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(I already posted this under the "Plasma and LCD Flat Panel Display FAQ," but the last response is a few weeks old. Sorry if this is the wrong place to post!)


I apologize in advance for my lack of knowledge, I don't know much about plasma's vs DLP's yet (or even if I'm posting this in the right place). I am looking for a tv around 42" or so for my L-shaped studio. The "nook" that the tv will be in is about 17' x 11' and is right by a big window (which will be on the right side of the tv), and I will usually watch it from about 10' away (unless I'm playing X-box). I'm gonna use it mostly for watching Comcast digital cable (sitcoms and movies, a lot of which I'll record on DVR; dont watch many sports except tennis), watching DVDs, and playing X-box. I'll probably watch cable (mostly DVR) about 40% of the time, DVDs 30% of the time, and X-box 30% of the time. I'm looking to spend around $2000 if possible.


My questions are:


1) Should I go plasma or DLP (or even something else)? I know this is a big debate, just wondering if anyone had opinions based on what I'm gonna be using this for.


2) There will probably be a couch on the left side of the TV. Do the DLP's give sort of a crappy picture when viewing them at an angle?


3) I've heard that both plasma and DLP's have problems when playing X-box, but that DLP's handle it better. For example, in Halo 2 I hear the picture and sound can be out of sync, and if you're playing opponents they may be able to see you move before your tv registers the movement. I've also read that this synchronization problem happens with some Samsung DLP's when watching regular TV. Any experiences?


4) The EDTV vs. HDTV thread convinced me that I won't really be able to tell the difference if I get an EDTV, but the thread is kind of old. Is this still true or have the HD's gotten a lot better?


5) If I'm gonna be watching networks with logos in the corner and playing some X-box should I be worried enough about the screen burn-in issues to not consider a plasma? Again, I know it's a big debate, just wondering if any experts had comments for my specific needs.


6) Will things change dramatically in the next 3 years where I'll regret my decision now? In other words, should I wait a little while?


The two tv's that have caught my (limited) attention are the Panasonic TH-42PWD7UY (or maybe the TH-42PWD8UK, not sure of the difference) 42" ED Plasma (~$1800) and the Samsung HLR4266W 42" DLP HDTV (~$2000). Any thoughts?


Thanks everyone, sorry for the long, general post. This is pretty much gonna break the bank so I wanna make the right decision.


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This is my personal advise and is just my opinion, thank you


1) Should I go plasma or DLP (or even something else)? I know this is a big debate, just wondering if anyone had opinions based on what I'm gonna be using this for. 2) There will probably be a couch on the left side of the TV. Do the DLP's give sort of a crappy picture when viewing them at an angle?

Because of the viewing angle I prefer the Plasma.

3) I've heard that both plasma and DLP's have problems when playing X-box, but that DLP's handle it better. For example, in Halo 2 I hear the picture and sound can be out of sync, and if you're playing opponents they may be able to see you move before your tv registers the movement. I've also read that this synchronization problem happens with some Samsung DLP's when watching regular TV. Any experiences?


My friend plays Halo 2 on his Pioneer 5030HD and has never complained. I also have a client in LA who has a TH-50PHD7UY and is a big gamer and never had an issue with this.

4) The EDTV vs. HDTV thread convinced me that I won't really be able to tell the difference if I get an EDTV, but the thread is kind of old. Is this still true or have the HD's gotten a lot better?


Sounds like you do alot of gaming so I am sure you will be buying the new X-Box and seeing everything will be 1080i I think you will notice a difference. Get the Comcast HD box and you will not regret it. The "ED" are nice but "HD" is awsome.

5) If I'm gonna be watching networks with logos in the corner and playing some X-box should I be worried enough about the screen burn-in issues to not consider a plasma? Again, I know it's a big debate, just wondering if any experts had comments for my specific needs.


Mix it up. Don't leave any logo on for a real long time and you should not have any trouble. Burn-in takes quite some time to ruin a screen.

6) Will things change dramatically in the next 3 years where I'll regret my decision now? In other words, should I wait a little while?


In the plasma market I think it will be more of Fine tuning all the issues, I do not think you will regret buying now.


TH-42PWD8UK Nice unit, if you do go HD wait for the 8th generation as the 7th has some black strobing issues in some cases. I know I have seen and tested the Samsung 61" DLP HDTV HL-P6163W and it is nice but the viewing angle lost me. The exact Samsung DLP I have not seen.
 
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