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Buying an HDTV: specs that matter

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  • Started 5 years ago by ScottW
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ScottW
ScottW
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We have had a couple of folks shopping for and buying HDTVs. PCWorld recently did this article about the specs that matter for HDTV:
http://www.pcworld.com/article....._dont.html

I hope it helps someone. BTW, they also cover PCs, digital cameras, laptops, and routers. The link above is queued up to the HDTV section.

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JonMCC33
JonMCC33
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Great link. On a side note, I highly recommend Samsung HDTVs.

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raphoenix
raphoenix
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@ScottW,

Your link is really good !!
Everyone should print out a copy and take it with them when they go shopping.
@JonMCC33,
Samsung has come a long way in quality in all their products from years ago.
I remember when one automatically passed them over even at the cheapest store.
Kindest Regards,
Rick P.♦ :)

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ScottW
ScottW
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That PCWorld article only scratches the surface. For anyone who wants to dig deep and do lots of research on HDTV, be sure to visit HDTV World at c|net:
http://www.cnet.com/hdtv-world/

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JonMCC33
JonMCC33
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@raphoenix
I'm not that old but indeed Samsung is huge. $174 billion in revenue? They pretty much dominate the LCD/HDTV market and provide the memory chips for most RAM manufacturers, other than Micron and Hynix of course. Most of the time it's their LCD/TFT screens being used in other brand's monitors/TVs as well.

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InDiSent
InDiSent
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Yeah, i recently bought a TV and i did a ton of research. I ended up getting the Panasonic, Model: TH-42PX80U. I'm not planning on getting a bluray player anytime soon, so 1080p was not that big of a deal to me. Also, for a person with normal eyesight (whatever that is) sitting 12 ft from the tv you probably wont notice a big difference. For fast action such as football and action movies, Plasma is the way to go. There are 120Hz refresh rate LCD TV's out now....but i haven't seen them in person yet.

As far as the Panasonic goes:

Panasonic is supposed to be the 2nd best in Plasma after Pioneer. I am totally happy with this TV. Also, the cabinet is a lot nicer looking than the pics on line. Been watching it for 2 days now and i would honestly recommend it.

While i was researching and asking people i knew for their opinions a lot of them recommended Vizio. I did find a really nice Vizio that was 1080P and based on all the rave reviews I've heard from friends...i was going to get it. However, i had to get it from Best Buy and they do not carry the Vizio brand.

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jmcguire
jmcguire
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Thanks ScottW, I have been looking at HDTV's

Also, for anyone wondering, the last I checked the top three manufacturers rated by consumer reports were:
1) Samsung
2) Sony
3) Sharp

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