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I was wondering why a 42" Plasma TV is $300 less than a 30" LCD TV. Is there a better quality picture? Both are HDTVs and both are flat. I'm more inclined into getting the 42" Plasma cause its bigger and costs less. So unless there is a big difference somewhere, I think my mind is made up.

And if anyone know where I can get a 42" Plasma/LCD TV for under $3000 let me know.
 

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I can't remember where but, I read recently that plasma and LCD televisions and monitor prices should drop significantly over the next year. If I were you, I'd wait at least until after Christmas. Some of the after Christmas sales are mind-blowing. Just my $.02
 

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You want a plasma for under $3000? go to costco/sam's club.

You want a plasma that won't be a piece of crap? you gotta fork over the money for one.

I work in the home theatre business. someone had bought a $2500 42" Sampo brand plasma TV. the picture quality was horiffic.

Last week we put in a $10000 50" Fujitsu plasma. OMG the picture was IMMACULATE. (fujitsu also makes a beautiful 42" for around 6 grand)

You get what you pay for.
 

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I've noticed that a lot of plasma TV's are like the old projection bigscreens, you have to be right in front of them to get a clear picture, but the LCDs don't seem to be as bad.
 

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The one I'm looking at is made by Gateway. I know they aren't the specialists in makeing TVs but their computer reputation is very good. I don't think that they will put out a POS like some other less known companies. I could be wrong, only time will tell. The main reason I'm doing this is because of space and not picture quality. I have a TV sitting on my desk and it takes up about 1/3 of it. If I could get rid of it and mount it on the wall, it would save me the hassle of buying another desk or TV stand (that and I think the flat TVs are pretty cool).
 

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Actually, they are backing out of the custom computer market more to concentrate on plasma and lcd tv's and monitors. They claim they can't compete with Dell
 

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The one I'm looking at is made by Gateway. I know they aren't the specialists in makeing TVs but their computer reputation is very good. I don't think that they will put out a POS like some other less known companies. I could be wrong, only time will tell. The main reason I'm doing this is because of space and not picture quality. I have a TV sitting on my desk and it takes up about 1/3 of it. If I could get rid of it and mount it on the wall, it would save me the hassle of buying another desk or TV stand (that and I think the flat TVs are pretty cool).
Gateway does not make televisions, they sell other people's televisions with their name on them. Do you really want a high dollar television that was made by the lowest bidder? :(
 

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Pooperscooper said:
The main reason I'm doing this is because of space and not picture quality. I have a TV sitting on my desk and it takes up about 1/3 of it.
On your desk, and you wanna get rid of it? Get a nice LCD monitor and a TV tuner.
 

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If I were to decide between an LCD and a Plasma, I would certainly choose the LCD. Don't get me wrong, Plasma's display gorgeous colors, but Plasma is a new technology, and that's why the majority of them are very pricey. Plus, Plasma's have a short life span before the image goes awry, which manufacturers are still trying to solve. The technology is still in its experimental stages, so I would wait for at least another few years before I would consider purchasing a plasma.

If you want my advice, get the LCD.
 

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I've heard that one should wait a couple years, until HDTV is the standard (2006(?)). Prices ought to drop a bunch by then...

Edit corrected typograhical error...
 

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Pooperscooper said:
Thanks guys. I will probably wait for a little longer and see if the prices do in fact drop.
2 words chief... Brands Mart. I got my 27inch Sony Flat Screen trinitron WEGA for 348.88

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Also, I heard the new plasma tv's tend to burn out in only a few years, as far as why LCD is 300 more than a 42 inch plasma, the LCD is more expensive technology overall, I mean, think about your typical LCD displays, most often they are small gadgest that need a display, clocks, watches, etc. Now take all that, add LOTS of color, a huge screen, it adds up.
 

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i have a 39" Tube HDTV.. and a 42" Projection HDTV.. Picture Q is great.. Now only if i had HD DTV :)
 

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So you're what, 20 years old maybe? And you're wanting to spend $3,000 on a TV? You're crazy!
16 to be exact. And its not just for me. Its for my new job. I will be doing video editing and need a big HDTV to do my work on. My boss is buying it so its no money out my pocket. He said get the best I can for $3500 or less. This is a main reason I want to get a Gateway, they are compatable with computer imputs through S-Video connections.
 

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I've heard HDTVs have higher contrast than LCDs? Any truth in this?

I have a 30 inch Phillips HDTV. I like it a lot. :)
 

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I want a TV, but I will wait for three to four years becuase TV isnt that important to me, and I want to wait untill HD is the standard so that it's mroe affordable.
 

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You should just get Monster House to do a show on your house. Seems like every episode they're putting 42" plasma's in there somewhere.
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