Vintage Receiver
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  1. D'ark Prince on February 2, 2010 3:28 am

    I bought a plasma tv not too long ago and ended up returning it.

    I play a lot of games on the Xbox 360 and on those games are certain healthbars, etc… after playing so long those actually become BURNED into the screen, so if you switch the channel you can see it ghost onto the screen.

    Plasma is garbage because they all do that. Even ones today. You will hear talk about “they fixed that problem with them.” but don’t buy into any of that. They all do it. Get an LCD!

    Also, another downfall to the plasma was (I had a 50″ one), it would get SO HOT. It would heat up the whole room after an hour of running.

    Hope this helps.

  2. ScottAz on February 4, 2010 11:16 am

    Plasma TV is being phased out since the life and expense of the bulbs.

    LED or LCD technology would be a better investment as would DLP technology.

  3. 9121 on February 4, 2010 9:39 pm

    Plasma TVs do not use bulbs per se, they use a phosphor-coated screen like CRT displays. The typical usable lifespan of plasmas is about the same as that of LCDs, so as long as nothing goes wrong, you should easily get 20,000 hours of usage out of it, possibly much more than that. Compare that to DLP, LCoS, and LCD projectors & projection TVs that must have their bulbs changed after 2,000 to 5,000 hours of use, and CRT projectors & projection TVs that must have their tubes changed after 8,000 to 15,000 hours of use. Furthermore, the projectors and projection TVs (especially the three digital types) tend to throw a lot more heat in a more compact area and are more susceptible to heat damage, particularly if used improperly (i.e. unplugged when fan is still cooling it down).

    For optimal picture quality, plasma is the way to go for anything up to 65 inches. If you get bigger than that, you will have to go with projection; Mitsubishi has 73″ and 82″ DLP projection TVs new. But frankly, 65 inches sounds too big for a bedroom-sized room. 46 inches would probably suffice.

  4. bbt91945 on February 5, 2010 3:08 am

    If you buy cheap off brands tvs they will not last long at all. I have a Pioneer Plasma model 4330 that I purchased in 2002 and it is still running today. Purchased an LCD tv in December of 2006 and it burn out in March of 2009. Go online to Home theater magazine and read the reviews along with the pro and con of Plasma and LCD tvs. You will notice that Plasma still offers the best picture quality of all tvs. Panasonic has a tv recommended in each of the price category of entry level to the high end. While Sony, Samsung and Toshiba does not (December issue). Other brands like LG, Sharp, Sanyo and Vizio did not even get mentioned. Plasma also does not suffer from motion blur like an LCD tv, along with motion lagging from sound. If you read yahoo questions, you will notice that 95% of tv problems are from LCD tvs. To reduce the motion blur you need to get a 120 or 240HZ which also brings the price of the tv higher. Plasma tvs starts at the 42″ up to 150″ (but you are not going to see anything bigger than the 65″). LCD starts at a smaller screen of 15″ up to 65″. If you are sold on LCD, I recommend you go with Sony. Purchase the tv at Costco, they offer you a 90 day return policy and one extra year of factory warranty at no cost. Hope this will help you out.

  5. Chris on February 6, 2010 6:03 am

    plasma’s have really bright colors and are not the best in a well lit room they are also prone to burn in and ghosting so the first 100 hours are crucial to prevent this by watching everything in 16:9 as opposed to 4:3 resolution. Now they dont have to worry about motion blur..which is something you will see if you purchase an lcd with a refresh rate of less then 120hz. Overall the best thing to do is not get swayed by the spectacular color of the tv’s on the floor models are all setup for the highest fake picture possible.

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