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Poll Results: What is the best way to watch the Super Bowl?

 
  • 34% (98)
    Plasma—Image quality rules and I can see the fast action better
  • 19% (57)
    LCD—Big and bright is the way to go.
  • 42% (121)
    Projector—The Superbowl is almost like a movie
  • 2% (6)
    OLED—It's worth the cost for the ultimate picture
  • 1% (4)
    I'd rather spend the money on tickets to the real thing
286 Total Votes  
post #31 of 70
I'd agree with some of the sentiment in here that the superbowl has nothing to do with PQ.

the important thing is to provide an engaging image to a large area. that means size, viewing angle, and brightness.

a projector is awesome, if you have one bright enough to be seen in ambient lighting, cause nobody wants to watch the superbowl in complete darkness. a plasma/lcd is great if you can get it big enough to suit your room and number of guests. oled seems like a total waste, as it's currently not big enough, and the pq 'advantage' will be totally lost on everybody anyway.

and I'd say the 'average' person is more interested in what you'll be serving than what they are watching the game on.

all that being said, i'll be watching movies on my projector next sunday
post #32 of 70
Projector of course !!
post #33 of 70

I'll be watching in my brand spanking new HT on the 110" screen.  Can't wait although I'm a little peeved I missed the entirety of the playoffs.  

 

Neighbors are coming over and we have no issues with screen brightness with ambient lighting in the room.  Thankfully the wife was on board with painting the ceiling and walls dark colors.  As a result, I can run the LED hats on full and the picture still looks great.  Screen wall gets covered tomorrow in black which should also help some more.

 

Can't wait........


Edited by NCpowerlifter - 1/26/14 at 2:23pm
post #34 of 70
On my VT50, can't wait.
post #35 of 70
118" Carada screen with an Epson 6030. Definitely not in the dark either.
post #36 of 70
Sitting down!!! biggrin.gif

My 65inch panasonic plasma will do. With a new england clam chowder soup home made and BBQ wings also home made...Don't forget the beer of course!!!
post #37 of 70
On my new 60" Panny ST60, with copious amounts of booze. Preferably something from 3 Floyds, and maybe cracking open my Stone Vertical Epic collection biggrin.gif
post #38 of 70

Screen size is the most important factor -- after several beers you won't be able to tell the difference between HD or SD anyway.

post #39 of 70
Not sure if it was already mentioned, but over-the-air (ota) broadcast looks noticeably better than cable and Sat delivery. I recently cut the "cord" (from Dish) and now EVERYONE comments on my amazing picture quality. Especially on the 60" and 144" tv's. Cheapest PQ upgrade ever!

Go Broncos!
post #40 of 70
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Originally Posted by morrisdl View Post

Not sure if it was already mentioned, but over-the-air (ota) broadcast looks noticeably better than cable and Sat delivery. I recently cut the "cord" (from Dish) and now EVERYONE comments on my amazing picture quality. Especially on the 60" and 144" tv's. Cheapest PQ upgrade ever!

Go Broncos!

Can you explain this a little further? I am a newer DirecTV customer, and have been very happy with PQ over my previous cable provider (Insight/Time Warner). Which antenna are you using? I would not consider cutting the cord all together for programming choices, but if I can get better PQ OTA on major networks, I'm all in for hearing how. Thanks in advance.

And I'm with you on the Broncos. How can you not appreciate Peyton Manning?
post #41 of 70
you guys are lucky, I think there's probably about 3 OTA channels I can receive, and one of them is French...

I would absolutely cancel my cable subscription though, I hardly ever watch cable, it's all streaming/downloaded for me now. problem is my internet provider is my cable provider, and if I dropped the cable service, the internet goes up. you're screwed either way here, land of the monopolies mad.gif
post #42 of 70
With the TV off
post #43 of 70
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Originally Posted by fierce_gt View Post

you guys are lucky, I think there's probably about 3 OTA channels I can receive, and one of them is French...

I would absolutely cancel my cable subscription though, I hardly ever watch cable, it's all streaming/downloaded for me now. problem is my internet provider is my cable provider, and if I dropped the cable service, the internet goes up. you're screwed either way here, land of the monopolies mad.gif

Same here, we get 2 OTA channels. We live barely above sea level surrounded by hills and unable to pull in anything more. But before Comcast scrambled the local HD last April we were able to get quite a few with the tv's built in QAM tunner. The difference was stunning. Comcast isnt getting another cent from me
post #44 of 70
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Originally Posted by grizimes View Post

Can you explain this a little further? I am a newer DirecTV customer, and have been very happy with PQ over my previous cable provider (Insight/Time Warner). Which antenna are you using? I would not consider cutting the cord all together for programming choices, but if I can get better PQ OTA on major networks, I'm all in for hearing how. Thanks in advance.

And I'm with you on the Broncos. How can you not appreciate Peyton Manning?

DISH, DIRECT, and Cable are good PQ, but OTA is definitely better especially on BIG screens in fast panning shots. OTA channels are compressed (MPEG2) and min bitrates are FCC regulated. Satellite locals are further converted to MPEG4. In general the satellite MPEG4 channels can have somewhat better resolution, but the additional processing of OTA channels degrade the signal slightly. It's hard for most people to tell the difference on TV <46". Sat and Cable are motivated to additionally compress the signals to get more revenue from selling that bandwidth in any number of ways...
post #45 of 70
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Originally Posted by morrisdl View Post

DISH, DIRECT, and Cable are good PQ, but OTA is definitely better especially on BIG screens in fast panning shots. OTA channels are compressed (MPEG2) and min bitrates are FCC regulated. Satellite locals are further converted to MPEG4. In general the satellite MPEG4 channels can have somewhat better resolution, but the additional processing of OTA channels degrade the signal slightly. It's hard for most people to tell the difference on TV <46". Sat and Cable are motivated to additionally compress the signals to get more revenue from selling that bandwidth in any number of ways...

Running them through the Oppo 103 helps.
post #46 of 70
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Originally Posted by sytech View Post

The obvious answer would be large flat 80" 4K OLED if it were available. You want to be near the food in the living room with a bunch of friends. So seeing as large flat OLED is not available, then next best option would be LCD—Big and bright is the way to go.

^^^^ This, or a 4K projector (assuming you live somewhere with a provider that's delivering the broadcast in 4K). Given the choice between a 4K LCD or a 1080p plasma or oled, I'll take the sharper picture of 4K even if I'm losing a little bit of motion accuracy by using an LCD. Football moves fast, but not *that* fast, and being able to see the ball during a handoff and read the jerseys during a wide shot is worth the tradeoff.
post #47 of 70
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Originally Posted by grizimes View Post

On my new 60" Panny ST60, with copious amounts of booze. Preferably something from 3 Floyds, and maybe cracking open my Stone Vertical Epic collection biggrin.gif

Hopefully you arent excited about the 12 12 12 or 11 11 11, both of them were horrible which is annoying because I am a huge fan of all (most) things stone! SSRDDH is amazing!

However....Such disappoint. Many sad. Wow.
post #48 of 70
We're having several families over to our house on Sunday and they'll probably group up based on how much interest they have in the game (or the commercials).

In the basement for the diehards we'll have the 120" projection setup with plenty of seating (bean bags on the floor, large couch and recliner, plus stools at the dry bar) and a grey screen so the picture will still pop even with the ambient lighting.

Around the kitchen we'll have the 55" LED going for anyone who wants to watch more casually.

And then there'll surely be people milling around elsewhere just having a good time, caring nothing for the game.

Me? I'll be with the diehards in the basement. 120" screen, yes have some.
post #49 of 70
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Originally Posted by corekneelius View Post

Hopefully you arent excited about the 12 12 12 or 11 11 11, both of them were horrible which is annoying because I am a huge fan of all (most) things stone! SSRDDH is amazing!

However....Such disappoint. Many sad. Wow.

I really enjoyed the 11, but I was also a fan of Punishment they did which was a bit intense with all the hot peppers, to say the least. SSRDDH? Also, saw you were looking for an Outlaw sub? Did you ever find one? I own the Plus and EX, and they are both amazing.
post #50 of 70
Sitting on your butt at home, or party at a friends place. And considering nearly everyone selected an option that requires you to be at a house to watch it, that says it all. And the NFL needs to get wise to this(for the regular season I mean), and change they're blackout rules. Need to smarten up.

Anyway, gun to my head, a BRIGHT 110"(at least) projector would be the best way IMHO. But I have an 55" LED which looks great. But a HUGE picture would be sweet.
post #51 of 70
I'm surprised to see so many projector votes. I always watch the super bowl in a party setting, meaning the lights are on. Plasma is ok, if you have a nice TV without an obnoxious ABL. LED with smooth motion settings enabled are the best for me. That's how I've always watched football games.
post #52 of 70
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Originally Posted by EvanC View Post

I'm surprised to see so many projector votes. I always watch the super bowl in a party setting, meaning the lights are on. Plasma is ok, if you have a nice TV without an obnoxious ABL. LED with smooth motion settings enabled are the best for me. That's how I've always watched football games.

 




My friend has a 120" screen and an Epson 8030 and he watches all TV and Blu Ray via his projector in an open basement with windows. I have seen many football games at his place both in the day and evening and the light has never been an issue.
post #53 of 70
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Originally Posted by grizimes View Post

I really enjoyed the 11, but I was also a fan of Punishment they did which was a bit intense with all the hot peppers, to say the least. SSRDDH? Also, saw you were looking for an Outlaw sub? Did you ever find one? I own the Plus and EX, and they are both amazing.

SSRDDH = Sublimely Self Righteous Double Dry Hopped, AKA Delicious!

I'd like to get my hands on the EX, but I do have concerns about the sound quality/clarity for music. Recently I've had my eye on the SVS-PB2000, just waiting until I can snag one or the other on a deal!
post #54 of 70

On a crappy TV, through an AFN box wearing my Broncos jersey at 2:30 in the morning!

 

I'm going to miss my plasma.

post #55 of 70
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Originally Posted by Honey Badger View Post
 

On a crappy TV, through an AFN box wearing my Broncos jersey at 2:30 in the morning!

 

I'm going to miss my plasma.

 

I remember doing that back in 91' when my beloved Giants beat the Bills in a close one.  Quite a few of us were still drunk at work that day!  :)

post #56 of 70
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Originally Posted by corekneelius View Post

SSRDDH = Sublimely Self Righteous Double Dry Hopped, AKA Delicious!

I'd like to get my hands on the EX, but I do have concerns about the sound quality/clarity for music. Recently I've had my eye on the SVS-PB2000, just waiting until I can snag one or the other on a deal!

Never had the dry hopped version. I'm sure its fantastic. I listen to quite a bit of music on my system as well, have never thought twice about the investment I made. The Outlaws work very well in all aspects. I have never (and would love to hear an SVS cylinder), though, so my opinion may not be worth anything. IMO, don't hesitate on the Outlaws.
post #57 of 70
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Originally Posted by EvanC View Post

I'm surprised to see so many projector votes. I always watch the super bowl in a party setting, meaning the lights are on. Plasma is ok, if you have a nice TV without an obnoxious ABL. LED with smooth motion settings enabled are the best for me. That's how I've always watched football games.

i can almost guarantee none of those guys will have the lights completely off. there's some pretty bright projectors, some pretty high gain screens, and some pretty directional lighting options that all allow for ambient light projector viewing now. is it going to be absolutely pristine, probably not, but you're really only giving up black levels with the lights on, and there's not much 'shadow detail' in a football game.

i think football is probably one of the easiest things for tv's to display. an LED will be absolutely fine, so will a plasma(it's not that bright that abl should be noticeable, i've never seen it?), and i already talked about projector. i've been 'biting my tongue' at other ppl's homes plenty of times, but never for a football game. maybe it's just me
post #58 of 70
As much as I would rather stay home and watch on my 80 inch Sharp. A friend that lives down the block has a 140 inch projection screen. We all go over there, it's his day. The rest of the season, everyone comes here.
post #59 of 70
Projectors on the eastcoast with have no trouble with ambient sunl ight - kick off is well past sunset (6:37p)
post #60 of 70
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Originally Posted by EvanC View Post

I'm surprised to see so many projector votes. I always watch the super bowl in a party setting, meaning the lights are on. Plasma is ok, if you have a nice TV without an obnoxious ABL. LED with smooth motion settings enabled are the best for me. That's how I've always watched football games.

 

I can run my theater with LED's hats on full with no appreciable amount of washout.  Dim them slightly and it's as good as having them full off but that's what happens when you have dark walls, a black ceiling and a media wall covered in black felt.  SB will be at my house with the neighbors.

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