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Bill Lundberg
09-09-2006, 09:22 PM
I'm looking to buy a new TV (42" or larger) and a surround sound system. I really don't want to spend more than 2 grand and don't know much about the stuff. I know I want HDTV, if I get that do I have to get a new Tivo with HD? Skip, I have Direct TV if you happen along this thread. Give me the scoop. What brands are better than others, what to look for in surround sound. Thanks

Saulbadguy
09-09-2006, 09:22 PM
Skip thinks there is no difference between HDTV and SDTV. I'd disregard any comments by him.

JBucc
09-09-2006, 09:23 PM
Whoa, 999 posts, better make your next one a good one!

Chieftain58
09-09-2006, 09:25 PM
I was in Sam's Club recently and they have a ton of them on display... but the people working there had no clue about them.

ChiefsfaninPA
09-09-2006, 09:25 PM
Whoa, 999 posts, better make your next one a good one!

And then he will be eligible for a @chiefsplanet.com email address.

DMAC
09-09-2006, 09:25 PM
What is this EDtv I have been seeing?



**please no Matthew McConaughey comments**

UteChief
09-09-2006, 09:32 PM
EDtv = Enhanced Defenition TV

UteChief
09-09-2006, 09:34 PM
EDTV, or 480p, doesn't sound like much compared to HDTV. But it is in fact a major step forward in picture quality. On a big screen it looks closer in quality to HDTV than it does regular television. And it is here today. Most DVD players on the market output both interlaced and progressive signals, and they are getting better and cheaper by the month. (At the moment, the Costco down the street is selling a little progressive scan DVD player for $79.99). That means that every DVD movie and video on the market can be played in EDTV right now.

So here is your first absolute rule for buying a new video display, whether it is a projector or a TV: make sure that it is 480p compatible.

Or just check the link: http://www.projectorcentral.com/hdtv_edtv.htm

DMAC
09-09-2006, 09:34 PM
Where does that rank along HD and SD?

JBucc
09-09-2006, 09:35 PM
Where does that rank along HD and SD?HD>ED>SD>BW>this shytty mouse I'm using

UteChief
09-09-2006, 09:35 PM
HDtv is 720i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p.

NFL16
09-09-2006, 09:54 PM
I got a beautiful and I mean beautiful 60" HDTV on Ebay for 1,600. It came with a nice glass stand.

If you want the TiVo thing you can just get it with Time Warner Cable. You can also pay extra for a package of HD channels.

ChiefsfaninPA
09-09-2006, 09:54 PM
No matter what, make sure it is HD. You can notice the difference.

DMAC
09-09-2006, 09:55 PM
I got a beautiful and I mean beautiful 60" HDTV on Ebay for 1,600. It came with a nice glass stand.

If you want the TiVo thing you can just get it with Time Warner Cable. You can also pay extra for a package of HD channels.What is the brand?

NFL16
09-09-2006, 10:00 PM
What is the brand?

Sony

Skip Towne
09-09-2006, 10:03 PM
Skip thinks there is no difference between HDTV and SDTV. I'd disregard any comments by him.
There isn't any difference on a 27" or less. The difference is on a big screen. It brings a big screen back even with the 27's.

Count Alex's Losses
09-09-2006, 10:05 PM
Do they even make 27 inch TVs that are HD-Ready?

Bill Lundberg
09-09-2006, 10:05 PM
Skip, will I have to do anything different regarding Direct TV to take advantage of the HDTV?

UteChief
09-09-2006, 10:07 PM
Do they even make 27 inch TVs that are HD-Ready?

Samsung makes a couple. I don't know if anyone else does unless it is an LCD.
http://www.samsung.com/Products/TV/SlimFitHDTV/TXS2779HXXAA.asp

crispystl420
09-10-2006, 09:31 AM
I got a Hitachi 50 inch ultravison from circuit city for 1300 it's got a great picture. I would highly recommend it if you can find it for this price. Seriously my friends come over and think I shelled out at least a couple of grand. I'm frankly still slightly amazed I got this t.v. for the price I did.

Skip Towne
09-10-2006, 09:52 AM
Skip, will I have to do anything different regarding Direct TV to take advantage of the HDTV?
You will need the new AT-9 dish. When you buy your HD receiver D* will install it for you free.

jspchief
09-10-2006, 10:22 AM
$2k isn't going to get you much. I'm guessing a decent 42" will eat a lot of that up, and the HD Tivo will take up the rest.

But that's a good starting point. At least for me, the visual is the top priority in home theater, and a good foundation. After that, you need to consider how important the sound really is.

You can get a box system (with speakers ans receiver all in one package) that will give you a fair surround sound experience for a decent price. It's for people who want surround sound, but don't really know why they want it.

If you put a premium on sound, you're going to want to build your sound through individual components. Think of the reciever as your engine block. Without a good block, the motor's going to be limited no matter what parts you add. A crappy receiver isn't going to do good speakers justice. at the same time, you don't need a Nascar engine block to race at the county fair. Find a good combination of power, features, and price. What I did was target an model that was being phased out (cheaper) then found an open box item at Best Buy (cheaper still) then used the money saved to buy the warranty (money well spent on good receivers). The next step is speakers, and don't mistake name brand for quality. There are some great speakers out there that you've probably never heard of. Same goes for wiring. Home Depot carries a great heavy gauge speaker wire that's every bit as good as Monster at a fraction of the price. You can get other component cables, etc from online manufacturers that are cheaper and better than Monster.

This place is the bible for home theater as far as I'm concerned: http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htf/index.php

Spend a week or two pouring over the threads there, and you'll get a good feel for where to start.

carlos3652
09-10-2006, 11:09 AM
I spent $1499 on a 60 inch HDTV (PHILLIPS) - I bought it at Costco 1 1/2 years ago..

So I know you can get something better now a days...

edit: http://ctech.zoovy.com/product/PHIL60PP99

Thats my TV

R&GHomer
09-10-2006, 11:16 AM
Just purchased a LG "Zenith" 42" plasma HDTV 3k. Pricey, but DAMN, it's beautiful.