Why not rear projection?
by ben_cline - 7/6/07 11:03 PM
In Reply to: Plasma Burn in?? by Teezer
You've got your choices between plasma, LCD, and rear projection. For mounting on your wall (looks great), you have plasma and LCD. Both great choices. You have several reasons to either go with LCD or plasma or not. Plasma has a glass front. Easier to break, and causes glare in a bright room. You get a bright picture and great color. The problems that you face could be burn-in and if at a higher altitude, loss of pressure causing pink lines to run through your screen and permanent damage, unless it's sealed, but it's still a problem that I have seen harm a couple televisions in my area (Big Sky, MT). The ghosting is extremely apparent on the cheaper models. A customer of ours cheaped out on a Costco plasma, and it was so bad you could read the background image with "World News" from the news channel he was watching. So if you do decide on a plasma, get a good one. The Pioneer Elites have a great gray-scale, so the dark colors aren't all black. You can get a 940 for just under $2000 shipped. I don't know what your local stores are selling them at. Great price, down from $3300.
LCDs are great. Our biggest seller at Vann's. Response time is lacking, so that's one thing to watch out for. We have at least 30 models on display. Most are no older than a year, and non have or have ever had dead pixels on them. Haven't seen any problems with them, aside from the Sharps that tend to have a split-screen line running through the middle of them. One we have on display in our model meeting room has a horizontal line right down the center. The Sony XBR models are great, as well as the Samsung. Sony and Samsung go together to make the panels (source: Sony Rep), the rest of the electronics and TVs are seperate. Samsung is one of our biggest sellers for LCD, which they also produce plasma and rear projection televisions.
Rear projection televisions have a better response time. Many have over 170 degrees of viewing. The thing that people usually don't choose them for is that they don't mount on the wall. A downfall for projection is that the bulbs burn out. At least that's a cheaper replacement than anything happening to a plasma or LCD. Replacing a screen due to a scratch is a lot easier as well. Check on what your company will do for an extended warranty. Vann's will even come out and replace your bulb at no cost. So your extended warranty ends up paying for itself.
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