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Hey guys first time I've taken the time to register on these forums, lurked here once or twice before, coming from google.

So I'm looking to spend around 700 on a TV I was hoping you guys could steer me in the right direction. (please forgive me if this is the wrong section)


So here's what I'm looking for:


720p or 1080, I don't really care, obviously I would prefer 1080, but I'll be viewing from 10 feet or so, I have a feeling 720 would be fine, and more in my price range.


This TV will be for gaming (xbox 360) and general TV viewing

I don't have a PS3 in this room, it's in the other room, so Blu Ray is not likely for this TV, though I do have a HD DVD player on the xbox, I rarely ever use it.


I don't watch football religiously, but I do enjoy a game once in a while, so sports is not a huge issue.


Plasma vs LCD, I don't really care much here either, slight preference towards LCD because I have a TiVo, and wouldn't want to pause it and forget, but if I got a plasma I'm sure I would remember.


I am on Verizon FiOs, so I hear the 120hz looks great on that (?) you tell me.

as far as connectivity, I will have my TiVo and Xbox plugged in at all times, maybe a ps3 in the future, but not a whole lot. I don't have any sound system yet, so the stock speakers will have to do for now at least. Although I will likely get a receiver down the road.


Basically I'm between these: (sorry can't post links yet)

The Samsung PN50450 50" Plasma 720p

(amazon)

and
the 47-inch LC47SB57UT 1080p LCD HDTV from Sharp

(dell)


if you have any personal experience with either please feel free to recommend or discourage me from getting them, or if you have another similarly priced/sized TV that is much better/ more bang for the buck I'm willing to go any direction here.

Also I had some trouble finding reviews for either of these TVs, so if you know any please link them, I'm willing to do some reading


Thanks in advance, again sorry if this is the wrong section.
 

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Hey guys first time I've taken the time to register on these forums, lurked here once or twice before, coming from google.

So I'm looking to spend around 700 on a TV I was hoping you guys could steer me in the right direction. (please forgive me if this is the wrong section)


So here's what I'm looking for:


720p or 1080, I don't really care, obviously I would prefer 1080, but I'll be viewing from 10 feet or so, I have a feeling 720 would be fine, and more in my price range.


This TV will be for gaming (xbox 360) and general TV viewing

I don't have a PS3 in this room, it's in the other room, so Blu Ray is not likely for this TV, though I do have a HD DVD player on the xbox, I rarely ever use it.


I don't watch football religiously, but I do enjoy a game once in a while, so sports is not a huge issue.


Plasma vs LCD, I don't really care much here either, slight preference towards LCD because I have a TiVo, and wouldn't want to pause it and forget, but if I got a plasma I'm sure I would remember.


I am on Verizon FiOs, so I hear the 120hz looks great on that (?) you tell me.

as far as connectivity, I will have my TiVo and Xbox plugged in at all times, maybe a ps3 in the future, but not a whole lot. I don't have any sound system yet, so the stock speakers will have to do for now at least. Although I will likely get a receiver down the road.


Basically I'm between these: (sorry can't post links yet)

The Samsung PN50450 50" Plasma 720p

(amazon)

and
the 47-inch LC47SB57UT 1080p LCD HDTV from Sharp

(dell)


if you have any personal experience with either please feel free to recommend or discourage me from getting them, or if you have another similarly priced/sized TV that is much better/ more bang for the buck I'm willing to go any direction here.

Also I had some trouble finding reviews for either of these TVs, so if you know any please link them, I'm willing to do some reading


Thanks in advance, again sorry if this is the wrong section.

The SB series Sharps are not their best efforts, they're a "non-Aquos" set specifically meant for sale at Walmart and other similar stores. The 50" B or C 450 Samsung plasma is a very good 720p model whose picture quality will, except for the resolution (which probably won't be noticeable from 10 feet away) be significantly better than that particular Sharp in all respects--particulary in the areas of color accuracy, black levels, and handling of fast motion.


My vote between these two is definitely for the Samsung Plasma. The only reason to choose that particular Sharp is if your room is going to be very brightly lit for most of your viewing, as LCD does have a higher overall light output in "Torch Mode". Some LCD sets can approach or even exceed the pq of that particular Samsung but not for less than 3 or 4 times it's price.
 

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the sb series sharps are not their best efforts, they're a "non-aquos" set specifically meant for sale at walmart and other similar stores. The 50" b or c 450 samsung plasma is a very good 720p model whose picture quality will, except for the resolution (which probably won't be noticeable from 10 feet away) be significantly better than that particular sharp in all respects--particulary in the areas of color accuracy, black levels, and handling of fast motion.


My vote between these two is definitely for the samsung plasma. The only reason to choose that particular sharp is if your room is going to be very brightly lit for most of your viewing, as lcd does have a higher overall light output in "torch mode". Some lcd sets can approach or even exceed the pq of that particular samsung but not for less than 3 or 4 times it's price.


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thanks for the advice, the room shouldn't be too bright, although it certainly isn't a dedicated theater room, and there will be a window on the opposite wall of the TV, shining on it, though I do have shades, so during the day the room will be well lit, but there wont be direct sunlight hitting the screen.

At around 5 feet would the 720p become terribly noticeable on this particular set (I have seen the sizing charts, but I'd like a personal opinion)? I ask because I currently I sit on the edge of my bed when I play xbox, the reason I'm getting a bigger TV is to hopefully be able to play just as comfortably by laying in bed, leaning against the wall. However I'd probably play in both places from time to time

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thanks for the advice, the room shouldn't be too bright, although it certainly isn't a dedicated theater room, and there will be a window on the opposite wall of the TV, shining on it, though I do have shades, so during the day the room will be well lit, but there wont be direct sunlight hitting the screen.

At around 5 feet would the 720p become terribly noticeable on this particular set (I have seen the sizing charts, but I'd like a personal opinion)? I ask because I currently I sit on the edge of my bed when I play xbox, the reason I'm getting a bigger TV is to hopefully be able to play just as comfortably by laying in bed, leaning against the wall. However I'd probably play in both places from time to time

Thanks a lot

At 5 feet the pixel structure on a 50" 720 (actually 768x1366) will be more visible than that of a 1080 set. Some stores have 1080 and 720 plasmas in close proximity to each other and you can easily judge for yourself at what distance the difference "disappears". In my experience it's usually anywhere from 8 to 14 feet depending on one's own eyesight.


I play games on the couch 13 feet back from a 60" screen--much more comfortable than perching up close.
 
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