Don't know if anyone will answer tonight but......I have a plasma TV I bought because it was reviewed as better than LED for viewing hockey (especially 6-8 yrs ago when I got it). Well it just died, right before NCAA's start. Of course different internet reviews claim different things about different TV's so I am not sure what direction to go. I would really rather not spend more than about $500 (for 55 in) but the guy I talked to at Best Buy is telling me the high refresh rate of a Sony is the only thing that will satisfy me for hockey after having plasma ($800 on sale this week). But I am guessing a lot of you are watching on cheaper, older TV's (like the $400-500 range). Do you really notice an issue watching hockey? I just wonder if I could get by with choosing one of these with a decent refresh rate, and if it is only the videophiles that really notice? (I also want a TV that can be viewed from an angle, but apparently that has improved too in the last 5 years?) I don't want to regret my purchase the next 8-10 years, but also don't want to spend an extra $300. This is coming as enough of an unexpected hit already. Thanks if anyone responds.
It may be unrealistic to expect a great performer for sports with a wide viewing angle for less than $500. If getting the set you want turns out to be more than you're comfortable paying right now, I would depart with a set I'm not using right now for no charge. It's a Sony plasma that works like new, but is only 32". I'm not using it and it's just collecting dust. It may work as a bedroom set for you while you save up a few more bucks to get the set you really want. Send me a pm if interested; I'm in the western suburbs.
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Worst part of this is that I've read enough threads on people with a similar problem that I think I could fix mine, but you just can't find the part anymore.
Nothing will replace a high end plasma like the Kuro or the Panasonic VT series but it had zero to do with refresh. It has everything to do with black level and color reproduction.
Plasma is the closest thing to CRT we have that can be easily scaled to that size. The problem is no one makes plasma anymore, which makes me insanely sad. I'm glad I got a 65" VT50 while they were still in production. I'll pay to have it repaired if it dies.
If you want to get close, you'll need a full panel backlit LED screen. Not one with just the edge backlit.
don't bother paying extra for 4K.
Oh, and there is a big difference between a $500 tv and a $1,000 tv. But if you can't tell the difference, buy the $500 one.
Could be. The biggest problem is that stores turn their TVs up to ultra brightness instead of having them properly calibrated. People think it looks better in the stores, probably the fluorescents*, they spend a wad, and don't get a great picture. They might be happy with it for a long time. Who knows. LEDs aren't bad TVs, they just won't be as good as plasmas.
* this almost certainly explains why Best Buy and other major stores would put their highest end TVs in a separate section, dimly lit with warm lights, and isolated from the fluorescents. Also it gives an air of superiority, but I'm guessing if you stacked a $3k TV next to a $750 TV in the main floor and cranked the brightness, it would probably be hard to sell a $3k TV.
Congrats to the guys on a decent season. It is frustrating to seemingly have this happen the first weekend of the NCAAs as many times as it does. But we have not been playing stellar hockey - 3-4-1 over the last 8 with some pretty soft teams in that mix. I do wonder if perhaps the team just overachieved in the middle part of the season.
****, I'm tired of this BS.
Now I gotta watch the Mild end their season in a colossal train wreck too.
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