Re: Big Screen TVs
How much do you want to spend?
Rear projection screens are quite good at the moment in terms of value for money. The better brands (toshiba, Panasonic etc) will give you good quality pics, a good veiwing angle (though it will still hot spot - it is a rear projector, after all) and as for price, it's about half that of a plasma inch for inch.
I think Toshiba has the best rear proj TV's ATM.
Except for the rear projection DLP (Sim2) the picture is fantastic, the thing actually looks quite nice, but damn, it's pricey. Even more than an equivalent sized plasma from anyone (bar B&O - which I would avoid like the plague)
In a few years, the prices will drop, and the globes should last quite a while, as the internal projector is based on the Sim2 300 (or whatever their top video projector is called)
Plasma screens are great in terms of being asthetically easy on the eyes, they are slim and can be place djust about anywhere. There is no restriction in terms of viewing angle, the picture quality is now acceptable (read fantastic in the eyes of Joe Punter) and the screen life should be about 6 years plus for the high usage person (40000 hours is the figure I have heard floating around - which is 4.5 years running 24 hours a day) I'd go with Fujitsu, though I have seen a few other good ones around - Panasonic is a good example. I prefer Fujitsu for simplicity of use and connectivity. You can't connect both S-VHS and composite signals into the Panasonic, because it will default to S-VHS - this giving you nothing when trying to watch a normal VCR, for example. This can be remedied with a good receiver and some composite to SVHS convertors (probably about $3 each)
If you want a huge assed screen, excellent pic quality, and have a VERY dark room, go for a prohector. You can pick up a good projector (DLP would be my choice - CRT will give you better picture quality, but only when it's tuned perfectly - and maintaining it is a pain) and screen for about the price of a 40 inch plasma. Sim2, Marants and Runco make good ones - Runco is probably the top of the heap, but, alas, it's also the most expensive. A word of cauting - if you want a projector, make sure you buy a TV toi go with it for watching the news and stuff that you really don't need a 120 inch screen for. The lamp life of a projector runs between 2000 and 6000 hour s- depending on the one you buy, and often they have globes that cost about $600 - $1400 a pop. Not really something you want to replace every 3 months, like one client I have.
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