Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Montreal South Shore
Old set going broke, need a new set, your recommendations
My old Sony (I guess 8 years is now considered old in TV speak) KV-34XBR800 just gave the first signs of giving up. The color board is likely the culprit, shorting out and popping red screens before shutting down the set altogether.
So I am looking for a 50 inch plasma and don't really know where to start. I've read here that some of the Panasonic's and Samsungs are good, Sony's are pricey, and Pionneer out my budget altogether. The TV will be in a brightly sun lit room in the daytime with no direct sunlight on the set though. The viewing area is set wide and close, roughly 12 feet. We watch both sports and movies in equal time. Our budget is between $2-3,000 but the closer to 2 the better.
I want wi-fi, 3-4 HDMIs, at least 2 component videos, and quality video adjustments (I use Avia DVD twice per year on my current set to fine tune). USB or Flascard type reader would be nice but with wi-fi it's not really necessary.
Your comments, suggestions and questions are welcome.
Sony 34XBR800, Denon 1600, Energy Take Five, SA 3100HD, Panasonic RP82