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      09-25-2006, 01:44 PM   #1
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What's the best LCD/Plasma TV to get in 40-50 inch size?

What would you guys recommend? Money is not an issue. I've been looking at Sony Bravia LCDs as I'm a Sony fan...i'm planning to mount it on a wall...
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Panasonic or Pioneer - check out cnet.com for more info and reviews. Buddy just bought a 42 inch Panasonic plasma and it was amazing!!!!
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i like my samsung, but im sure if money is no issue at all there are much better more expensive ones.
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Panasonic or Pioneer - check out cnet.com for more info and reviews. Buddy just bought a 42 inch Panasonic plasma and it was amazing!!!!
I have read good reviews on both of these. If he is a sony fan, I betcha he is going to get a sony anyway.
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What would you guys recommend? Money is not an issue. I've been looking at Sony Bravia LCDs as I'm a Sony fan...i'm planning to mount it on a wall...
i like the pioneer elite :http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pn...762802,00.html
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We just got a Pioneer Elite in our play room

I have a Sony Bravia 32'' HD LCD in my room

The Pioneer has an AMAZING picture
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46" bravia--got the 6.5k go for the 52"
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depends on how much u want to spend... economical, good looking and reliable. LG. A little more higher end, pioneer elite. The best looking plasma out.... Runco. will run you like 12k but you will love it for the next 3 years until something better comes out .
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Pioneer Elite considered the best and it is amazing looking. Panasonic's plasmas are also excellent. Try to look at them side by side. I see little difference with most programs. Pioneer Elite has a separate box with only one cable running to the TV; everything plugs into the box. Top of line Panasonic may have this now, too. Also , consider if you want 1080p; it may only matter with some DVD's now, more in the future.

Another option is DLP, unless you want a slim unit. Samsung and Mitsubishi make excellent units.

Try to look at face details, especially in darkly lit scenes to see if one unit shows more or less detail. Also, look at black levels, but I must say I've seen little difference there. I have noticed that some things that are obviously very white had a yellow tinge on some brands. Some of it is very subjective. It's a big investment; don't be afraid to take your time and study them for a while side by side. Using some of the above criteria, I bought a Panasonic 32 inch LCD over Sharp and Samsung and I love it. When I re-do my den, I'll likely go for the Pioneer Elite to hopefully avoid ANY possible regret.
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If money doesn't matter just go to the store and pick out the one you think looks best. If it's over $3,000 it is going to look good.
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How come no one likes Sony Bravias? Are they not worth the investment? Is Pioneer Elite really that much better?
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From reviews I have seen online, Pioneer is rated better every time. Sony markets their products well, that's all. I'm not saying Sonys aren't well-made products, but a lot of people buy them and talk about them because they have such good advertising and they are stylishly designed.
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if u buy sony youre pretty much just buying for the name. spec for spec panasonic is better and pioneer is the best as far as plasmas go.
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Don't plasmas have that half-life brightness problem? Like after X years, the brightness drops off by some %? DLPs also have the drawback of needing their lamps replaced every year, and that isn't cheap (like $400/year). I am guessing you are looking to hang the tv somewhere, hence the need for a plasma/lcd. I'd recommend a Bravia LCD or any other HD LCD tv.

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Fading problem with Plasmas is exactly what I'm afraid of. I don't like DLP because of the bulb change every so often. I like LCDs because of this.

So far from what I've seen Sony Bravias seem to be the best choice, not just design wise but also picture wise.
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lcd: sharp aquos line.. newer ones are all 1080p, i just ordered the 37" lc-37d9u, theres also an lc-46d62u i think thats 46"

if you really wanted a plasma i hear the pannys really good but for all practical purposes i would get an lcd
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How come no one likes Sony Bravias? Are they not worth the investment? Is Pioneer Elite really that much better?
to me, the elite is much better.

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Fading problem with Plasmas is exactly what I'm afraid of. I don't like DLP because of the bulb change every so often. I like LCDs because of this.

So far from what I've seen Sony Bravias seem to be the best choice, not just design wise but also picture wise.
before you lay out your money to buy an expensive tv, do some honest research. check out sound and vision magazine, search online, and go to the stores and look at the tv's. the sony bravia is a great tv, but to me the elite is much better.
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plasma: pioneer elite
tube: sony XBR - they're rated the best on cnet
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Go with Pioneer. I own a 43 inch Pioneer Elite Pro930 and I would not trade this plasma in for anything else on the market. The media receiver that comes with many of the Pioneer plasma's makes connecting additional components to this tv as easy as could be. The picture quality is outstanding. Check them out yourself but keep in mind that on a showroom floor most plasma's have their brightness turned up as high as possible in order to stand out when next to 20 other models. Ask your salesman if you could play around with the settings. Good luck...
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What would you guys recommend? Money is not an issue. I've been looking at Sony Bravia LCDs as I'm a Sony fan...i'm planning to mount it on a wall...

Sony Bravia. That's what I have.

But... I'm a Sony snob though!

P.S. Consumer Reports thinks so too. I think it was in last months issue. Good luck.
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sharp aquos.. i cant believe im the only one mentioning this
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