I have an Insignia 42" Plasma TV. It's Best Buy's brand, but it's made with Samsung parts. I also got it for about 400 dollars. It's been great
I would go with LED....plasmas are heavier, and the picture quality just doesn't seem to look as good unless you have a really dark room. I have a 70" Aquos that I got for $1800, and I have a buddy who works at Best Buy who hooked up some premium speakers for me. I also have a 42 inch Vizio that is sweet.
You should go with a regular hi def so you can watch stuff in stunning 480 poor.
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I like to consider plasma TVs as big screens on a budget, but it's something to be beware of.
Plasma TVs are energy hogs, the display is fragile (lay it flat and you may ruin the picture - unlike a light-emitting diode (LED) or a liquid crystal display (LCD) TV, a plasma TV has actual phosphorous chemicals within the set that project the backlight for the television) and many of them don't have full high definition. I work electronics for a big box retail store and I tend to tell my customers to stay away from plasma displays, but you obviously can't convince everyone.
My parents have a 60" Samsung LED - it's a behemoth, but it's an absolutely beautiful TV.
I have a 32" RCA LED for myself and I love that little TV.
Last edited by Adam First; 02-10-2013 at 10:50 PM.
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If you want my honest opinion just buy what you like right now and save for OLED in a few years once prices start comin down. You really can't go wrong with either. Plasma will get you brighter picture with better black/whites compared to LED. If you go LED make sure you get the full back light not the edge light. Don't pay attention to BS contrast ratios that companies throw out. Pay attention to the lighting actually in the TV and the blacks/whites.
If you actually do some research you'll find a lot of Panasonic get high ratings, the Sony XBR series is good, Samsung is your average day consumer (think Apple of TV, who is coming sooner than you think as well) along with guys like LG (doesn't make them bad), it's just a lot of people get caught up in Smart TVs (paying for the internet and fancy gadgets) where some people like to avoid all that nonsense (me) only because my PS3, Bluray will do the same and put that money towards actual specs.
That's my opinion, anyway. Don't get 3D, yet. Also, with the plasma you better close the blinds/shutters or have a dark room otherwise that picture is gonna look ****ty.