(Closed) Which FLAT SCREEN TV did u register for/and or buy??

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Post # 3
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We actually just bought a new TV for Christmas.  I want to say that my husband is the biggest electronics nerd ever and you should really do more research on plasma TVs and specific kinds before ruling them out.  They did have problems but they have actually fixed the problems now since (obviously) they weren’t selling.  My husband researches everything to the max and we ended up buying a plasma (51 inch Samsung) and it’s great so far.  Plus we paid about $625 plus tax for it which was a lot better for LCDs and LEDs of the same size.

Edit:  I will add that the TV it replaced is a 40 inch Sony (not plasma, I just can’t remember the exact kind) and we aren’t getting rid of it.  We’ve had that one for a few years and it still works great. 

Post # 4
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We bought a 40 inch Samsung led five years ago and if you google “Samsung clicking” you can read all about those issues. Now we have a 42 inch 1080p Sony and so far so good.

Post # 5
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

It’s actually a super common misconception that plasmas are bad – I sell TVs, been an expert on them for about 5 years now, and I hear this from customers all the time and it drives me crazy! Nearly every one of my coworkers and all the experts own a plasma TV, they get far deeper black levels, are better for motion, and have the most accurate picture. Many of them come with energy star ratings, put off a minimal amount of heat, burn in is rare, and they cost far less than LEDs. The problems you are hearing about used to be true but no longer are, people are basing their experience and opinions off of old TVs so it’s very inaccurate.

LCD – Matte finish so there is no glare/reflection. Average brightness. Come in 60 or 120hz. Lifespan of approximately 60,000 hours. With the sizes you are looking at they commonly come in 40 and 46, although LG and some off brands also offer a 42 and 47.

LED – Same as LCD but with LED backlighting. Most are matte non-glossy finish, but some Sony and all Samsung have glare. Brightest picture. Come in 60, 120, or 240hz. Average lifespan of 100,000 hours. Offered in the same sizes as LCD.

Plasma – Glass over the panel gives it a glossy finish. Has the deepest, most natural-looking picture. All plasmas are 600hz. Average lifespan of 60,000 hours. Comes in the sizes of 42 or 50, although Samsung is weird and makes it in 43 and 51.

As far as coloring goes, it’s really a personal opinion. Experts and salespersons typically prefer plasma because we want the most natural picture, but customers tend to be drawn towards LED – it has a very bright picture that looks great in a retail environment, but keep your room in mind – the brighter the room, the brighter your picture should be. So an LED is great for a bright room, and plasma tends to be best in a basement. For the refresh rate (the numbers ranked hz), the higher it is the smoother motion (sports, action movies, etc), will look on the TV.


I own a Panasonic 50GT30.

Post # 7
4803 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@Earlybride:  Yeah I usually spare customers the spiel about how their friends/coworkers are wrong unless they specifically ask, haha. But since I’m not at work I decided to say what I always want to tell those people!

Yes, with any 3D TV you can turn the 3D feature on and off. So you can convert a 2D picture over to 3D (although you’ll get the best effect from movies and showed that are filmed that way), and you can turn a 3D movie or show back to 2D. I didn’t really care about having a 3D TV, but I wanted something with a better panel, fast processor, etc. And generally the 3D TVs have better parts in them, so they look better even if you only watch in 2D.

My model has an anti-reflective coating on it. It’s not perfect, if I’m watching in the middle of the day when the sun right across from my TV has the sun shining through it, I do get some reflection. But we do most of our TV watching at night. If you watch mainly during the day and it is a really bright room, then yeah you might want an LCD or LED.

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