Dash wrote:In this case I don't think you're buying the TV for the 3D, but the 3D for the TV.
If you can get a really good LED/LCD TV and it just so happens to be 3D ready, why not?
I have no problem doing that but 3D and LED cost extra. Edge-lit LEDs are the same or worse than normal LCD panels from what I hear, you need the good backlit LED TVs but those are $1000+. They market LED as better than LCD which isn't true and it's technically almost the same technology.
The best advice I am seeing is get the biggest TV you can afford (and fit in the room of course, respecting viewing distance etc).
You can get a 50" 1080p plasma for $745:
This will sounds weird but I have an older 32" LCD that's about 42" wide, if I get a 42" TV it won't seem like much of an upgrade. I've stood and stared at 42" TVs at Best Buy and I don't get that "big screen feeling"
Now 50 inches and up ??? Now we're talking (with about 9 feet viewing distance).
Of course I am shopping for a home theatre TV, if I was looking for a TV for the bedroom it'd be different.
A 32" TV *cannot* be 42" wide, unless you are talking about side speakers. The "big feeling" will come from watching it at the correct angle (often, in a store, you don't get that). Also, a decent stereo setup will make your screen "feel" much bigger.
That 50" plasma may not actually be 1080 native resolution.
I sit about 7' away from my 57" screen; my kids sit closer. The old guidelines about viewing distance have gone out the window with HD because the pixel width is a lot smaller now. You don't want to sit close enough to be able to see the pixels -- that's why there are recommended viewing distances.
LED vs. LCD: true, the picture may not be better (I read a while back that there are just a handful of manufacturers of LCD panels anyway -- both LCD and LED TVs use LCD panels). What you do get -- and this is not debatable -- is a much slimmer profile. If you want to hang it on a wall (not mounted with a swing out arm -- really hanging, like a picture) then you say "No" to plasma and LCD and aim for LED (or O-LED, if you have bagsfull of money).
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