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Author Topic: PLAZMA VS LCD TV'S IN THE HOUSE  (Read 332 times)
VE7ABC
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« on: November 19, 2008, 11:22:02 AM »

I'd like to know if anyone has had any bad experiences with either type of TV in their house.  I've heard, but never actually experienced, that the PLAZMA TV can be troublesome.  I'm going to be upgrading the TV for the good lady soon, and would appreciate any information there might be out there.  The TV by the way will not be in the ham shack.
If you want to contact me directly, my email address is gshortre@telus.net

Thanks in advance
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K3AN
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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2008, 11:34:16 AM »

Others can tell you about their own experience with a particular flat-panel TV, but I would hesitate to make generalizations about newer plasmas vs. LCDs. Some plasmas are just as RF-quiet as their LCD bretheren. And it's possible you could get a noisy (RF-wise) LCD TV. Keep in mind that the 42-inch Samsung that's in stores now is probably NOT the same model as the 42-inch Samsung that was sold a year ago that a poster here tells you about. Things change.

The safest thing is to get assurance (preferably written) from the TV store that you can return the TV for a full, no-questions-asked refund. Then take it home (or have it delivered), set it up, turn it on, and then turn on your radio(s) and listen.

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WA3SKN
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2008, 11:50:37 AM »

Take a small portable AM/FM radio with you to the store.  If it is noisy in the store it will probably be noisy at home.
73s.

-Mike.
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AB8BC
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2008, 11:51:59 AM »

We have (3) 50" Panasonic Plasma's that are about 3 years old at my workplace. As a previous poster stated, things have supposedly changed in design. The biggest drawback for us is burn in. Once burned, they are hard to get back to normal. Perhaps they have designed things a bit better, but consider that and/or ask about it. Everything else we have bought is LCD. Granted we leave static graphics up for a long period and the average person won't do that, but it is something to consider. Can't help you on the RF-- 73
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2008, 12:03:13 PM »

I would stay away from the Plasma sets, not only for the reason you cite, but for other reasons.  For example, they are heavier, and generate more heat, than their LCD counterparts.  
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KB9CRY
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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2008, 04:19:07 PM »

My Samsung LCD TV is totally quiet.
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AI7RR
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« Reply #6 on: November 19, 2008, 04:34:38 PM »

I have the 50" Panasonic plasma. It is excellent for good quality video especially Blu-ray and other digital HD graphics. It's supposedly better than LCD when watching fast paced action type video (i.e. games, football, racing) things of this sort. I also have a Panasonic 42" LCD that has excellent quality video. If you're going to go 50" and above, consider Plasma. Anything smaller, LCD is absolutely fine.
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VE7ABC
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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2008, 07:58:39 AM »

My thanks to those that responded.  It appears that to keep hash out of the ham shack, stick to the LCD.  I am going to take the advise of WA3SKN and take a small portable radio with me prior to making a decision.
Thanks again to all.
Graham
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