Trying to select the best TV for our needs....appreciate your help!
We sit approximately 12 feet away from the TV. We very rarely watch DVDs. We like to "feel like you're there" look of the High Definition but want a thin TV. Our current TV projects approximately 24" from the wall and we don't want anything with more projection from the wall than that. We would like to stay somewhere under $4,000. We've considered Plasma because of the beautiful colors but I'm afraid that since the TV is on for 14 hours a day it would burn in the CNN emblem at the bottom of the screen.
We are not tech savy, just simple on and off works fine for us....we just want a LARGER screen. Considering something around 50" if this sounds about right?? We live in So. California and I'm not opposed to shopping on line as long as the warranty is still valid. I really need some suggestions including brands and model #'s if possible please. Thanks so much!
In the 50"+ range;
Samsungs DLPs will give you the bright vibrant colors of the Plazmas. All except the 61 are under 24 inches. See http://www.samsungusa.com/cgi-bin/nabc/product/b2c_product_subtype.jsp?eUser=&prod_path=%2fAudio+and+Video%2fTV%2fDLP+TV
Sonys new Rear projection LCD like this http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=3qGmWjEUmt-mTA7dJ_KsUX4aMwjuSoI3BuM=?CategoryName=tv_ProjectionTVs_RearProjection_43to53TVs&Dept=tv&TemplateName=item%2fsy_item_b&ProductSKU=KF50WE610&ContentItemPage= one and this http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=3qGmWjEUmt-mTA7dJ_KsUX4aMwjuSoI3BuM=?CategoryName=tv_ProjectionTVs_RearProjection_43to53TVs&ProductSKU=KF50WE610&Dept=tv one are under under 24 inches.
Finally, Panasonics new thin projectors here http://catalog2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ModelList?storeId=11251&catalogId=11005&catGroupId=11254 are very thin but the Sony and Samsung have much brighter pictures. There is a version in your price range that has a built in HDTV tuner and Panasonic is the first company to start shipping HDTV-cable built in. That could save you $300-$700.
Go have a look at them. I'm sure you will like one of them.
Hope this helps.