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Old 03-10-2010, 08:55 PM   #41
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Another tought:
I was thinking about putting my 42" in the upstairs room for the kids to use with the Wii and upgrade to a 46".
I tried to see differences between 60Hz/120Hz/240Hz and between LCD and LED and all of these look similar to me when at the store.
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I tried to see differences between 60Hz/120Hz/240Hz and between LCD and LED and all of these look similar to me when at the store.
The "LED TV" is really deliberately misleading labelling. The LED TVs are simply regular LCD TVs which use LEDs as the backlighting instead of florescent tubes. In some designs the LEDs are darkened in areas of a picture that are truly black, which helps produce deeper blacks than a regular LCD TV, but it's a relatively minor improvement in my opinion.
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The "LED TV" is really deliberately misleading labelling. The LED TVs are simply regular LCD TVs which use LEDs as the backlighting instead of florescent tubes. In some designs the LEDs are darkened in areas of a picture that are truly black, which helps produce deeper blacks than a regular LCD TV, but it's a relatively minor improvement in my opinion.
I believe LED TVs use quite a bit less power don't they? Additionally, the ones that I have seen at the store seem to lighter as well.

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I believe LED TVs use quite a bit less power don't they? Additionally, the ones that I have seen at the store seem to lighter as well.
I think the LCD TV's illuminated with LEDs use about 30% less power than the ones lit by CCFLs. The average large TV run for the average amount of time at the average electrical rates costs about $30 per year to run, so it the payback time for an LED -lit TV could be lengthy.

What I'd be concerned about is failure of the LEDs. Yes, each LED has an average life much longer than a CCFL. But, that's average life. There are a few CCFLs in each TV, and hundreds of LEDs in an "LED TV." As soon as even one of the many hundreds of LEDs in that TV burns out, there will be a permanent black spot on the screen. That's going to start happening well short of the average lifetime of the LEDs. IMO, these black spots will be very distracting. On the flip side, the CCFLs will gradually become less bright, and eventually one will fail. I would guess that failure of one of the handful of CCFL tubes is likely going to happen well after many of the LEDs have quit working in an LED TV.
None of this matters at all to the normal consumer who will replace the TV within 5 years.
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T-Al, it seems the poll has had its run. I am curious what you intended to get from it and if it accomplished its intended purpose. (I was prevented from participating and am just curious.)
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I'm thinking 42 inches for our 10 foot viewing distance. I had thought 32 but, you guys convinced me that 42 would be better. I have to admit that we watch TV almost every evening. But I'm going to keep an eye on Craigslist for a while. One disadvantage will be that with a new (clcosed caption capable) TV, DW is going to want to have the subtitles on.
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One disadvantage will be that with a new (clcosed caption capable) TV, DW is going to want to have the subtitles on.
Even more reason to go with the 42"...
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One disadvantage will be that with a new (clcosed caption capable) TV, DW is going to want to have the subtitles on.
Spouse watches TV with headphones & close-captioning. (She originally started the habit about 15 years ago when our kid was watching Barney videos in the other room.) It's quite pleasant to sit next to spouse and read a book while occasionally catching a line of dialogue. However entire shows will premiere, put on a few seasons, and take a bow without my ever hearing what the actors sound like.

On the extremely rare occasions that I hear an actor's voice, it almost never matches my expectations. (One exception: Suze Orman.) I heard Kelly Ripa for the first time ever this week and I'll never be able to watch her again without hearing that horrible sound in my ears...

Our kid enjoys switching her CC to Spanish and trying to keep up. Maybe you'll get more language options with a 42".
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