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Windows 7: Which tv should i pick?

23 May 2011   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kado897 View Post
1080p every time plus plasma cost a fortune to run.
Not really, I own a plasma. I have a 50" Panasonic Plasma. Replaced a 50" LCD, power difference is less than $20 per year to operate.

Technically speaking, the max power draw of this 3 year old Plasma is about 490w according to the mfg. But this is the MAX, with Contrast turned all of the way up, showing a full white image on the screen. With my Panny hooked up to a Kill-A-Watt meter, I average around 280w of power. Newer plasma models drop to as low as 220w of power. Comparable 50" LCD's run around 170-200watts of power...so we aren't dealing with too much difference anymore. Also, a Plasma consumes the most power when showing a full white image, while an LCD consumes the most power showing a full black image. If you simply change out a couple of 100 watt light bulbs with 14 watt compact florescents, you can easily make up for any difference that your TV will consume.

Either way, I would pay the $20 electricity premium as my Plasma outperforms my LCD's hands down from better black levels, to more natural colors, with no motion blur.

As far as the 720 vs 1080p debate goes, it depends upon whether it's going to be a computer monitor. If so, then 1080p is a must.

If it's strictly going to be a TV for watching TV and movies, then count me as 1 of the many who cannot tell any difference between 720p and 1080p. I'm a member of the AVS forums, I discuss this with lots of AV guys and am very well read on the subject.

Disclaimer: My claim that there is no difference between 720p and 1080p is made when comparing 2 properly calibrated displays, sitting side by side, both showing identical 1080p input signals. It's the input signal that makes all of the difference in the world. If you feed a high quality 1080p signal into a 720p display and it downscales to 720p, it will still look absolutely terrific. Standing a reasonable viewing distance away, the human eye won't pick up on the differences.

Those who feel there is a big difference, are often looking at an older TV with less sophisticated electronics, and are watching HDTV signals from their cable TV providers. Then they purchase brand new displays, with more sophisticated electronics and hook up a BluRay player and then say, "Woah, what a difference". They simply aren't comparing Apples to Apples.
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23 May 2011   #12
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I found this one for 800 on Amazon, pretty good price but no pc input

Panasonic - 42" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / 3D Plasma HDTV - TC-P42ST30

Can you hook a pc up with just an hdmi cable? Hdmi to Hdmi?
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23 May 2011   #13
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Austin8868 View Post
I found this one for 800 on Amazon, pretty good price but no pc input

Panasonic - 42" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / 3D Plasma HDTV - TC-P42ST30

Can you hook a pc up with just an hdmi cable? Hdmi to Hdmi?
yes, but you may run into overscan issue, which isn't a problem if you are just watching movies on it.
If you have the taskbar on that screen, then the taskbar may be in the overscan area. I am not sure why there is overscan on the Plasmas, but my Panasonic has it and yours may as well.
I just use the Nvidia panel to scale the resolution so that the taskbar is viewable.
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24 May 2011   #14
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Zepher View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Austin8868 View Post
I found this one for 800 on Amazon, pretty good price but no pc input

Panasonic - 42" Class / 1080p / 600Hz / 3D Plasma HDTV - TC-P42ST30

Can you hook a pc up with just an hdmi cable? Hdmi to Hdmi?
yes, but you may run into overscan issue, which isn't a problem if you are just watching movies on it.
If you have the taskbar on that screen, then the taskbar may be in the overscan area. I am not sure why there is overscan on the Plasmas, but my Panasonic has it and yours may as well.
I just use the Nvidia panel to scale the resolution so that the taskbar is viewable.
It wouldnt be my main monitor, just use it occasionally for web browsing and maybe show pictures and videos when family is over.
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24 May 2011   #15
Austin8868

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Ive looked at this one for a while but it was over my price range. I think i might get it though. Has everything i want. I found it on tigerdirect for 900

Full HD LCD 3DTV | 40" BRAVIA EX720 Series HDTV | KDL-40EX720 | Sony USA
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