Originally Posted by SirFelixCat
We have a 65" WD-65831 (Mitsubishi Diamond DLP) in the living room and absolutely love it. Also have a 50" Vizio Plasma in our office which is pretty sweet (gives off a ton of heat though) and a 37" Westinghouse LCD in the bedroom.
I mention these because each has their own drawbacks...
-DLP has a lamp inside that can be fickle and is the largest of the bunch. But an incredible picture. Thin viewing angle, if that matters to you.
-Plasmas can get really hot and give off quite a bit of heat and use a bunch of power
-LCD doesn't have as good a picture as the DLP/Plasma, but more than acceptable.
I would HIGHLY recommend getting one as you really don't know what you're missing until you watch a movie or game on them. Just fantastic.
But, my biggest suggestion is to wait until you can pay cash (just in case) as well as taking a trip over to avsforum.com. That is THE place for all electronic discussion and those people really know their stuff.
Compare, ask questions, find one and get it!
Good luck and enjoy!
LCD TV's are probably the most economically sound. Plasmas have shorter life expectancies and DLP's have bulbs that blow just like you you said. They can cost quite a bit to replace. I will say that I really like the pictures in LCD TV's myself. The newer Samsungs and Sharps really have great, vibrant pictures. Older LCD's and cheaper brand LCD's have motion blur, but the new ones have all but done away with that. The size of the TV you want will also play into that. DLP's are cheaper when you get into the bigger TV's and really do have a great picture if you are willing to shell out the extra cash for a new bulb every 3-5 years. Plasmas are ones that I would stay away from. One thing I definately suggest looking into with any new TV is a surround sound system. The newer TVs just don't have very good speakers built in. If you bargain enough at the right place (HHGregg especially), you can get a complete set up for the same price as what they originally wanted for the TV itself, or maybe even less.
I've had the oppurtunity to see and set up a lot of TV's from working with Time Warner. I will tell you that using the settings the way they are right out of the box isn't getting the best out of your TV. Its all personal preference and you should play around with it for a little while as long as you can get around the settings pretty well and have an understanding of what each setting does. If not, just look in the manual or online. People's settings vary from TV to TV for many reasons, so just asking your buddy how he has his set won't help you with yours. A well set up TV is so much better than one just taken out of the box and used. Its like night and day.
As far as cables for the TV go, don't fall into the overpriced HDMI trap. You don't need the ones they are going to try and sell you. If you want your picture and sound all in one nice tidy cable, HDMI is for you. The belief that it give you better picture and sound is not true IMO. The only advantage it has, which is a good one, is that you get sound and video in one small cable and it looks much cleaner behind your set. Regular RBG cables and an optical audio cable will give you the same results, but more clutter. Its all personal preference, but the thought that HDMI gives you better picture and sound is bunk, IMO. However, I can not tell you how much better one cable looks than 4 rather large ones. The reason I call it the overpriced HDMI trap is because you can get HDMI cables for MUCH cheaper if you know where to look. Tiger Direct has them from 29.99 right now.