09-30-2011 05:58 PM
The tech from Digital TV suggested I purchase an Insignia tv (he said Sony makes Insignia) since my Sony 19" tv (kitchen) is located on a counter which is open to the living room (very close proximity); he said the tvs would work better together that way.
What to purchase?
- lcd or led
- 60 Hz or 120 Hz
what I am thinking about is a 41" or 46" tv with HDTV; want to watch tv and connect my laptop computer to the tv.
It's obvious I don't have a clue and would so appreciate some advice.
Hope some day I can be of help to one of you.
10-01-2011 12:31 AM
While it may be true that the particular Insignia model you were looking at came from Sony, it will not compare to any regular Sony model. Rebadging is a way to use old parts in inventory, to sell models that don't meet the standards for OEM badging, etc.
My last piece of advice: Don't buy anything Sony. The quality of their product has diminished significantly over the last 5 years. They are no longer even competitive with brands like Panasonic, LG, Samsung, or Vizio.
You are better off buying a branded model instead of a store brand...
10-01-2011 01:20 PM
Thank you so much. Can't believe I only got one reply and I appreciate the time you took to help me. The other questions I will research; have been under soooo much stress. Again, THANK YOU!
10-01-2011 05:06 PM
I understand the first HDTV purchase can be a little overwhelming. Some things to consider... Plasmas are beautiful and I think they have the best picture (and are less expensive in general). But if you're going to hook up a PC to it and you leave static images on the screen, that could become a problem for you. I had one for a year and started seeing image retention from watching too much ESPN (static scoreboards and the ticker). Otherwise, great TVs if you're varying your viewing content. LCD images are nice, but not quite as natural as plasmas and the viewing angles aren't quite as good. But still a great TV. LEDs typically have better color and black levels than traditional LCDs, but are also more expensive.
My preference is 120hz over 60hz. I can see the difference in the motion. Many people cannot and will swear that those of us who prefer 120hz are crazy. I had two LCDs of the same brand and had to take the 60hz back because the motion was bothering me. The 120hz version fixed that issue for me. Watch them at the store to see if you can see the difference. If not, then try the 60hz and save some bucks.
720p vs. 1080p, well, in the sizes you're considering, you're on the border of whether you would really need 1080p, but I would recommend it in this case since you mentioned you'd be sitting close to the TV. Also, it will make a difference using Bluray or HD gaming. I agree with the previous poster about Sonys going downhill in recent years. I have a Samsung LCD after trading in my plasma and am very pleased with it. Their customer service when dealing with my IR issues on my old plasma was tremendous too. Everyone will have differing opinions about types of TVs and brands.
Keep in mind that Best Buy has a 30 day return policy (it may be more now with their new program, but I haven't looked into it). Anyway, you can return a TV for any reason and try a different TV if you're not satisfied. So that takes some of the pressure off. Best of luck with your search.
10-01-2011 05:13 PM
On broadcast material, there is no difference in Plama and LCD, as the black levels in the source just aren't there.
120Hz making a difference in motion is a myth, despite those that claim to see a difference. http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=83
You can google for other sources that demonstrate that 120Hz/240Hz etc are all just marketing.
In screen sizes below about 42", 720 vs. 1080 won't make any difference...the screen size is just too small for the difference to matter.
The television market is fiercely competitive, so manufacturers conjure up all kinds of things to help sell TVs. For broadcast material, most of it is meaningless marketing speak.
Get a name brand that fits your budget. If you can afford an LED LCD, that would be your best choice. Make sure it has the inputs you need, and that there are enough of them. Once you've got that covered, your gold.