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Are willing to help the rest of us shopping for our first plasma/LCD TV?

How about responding to the following poll.


Ignoring size, that’s a given - why did you buy your particular Plasma/LCD?

What were the top five characteristics you looked for. Let's also not include picture quality (or it looks great or looks the best) per say because it's too general, but please specify picture quality attributes (i.e. brightness, no artifacts, accurate color) that swayed you.


So here's a partial list of some considerations (feel free to submit others)

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• great contrast, deepest blacks

• great brightness

• great at fast moving scenes, no artifacts,

• accurate color, most vivid color

• number of available inputs (to enable multiple inputs, i.e. 3 component-wide, 3 DVI)

• has the types of inputs I wanted (RF, composite, S-Video, Component, DVI, HDMI)

• HDCP compatible

• great at computer interface (i.e. bought the unit for both TV and computer)

• priced to fit my budget

• brand reliability, service-ability consideration, warranty, vendor installation

• return policy

• extended features (PIP, Split Screen, Zoom, etc),

• HD resolution (720 vertical pixels or greater)

• pixel mapping to existing equipment (DVD's, TIVO, satellite receiver etc.)

• great internal scaler, tuner type or multiple tuners (NTSC, ATSC (digital))

• ease of calibration

• good viewing at wide angles, no screen door effect at my viewing distance

• built in speakers,

• separate AVC box, or no AVC box

• minimal fan or other noise

• aesthetics (it looks so sexy)

• size (dimensions) – [I give in people just wanted to report size]

• wide screen format (16:9)


Now ignore the size, tell us your Brand/Model and the top FIVE reasons (in order of importance 5=highest) for your purchase. I’ll summarize results here if significant numbers of people take part.


Sample Input (non-educated guess for model specified)

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Fujitsu P50XHA30WS

5. Accurate color

4. Great internal scaler

3. Great at fast moving scenes

2. HDCP compatible

1. HD resolution


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Summarized Results to date (based on 10 responses)

Top submitted criteria (by count only - non weighted)

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Size (4)

Color (3)

Price (3)

HD Resolution (3)

Wide Angle Viewing (3)

Spouse Approval (3)

Contrast, deep blacks (2)

Upgradeable Inputs (2)

Aesthetics (2)


Eventually if I receive enough responses, I will be publishing more detailed results (possibly by brand or even model - over in the brand index.
 

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Was looking for a display for my bedroom (only 12x13), so anything over 6" in depth was too taking up too much realestate.


Pioneer 433CMX

Picture looks good.

Upgradable inputs. (the Panasonic 5UY during the time was not card based).

HD Display

Got a great price for it. (IMO)


Kinda short but that's why I bought mine.
 

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Originally posted by semigolfer
Are willing to help the rest of us shopping for our first plasma/LCD TV?

How about responding to the following poll.


Ignoring size, that’s a given - why did you buy your particular Plasma/LCD?
• great contrast, deepest blacks

• great brightness

• great at fast moving scenes, no artifacts,

• accurate color, most vivid color

• has the types of inputs I wanted (RF, composite, S-Video, Component, DVI, HDMI)

• priced to fit my budget

• brand reliability, service-ability consideration, warranty, vendor installation

• pixel mapping to existing equipment (DVD's, TIVO, satellite receiver etc.)

• good viewing at wide angles, no screen door effect at my viewing distance

• minimal fan or other noise

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Now ignore the size, tell us your Brand/Model and the top FIVE reasons (in order of importance 5=highest) for your purchase. I’ll summarize results here if significant numbers of people take part.
Panasonic 42" ED 5uy series:

5 priced to fit my budget

4 accurate color, most vivid color

3 pixel mapping to existing equipment (DVD's, TIVO, satellite receiver etc.)

2 great contrast, deepest blacks and good viewing at wide angles, no screen door effect at my viewing distance

1 Not on your list but, "Looks cool"


Good luck.
 

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Fujitsu P50XHA30WS


5. Accurate color and black levels

4. Great at handeling noise (fast moving scenes, stripes, and graphics)

3. Excellent hardware reputation for quality and lack of problems

2. Great internal scaler

1. Fantastic dealer and service / warranty (3 years parts and labor)


I expect every 2004 plasma to be HDCP compliant
 

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Fujitsu P50XHA30WS

1. Fantastic dealer and service / warranty (3 years parts and labor)
Great panel Prof. Dave

I wanted the same unfortunately I had a less than fantastic dealer and the Fujitsu 1/3 year warranty sent me in another direction.
 

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- footprint to screen size ratio is much more favorable when compared to a RPTV and a CRT


- off axis PQ is much better than a RPTV


- Great PQ - similar to CRT, but bigger screen without the bulk


- If you don't get factory speakers, great excuse for a home theater system


- Wife want one
 

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needed something elegant for the bedroom that would take up minimal space.


Pioneer 503CMX over the dresser like a picture. and Wife loves it.


1.Space

2.Space

3.Cool elegant looking


Carlos
 

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Size isn't really a given, mine had to fit in a 37" wide space, that cut down the choices a lot.


1. Size

2. Lack of visible motion artifacts

3. No speakers

4. Had both Component and S-Video. (That's all I needed.)

5. 10 day return, no questions.


It was #5 which actually persuaded me to take it home.
 

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Panasonic TH-42WD6UY


5. Wanted to have a wide screen display.

4. Very good black levels.

3. Wide viewing area, never liked rear projection units for this reason.

2. Picture quality.

1. Size, was able to utilize another 2' in my living room.
 

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Didn't need WAF cuz I don't have one, therefore, I could get anything I damn well please.

2 Plasmas, (pwd6UYs) the PQ is excellent, especially viewing HD material, the small footprint is also a plus

...great viewing angles with no loss of brightness.

A NEC LT 150 DLP projector for my home theater.

A 100" screen!!!! This PJ is great for watching PPV boxing events.

It's just like being ringside, without the sweat splatter, and I can PVR it for friends who want to enjoy the experience later over a few beers.

Life is good!

Cheers, VB
 

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pi


In addition to a plasma I'm also in the market for a new front projector - I've heard some good things about the PQ of NEC projectors - but the NEC's I've researched further all seem to have 4:3 native aspect ratios - and a minimum of connection types.


Does your NEC LT150 project 16:9, and how are you connected?
 

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semigolfer, yeah you're right, but I also purchased an external scaler for this puppy (Crystal Image) and I connect to the PJ via the RGB connection.

This allows for my DVD player or Sat box to be connected, and also have the availability to scale the pic to the native res of the pj.

Of course, this scaler added $1500 more to the total cost.

You may want to do a search in the "front PJ" section here for 16x9 projectors.

I like the availability of using either format because of the scaler, but that's just me.

I hear that the NEC 260 is quite good, but I'm not upto date anymore.

My PJ is over 2 yerars old, but I still love it.

Let me know if I can help with future ?'s.

Cheers, VB
 

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Ken, so you're saying

You think the picture looks pretty good??!!!!

:D :D :D

LOL, VB
 

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1 Picture Quality

2 Viewing angle

3 WAF


I replaced a Marantz 46" RPTV with a Pioneer PDP-505HD in 1999 and never looked back: picked up floor space as I wall mounted the plasma and the difference in PQ/viewing angle was like night and day
 

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juice, refresh my memory...you're married, RIGHT??

You both are invited to my "bachelor" pad.. LOL!!!!!!!

or more commonly know as "the den on of iniquity"!!

I just love biblical references!!:)

VB
 
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