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Deciding on 46"/47" LCD

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Newbie here and looking for some advice. I've been doing some research on-line about 46/47" LCDs. I'm working with a sub-2k budget and would like to buy local, so I've pretty much limited it down to either the Toshiba or Philips from Costco.

I know there are plenty of threads addressing exactly this, so I don't mean to post again. However, I'm looking to see how SD and speaker quality is on both. Anything else to consider?

I'm not a video nut by any means (1st HD and LCD), and just looking for good picture/quality/service within my budget. Will be hooking up to Time Warner HD service in Raleigh, NC.

Thanks in advance.
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Consumer Reports liked the $1,800 Sony Bravia KDL-46S3000. It has excellent HD and SD PQ, and very good DVD PQ and sound quality. You might want to consider that TV.

Another help: The period of time from Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) 'til the end of November is a gold mine for great deals. It's easily the best time of the second half of the year to find the lowest prices on TVs.
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Another help: The period of time from Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving) 'til the end of November is a gold mine for great deals. It's easily the best time of the second half of the year to find the lowest prices on TVs.

This year could be the exception to the rule. Declining dollar is down 8 percent this year already.
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[quote=mikemikeb;11774910]Consumer Reports liked the $1,800 Sony Bravia KDL-46S3000. It has excellent HD and SD PQ, and very good DVD PQ and sound quality. You might want to consider that TV.

Thanks for the tip. Is buying 720p buying old technology? Is there a big difference between 720 and 1080? Would a novice even notice the difference? No gaming, etc.
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The only technical difference between 720p and 1080p is the resolution of the TVs. A 720p TV has a resolution of 1280x720 pixels (or 1366x768 with most 720p TVs sold today -- something about computers), while a 1080p TV has a resolution of 1920x1080.

At a certain distance from a given TV, the eye won't be able to pick up any difference in picture between a 720p and 1080p TV. This chart explains what I'm talking about. With a 46" TV, if you're sitting nine feet or more from the TV, you shouldn't notice any improvement from a 1080p signal vs. a 720p signal.

Actually, all TV broadcast networks don't broadcast 1080p signals in the first place. The most they broadcast is 1080i, which is 1,080 lines interlaced like an NTSC 480i signal (though on a 1080p TV, it's not particularly noticeable). In addition, some networks (ABC and FOX come to mind) don't even broadcast 1080i -- but 720p. When those signals are put onto 1080p TVs, they're upconverted, and on the TV, it will appear a bit blurry -- like you're watching a 720p TV.
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I use 1080p occasionally and it looks even more amazing than the 1080i broadcasts on DIRECTV.

As you enter the market, I would recommend future proofing yourself a bit with a 1080p, especially since you are getting a 46"+ set.

I have both the 42" and 52" Vizios from Costco. Both are 1080p and the pictures (SD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p) are all amazing (except when the source material is poor).

Since you are going the Costco route like I did and you are a first-timer like I was, you have a chance to evaluate your first LCD for 90 days. Pick one that you like for your own reasons, get educated as you use it and then you can always change your mind unconditionally if there is something you didn't like about your previous decision.

Good luck!
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