otavalo wrote:I have a 42 inch CRT TV. It is starting to die. I am happy with its sizewhen watching movies and the news.
What size should I get with the HD letter box look? I know that bigger is better, but I prefer a bigger bank account. LED? LCD? Plasma?
Wow, I had no idea they ever made consumer 42" CRTs. That thing must weigh a metric ton...
Seriously though, I'd get something that's been around long enough (say 6 months to a year) to prove itself. Like, say, this...
Honestly, it all depends on what you'll be doing with it. LCDs are where it's at right now. Most of the more-affordable LCDs have trouble producing a true black (noticeable during dark scenes in movies). The 60 v 120 Hz argument falls in with the response time - gaming. Of course, if you want the faster refresh (120Hz) and quicker response time (<4ms) needed for gaming, you're gonna pay a bit more for it.
Plasma screens tend to have brighter, sharper pictures, but cut deeply into your wallet, as plasma display technology has shown itself difficult (expensive) to scale up.
As for the LED backlight business, I'd wait till that tech cools down a bit before jumping in. It's still far more expensive than it should be.
If your main concern is the expense, another consideration is the (now somewhat defunct) DLP rear projection TV. Main drawback: you can't mount a DLP on a wall. My Samsung 61" DLP is absolutely amazing: sharp/bright picture, vivid colors, and it was $1600. Mitsubishi still makes DLPs and they're insanely inexpensive compared to LCDs (A 73" screen for ~$2k @ newegg). Granted, it's not the way of the future, but you get a lot of screen for the $$ (and, since it's user serviceable, it's still cheaper to replace the lamp on a DLP than the backlight on an LCD).
Hope that helps...