£2000 to spend on new TV... But which one??

markygfaebburn

Standard Member
As the title suggests, I have 2000 to spend on a new HDTV. Just wanted your expert opinions on which one to go for if that's ok?

It needs to be at least 42"

I will have my sky hd through hdmi, so must be good at showing a sd image as there's still not alot of hd content available at the moment.

I will also have my wii through component cable & ps3 through hdmi.

24frame bluray compatablity would be good, as would 1080p

Both LCD & plasma would be considered

Thanks in advance, Mark
 

Avi

Distinguished Member
As the title suggests, I have 2000 to spend on a new HDTV. Just wanted your expert opinions on which one to go for if that's ok?

It needs to be at least 42"

I will have my sky hd through hdmi, so must be good at showing a sd image as there's still not alot of hd content available at the moment.

I will also have my wii through component cable & ps3 through hdmi.

24frame bluray compatablity would be good, as would 1080p

Both LCD & plasma would be considered

Thanks in advance, Mark
Quick question - How far away will you sit when viewing ?

I'm not sure if your budget will stretch but from personal observation Pioneer produce some of the best in terms of PQ partly due to very good video processing. Fujitsu is also good but they are moving out of the display market later in the year.

LCD and Plasma produce a different "style" of image and you will have advocates who swear to there being nothing better from both sides. My advice is to go for a proper demo at a quality specialist where the displays should be properly calibrated. View a range of material and decide on the image style you prefer. Personally I have yet to see an LCD product that I like.

AVI
 

markygfaebburn

Standard Member
I'll be sitting around 12 feet away from it. I've been reading about the pioneer kuro 50", looks superb. Just worried about the possibility of screen burn/retention. Seen it for under £2100 but from traders I haven't heard of, wee bit worried paying over that sort of cash...
 

chelsea.tone

Well-known Member
Could do a lot worse than the 8th Gen Pioneer Plasma. 50" can be had for under your budget now (just)

Tony
 

Avi

Distinguished Member
I'll be sitting around 12 feet away from it. I've been reading about the pioneer kuro 50", looks superb. Just worried about the possibility of screen burn/retention. Seen it for under £2100 but from traders I haven't heard of, wee bit worried paying over that sort of cash...
Due to human visual acuity there is a point at which the difference between 1080 and lower resolution becomes moot. The optimum viewing distance for a 50" 1080 res display is 8' or less. Beyond this and most people will be physicaly unable to see the difference.

I've owned several plasma sceens from various manufacturers and have never suffered screen burn. In fact one of my plasma displays is used by the kids for hours on end and there have been no issues in this respect.

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Gae

Novice Member
Ever thought about going the projector route instead? As well as other brands, the Panasonic AE2000 1080p projector comes in just under 2 grand if you shop around.
The beauty about projectors (I have the AE900) is that you can adjust the size of the screen. With a Plasma or LCD screen you have one size and if you find it's too small or you get used to the size, you're stuck with it. If you want to use it a lot of hours though, I guess it's the route to go as Lamp Life is an issue with projectors. Projectors, I guess, are for more selective viewing and for those people who only want to watch for a couple of hours or so a day.
I watch HD movies and programmes on a 70" screen and they look great.

Gae
 

Avi

Distinguished Member
Ever thought about going the projector route instead? As well as other brands, the Panasonic AE2000 1080p projector comes in just under 2 grand if you shop around.
The beauty about projectors (I have the AE900) is that you can adjust the size of the screen. With a Plasma or LCD screen you have one size and if you find it's too small or you get used to the size, you're stuck with it. If you want to use it a lot of hours though, I guess it's the route to go as Lamp Life is an issue with projectors. Projectors, I guess, are for more selective viewing and for those people who only want to watch for a couple of hours or so a day.
I watch HD movies and programmes on a 70" screen and they look great.

Gae
I also own a PJ and would say that unless the OP wishes to watch in complete darkness and probably change room decor the PJ's performance will be limited compared to a top quality plasma. In ideal viewing conditions a PJ is great but getting those conditions can mean compromise if it's your living room. It's an option but I would suggest serious research before going down this route.

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