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Why did it get so difficult to buy a new tv?

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I went to a major store this morning looking at the 3 tv's i've been interested in and after reading posts on here and being more aware what to look for, I was feeling very secure with my 3 choices. Then I saw the LED DLP and wondering if I should go that route. Then I got to thinking, it's easier to buy a car than it is to buy a tv these days with all the techonologies. You can do all the research, work with the tvs in the store, talk to/read thoughts of people on here who have the tvs. I was more secure 3 years ago when I bought my first DLP than I am now.
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Funny, I was just in CC thinking the same thing. Some of the new LED sets actually look pretty good to me. When the $$$ is in hand, I'll make the decision and not regret it. But until then it's back and forth, back and forth.

I would have to agree with you two. I've been doing my research for about 2-3 months now and I still don't know exactly what I want to buy. Thankfully I still have 3 months or so, but all that means is going back and forth until it's time to make the purchase.

Right now I'm looking at Mitsu 734 or 833 and perhaps Sony 3000 series, but leaning towards the Mitsu.
Well choice is good. I think with auto's we all have a clearer picture of what we want and need from it. I'd put the two about even though on difficulty these days which is still amazing that the display has been elivated to that level.
Well, the problem is that we have 4 different types, with their own subcategories, and all of them have serious disadvantages.

This is why everyone was so geared up about SED. It seemed to be answer to everyones problems - perfect blacks, great whites, color and brightness... excellent viewing angles, super high contrast. However, its looking like it won't see the light of day.

When buying my tv, I was pretty disappointed there was no clear winner...

Nevertheless, I'm happy with my A3000.

I think the best way to go is to go into a store and

1) Compare black levels between the sets you want

2) Compare brightness

3) Compare whites

4) Compare color

5) Compare contrast between light and dark, and whether detail is maintained

6) Viewing angles

and last but not least

7) Price.

Now this is no trivial matter, if done properly. Truly comparing these factors are very difficult, and you will have to mess around in the menus quite a bit. Its also very hard to tell differences in a store setting. Side by side comparisons in a dim environment is the right way to do it, but is never going to happen.

Consider spending a few hours in a few stores and comparing nearby sets. Let your eyes be the judge, and not a spec sheet.
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