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Old 06-12-2009, 04:07 PM
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I currently use a 20" LCD television for my DVD viewing pleasure.

I have a PS3 and would like to maximize its potential. The release of the original Trek movie collection got me thinking HD.

After some preliminary research, I know the basics. Full HD means Progressive Scanning and 1920x1080. Do we have any resident experts?

I plan to budget for Star Trek's October release. I want to spend $ 500-1,100 on a 40-49" range Full HD LCD with dynamic contrast ratio (is this as good as advertised?) and preferable 120Hk + refresh rate for a (Smooth Motion technology?) fluid, blur-free experience.

I'd love suggestions on what specs I should really be looking for to optimize my viewing experience when I start using my PS3 to play Blu-Rays. Can anyone point me in the direction I can find the best value for my money?
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:21 AM
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I really like my TV It does full HD never noticed any blurring effects on my games. (Personally I think some of the technology is getting beyond what the human Eye see's anyway.) It's a VIZIO. They are relativly inexepensive compared to other brand or at least it was when I bought mine.
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:31 AM
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We've got a Samsung 50" HDTV and it's been nothing but wonderful, esp. with the PS3.
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Old 06-13-2009, 07:02 AM
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All of ours have HD capablity, meaning the chip is in there. When it gets the HD signal, it goes HD.
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Old 06-13-2009, 07:53 AM
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If possible, get an HDTV with 120hz as opposed to 60hz. While my 42inch LG gets great resolution at 1080p/60hZ....having seen a tv at 1080p/120hz is really something. The pictures look almost (ALMOST) 3D.
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Our family has a Panasonic, and I have heard good things about their plasmas at inexpensive prices... but for LCDs under $1500 I would look into Sharp AQUOS and Samsung sets. We get Consumer Reports, and Samsung dominates the LCD categories, with their top 42" model selling for $1250 (a little out of your range) but the issue was from December, and prices are continually falling.
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:50 AM
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LCD is the way to go, plasma has too many issues for my taste.
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Thanks for the feedback, guys.

I agree LCD is the way to go. After considering the disadvantages of both, I can't see past plasma's glare issue. Additionally, if I leave a still image on screen for too long it may 'burn-in' permanently?
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:44 PM
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If possible, get an HDTV with 120hz as opposed to 60hz. While my 42inch LG gets great resolution at 1080p/60hZ....having seen a tv at 1080p/120hz is really something. The pictures look almost (ALMOST) 3D.
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Thanks for the feedback, guys.

I agree LCD is the way to go. After considering the disadvantages of both, I can't see past plasma's glare issue. Additionally, if I leave a still image on screen for too long it may 'burn-in' permanently?
I can counter both of those issues, as with our plasma there is an excellent anti-glare filter on the screen, and as far as burn-ins we had several times where we thought we would have one, but it went away within hours.

But, I still would say that LCDs are superior, although their limited viewing angle in my opinion is a major draw-back.
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