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Having buyers remorse about my new tv

So over the weekend I finally convinced my wife to get a flat panel tv for the living room. We currently have a Magnavox 55" rear projection big screen. No issues with it, but the picture quality can't compare to our lcd in the bedroom. So, I went and picked up a 50" Samsung Plasma from Best Buy that was on sale for $450 off. I got the tv home and hooked up... watched the Cowboy game in HD! The picture is freaking amazing on this tv.... BUT.... the thing that is bugging me is the size difference between my big screen and the new tv. I'm not sure if it looks so much smaller because we only have it about 20 inches off the ground (the wall mount has been ordered)... or that it is really that much smaller. 16 x 9 is about the same as the big screen, but all the "non-hd" stuff just seems so much smaller. I do change the aspect ratio of non-hd channels to stretch it to fit the whole screen.

I wanted to see if any of you guys had any similar "buyers remorse" if you bought a HD tv that was smaller than what you had. I think I am about to wheel the big screen back in the living room and hook them up side by side for a while to really see the difference...
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Take it back and buy a projector
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Take it back and buy a projector
I actually have one of those too

Nothing fancy, Epson S5... looks pretty good, but not as good as the $3k+ projectors. I actually haven't figured out a usable method for the projector in the living room... it's on the bottom floor of a 2 story house so mounting and wiring will be difficult. I bought the projector "for the business"... you know how that goes Nick
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I wanted to see if any of you guys had any similar "buyers remorse" if you bought a HD tv that was smaller than what you had. I think I am about to wheel the big screen back in the living room and hook them up side by side for a while to really see the difference...
I'm about to upgrade in my family room, I have a 40 in their now and a 50 plasma wouldn't be much bigger, so I'm looking at a 65 Panasonic. A 50 inch wouldn't be that much of an upgrade in terms of diagonal screen size. If you have th original packaging you can take it back and upgrade to a 58 or 60, 65.
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Is the non-HD programming bothering you because of the grey/black bars on the side??

If so, try using the size adjustment in the picture menu of the TV. It should stretch the pic to fit the screen. There is also a zoom mode that may bring you the desired result.
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Non HD at 65 inches... sucks!
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Which model number did you get?
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So over the weekend I finally convinced my wife to get a flat panel tv for the living room. We currently have a Magnavox 55" rear projection big screen. No issues with it, but the picture quality can't compare to our lcd in the bedroom. So, I went and picked up a 50" Samsung Plasma from Best Buy that was on sale for $450 off. I got the tv home and hooked up... watched the Cowboy game in HD! The picture is freaking amazing on this tv.... BUT.... the thing that is bugging me is the size difference between my big screen and the new tv. I'm not sure if it looks so much smaller because we only have it about 20 inches off the ground (the wall mount has been ordered)... or that it is really that much smaller. 16 x 9 is about the same as the big screen, but all the "non-hd" stuff just seems so much smaller. I do change the aspect ratio of non-hd channels to stretch it to fit the whole screen.

I wanted to see if any of you guys had any similar "buyers remorse" if you bought a HD tv that was smaller than what you had. I think I am about to wheel the big screen back in the living room and hook them up side by side for a while to really see the difference...
Is the 55 inch 4:3 aspect? If so that 50 inch 16:9 is really much smaller when watching standard format stuff. The 55 inch has 80% more viewing area than the plasma for standard format programs.

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I'm about to upgrade in my family room, I have a 40 in their now and a 50 plasma wouldn't be much bigger, so I'm looking at a 65 Panasonic. A 50 inch wouldn't be that much of an upgrade in terms of diagonal screen size. If you have th original packaging you can take it back and upgrade to a 58 or 60, 65.
A 50 inch is over 50% more viewing area than a 40 inch. The difference is a lot more than the 10 inches leads a person to believe.

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This has been my thought all along. We have a 61 inch big screen that I have thought about getting rid of for the Plasma. I just hate to give up the size. Its quality verses size I guess.
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Take it back and buy a projector
I 2nd that, but also understand the woes involved.

Surround sound with the 120" projection screen in 1080i, makes watching the Cowboys win even more fun.

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My new TV is a Samsung PN50A450

I figured out how to solve my buyers remores real quick... I wheeled in the old Big Screen and hooked it up so I could see them side by side. WOW! While there was not really any issues with my old tv, you can't compare the quality, clarity, and brightness between the two. I was satisfied with my purchase instantly! I also got to see the size differences. I think one major issue I am having with my new TV is that it looks so much smaller because it is currently so low to the ground. It will be hung on the wall by the end of the week and that is going to make a huge difference. I watched Monday Night Football in HD.... the picture on this tv is better than any I have seen so far. Played some Call of Duty on it last night... I can't believe the detail I was missing with the other tv. All in all, I love my new tv!
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Had the same dilema here when we moved into our house. We had a 51inch projection, picture looked good with HD. Ended up buying a 42inch Plasma and WOW, a huge difference in picture alone! With the plasma mounted on the stand we got it really looked bigger than my 51inch projection. Then I got another plasma but a 50inch for my movie room and it looked ALOT bigger than my projection once mounted.

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Make sure you get your mount from monoprice.com to save you come coin.
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I checked them out and was actually able to get a better deal on e-bay. I got mine for $27.99 with free shipping... monoprice.com was 37.99 with shipping. I actually bought the same bracket for the lcd tv in my bedroom so I know it is a good quality item. It actually looks like they might be the same ones from monoprice.com.

Thanks for the heads up though.. definately cheaper than any retailer!
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Good find..but I was able to find this for $26.xx:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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Good find..but I was able to find this for $26.xx:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
Good price... won't hold my 50 incher though... plus I need something that tilts so I can adjust the angle of the tv. That is a great website though!
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Good price... won't hold my 50 incher though... plus I need something that tilts so I can adjust the angle of the tv. That is a great website though!
http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2
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Thats why you buy the 65" samsung DLP for the living room and the 42" plasma for the bedroom like i did. Widescreen TV sizes are misleading compared to the 3:4 sizes. I almost bought a 32" plasma for the bedroom. FUCK that !!
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Thats why you buy the 65" samsung DLP for the living room and the 42" plasma for the bedroom like i did. Widescreen TV sizes are misleading compared to the 3:4 sizes. I almost bought a 32" plasma for the bedroom. FUCK that !!
Man Frys had a few Mitsu 65in DLP 1080p on sale for $1000, I almost bought one but didn't. Might want to go back and reconsider buying it

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Mitsu and Samsung are the two leaders in DLP. DLP is the brightest you can get.
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My new TV is a Samsung PN50A450
I bought the PN42A450 for 699 at Frys last weekend. I have absolutely no remorse because it was an upgrade from my 24" Sony flat screen CRT.

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