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Topic # 17436 27-Nov-2007 10:20
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Was looking at powerstore over the weekend trying to get a deal on a decent heatpump, and while I was talking with the salesman, my wife was off wandering around. She came over and asked me to have a look at something. So I walked with her expecting to be looking at a new washing machine or something. Anyway, she stops in front of a 37" panasonic plasma, and asks me what I think. I had a look, watched a blueray disc thru it, grabbed my laptop out of the car and ran that thru it (my tv is my HTPC display), played a few games, and watched a bit of normal tv thru it. I was happy, so we bargained a bit and I got it as well as the heat pump! Got almost $1k off the tv and put it on payday 2010, with no extra charges :)

So now I have a nice new telly. I love my wife :)

I personally prefer plasma over LCD, as I watch a lot of fast sports, action movies and play a few fps games and hate the smearing and lack of definition in dark areas on an LCD. People always say about burn in, but hey, that's what a screen saver's for. And I don't need 1080p, especially not on a 37" screen.




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  Reply # 97096 27-Nov-2007 10:24
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I'm still firmly in the Plasma camp as well and wouldn't swap my 50" Pioneer for anything - except maybe the new full HD model! :-)

I'm also not worried about the energy consumption and Aunty Helen's plans to ban power hungry TV's. I get my electricity from Meridian who are certified carbon neutral so as far as I'm concerned my TV is causing no harm at all to the environment! :-)

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  Reply # 97123 27-Nov-2007 12:57
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Well done on moving to the large TV camp.  Now all you need is some HD content to put on it :-(




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  Reply # 97350 28-Nov-2007 14:49
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Rollux: Was looking at powerstore over the weekend trying to get a deal on a decent heatpump, and while I was talking with the salesman, my wife was off wandering around. She came over and asked me to have a look at something. So I walked with her expecting to be looking at a new washing machine or something. Anyway, she stops in front of a 37" panasonic plasma, and asks me what I think. I had a look, watched a blueray disc thru it, grabbed my laptop out of the car and ran that thru it (my tv is my HTPC display), played a few games, and watched a bit of normal tv thru it. I was happy, so we bargained a bit and I got it as well as the heat pump! Got almost $1k off the tv and put it on payday 2010, with no extra charges :)

So now I have a nice new telly. I love my wife :)

I personally prefer plasma over LCD, as I watch a lot of fast sports, action movies and play a few fps games and hate the smearing and lack of definition in dark areas on an LCD. People always say about burn in, but hey, that's what a screen saver's for. And I don't need 1080p, especially not on a 37" screen.



Burn in is a big issue for me - and 1080p too. SO , got the sony bravia x series lcd 46". Bootiful.

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  Reply # 97368 28-Nov-2007 16:43
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50" Plasma here, wouldn't mind trading it in for a 1080p model...

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  Reply # 97399 28-Nov-2007 18:55
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Fossie: 50" Plasma here, wouldn't mind trading it in for a 1080p model...

I'll swap it for my 42" plasma before you trade in :-P







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  Reply # 97438 28-Nov-2007 21:22
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I'm no expert, but don't you need to be further away from the TV to enjoy the high resolution/bigger TV?






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  Reply # 97441 28-Nov-2007 21:47
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Quite the opposite, you can sit closer and not see any distortion and pixelation.

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  Reply # 97476 29-Nov-2007 08:44
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I find that with High def - need to go up close to appreciate the image. Or, have the eyes of a hawk from 4 meters back.

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  Reply # 97477 29-Nov-2007 08:59
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WIth HD you do need to be closer to appreciate the picture.

Most people actually set too far away anyway, the optimum viewing distance for a 720p picture is 10 feet for a 50" display and most people would sit a lot further away than this. The optimum viewing distance to see 1080p in it's fully glory is around 25% less, ie around 7.5 feet away from a 50" screen.

If you're to follow THX recommended viewing distances you should be sitting even closer - around 6 feet away from a 50" display.



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  Reply # 97486 29-Nov-2007 10:15
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Actually I was wrong; I misunderstood what I read earlier.

There is a good article here explaining recommended viewing distances, including THX recommendations.







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