Plasma TV

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Hi, Lisa,

A few thoughts on televisions:

1. Plasma's are subject to 'burn in' if you play games, use closed
captioning, etc

2. The picture quality of flat screen TV's (and tube TV's as well) will be
mediocre in standard definition. High definition shows will look excellent,
and DVD's will look very good.

3. What cable TV package do you have? I took a look at the Comcast web site
earlier this evening and found that the top package is about $96. Add to
that the high definition service at $7.50, a DVR, and the whole thing comes
to about $113, or thereabouts. How much do you pay now?

4. I like the idea of a plasma because should you move cross country in 2-3
years, the TV could be shipped, or I could take it and you could buy a new
TV when you relocate. Larger sets would be difficult and expensive to ship.
I don't spend a lot of time right now concerning my self with events that
will transpire several years in the future, but it is a consideration.

5. A big advantage of flat screen TV's is that they are wall mountable. If
you are not going to wall mount it, it will end up on a table that is
probably as wide as a thin rear projection set. If you do wall mount it, the
wires will have to be run through the wall or else you will have a mess of
wires hanging down from the wall. Professionals can run the wires in the
wall, but you are in an apartment, and I don't know if it will be worthwhile
going to that much trouble and expense.

6. Lastly, regardless of all the stuff above, you can get a 60" thin rear
projection set for around the same price as a 42" plasma. You saw both sets
at Best Buy. What do you think? You're the one that will be watching...

Let's talk tomorrow evening and make a decision.

Love,

Dad
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  1. Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

    On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 23:56:49 -0500, Z Man wrote:

    > Hi, Lisa,

    Hi, Z Man.

    Your message got sent to Usenet instead of your daughter.

    Oops.

    That's just one of the problems with using Outlook Express for both Mail &
    News.

    --
    Lenroc
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    In article <Ywt%d.42179$3z.33096@okepread03>, Lenroc
    <lenroc@NOSPAMFORYOU.hotmail.com> wrote:

    > On Sun, 20 Mar 2005 23:56:49 -0500, Z Man wrote:
    >
    > > Hi, Lisa,
    >
    > Hi, Z Man.
    >
    > Your message got sent to Usenet instead of your daughter.
    >
    > Oops.
    >
    > That's just one of the problems with using Outlook Express for both Mail &
    > News.

    Adopt me, Z Man. (Just make sure the 42" plasma gets here, Daddy.)
  3. Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

    In article <lus%d.22350$Xg7.3047@fe12.lga>, "Z Man" <z1z@hotmail.com>
    wrote:

    > Hi, Lisa,
    >
    > A few thoughts on televisions:
    >
    > 1. Plasma's are subject to 'burn in' if you play games, use closed
    > captioning, etc
    >
    > 2. The picture quality of flat screen TV's (and tube TV's as well) will be
    > mediocre in standard definition. High definition shows will look excellent,
    > and DVD's will look very good.

    Nonsense. Depends on the model and manufactirer. Sorry yours is poor,
    mine is awesome.

    >
    > 3. What cable TV package do you have? I took a look at the Comcast web site
    > earlier this evening and found that the top package is about $96. Add to
    > that the high definition service at $7.50, a DVR, and the whole thing comes
    > to about $113, or thereabouts. How much do you pay now?

    Much more with multiple TVs hooked up.


    >
    > 4. I like the idea of a plasma because should you move cross country in 2-3
    > years, the TV could be shipped, or I could take it and you could buy a new
    > TV when you relocate. Larger sets would be difficult and expensive to ship.
    > I don't spend a lot of time right now concerning my self with events that
    > will transpire several years in the future, but it is a consideration.

    Keep telling yourself that and maybe you'll believe you won't pay
    thousands more than you need to.


    >
    > 5. A big advantage of flat screen TV's is that they are wall mountable. If
    > you are not going to wall mount it, it will end up on a table that is
    > probably as wide as a thin rear projection set. If you do wall mount it, the
    > wires will have to be run through the wall or else you will have a mess of
    > wires hanging down from the wall. Professionals can run the wires in the
    > wall, but you are in an apartment, and I don't know if it will be worthwhile
    > going to that much trouble and expense.
    >
    > 6. Lastly, regardless of all the stuff above, you can get a 60" thin rear
    > projection set for around the same price as a 42" plasma. You saw both sets
    > at Best Buy. What do you think? You're the one that will be watching...

    Last I looked 51" rear projection are often on sale around $1500 (yes
    even Sony). Compare with $3000 and up for 42" Plasma, which only gets
    dimmer with age.


    >
    > Let's talk tomorrow evening and make a decision.
    >
    > Love,
    >
    > Dad
  4. Archived from groups: alt.video.ptv.tivo (More info?)

    Let's try to get rid of the personal stuff? Otherwise the subject is a
    worthy one:

    >>2. The picture quality of flat screen TV's (and tube TV's as well) will be
    >>mediocre in standard definition. High definition shows will look excellent,
    >>and DVD's will look very good.
    >
    >
    > Nonsense. Depends on the model and manufactirer. Sorry yours is poor,
    > mine is awesome.

    Well, it's definitely something to consider. Historically he's right,
    (at least as applies to HD sets) HD sets often do a poorer job of
    rendering SD content then an SD set. The problem is worse when the
    signal is marginal then when it's very good. However, you are also
    right that newer HD sets are doing a better job of addressing this, and
    there is a lot of variability from model to model.

    >>4. I like the idea of a plasma because should you move cross country in 2-3
    >>years, the TV could be shipped. Larger sets would be difficult and expensive to ship.
    >>I don't spend a lot of time right now concerning my self with events that
    >>will transpire several years in the future, but it is a consideration.
    >
    > Keep telling yourself that and maybe you'll believe you won't pay
    > thousands more than you need to.

    Huh? I'd say this is personal choice. Plasma's have a "cool" factor
    that an rear projection doesn't have, regardless of the purist's picture
    quality. Plus, if size is an issue, you can't beat the short depth of a
    plasma.

    >>6. Lastly, regardless of all the stuff above, you can get a 60" thin rear
    >>projection set for around the same price as a 42" plasma. You saw both sets
    >>at Best Buy.
    >
    > Last I looked 51" rear projection are often on sale around $1500 (yes
    > even Sony). Compare with $3000 and up for 42" Plasma, which only gets
    > dimmer with age.

    I'd have to agree the RPTV sets look to be about the best buy in large
    sets right now. Both the Plasma's and the RPTV's get dimmer with age,
    but the RPTV's have replaceable bulbs (for ~$300 a pop), something
    you'll never be able to do with a plasma. But if someone has their
    heart set on a plasma and has the funds, you'll have a hard time talking
    them out of it, some things are not always decided rationally.

    Also, I'm hearing now that the newer Plasma sets are not nearly as
    susceptible to burn in as the older models.

    Randy S.
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