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Trying to learn everything I can before buying a T.V.

My wife and I got married this past weekend, we are planning on spending a portion of the cash gifts on a TV, big and flat. I have some questions I'm trying to get answered before we decide what to buy.

Here's the facts
We have digital cable at home with a DCT700 Motorola reciver.
We do watch quite a bit of T.V., or often have it on in the background.
We want to be able to plug a computer into it (eg. laptop through VGA cable)
I am a bit of a gamer, so pucture burn might be a consideration.

The Questions
As far as I know the cable we currently get is not HDTV, and I know the reciver is not an HDTV receiver. Would it still display propery on an HDTV?
From what I've found, it seems like LCD is the way to go when considering picture burn. Is this right? Anything else to consider between plasma and LCD?
Anything else you think might help us decide, or at least make us better informed is welcome.

One T.V. we've been eyeing is:
37-in. 1080p LCD HDTV

Thanks for your time.

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I used to sell flat screens at Circuit City before they closed the doors. I caught a great deal on a 42" Pansonic Plazma 720p and love it. Even at 42" the picture is crystal clear when watching the digital channels. Start by looking at Sears & Best Buy's websites, looking at TV's that are $200-400 above your price point to see what is available. If you find a few that meet your requirements, read the reviews posted by other owners. Stick with LCD and to answer the question about the cable box, just tell the cable company and they will swap you for a digital cable box. If they try to charge you for it say something like "I would like the box for free or please cancel my service." Or mention that you saw a promotional ad on TV and you wonder if you can have that price. They fold every time. Not to mention, they will throw in other features at no charge to keep your account open. I would also recommend saying away from lower end TV's if you use your set a lot. If you want to keep the cost down (I assume you do) look into LG or Toshiba LCD's as they are lower priced than the Sonys and Panasonics and they are very good products. Another way to save some $ is to go with 720p. Right now, cable is only broadcast in 720p and doesn't look to be upgrading anytime soon. Unless you are buying a BlueRay player or a Playstatoin 3, 1080 will be overkill and more $ = smaller TV for your dollar. Good luck and happy Flat Screen watching.

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Yes you can still use your old equipment on a HDTV, you will want a tv that is 1080p IMO this will allow for upgrade in the future and get true HDTV. If I were you I would go with a good brand at the time plasma TV as plasma if you notice has a nice piece of glass flat across the whole screen wheer LCD you will have to but a plate and I do not think they look as nice picture as plasma have. Many people will agree many will disagree. Go in a couple stores that have TV's set up ah HDTV get them to put in a blueray disk and watch some for a bit and sit in theer enterainment rooms and compare LCD and plasma. Every year new models come out and the best name brand will change from year to year depending on who they get and what plant they use or wins the bid to make the company's TV's for that contract. Japan, China, Tiwain all those places...
Just look on the back of the TV to see the conections, plus remember once you get it you usually have 15-30 days to try it and change it if you decide.

Also to keep in mind I think it is with DPL HDTV you can play games all day long and not have to worrie about picture burn-in
some info on that ""

Here is a link you may find helpful with some information on HDTV 1080i vs 1080p ""

anyway you can use google to do some more search in the areas i linked and any other you have worries about.

Posted on Aug 26, 2009

  • danacon Sep 30, 2009

    Panasonic has a very good picture quaility, and couple of the sale people from different stores. I do not know about Panasonics warranty or service, but remember if you buy the extended warranty from where you purchase the TV which usually is not that much it depends on the TV's price. Plus if you get a bad TV (Lemon) like I am sure if you took it back to the store and told them they would replace it if they are a big store and ever want your service again..... for mladylord That bulb burning out all the time sounds like some kind of short and could be fixed at the route of the problem instead of just replacing the bulb every time.....


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No don't buy panasonic they don't said behind there products, I have lcd tv from them and the lcd light bulb keeps breaking and you have to buy a new on around 2 hundred buck each no garentee's and then air filter problems that need sevice man to fix. no thanks I'd buy celeron reflective display it uses mirror's. hope this helps I spent 2 thousand panasonic lemon.

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