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ArteEtLabore14

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I'm in the market for a new television, probably going with a 42". It will be in my basement where there is no natural light, so I've been considering a plasma.

Right now I'm looking at this Samsung Plasma, 720p, for $480.

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-PN42C4...5026450&sr=8-4

But also this Vizio LED, 1080p, refurbished from TigerDirect, for $600.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...Id_37_V25-4274

Both have free shipping. What do you guys think? Any experience with either of these TVs, brands, refurbs from TD? Thanks for the advice.
 

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Also, the warranty for the Samsung is 1 year, but the warranty for the refurb Vizio is only 3 months.
 

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I got my dad that same exact Samsung Plasma for his birthday last year.

I have to say it's a fantastic set. Sure it isn't as sharp as my Samsung 1080p 120hz and the screen is quite reflective, but the colors reproduction is superb and the motion is good.

I think it would work very well for your application. That is assuming you don't watch a bunch of news or play video games on it; plasma burn in is still possible, though takes longer to occur, and can be fixed with the anti retention in tool. On the plus side it's much lighter than previous gen plasmas at less than 50lbs, uses much less energy and generates less heat than my 40" LCD Samsung from 2007.

My dad loves it and is glad I went with a plasma. Great value for money with that panel.
 

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Originally Posted by whiteslashasian
I got my dad that same exact Samsung Plasma for his birthday last year.

I have to say it's a fantastic set. Sure it isn't as sharp as my Samsung 1080p 120hz and the screen is quite reflective, but the colors reproduction is superb and the motion is good.

I think it would work very well for your application. That is assuming you don't watch a bunch of news or play video games on it; plasma burn in is still possible, though takes longer to occur, and can be fixed with the anti retention in tool. On the plus side it's much lighter than previous gen plasmas at less than 50lbs, uses much less energy and generates less heat than my 40" LCD Samsung from 2007.

My dad loves it and is glad I went with a plasma. Great value for money with that panel.


I do play a decent amount of video games... I probably average an hour a day, maybe a little less. What's wrong with playing video games on this screen?
 

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Originally Posted by ArteEtLabore14
I do play a decent amount of video games... I probably average an hour a day, maybe a little less. What's wrong with playing video games on this screen?

Generally when you have items that stay on the screen for long periods of time (Heads Up Display from video games, CNN logo and ticker on the bottom, etc) the image can be slightly retained on the plasma. They have things like "pixel shift" to try to combat this but I've noticed on my Dad's plasma that he has some slight brightness difference between the center and the outer edges because my mom watches a lot of 4:3 aspect (black bars to the left and right) shows rather than full screen or widescreen. This is fixed with half an hour or so of the "burn-in removal tool" or whatever it's called. However if left alone and not fixed, it could become permanent.

Like I said, latest gen Plasmas have done a lot to reduce the occurence of burn-in, but it's still possible if the proper steps aren't taken.
 

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