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I'm looking to buy my first Big Screen. I have went to my local area stores: Good Guys, Best Buy and Circuit City. I don't particlary trust salesmen, since each store told me that one of there brand or models was the best. I'm looking to buy max price is $3000, plus the obvious tax and warranty (should I get this ??). I'm looking for widescreen, I have a surround system already, and I have both digitial cable, and Directv.


Here are the models that I have seen and looked at the various stores.


Toshiba 57HDX82 57 in

Toshiba 65HDX82 65 in

Sony KP57WV600 57 in

Sony KP65WS500 65in

RCA Scenium D61w130 61in

Philips 60 PP9532 60 in

Hitachi 57F500 57in

Hitachi 61UWX20B 61 in


These are the model numbers for the stores I have looked at. The size between 57-65 really doesn't matter, I just want a tv that has a great picture. If you can help me in any way to make a better decision, please help.. Or if you know another brand or model that I should look for please let me know. My email is [email protected] , please feel free to email with help, thanks alot
 

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My advice is to read the other threads and decide on whats best for you.

Pretty much everything has already been discussed.

Use the search function to find even more good stuff.


Thats what I did and I'm happy with the Hitachi 57TWX20B I ended up with.
 

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Lehigh98,


Just to make sure that you're aware, there are burn in issues with all the TVs mentioned. So if you plan on playing games or watching TV with constant logos on the screen then you may want to reconsider those models. DLP/LCD/LCOS are the alternatives, however, you won't be able to find a 57" or larger at the $3K price range. I looked at a few of the TVs you mentioned late summer last year but the burn in issue steered me the other way.


If however you don't have burn in concerns, I personally liked the Toshiba the best. Alot of others like the Hitachi also. Toshiba's new RPTVs should be coming out real soon so you should be able to get a good deal on them. Onecall.com has pics of the new models but no prices.


Good luck.
 

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Personally I went with a Toshiba unit and have been very happy. Excellent prices and great products.


Burn-in is an issue no doubt but it needn't set off the the alarms it sometimes does. With some common sense (use stretch modes - toshiba by far the best here- don't pause video games on the screen, and keep contrast/brightness reasonable) you should be fine. I use my XBox frequently and have over 150 movies with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio (black bars even on my Widescreen TV) and have had no problems.
 

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Many people love the Toshiba and Hitachi lines. Sounds like you wouldn't go wrong with most of the TV's on your list.


You can buy a warranty outside the store you end up getting the TV in btw.


Warrantech which is used by many stores can be bought online at http://www.efunctional.com/rmt45000.html for a much more reasonable price than a store would sell you it for (most salesmen make their profit from the sale of the ESP).
 
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