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What's the most recommended TV for HTPC

post #1 of 15
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Used mostly for movies and a lot of video games. I would like to know why these Tvs are recommended so I know what to look for. Thanks in advance!
post #2 of 15
Can you control the ambient light in the room? If so, skip the TV and get a front projector! The Epson 8350, Mits 4000 or Benq w6000 should do the trick.
post #3 of 15
Thread Starter 
A DLP would be awesome but they are out of my price range. My range is about $400-$700. I could control the lighting in the room.
post #4 of 15
For that price range, you would need to settle with 720p with projectors. You also need to spend money for a screen, unless you don't mind using your white wall.
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I've seen the Viewsonic 8200s in your price range.http://www.projectorreviews.com/view...8200/index.php. I've seen them as low as $400 refurbished.Look around maybe you'll get lucky.
post #6 of 15
I've got a 56" Samsung 1080P DLP TV for sale.
post #7 of 15
Thread Starter 
How come DLPs are so recommended? To be honest I would rather go with a standard TV, my girlfriend wouldn't know how to work a DLP probably. I was looking at some LG TVs.
post #8 of 15
LCDs are fine. Normally in this price range the DLPs have better contrast. Operating a projector isn't much different than operating a TV.

I bet if you GF saw it , she'd have no problems learning how to operate it.
I've turned mine into a videophile! I think she's pickier than me now.
Once you live with a projector, going back to the puny TVs is a no go. TVs are good for daytime viewing, but that's about it.
You'll never look at another video game the same way. lol
post #9 of 15
Personally use a panasonic plasma "G" series 42" (cost me $825 about 16 month ago). The GT series is the current comparable model but from what I have seen they sold out of the smaller sizes from last years model. Also have a Samsung 52" LCD -750B 240 hz Plasma has superior sports playback.

The power efficiency of this model matches LED LCD's.
post #10 of 15
1. Panasonic plasma
2. Samsung plasma

I wouldn't buy anything else at this point until OLED is affordable. I still can't deal with lcd horrible off axis viewing, backlight bleed/maura, and poor motion handling. Not only are plasmas usually cheaper in the same size but you need to pay a lot for a local dimming lcd and even then the picture isn't as good as a mid range Panasonic plasma. You aren't going to find any decent lcds in your price range. A couple weeks ago Wal-mart had a deal on a 60s30 for $798. You might want to check your local store to see if they have any left.
post #11 of 15
I know the shortcomings of LCD. But the highly reflective glass on a plasma could be a problem for many people because it might cause reflections, & this is frequently mentioned in reviews. One could argue that ideally you should turn off the lights in order to simulate a theater. But ideally a movie screen is not made out of glass either. Just be careful of windows & lighting if going with plasma. This could affect LCDs also, but usually to a lesser degree.
post #12 of 15
The Panasonic ST/GT/VT plasmas and Samsung 7000/8000 series plasmas have an excellent and dark anti-reflective filter. Ironically, most of Samsungs high end glossy lcds are more distracting. If you do go with an entry level plasma you usually don't get an AR filter or a very poor one at that.
post #13 of 15
Panasonic ST series plasma or above.
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by Mike99 View Post

I know the shortcomings of LCD. But the highly reflective glass on a plasma could be a problem for many people because it might cause reflections, & this is frequently mentioned in reviews. One could argue that ideally you should turn off the lights in order to simulate a theater. But ideally a movie screen is not made out of glass either. Just be careful of windows & lighting if going with plasma. This could affect LCDs also, but usually to a lesser degree.

The new Panasonic ST50 series has dramatically improved brightness and an excellent anti-glare filter apparently. Judging by initial reviews, the ST50 will be probably the best value of any television period. I would only go with a matte LCD if you have large windows with sun shining directly on the television regularly. The ST50 will probably still be out of the OP's price range though.
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Originally Posted by lockdown571 View Post

I would only go with a matte LCD if you have large windows with sun shining directly on the television regularly

I would rather just buy $20 blackout curtains then settle for an lcd.
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