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Topic # 13476 11-May-2007 22:26
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Hi all,
I'm a total novice with TV's and would really appreciate all your help and input.  Not sure what I'm after I guess either a LCD or Plasma, but not sure which one is best, we would be watching a lot of sports and action type dvds on it.
Also what size and brand/models would you recommend and avoid. I'd like to spend about 2k but could go up to about 3500.

Any and all help is appreciated!


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Reply # 70494 12-May-2007 17:03
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I'm not going to recommend a brand, or technology. But instead an approach....

1. Find a helpful, friendly retailer
2. Visit during a "slow" period (typically NOT the weekend)
3. Take along a couple of your favourite DVDs
4. Get the above-mentioned friendly salesperson to move the TV(s) you are considering purchasing into a dimly lit area
5. Spend a good length of time auditioning each set (i.e. watching scenes from your DVD's)
6. Repeat with other sets you are considering

Step 4 is VERY important, as most TV stores have lighting that is nothing like your home environment. Consequently they commonly have their TV's set to "torch" mode to stand-out to the punters. Not a good environment for making a decison about a set worth $$$.

Oh, nearly forgot.... Step 7. Once you've bought a TV, let the rest of us know which one, and why

Good luck!

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  Reply # 70500 12-May-2007 18:15
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If I can make one suggestion. If you do not need a "flat" TV consider a rear projector TV. They have come a LONG way from the ones that you see in bar's and the like. However if you do follow Loftus's suggestion as more then often they have the setup on the floor or a small stand. The one weakness RP's have is that they cannot handle being looked down at. They will appear very dull if you do. Sit at a normal viewing level and they come alive.

The reason I suggest checking them out is you can get a lot of bang for buck ie. HD for the same price as SD LCD or plasma.

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