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MrHTN Buys a New HDTV

By mrHTN – HTN Guru from Orlando, FL
Aug 04 2012 11:06 pm


One would think I would be a videophile since I help run websites based on home theaters. The truth is that I’m probably like most people out there …but maybe slightly more picky. HDTVs today have many different features and some of these feature are going to be more important to people than others. For myself, the TV features in order of importance are:

  1. Cost
  2. Size
  3. Manufacturer (reliability)
  4. Glare reduction
  5. Refresh rate (how well does it handle motion)
  6. Shadow details (how good are the blacks)
  7. Brightness
  8. Color accuracy
  9. Internet access built-in
  10. App capable
  11. Display type (plasma or LCD)
  12. Asthetics (How does it look)
  13. 3D capable
  14. THX modes
  15. Video calibration settings and capabilities
  16. Thickness (My TV won’t be on a wall)

I was looking for new TV around 60” and for around $1,700. I’m willing to bet size and cost are going to be the top “features” of a TV most people look at first.

My previous TV was a Toshiba 52″ 720p DLP. It had great picture quality for the price when I bought it back in 2005. However, there were down sides such as the black levels, 720p instead of 1080p, and the bulb replacement. An upgrade was irresistible with TV prices dropping and the increasing picture quality.

DLPs have mostly dropped out of the picture so it was a choice between plasmas and LCDs. After researching some and shopping around, the two display types seemed similar with a slight edge to plasma on black levels and cost.

When Amazon dropped the price of the Panasonic VIERA TC-P65ST30 to under $1,700, I was sold. It had everything I was looking for on top of my list with a 65″ screen size, low cost, great black levels, top picture quality, a reputable manufacturer, low glare, and app capable. It was even 3D capable which is a feature I wasn’t willing to pay extra for.

It’s now been over 3 months since I purchased the TV and I couldn’t be happier. The picture quality is amazing and I received many compliments. TVs now have tons of features so making a list like the one above helped me in prioritizing what is important. Hope it helps others out too.

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