Yoda wrote: j_d_mcnugent wrote:
slomo007 wrote:I would avoid DLP as well unless price is your main concern. Perhaps I have just not seen a properly setup one, but I have never seen a DLP come close to matching the picture of either a plasma or LCD. My preference is plasma, due to the darker blacks. I also don't care much for projections of any type.
Of course plasmas are probably the most expensive, so only go that route if you can afford it.
i agree. as far as quality goes, none of the rear projection televisions can match plasma's black level. plasmas generally boast the highest contrast ratios of any of the competing technologies, which is one of the most important factors in picture quality.
the true cost to own is kind of confusing--
DLP, or any of the rear projection sets, require lamp/bulb replacements every couple of years. currently the bulbs are around $200-300. they should get cheaper as time goes on. some sets require a service tech to install the lamp while others can be done by the consumer. anyway, DLP is cheap up front but requires continual lamp replacements which decreases the price gap.
plasmas are energy hogs and can cost $30-$50 more than DLP and LCD per year in electricity.
LCD displays are cheaper than plasmas for the small sizes but for 40" and higher plasmas are cheaper than LCDs.
i would tend to stay away from the bargain brands. they may be cheaper up front but typically dont look as good and dont last as long.
The lamp on my Sony LCD TV is about $200 now. It's been 4 years running and I had it replaced once while it was under warranty.
The service guy told me that it is about $200 to call him out next time and that would include the parts. That is not that bad considering Plasma will die and there is no way to revive it.
Plasmas take 10+ years to die, and even that is short-sighted.
In 10 years a replacement 42" plasma is going to be so much more advanced and less costly than it is today that I'll actually be glad it died and made me buy a new one.
In all seriousness, regarding your decision scottytrav. Your price range isn't really high enough for a decent plasma. I'd go with an LCD (not projection) that is 37" or so, and then get the Wii. You should have more than enough money. Sharp Aquos gets the best reviews, but I'm not an LCD expert so I'll let some other guys take care of that.