Would you buy a plasma telly?

My TV broke down. :frowning:

It was only a few years old. Serves me right for buying a Proton.

Now when I go to look at all the new tellies for sale they’re all flat screen LCD or plasma. The box is a dinosaur.

I’m thinking of buying a 42’’ Vizio. Mostly because it’s cheap like the Proton; however, I noticed on a few consumer sites it is rated as a best buy.

Any recommendations.

Think of your carbon footprint brother man.
guardian.co.uk/nuclear/artic … 26,00.html

Nuclear power leaves no carbon footprint only shadows.

Anyway when I think of those billions of Chinamen and Indians just waiting to get their greedy little paws on some plasma I totally despair re the carbon footprint business.

i got myself a Pioneer Plasma 427xd early this year and i dont want to miss it anymore.
perfect picture with DVD, local TV looks a bit grainy sometimes due to the low resolution.
(this effect gets worse with full HD TVs)

the quality is excellent and i can only recomemnd it.
also teh Panasonic viera series is very good and quite a bit cheaper then pioneer.
mine cost around 100k NT$, you should be able to get current panasonic viera a bit cheaper.

since a TV is more of a longer term investment i wouldnt sacrifice too much on it. best thing is really go and watch the device yourself at the store.
also dont let them show you only HD content, also ask to see ‘normal’ TV and DVD as this often reveals the quality of the built in scaler.

and BTW: if you watch movies and/or sports plasma is teh way tzo go. colors are more vivid, the black is much much more black and not only a shade of dark grey as on the LCDs.
some of the new Sony Bravia look quite good, but these are even a tad more expensive then same size plasmas if i recall correctly.

Thanks Gelangweilt,

All good advice, especially re watching normal telly. If you are watching say HBO you think it is grainy. What about if the sports coverage is coming off satellite? Would that be grainy too?

See also some comments here. If you only use it locally (110VAC) and with NTSC sources you can ignore the comments related to input voltage and PAL compability.

BTW: The Pioneer 7G models (427, 507) have recently come down in price since they are being replaced with the new 8G models. For viewing TV broadcast Pioneer or Panasonic plasmas would be my first choice. LG looks good, too.

Thanks Rascal.

No news on the Vizio.

According to this website they rate Vizio as the best buy and Pioneer as the best TV.

Vizio is also the cheapest on the market. It’s available at Costco in 42" for 37,000.

http://www.consumersearch.com/www/electronics/plasma-tv/index.html

Budget 42-inch plasma HDTV.According to reviews, the Vizio VP42 plasma HDTV has a rare combination of low price and good performance. While it won’t beat the best in a head-to-head image-quality competition, reviews say the black levels and color rendition are good, with good details. The VP42 also has good connectivity and is easy to use. Other features include a versatile PIP/POP function. One downside is that this HDTV is harder to find that others – it’s a Costco exclusive, though it is also available at the manufacturers’ website

[quote=“Fox”]Thanks Gelangweilt,

All good advice, especially re watching normal telly. If you are watching say HBO you think it is grainy. What about if the sports coverage is coming off satellite? Would that be grainy too?[/quote]

the sports stuff is very crispy! absoluetly brilliant picture!
for HBO it really depends:
when u have newer movies all is fine, but some older stuff you get sort of ghosting like u had with teh first series of TFT displays when the response time was not really fast. its not really annoying, you just notice it sometimes.
it is a bit hard to describe and only happens with movis that are old (80s) and shot on bad video source.
particulary on cinemax i see this often.
HBO is mostly fine, starmovies, axn, cnn, etc also great usually. last hbo i saw was bourne identity and no probs here.

if unsure best is really go to the local dealer and have a view yourself.
hope this helps

I would go with the Vizio. I have heard nothing but good things about those sets.

never heared of that brand vizio, but its only half of what the pioneer costs, so what can you do wrong?
:wink:
if it is really as good as its reputation you cant go wrong at this price.

I bought it.

I did have a funny experience at RT mart (not Costco where I bought the Vizio). When the obasan was showing me the tellies they had a screen by some OEM company playing next to the Pioneer. The picture quality was obviously better on the Pioneer. When I pointed this out to her she said you won’t notice when you get the set home. Then she turned off the Pioneer and said, “See. It’s great.”

It was a pretty wierd sales ploy, but I’m sure she was right.

I got an LG LCD a little over a year ago and the blacks weren’t black, so I returned it and got a Sharp Aquos, which I really like. I didn’t get a plasma because to my eyes the individual pixels/points are too obvious. LCDs seem much smoother and more like film to my eye.

Cool. Let us know who it looks like (the picture quality, not the TV itself :wink: ).

Who it looks like?

Well, actually it looks nothing like this guy.

I hired Happy Feet for the kids to get an impression of its visual quality. I’m no expert, but it looks great to me. The giant penguins freaked out one of the boys, however, and I had to stop watching it.

The TV quality is also fine though you have to adjust it to TV’s 4:3 instead of the movie setting otherwise everybody looks short and fat. That might make some people feel more comfortable with the world around them, but I find it somewhat distubing.

[quote=“Fox”]

The TV quality is also fine though you have to adjust it to TV’s 4:3 instead of the movie setting otherwise everybody looks short and fat. That might make some people feel more comfortable with the world around them, but I find it somewhat distubing.[/quote]

Erm…are you sure you aren’t watching my boudoir cam?

Distubing short fat people. I’ve seen it on the porn sites under freaky.

I think you mean de-tubing. Sounds painful. Why are you watching this?

I guess we all get something out of it.

[quote=“Fox”]The picture quality was obviously better on the Pioneer. When I pointed this out to her she said you won’t notice when you get the set home. Then she turned off the Pioneer and said, “See. It’s great.”

It was a pretty wierd sales ploy, but I’m sure she was right.[/quote]

hahahahaha!
that really made me laugh!!!
:slight_smile:

grats on your new TV :slight_smile:

I have heared that plasma tellys have short life spans usually dying at 5 years of age. The obasan was right you won’t notice once it is home. We adjust to the telly. Hope your telly lasts longer than 5 years and if it does I would like to see some football on it.