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two rooms, two possibilities

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Hey all,
I'm new to these forums.

It's also the first time I have the opportunity of going with a full-on home theatre, so I need some advice.

Here are the facts:

Back in 2005-2006, we bought a high end (back then) HDTV. It was a Sony Bravia 40" XBR 1080i KDL-V40XBR1. It was placed in a room with a big 'solarium-style' wall behind the couches and viewing position, so a plasma display was out of the question.

Later on, we got a PS3 and, because the TV only had one HDMI-in, we decided to get a 2.1 sound bar + subwoofer "sound system": Sony HTCT100. It had multiple (3, I think) HDMI-ins and better sound than the TV, without being too powerful for the room with big glass windows.

Today, we are thinking of making a little home theatre room in the basement. Low light, normal walls. Ideal conditions, really

However, since I've been out of the game for a while now, I don't know what kind of display to go with, let alone which brand.

For the basement setup, we're going to go with a HD cable settop box, I'm probably going to be building an AMD-Llano based mini-ITX HTPC (HDMI video/audio out) and we're going to go with a home theatre receiver + speaker bundle (which I'm going to make a separate thread for, but if you have any suggestions please don't hesitate. I'm currently looking at the Onkyo HTS5400.)

We have two options: Either we get a 60"-70" 3D Plasma HDTV for the basement or a 60"-70" 3D LED HDTV and put the old 40" LCD in the basement.

So basically, my questions are:
1. What is the better choice for a new HDTV in my circumstances, 3D LED or 3D Plasma?
2. In both cases, what are the better brands, and what are the features to look for?

Thanks a lot for your input.
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Don't forget DLP 3DTVs. You can get a larger size for less money, and the 3D is crosstalk free. It is perfect for a Home Theater.

73" can be had from $999 to $1600 http://www.amazon.com/Mitsubishi-WD-.../dp/B004ZL2OB8
82" can be had from $1800 to $2500 http://www.amazon.com/Mitsubishi-WD-.../dp/B004ZL2OAO
92" can be had from $3000 to $4500 http://www.amazon.com/Mitsubishi-WD-.../dp/B004ZL2O9U

Make sure you get it from an approved vendor http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/locator/online, and I would check prices at Walts.com, Electronics Expo, and Paul's TV before buying.
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