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True Story: First Flatscreen

Posted By Jessaca Gutierrez On August 13, 2010 @ 12:05 pm In Residential AV | No Comments

My husband and I bought our first flatscreen just last month. It’s a 46in. 1080p Panasonic plasma. It replaces our old reliable and still working 27in. Toshiba my husband purchased back in 1998, before we even had met. We had been holding out on purchasing a flatscreen until prices came down and for technology to develop. But when we moved into our new house in April, we both had a new flatscreen at the top of our to-buy list (along with a sectional, appliances, and a new dining table—it’s been an expensive few months), especially since our new house is a modern open-concept floorplan. Our great room has a soaring ceiling, and although our 27in. had really seen us through, it looked diminutive in such a grand space. We need something bigger, sleeker, and shiny like the rest of our new house, something that went with our dark hardwood floors.

Here’s where I reveal a little something about myself: I don’t watch much TV, and really, I could have cared less about getting a flatscreen (gasp!) if it hadn’t been for the fact that that old Toshiba really did put a crimp in the aesthetics of my new house. I know, I’m such a woman. My husband constantly reminds me. But all this didn’t mean I couldn’t get excited when my husband started researching the flatscreen options.

Although LED LCD really shined, the technology was still out of our price range for the size we wanted. Plus, we’re never early adopters of new technology. The decision was pretty easy once we looked at price and then what we—I mean he—would be watching: sports and action. The 46in. Panasonic plasma has a 600Hz refresh rate, 1080p resolution, and a price tag that was perfect. We almost did get swayed by a 50in. plasma that was less expensive but wasn’t 1080p.

She just barely fit in the backseat of our Subaru, and now she’s perched on our old TV stand that we’ll eventually have to upgrade to complete the upscale look. The first DVD we watched was Lord of the Rings, and I was blown away how big the picture was. Now we’re having the video-quality discussion, and we plan on making the jump to Blu-ray. Stay tuned for that story.


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