My 60" big screen Hitachi Ultravision TV is about to give out and we are
thinking about buying a new HDTV. I want to get another 60" one. There are
so many different kinds out there that it is hard to decide what to get.
I've heard bad things about both LCD and plasma. Now I understand there is
another model called SXRD out there. I would like all of you're opinions as
to brand and model that you think is the best one to buy. I'll consider the
price later, but I would like to know what is the top of the line. I heard
that it is wise to consider purchasing an extended warranty with these new
TV's I tried Googleing, but there is a lot of crap that pops up and one
doesn't know what to look at.
Thanks for your help.
Here is a link to the explanation of SXRD which seems to be a DLP
Personally, I'll hold out for the SEDs;
Check out the Sony XBR2 line of LCDs. I think they have a 60" model.
Just spent several hours with a friend who is looking at buying a
46-50". We went to 4 stores and both thought that the Sony XBRs had
the best picture. But coming very close was the Panasonic line of
Plasma, which top out at 56". The picture of the Sony's appeared to
us to be just a little bit sharper. Also, the Sonys are 1080P, while
the Pannys are 1080i. But for the big difference in price, the Panny's
are by far the better value. You can get a 50" for $2K.
Check out the ratings at Cnet.
As for which technology is better today, I think it's a toss up. One
key characteristic worth considering is that Plasmas all have
significant reflection from their glass screen. In a room with
sunlight or ceiling lights, it's noticeable. LCD's don't have
I would forget about extended service contracts, because I have yet to
find one that's worth it. They all are expensive and high margin for
those selling them.
Can't give you advice on specific HDTVs as I'm perfectly happy with
plain old NTSC, but I can strongly caution you to avoid any Panasonic
(a.k.a. MatsuSHITa) product as I have found them to be very unreliable
over many years of experience.
I'm not psychic, so I'd wait until it did give out, and I'd watch
another tv for a week or a month or whatever it took to get a new one.
Oh, maybe that's what you meant. Sorry. Planning ahead is a very
If it's THE best picture out there, why would Sony sell it for $2500?
That's way less than their own LCD units of much smaller size. And you
can't get a new current model of anything with a decent picture in 55"
for that price.
Well of all the HDTV's I've seen (I've been shopping for one) the SXRD
was by far the clearest most vivid picture. It's relatively cheap
because its a projection not a flat tv. Go to circuit city and watch
the sxrd with 1080 input (DVD or tv) and then say it's not the best.
Read reviews online. I just dont want to spend that much . If it were
under $2k I'd get it in a heartbeat
SXRD appears to be a branding that Sony applies not only to their LCOS
products, but to their LCD as well. And they position the LCOS as
entry level, not best picture, which is why the Sony LCD cost
significantly more. I'm not saying a LCOS could be a good choice
from a price/performance point, but it isn't close to the best picture
Check this out
Seeing is believing. The SXRD 1080 projection is the only tv that ever
"wowed" me. Why do they still want $2500
when a 50" plasma can be had for under $2k? Until you see it dont
criticize. The OP really needs to check these units out. The dynamic
iris and silicon doohickets allow more pixel density
You will probably find that most folks are going to think what they
have is wonderful, and everything else is not.
You might start looking around here:
which will permit you to access many makes/models/hompages/comments.
Then if you want. you can go here and see if you can find an
appropreiate forum to help you:
Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime
You heard wrong, it is not wise to get an extended warranty. They just suck
money out of your wallet. TV's, like most electronics, will either fail
within or month or so (during the warranty), or will work many, many years.
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