NWR: Does Anyone Have A 3D Television?

So, we have decided to get a new television for the living room as well as our boys room, and I have such a headache trying to differentiate between all the types of Flat Televisions?


There Are:


LED


LCD


Flat Panel


Plasma


3D


Does anyone know the differences, which is better?

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:21 am
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We just bought a 46" LG flat screen 3D TV a month or two ago, and we love it.


We researched a ton and found that 1080 dpi is the way to go. Otherwise your picture will not be nearly as crisp.


I get confused a lot between LED and LCD, but whichever is backlit is the one that we have. (I'm texting DH about that right now.) It has a great picture with no glare, plus it looks clear from all angles in the room. I can see a glarefree, evenly colored picture from any area.


As for plasma - it seems that LED and LCD have greatly surpassed that technology. I would stay away from plasma.


One last thing - you'll probably need HD cables to make your screen HD. We got them for about $40, but before we had them, we thought that our TV wasn't that good! No one told us we'd need the cables, but after we got them, the picture is perfect!

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:29 am
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I have thought about whether I should get one but I am going to wait until the price goes down.  Let me know how they are if you decide to get one!

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:29 am
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I am pretty staunchly in favor of most old technology, and had insisted on using the $80 tube television I'd bought on Craigslist before meeting FI I mean DH!!


But I bought him an Xbox with my Christmas bonus last year - and it was a great investment because now that's replaced our old DVD player, as well as just been great in general.  We also watch Netflix on it. 


DH hates shopping and spending money in general, but we went out one day and just bought a flatscreen TV, and it's been pretty rad.  We plug in the HD cable and everything looks pretty great.  It's a 40" LCD.  The LED one is the backlit one, and I had an old TV like that when I moved in with the dreaded ex (who was a movie fanatic and had to have a fancy TV) and that's good too, but from what I understand the back-lighting bulbs need to be replaced at some point.


And like fctf said, you will need an HDMI cable to make everything look good.  The Xbox apparently works as a Blu-ray player, but I hate the concept of buying all new stuff every time new technology comes forth, and our DVDs look pretty sweet on the Xbox anyway.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:38 am
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Thanks FCTF & Timily, we were looking at an LG 3D tv last night at Best Buy, we know we want between a 42" - 46".  Is LG the better brand from all the others out there?


I think it was Walmart, they have a 3D TV package, it comes with 4 pairs of glasses and a blu-ray player but the brand was an off brand or one that I had never heard of...Sceptre?


Do you think a 24" Plasma is okay for our boys' room? or Plasmas are out all together?


For the HD, do we still need the cables if we have HDtv through our cable?

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:39 am
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We have a 3D one..and to be honest, we have not ONCE used the 3D options! The glasses sit collecting dust! But the picture is amazing. People tell us that when watching a movie everything looks so real, but we are so used to it now that it looks normal to us.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:40 am
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I would think that plasma is perfectly fine for the boys - I just wouldn't make that your choice for the big screen TV.


I don't know much about brands other than the big names. Obviously Samsung and Panasonic are considered the best, but we researched LG and read some great reviews. The company is continually growing, so we decided to buy. So far we're very happy: we paid slightly less than we would for a bigger name, but the quality is just as good in my opinion. It seems that LG is rather up-and-coming, at least from what I've read.


We bought ours on sale at Sears for $900 (including a blue-ray player, four pairs of 3D glass, and tax!). Even though it's so cheap, we're still trying to save as much as possible so we did the 18 month interest-free option, (although we're paying it off early in a couple more months.)


We also have HDTV through our cable, which is why we didn't need to buy a HD box. The cables are still necessary, though.


Oh, and DH said to tell you that it's both - LCD LED. I hope that makes sense!


 

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:47 am
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Ok, I will pass the info along to FI, because I sat here with all of the stores websites up, and still don't know heads or tails of what I am looking at, lol.


 

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 3:03 am
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We bought a 46 inch Sony Bravia (LCD or LED one is newer) a couple years ago and I love it.   My son bought a Samsung and that one is amazing also. I do not know anything on the 3D TV's but have heard their picture is not as clear.  Not sure if that is true or not. 


I'm looking for a 60 inch tv this year but I'm not finding any good deals on them yet.  Make sure you get one that is 240 HZ not the 120 HZ. On a TV over 46 inches you want the 240 HZ not the 120 also.  And yes I agree with coldfire that 1080 dpi is the way to go also.

Posted on November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm
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We just bought the 46" Sony Bravia 3D and we love it! We honestly went to Best Buy once a week for 2 moths and thanks to our helper Zach we settled on the right one. Our TV has not only 1080P, which is best for watching HD tv, but also Motionflow 480. The highest for Motionflow is 480, what this does is allow moving parts on the tv show to stay SUPER crisp and also when you watch a movie in 3D the Motionflow is cut in half due to how a 3D movie is made.

Main thing I would recommend for you when purchasing any major appliance is build a relationship with the person helping you. Zach (our Best Buy man) definetly went out of his way to make sure we had the one that best fit our needs. If everyone could I would suggest that they come see Zach at the Iowa City/Coralville Best Buy. He seriously was the reason we eventually bought from Best Buy.
Posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:18 pm
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My FI also just told me to let you know that LCD is the best way to go. Plasma doesn't last as long and the color can get screwed up faster.
Posted on November 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm

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