Originally Posted by firebird8302
HI everyone, I'm new here. I'm looking to get my first HDTV in the next couple of days, and I've narrowed it down to 3 options. All 3 feature 120hz (1080/24p)
1. 42" Toshiba LCD 42LX177 for $1749 (I like the price for 120hz)
2. 40" Samsung LCD LN-T4071 for $1999 (I like the 25000:1 ratio)
3. 50" Sony KDS-50A3000 Rear Projection for $1999 (I like the size and 2.5 ms response time)
Please advise with your thoughts and comments. - Thanks!
Note: the 25000:1 CR on the Samsung is NOT the native, everyday normal CR, when viewing the majority of your content. The best LCD panels have native CRs between 1500:1 to 2500:1, and the best plasmas have between 2000:1 to 3500:1.
Your display can have moments of higher CR (depending on content, and your set's processing), which is known as "dynamic" CR, and, while not entirely measurable (or accurate), dynamic CRs can get very high temporarily, or around 4000:1 to around 20,000:1 [very rare]. Depends on your content's heavily contrasted images, from bright scenes to dark scenes, back to bright (etc), -and- your display's backlight/brightness/picture settings.
So, for reference, always go by the native CR
rating, if provided from the published manufacturer's specs, or from industry lab test reviews [in A/V magazines, or online sites].
I would go with the larger-screen size Sony 50", since you will have MORE viewing area for letterboxed (or anamorphic 16x9) movies, especially those shot in ratios like 2:35.1, 2:20.1 etc.
The Sony also should have the best image on fast moving images, and excellent SXRD black levels [provides more accurate colors, and more details in low-light scenes]. If you can, always buy the largest screen size, as you won't regret it when sitting farther than 7 feet away from the display.