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Blu Ray? HDTV with Wifi? 3DTV? All of these decisions. Which one is best? All?
Written by TweakTV   
Saturday, 22 May 2010

samsung_medialive_1.jpgFor the past five years we have seen a bit of a lull within the general HDTV space.  Five years ago, plasmas dominated for large screen and picture quality enthusiasts.   LCDs started to make head way as prices started to fall and the Best Buys of the world started to promote LCDs over plasmas.   About two years ago, OLED started to show its head, and it looked quite promising.   However, this fizzled out (for now) and we are forced to settle for medicore edge lit LCDs.   Thin is in.  Is thin ever out?

Now, we have new decisions.   The latest Blu Ray players not only play DVDs, but also stream information.   For example, if you have a Netflix account, you can stream movies directly through your DVD onto your HDTV.   HDTV manufacturers across the board from Samsung to Sharp are taking the next (or same) step by incorporating this functionality within their HDTVs with no DVD / Blu Ray player required.   WiFi is part of both options.  So what is one to do?

Since we are moving towards a world of streaming media, the Blu Ray format will eventually disappear.   It will not happen in the short term, but why invest in a format that is destined to fizzle out?  Streaming from the HDTV itself is an interesting option, but you pay for it.   Would you rather have a slimmer, better, bigger TV?   Well if you choose not to get an HDTV with streaming capabilities built in, perhaps you can now allocate those dollars towards a slimmer, bigger and better HDTV?  It is a tough decision at this point since the buyer has a lot of options these days with LEDs, 3DTV, streaming options, etc.   There is no wrong choice, but the right one could be quite rewarding.   What do you think?

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kevinmiller   | Super Administrator | 2010-05-22 17:57:34
I just recently got a Vizio Streaming Blu-ray player for my living room system with my Pioneer KRP-500M. I must say I really like streaming Netflix when I am not in the mood to fire up the theater.

I also like the Pandora internet radio. However, I have one big issue with it. It seems it cuts off the end of literally every song. Anyone out there having the same issue?
MemeSue   | Registered | 2010-05-22 18:49:57
Kevin, I think it is a copyright thing on Pandora. Have you tried Napster?
kevinmiller   | Super Administrator | 2010-05-23 09:33:00
I don't think the player has Napster unless I am missing something.
kalan - re:   | Registered | 2010-05-23 19:56:28
Kevin Miller wrote:
I don't think the player has Napster unless I am missing something.


It doesn't. NO idea why it is clipping off. It works on mine
abg5043   | 75.102.119.243 | 2010-06-03 16:05:45
On this same sort of topic....

I'm having this exact issue right now. I notice that the market seems to be all about what features a TV can have or doesn't have. However, I'm of the opinion that a TV should first and foremost have a GREAT picture quality. Yet, so many tvs out there seem to be lacking in this aspect.

I am in the market for a 32-40 inch tv and am willing to spend around $1,000. I was considering the Sony KDL-32Ex700, but that seems to have been discontinued I think. The most important thing to me is picture quality and the motion rate. I can't stand the lagging images. I feel pretty lost at the moment and was wondering if someone could give me a few suggestions.
TWEAKTV - re:   | Super Administrator | 2010-06-05 09:34:30
[quote=abg5043]On this same sort of topic....

I am in the market for a 32-40 inch tv and am willing to spend around $1,000. I was considering the Sony KDL-32Ex700, but that seems to have been discontinued I think. The most important thing to me is picture quality and the motion rate. I can't stand the lagging images. I feel pretty lost at the moment and was wondering if someone could give me a few suggestions.[/quote

If picture quality is paramount and motion blur is an annoyance, a Panasonic G25 plasma would do the job quite well. Only downside is the minimum size is a 42. Is that ok?
abg5043 - re: re:   | 75.102.124.12 | 2010-06-07 16:22:07
TWEAKTV wrote:
[quote=abg5043]On this same sort of topic....

I am in the market for a 32-40 inch tv and am willing to spend around $1,000. I was considering the Sony KDL-32Ex700, but that seems to have been discontinued I think. The most important thing to me is picture quality and the motion rate. I can't stand the lagging images. I feel pretty lost at the moment and was wondering if someone could give me a few suggestions.[/quote

If picture quality is paramount and motion blur is an annoyance, a Panasonic G25 plasma would do the job quite well. Only downside is the minimum size is a 42. Is that ok?



42 inches isn't really a problem. However, I have heard from people that this TV is great for anything blu-ray or high def, but if you wanted to watch something from a DVD the picture would be abysmal. I'm not 100% on this, but I'll definitely check this one out!
TWEAKTV   | Super Administrator | 2010-06-14 05:51:55
Surprised you heard that. From our perspective, and based on your ask, the Panasonic would be a strong performer for you. Please tell us what you decide.

Side note. Some brands have better TV tuners than others, but Panasonic is not known for a poor tuning experience as per your last post.
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