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BlazeYDH Aug 21, 2007, 02:01am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Hey all,

I've had a 20" Flat Screen Magnavox For almost three years now (this Christmas will be 3rd year) I have to say that it's doing very well. Since I got it I've only turned it off a few times, other than that it's been on 24/7 and still not a single problem with it. The only thing bad is that the remote is getting worn out (but that's expected).

Anyways, I'm looking into getting a Widescreen, Flat Panel (26" - 30") w/ HDTV.

Any of you have WS TVs? If so what brand, how long have you had it and how is it holdin' up?

I know a few people who have WS TVs bigger than 30"+ , but they seem to break/get messed up in one way or another. Is their certain brands to stay away from to prevent this problem or is 30"+ just too much to ask for?

Also, I remember quite awhile back on this forum someone posted the differences between LCDs, Plasmas etc.. What was the difference in all of them?

Anyways thanks for your help you couch potatoes, you. :P


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Sean Costello Aug 21, 2007, 02:06am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Reliable Long Lasting TV's
best brands from what i hear are Panasonic, Toshiba, and Samsung.


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Adam Kolak Aug 21, 2007, 10:03am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Reliable Long Lasting TV's
In the 26" to 30" your not gonna find any Plasmas. Only LCDs are made in those size. Plasmas are generally 42" and larger. So basically your looking at an LCD.

I'd recommend Samsung and Sharp as the best two in LCDs. LG and Phillips are pretty good as well. Basically look for a 720p 16:9 LCD in the size you want. Your not gonna find any 1080p TVs at this size because with a TV this small the difference isn't noticeable. Make sure it has enough HDMI ports and component ports for what you need.

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BlazeYDH Aug 22, 2007, 01:41am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Reliable Long Lasting TV's
Well I'm not automatically canceling out bigger than 30". I just want to know what the deal is with TVs bigger than 30" being crappy most of the time. FME anyways.

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FLO 1337 Aug 22, 2007, 10:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Aug 22, 2007, 10:47am EDT

 
>> Re: Reliable Long Lasting TV's
Sharp Aquos, Sony Bravia, Samsung, Panasonic Viera are at the top of the list. Then there is Lg, Westinghouse, Toshiba, Hp, Prima, Philips. In no particular order, Sharp imo is the best then sony. Best budget lcd would be Westinghouse. Worst one i've seen is Prima. They have horrible quality. Sharp offers a few 32" with 1080p. Sonys have really good quality, same with Samsung and the Panasonics. I personally own a 37" Sharp aquos, it's only a 720p panel but hd looks great. No problems thus far 2 years old.

As for Plasmas there just nice, best quality. The only brand I would buy is Pioneer elite but these are pricey. Other brands would be Pioneer, Panasonic, Hitachi, Samsung and Lg. Cheap plasmas being Prima and Insignia.

Good comparison between the 2 technologies:
http://www.practical-home-theater-guide.com/plasma-vs-lcd-TV.html

Just stick with a name brand lcd and you should have no issues.


Adam Kolak Aug 22, 2007, 05:33pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Reliable Long Lasting TV's
It all depends really on what you want to spend. Under $1000 you can find some nice stuff but if you spend $1500 then you can get even a really nice 42" or so LCD.

For $1300 you can get a very ice Sharp Aquos 37":
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889101109

You can easily find a 32" LCD for under $900 such as this Samsung (this has 3 HDMI's):
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16889102128

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