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We need a new HDTV at work

JeanJean Heartbroken papa bearGatineau, QuébecRegistered User regular
I work in a bar and the TV would be on 16 hours per day. I guess being on almost all the time is the reason why our previous TV's already dead.

So which type is more durable, ACL or plasma?

What brand is the best?

Refresh rate : 4ms vs 6ms vs 8ms , does it really matter?

It's a bar so the TV would be mostly used for watching sports events.

Thanks in advance for your answers.

"You won't destroy us, You won't destroy our democracy. We are a small but proud nation. No one can bomb us to silence. No one can scare us from being Norway. This evening and tonight, we'll take care of each other. That's what we do best when attacked'' - Jens Stoltenberg
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  • ryjasenryjasen Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    With plasma keep in mind they can suffer a temporary burn in effect. So in your case if you have the set on espn for 16 hours straight or whatever channel, you run the risk of some of the dead areas at the bottom of the screen near the ticker, or on some channels where they have their logos in the corners.

    Personally I think you're better off going with a standard LCD, and refresh rate won't matter much to you because of likely the distance the set will be from the viewers and the type of programming you'll b watching.

    Get the lowest you can find without feeling like you're paying a premium for it.

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    edited April 2010
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  • CabezoneCabezone Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    You're gonna want LCD, they have the above benefits as well as generally being a lot brighter.

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  • birrubirru Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Both LCDs and plasma TVs today can give you a great picture, but I'll try to think of this from the perspective of bar use. Here are some very general bullet points regarding the differences.


    PLASMA

    +Excellent viewing angle (important in most bars)
    +Excellent contrast
    +Excellent for fast motion
    +Excellent price:performance ratio
    –Burn-in is a concern for the kind of use it'll see
    –Generally heavier, may affect installation and placement
    –Generally heavier power consumption
    –Almost always glossy screens (risk of reflections making it hard to see)
    –Shorter service life


    LCD

    +Often available with a matte screen, no reflection
    +Generally lighter and easier to install
    +Generally use less power (LED backlit even more energy efficient)
    +Longer service life
    +Not susceptible to burn-in
    –Not as good at fast motion
    –Lower contrast ratio
    –Typically shallower viewing angle
    –Very best models can be really pricey, especially at larger sizes


    Now that you've taken all that in, my opinion is that a good quality LCD TV is the way to go for bar use. You may need to explore some of the better models from Samsung, Sony, perhaps even Vizio. I think the burn-in, lifespan, and reflectivity issues carry more weight. The better LCD TVs will offer viewing angle and contrast that will be good enough for the casual needs of the viewers. Whichever TV is selected, it's critical to take the time to properly calibrate the TV. This has two huge benefits of improving image quality and the screen's lifespan.

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  • birrubirru Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Hey Jean,

    Great avatar by the way. Being a Caps fan in Quebec must be interesting. Stay safe tomorrow night!

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  • ScrubletScrublet Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    I'd recommend the LCD route too. Though I will say one bar in my neighborhood for whatever reason went with a ton of really nice Panny plasmas (as opposed to virtually every other bar that went with horrible off-brand LCDs) and I love watching games at that bar because of it.

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  • JeanJean Heartbroken papa bear Gatineau, QuébecRegistered User regular
    edited April 2010
    birru wrote: »
    Hey Jean,

    Great avatar by the way. Being a Caps fan in Quebec must be interesting. Stay safe tomorrow night!


    Thanks. Let's just say I won't cheer too loudly when Oveckin scores tonight ;)

    All but the diehard fans expect to loose tough.

    Because of the game we couldn't really shop arround.. we would had looked pretty dumb to be TV-less during the playoffs.

    We bought a LCD Samsung 40 inch at Costo. Price, including sale taxes : C$767.50

    It was pretty funny to see 10-15 guys all giving their 2 cents how to install the thing. Now it's up and running so we all gotta do is wait a few more hours for the puck to drop!

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    "You won't destroy us, You won't destroy our democracy. We are a small but proud nation. No one can bomb us to silence. No one can scare us from being Norway. This evening and tonight, we'll take care of each other. That's what we do best when attacked'' - Jens Stoltenberg
  • Jubal77Jubal77 Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    LG has a great line of lower end LCD HDTVs as well. you can get a 42" for around the same price as the samsung listed above. Plus it will have 1080p and TrueMotion and all that jazz. Should be able to find them on Amazon for pricing etc. I just grabbed one and it is a great little tv for the price.

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  • SynthesisSynthesis Honda Today! Registered User regular
    edited April 2010
    Jubal77 wrote: »
    LG has a great line of lower end LCD HDTVs as well. you can get a 42" for around the same price as the samsung listed above. Plus it will have 1080p and TrueMotion and all that jazz. Should be able to find them on Amazon for pricing etc. I just grabbed one and it is a great little tv for the price.

    Speaking from my own experience, I have a 37LG50 and it's worked out very well (it's a little heavy for its size though). 1080p, lots of inputs on the back, intuitive menu, etc.

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