LCD TV's - the good, the bad, the defective

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  1. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    I recently took possesion of a Visio 42" LCD TV.

    It had problems from day 1.
    It was repaired once, replaced twice and now Visio is going to give me my money back.

    So the question is… Which TV should I get to replace it?

    Any suggestions, ideas, especially models - brands to avoid?:ear

    JJ :confused
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  2. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    Samsung series 7000 ....LED ... WOW!

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  3. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    Panasonic Plasma. Love mine, they've gotten great reviews. Prices are down.
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    +1 42" Visio blows! Bought a 46" Panasonic Plasma
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  5. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto Zipper Club with Clusters

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    Panasonic Viera plasma.
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  6. Bert

    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    Got the 46" 1080p
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  7. Venteuri

    Venteuri I don't give a shit

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    Plasma? ... :nono

    obsolete
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  8. johnjen

    johnjen Now, even more NOW!…

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    So other than brightness what is 'wrong' with plasma?

    JJ
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    Power consumption?
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  10. johnjen

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    Yeah I noticed that a 42" plasma used more power than an LCD of the same size. I also noticed a lack of brightness spec. The contrast was vastly superior. The rated life of 100,000 hrs equates to over 11 years of continuously on time, where as the LCD's have no such spec.

    The Plasma's also, at least according to the specs, have a faster response time and can handle image motion better, at least those with the improved response engines anyway.

    JJ
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  11. Jonnylotto

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    Yep. Unless you're looking at 120 or 240 hertz LCDs, which are definitely a whole different price range.

    I've got the Viera plasma in the living room and a Viera LCD in the bedroom. Hockey definitely sucks on the LCD but everything else seems fine.

    Just go down to Costco and see what's on display. It's a good way to compare screens in a bad lighting environment which seems to me to be closer to real life.:lol3
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  12. Emoto

    Emoto Sure, why not?

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    Jesus Christ, who the fuck would want a TV that sucks for things in motion???? :scratch
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    Bert Fair / Balanced

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    I asked myself that exact question just before I bought my Plasma.
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  15. mark883

    mark883 and the mysterians

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    Samsung LCD- Love it! Great motion response, as far as I can tell. It is cool to see the hockey puck flying around!

    Now, if the local cable provider would just admit their digital HDTV sucks. Evidently, they think compression is a good thing. Network off the air signal is spectacular, almost 3d

    Even if you're not a NASCAR fan, watching a race will really show the problems of a TV / signal.
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    Watson Been here awhile

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    Limme go ahead an' throw my Visio experience into the mix. 42" LCD...after only 8 months of average use, it goes blank/dead. After a few calls to Costco, then Visio...Visio sends out tech for a diagnostic, but he ends up replacing it with the one he brought. He was up-front in saying that Visio has many warranty claims for dead sets, same issue as ours. I forget what the issue is....something about decent set, but cheap-o components.
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  19. mikeysduck

    mikeysduck Slow Ride to Nowhere

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    I was buying Sony TV's for the past 30+ years... I got a 52 In Samsung LCD Series 640A W O W I love this TV. It's 9 Months old. Prices are down about a grand, since I purchased it. It's the ultimate TV, but it could always be bigger!
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  20. johnjen

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    My 1st 42" was a VS series. It would lock up and nothing would 'fix' it until the set was unplugged, neither the remote nor the buttons on the chassis had any effect. The next set was the VO series, it just shuts down on a random basis. The remote will start it back up.

    So they have given up and now the search is on for a replacement.

    JJ
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