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    I'm partial to Sony's. Been using them 3... forever and they last forever which is unfortunate given technology these days. I suggest going to for the top o the line Sony though. Each lower grade takes away something that impacts the picture quality.
    I've got a 40" and can't imagine a 46" being any better. BTW size is chosen base on viewing distance from the tube. 40" is just right for 8-12 feet (<8'=32, >12'=46. I'm sitting at my desk 15' away and 40" is plenty big enough. My son has a 46" at 8' and I feel like I'm in the front row of an imax.

    FYI Sony now owns Samsung. If compare styling, they look almost identical. Sams sell for a little less but very close to Sony quality, maybe a notch lower. Almost went Samsung for my sister in laws replacement, but got cold feet. I didn't want her bitchen if she saw some minor difference in quality.

    Neither will suck out as much electricity as the Achquos.

    LED quality just isn't there yet. I know you want to be ecoPC, but I just haven't seen LED quality that matches the LCD yet.

    If you're into movies and $8 month then go internet compatible. You hang a wireless receiver on the tube for signal reception so no hard wire is necessary.

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    Stardust, what made you decide to eliminate plasma? The reason I ask is because about six months ago we were in the market trying to make the same decisions are you now. We opted not to buy anything.

    Plasma seemed the best choice for us since the room we'd mount it in was designed as a home theater, in other words the ambient natural lighting is very well controlled giving us excellent viewing conditions, and while most of our seating would be straight on there would be some extra seating at the angles. The plasmas we viewed we had superior color schemes, better viewing angles, and smoother motions delivered to the screen. As I recall the disadvantages were power consumption, and not quite as thin. LED and LCD have issues with glare despite the technology to improve it. So lighting is a major factor.

    We shopped the major stores and local home theater shops and came away from the experience a bit more confused as to what we should buy. The only conclusion we came to was the type of television largely depends on the lighting conditions, where your audience will be seated in relation to the screen, and the personal preference of detectable screen quality across a wide variety of programming.

    Good luck with your decision as we found there are many options available and its hard to sift through it all to determine the best product for us. So....we still have those heavy boob tubes.

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    Stardust, what made you decide to eliminate plasma?

    The big issue with plasma is energy consumption....the electric draw is a little more than double the consumption of the same size LCD. LED is the way to go for lowest operational cost, but like I said, I don't believe the picture quality is there just yet.

    PS, up here in the northeast, Sony is just a smidgen above the other ranked brands. Picture quality and repair avoidance are the factors I look at, then price.
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    It's a tough decision and time is running out because the B10's are Saturday and D1's are very close!

    Ryou, we've had several Sony's in the past and it was always my favorite. Believe it or not but we have eight tvs in our house and I bet we don't watch more than 4 cumulative hours a week. As a family, we are finding our priorities are shifting to dinning out, reading even more, and heavier use of the Internet via Apple products such as a MBA, smart phones, and desktops. I wonder if this trend is becoming more typical and if its even a threat to cable and broadcast networks?
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    I've had Samsungs for years and I've never had a problem. I have two 37", one 52", and a 55" LED 240 Hz shown here: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-UN55B8...083021&sr=1-11

    Get a 240 Hz if you can - the refresh rate is better and you'll avoid a blurry screen during sports events. I avoided 3D for now, I think the technology has a long way to go before it's really ready for the general consumer. For what it's worth, I have numerous friends (who also own HDTVs) comment on the great picture of our Sammy.

    If you buy a TV that's not internet ready, at least buy a Blu-Ray player that can be connected to your wireless router. That way you can still watch streaming movies from Netflix and do a few other things. My Samsung BR player does that.

    No, I don't work for Samsung in case you were wondering.

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    For big items electronics I would not pay much attention to the brand name.
    Most of these are made in teh same factories in China using components from the same suppliers.
    Reliability and repair are hardly concerns anymore becasue by the time they are needed the TV is generations behind.
    We originally were planning only to upgrade when our old tube TV died, but it was 16 years old and is still going strong and another TV I have is 20 years old, so we broke dawn and got a flat screen for Christmas and got the cheap brand from Target (Apex?).

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    Thanks for all the input!

    PM - I decided against plasma because my room is well-lit and I watch the tv straight-on.

    RYou - I'm usually about 10' from the TV. Best Buy's distance guide suggests 40-49... I mean.. size DOES matter And as for UNC, I'm loving it, of course. Dream job, what else can I say!

    Flop -- yeah after looking at them I had figured I'd go with the 240. And I have a wii that I use for streaming Netflix.

    Right now I'm leaning towards the 46" 240 Hz Sony Bravia. Looks like it's internet-compatible anyway so in case I decide I want to take advantage of that, it's there...
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    Keep in mind the larger the screen the farther away you have to be to avoid viewing distortion. If you have a 46", then seating at 8 feet and a bit closer you may start noticing the pixels. At 6' feet they're likely quite noticeable and you won't be able to differentiate the whiskers on Zadick from the pixels. ;-)

    Glad to hear UNC is everything you expected. Very few actually get their dream job.
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    Just bought it! Can't get it delivered until Wednesday though, that's the first day I have time to be at home.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+B...&skuId=9904963



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