I scanned a few pages but didn't really see any thread I could just tag along to, so I am making a new one.
My wife and I are currently looking into replacing my ancient massive
60in projection screen with an LCD/Plasma. My old box is gigantic, was made before there was any
digital option (480p or anything), has extremely limited input options, the coaxial input has been broken for years, the buttons barely work and there's been a Food Network logo burned into the screen for about 6 years now.
, I had been thinking a 46in LCD, probably LED lit since those are coming down in price pretty rapidly; but I've been reading the TV thread and a lot of other threads and it sounds like I might instead look into a larger plasma. Looks like I can get a 50-54in panasonic plasma for as much or a bit more than a mid-40's LCD and that sounds pretty damn good to me. Is there anything wrong with this perspective? I don't have any specific model in mind, but I keep seeing good things said about panasonics, particularly veiras. I'm not looking for a 3DTV at all
. We're just not interested in it really. We've seen plenty of movies in 3d in theaters and while they're fine for novelty we just don't care, at best, and get headaches at worst.
I was going to mount the TV on the wall, not with an arm, just a flat mount against the wall. This seemed fine until I started thinking about a Plasma and keep hearing about how heavy they are. I'm worried about mounting a 50+in plasma on my wall if the weight is going to be an issue. I don't want the mount to sag out of the wall, or worse, come out completely if the TV is so heavy. I've hung many many things on my wall myself, shelves that hold quite a bit of weight so I'm comfortable in my ability to mount things correctly; but I just don't know how much of an issue the concentrated weight of a plasma could be mounting to drywall. Anyone have any comments?
My receiver is older than my TV. Meaning no
digital input options, plenty of svideo though! :lol:. There's only two (one optical, one digital) 5.1 inputs, zero hdmi, zero component, etc. So yeah, it'd be useless for a new system setup. I don't need to move to 7.1 audio as our living room is pretty small, and anywhere we'll be moving for years will also probably be on the small side, and I have pretty good 5.1 speakers that I've had for years and don't need to replace. I've looked at a few receivers and think I have one that is a later model of the current one I have that seems
to be what I'd be looking for. Here is a link to it on the Best Buy site
. My prospective inputs are going to be 2 HDMI (Blu Ray/PS3? and occasionally my 360) 2 Component (PS2, Wii) and cable. That leaves only one HDMI free and no more component for upgrading. I was also thinking of just jumping to a 7.1 model for more inputs and future-proofing , this is what I was looking at
(I'd get it at amazon, not BB), as it has an extra component and two extra HDMI's. Any thoughts?
Related to three, I know plasmas don't have the whole 120/240hz distinction that LCD's do, but I'm curious if running at a higher framerate or whatever is going to be limited by the Receiver if I'm using it for A/V passthrough for all of my components (Ideally, I only one one single
cable going to my TV, one HDMI).
Related to four, if I input my Wii to the receiver via Component, will the receiver pass the information through to the TV via HDMI? Will the Receiver limit the video information being sent? Again, I'd ideally just one one single HDMI cable going from my receiver to the TV and nothing else at all
Looking into a Blu-Ray player, apparently one with internet connection is the norm now, and for the better I suppose, so I don't run into movies that decide I need a different version of somesuch and blah blah. Anyway, I just have a 360, never really felt a need to get a PS3, but now that a new TV and needing a blu-ray player is on the table, I'm now curious about a PS3. See, I don't have any strong inclination to get a PS3 for gaming, I have way
more than enough games on my PC/360/Wii, many I haven't gotten around to touching yet. But if the player on the PS3 is comparable with any straight blu-ray box, and it's not terribly
more expensive, it might be worth just having in case. But if the price difference is significant and/or the actual player on the PS3 isn't up to snuff compared to other dedicated players, I'd rather just save a bit of cash and get just a normal player. Any thoughts/advise?