Buying a TV for the Folks.

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January 26, 2009 at 20:38:50
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Hi, I've decided that I would like to buy a flat screen TV for my parents. I've been looking at 32" and 37" TV's. I decided to buy my parents a TV because our old 27" CRT is massively deep which my mum hates and my dads eyes are not so good and he has to sit close to be able to read anything.

I've decided that I dont want to get a full HD capable TV, I have been looking at TV's with resolutions like 852 x 480. The reason why is because We will still be viewing SD stuff for a long time and viewing SD content on a 1080p TV looks like utter crap, however on a 480i/p TV it looks fine.

I took my mum around to look at some and she commented on the bad picture quality of the large 1080p TV's playing SD content. This is one particular TV I'm looking at:
http://www.sanyo.com.au/products/tv...

Sanyo is a reasonable brand and I can get it for only $700. I was wondering if there is any major reason I should choose LCD or Plasma, the one above is plasma and I was looking at it in a store and I thought that the picture looked more vibrant compared to some Sony Bravia LCD's next to it which looked to be lacking in contrast, however I wasn't exactly at a good viewing angle as the TV's were up high.

Is there anything I should be looking for? The main requirements are - Decent looking SD, AFFORDABILITY, HD tuner & 32"-37". HD viewing is not important in this case. Any recommendations? Thanks!

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January 27, 2009 at 05:32:56
The big difference between LCD and Plasma is the amount of energy they consume.

For example:
LCD at ~180 Watts per hour versus Plasma at ~500 Watts per hour.

If the TV has a QAM tuner then it can pick up the cable companies digital (480i/p) signals on channels like 82-1 through 83-x in addition to HD on the network channels at their normal designation but adding a -1 or -2 after it such as 4-1, 5-1, 7-1 for ABC, NBC and CBS or like 25-1 for Fox.
They are not quite as good as the cable companies HD signal but very nice.

Also, you want a TV with a response time of 5ms or less.

HTH
Bryan

P.S. Perhaps others will add to this.


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#2
January 27, 2009 at 15:03:55
I would agree that it is a waste of money in this circumstance to get a 1080p capable TV, but unless you find a significant difference in price, I would suggest a 720p(1080i) capable TV. What your not seeing on the TVs at the store is that there are viewing adjustments which can be made on those TVs for viewing different kinds of content. On the store's displays, they have them all set to fill the whole screen to show off the big display (often people will do this if your looking at them in somebody's home as well). In this case, the 480i content gets stretched out and fuzzy looking, but if you reset the screen to frame the SD content in, it will look sharp and clear. But, with the 720p (1080i) capability, when you do watch HD content it will look much sharper and clearer. I'm not a big football fan, but watching the free over-the-air HD broadcasts of football games and other sports events is a lot more entertaining than the old NTSC broadcasts. Most of the broadcast TV content during prime time is already HD, it is much better to have a TV that can display it. But, the main point I'm trying to make is to let you know that the HDTVs can be adjusted for getting a good picture with SD, your just not seeing it at the store.
Also, the plasma screens are considered more "vibrant" than LCD, but they consume a lot more power for that vibrance. And, LCD screens have lots of contrast adjustments which can be made from their internal menus, the TVs at the store are usually just in the default settings. And, finally, the viewing angle on LCDs is more critical than plasmas. If your not perpendicular to the screen, a LCD will look dimmer than it is when looking stright on, not so much with a plasma.

Good thing of you, to be trying to find a decent set for your folks, hope it turns out well for you.




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#3
January 27, 2009 at 17:17:03
I think that I will go for a plasma despite the extra power consumption, I compared the 32" Sanyo Plasma to a 32" Sanyo LCD and the plasma draws 220W and the LCD draws 150. I think maby I should raise my budget a bit as the better brands seem to draw less power, a 32" Sony LCD draws 110W...

I think plasma will be better in our case because our lounge room set out dosent allow for perfect viewing angles and I think in some spots the LCD would look dull. When it comes to power we only use the TV for maby 15-20 hours a week so I'll just buy some energy saver globes for our lounge room and then that will make up the difference. Thanks for the input guys, I'll see what I can find.

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