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I posted this on another forum but I wanted to get the ZMD opinion on this as well since I love and respect everyone here.

I'm looking to purchase a brand new TV since my 27" Advent is slowly dying.

I don't ever plan on watching cable/satellite programming on it. I'll only use the TV for gaming (Wii and 360 when I get one), streaming video and DVDs.

I've pretty much settled on $1000, which is almost double what I initially wanted to spend but it seems like a decent amount of cash to spend. I'd be willing to spend more but not much more.

37" seems like a decent size and widescreen is a must, of course. I don't really care about 1080p and I'm not willing to spend more just to get it. Number and type of inputs doesn't really matter either since I'll probably get a switch.

I would also prefer to buy one in real life but I'm willing to purchase online as well.

So...what would be the best TV to get for gaming / DVDs @ around $1000?
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> So...what would be the best TV to get for gaming / DVDs @
> around $1000?

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7749653&st=1080p&lp=8&type=product&cp=2&id=1140394400806Westinghouse LVM-37w3</a> hands down. For a DVI 1080p set, there is simply no competition in its price range. I've seen it on sale for $899 on occasion, so watch out for it. Since it is 1080p, you can hook your computer up to it and play the rest of your games in high-res too. F.E.A.R. on 37" in the dark will make you piss your pants.

The only real reason not to go with that set is if you can't find it on sale and can't wait a bit for it to go on sale.

That version is even HDCP-compliant so it will last you far into the future. If you don't need HDCP, you may be able to find the earlier model (37w1, I think) for even less.
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> So...what would be the best TV to get for gaming / DVDs @
> around $1000?
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I'd recommend the westinghouse 37" LTV-37w2, which is one of the least expensive, yet still excellent quality, panels of that size, but the thing comes in at around 1100-1200 normally. I can't think of any other brands at 37" for 1000 without taking a dip in build quality, panel quality, and reliability. Regardless, they're still worth a look, brands like Polaroid, Olevia, and Vizio, and some store brands, like Best Buy's Insignia. However, you will technically 'get what you pay for'. That's not to say it'll be horrible, but i won't be spectacular either.

If you're comfortable with online shopping, that's even better. Sam's Club has the 37" 1080P Westinghouse (LVM37W3HD) for $1050 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate.do?dest=5&item=344750right now</a>, which is by all accounts, a SPECTACULAR monitor, for the price. I'm personally saving up for one of these, if nothing better comes out soon.
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Well, both of you guys read my mind! The Westinghouse (37w2) was just the TV I was strongly considering. Best Buy is running a sale right now so I might be compelled to run out and buy that + a 360 tonite.

The 37w3 is also damn nice but I've heard from a bunch of people that 1080p on a 37" doesn't really matter and we are going to be sitting fairly close to the screen as well. DVI would be damn sweet but oh well.
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> The 37w3 is also damn nice but I've heard from a bunch of
> people that 1080p on a 37" doesn't really matter and we are
> going to be sitting fairly close to the screen as well. DVI
> would be damn sweet but oh well.

The closer you're sitting, the more you'll notice the higher resolution. If you're thinking at all about hooking up a PC, you will want the 1080p for sure. If not, you'll probably be ok without it. That's probably the best way to decide.
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> The closer you're sitting, the more you'll notice the higher
> resolution. If you're thinking at all about hooking up a
> PC, you will want the 1080p for sure. If not, you'll
> probably be ok without it. That's probably the best way to
> decide.

The PC that will be hooked up to it will be via S-Video, unfortunately.

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> The PC that will be hooked up to it will be via S-Video,
> unfortunately.
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In that case, the W2 is more than enough, but consider that sale price on the W3 at that sams club link i posted. $1050. Now, i don't know about their shipping policy, but if it's a good one, that's a better deal than the W2 at best buy. Of course, if they're trying to rape people on the shipping, then the W2 is the way to go. Either way, you'll be getting a good set, albeit one a bit more future proof than the other. You win either way.<img src=smilies/thumb.gif>
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> So...what would be the best TV to get for gaming / DVDs @
> around $1000?

<a href=http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7705799&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat95100050007&id=1138087658070>Boom.</a>

you're welcome.
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You know way too much shit.
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So I listened to the advice given in this thread and I bought the Westinghouse 37w2. So far I'm completely blown away. Damn fine TV!

But here is the problem. My friend suggested that we look for dead pixels, so we hooked up a PC and filled the entire screen with blue, green, red, black and white. Everything looked ok except for red....a single pixel was black, which means that it cannot display red properly.

Now I know that I probably would've never seen this pixel under normal operation. But at the same time, a dead pixel is a dead pixel. Should I attempt to exhange the TV or pretend that it never happened?
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> So I listened to the advice given in this thread and I
> bought the Westinghouse 37w2.

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> > So I listened to the advice given in this thread and I
> > bought the Westinghouse 37w2.

I wasn't going to get a CRT of this size because they are huge and weigh well over 200 pounds. But it was a nice looking TV.
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