LED, unless you pay mucho bucks for a full backlit LED(which i don't have).
I have gone back and forth(and looked at in the store) the Samsung c650/670 and the LG LD550(would like the 650 but no one in my area carries it in store).
I had originally considered the Samsung c6500 and the LG LE5400, but after spent alot of time in the stores(BB and Sears) and reading this forum, decided on the non LED sets.
I just would like to be able to watch tv without having to adjust something when changing from sports to movies to regulare HD programing.
Thanks

Here is a short Plasma vs.LCd video



post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by flolypops View Post

1080P plasma is the best for sports. I can not determine on which bases it is best. But I use it since 3 months and there is no problem at all. So I prefer it.

How does it compare with your LCD?
post #10 of 19
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Nothing like recommending plasma on the LCD forum. I didn't see him mentioning plasma as one of the TVs he's considering.

Using your logic, he could probably also save money by getting a used TV from eBay, but I doubt if that's what he's looking for.

I have to go against the grain on this one also.

NO gaming and lots of action sports? I second the 1080p plasma (heck, some of the 50" 720p's look great and are short money).
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

Nothing like recommending plasma on the LCD forum. I didn't see him mentioning plasma as one of the TVs he's considering.

Using your logic, he could probably also save money by getting a used TV from eBay, but I doubt if that's what he's looking for.

Why would it matter? He's here for advice. And considering he's trying to get a set for only sports. I really don't see why he wouldn't get a plasma. I'd almost be dumb not to.
post #12 of 19
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Originally Posted by JukeBox360 View Post

Why would it matter? He's here for advice. And considering he's trying to get a set for only sports. I really don't see why he wouldn't get a plasma. I'd almost be dumb not to.

Show me in his original post where he says he watches only sports.
post #13 of 19
Thread Starter 
I guess I should have put the following in my original post.
Sports-65%
Movies-10%(maybe twice a month)
regular network shows/news/weather-25%

Did go look at a plasma--Panasonic 50G20 at sears. Really looked good
Also looked at the Samsung 46c650 and 630 and the 6500(LED) as well as the LG LE5400(LED)
Viewing angle was better on plasma but after reading the owners forum under plasma, it seems to have as many problems as LCD/LED's.
I guess I need to quit reading so much and just go buy one that looks good to me.
Thanks for all help and suggestions
post #14 of 19
im in a similar position...my wife is an avid tennis fan currently watching wimbledon. she walks into the kitchen last night and says "this da#@" tv (lnt-4069) is going to college with our son....i hate it".

talk about pressure...i have to please my wife with a new hdtv that meets her standards (hallelujah...wheres the tylenol)

has anyone here updated to an LED/plasma for sports and been pleased with the difference in quality when watching sports events? fwiw, i never thought i would consider plasma.
post #15 of 19
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Originally Posted by bgrewbe View Post

I guess I should have put the following in my original post.
Sports-65%
Movies-10%(maybe twice a month)
regular network shows/news/weather-25%

Did go look at a plasma--Panasonic 50G20 at sears. Really looked good
Also looked at the Samsung 46c650 and 630 and the 6500(LED) as well as the LG LE5400(LED)
Viewing angle was better on plasma but after reading the owners forum under plasma, it seems to have as many problems as LCD/LED's.
I guess I need to quit reading so much and just go buy one that looks good to me.
Thanks for all help and suggestions

Given the heavy emphasis on sports, an LCD with a well implemented 120 Hz or 240 hz refresh rate would be worth finding.

What I am trying to convey to you is that you can't simply buy any 120 Hz model and expect it to do well with motion blur reduction.

The good news is that the Samsung 46C630 tested Excellent with its 120Hz motion blur reduction, and unless I am wrong, you can control motion blur reduction and motion smoothing separately so you can avoid the soap opera effect on certain movies.
post #16 of 19
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Originally Posted by spyboy View Post

Given the heavy emphasis on sports, an LCD with a well implemented 120 Hz or 240 hz refresh rate would be worth finding.

What I am trying to convey to you is that you can't simply buy any 120 Hz model and expect it to do well with motion blur reduction.

The good news is that the Samsung 46C630 tested Excellent with its 120Hz motion blur reduction, and unless I am wrong, you can control motion blur reduction and motion smoothing separately so you can avoid the soap opera effect on certain movies.

One of my suggestions also in Link #7 above. Great minds think in the same channels.
post #17 of 19
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Originally Posted by BoilerJim View Post

One of my suggestions also in Link #7 above. Great minds think in the same channels.

Or 2 wrongs could make ya think of a right. lol
post #18 of 19
the op mentioned that he watched a lot of sports so yes plasma is the logical choice
post #19 of 19
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Originally Posted by Jeffs386 View Post

the op mentioned that he watched a lot of sports so yes plasma is the logical choice

Yes! Exactly
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