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View Poll Results: HDTV. Do you own one?
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Old 01-04-06, 05:22 PM   #1
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HDTV. Are You There Yet?

I can feel the peer pressure building to get a HDTV. Don't get me wrong, i have far too much bike stuff i would rather have before i ever buy one. Just wondering what everyone else's opinions are. There are hardly any HDTV sources around these parts and it seems like a LOT to spend to try and impress somebody with a couple super clear channels.
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Nope. Not likely. I still have an old 27" crap tv
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no.

But next year we move to surroound sound. Then I am hoping to push my dad a little further to a new TV
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I have HDTV. Also, I pay for the HDTV package from my cable service which is $12/month additional. It includes 7 HD channels. I find myself watching these channels quite a bit because the picture is so compelling. Even if you don't get an HDTV channel upgrade from your cable provider, an HDTV set paired with a progressive scan DVD player makes for a really beautiful picture.
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53 inch big screen tv
Just one problem...it's been in the repair shop 3+ times.
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I'm waiting for the prices on 60" 1080p displays to get a bit closer to what I would like them to be.
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But next year we move to surroound sound. Then I am hoping to push my dad a little further to a new TV

For a starter set, Yamaha makes a $550 6.1 Home theater in a box setup that's not too shabby (based on the NS-BP4500 speaker set). Only thing I would do to improve on it is to get a bigger subwoofer, at least a 10". I'm using an 8" in my setup, but that's due to how tiny my room is.
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I will never pay thousands for a television, ever.
My parents got me a 12" sony 10 years ago, im happy. There are better ways to spend money
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I have computers that do resoltuions TV or HDTV still wont even touch, and they play both........no need for a TV here, I do welcome HDTV though, so far the stuff Ive downloaded in that format has been a beautiful thing.

Kinda anxious for blu-ray in a few months, DVD's arent big enough anymore, hard drives arent either
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Yes we own a HD set, but no we don't receive an HD signal. We have a small, 27 inch HDTV that I purchased when we needed a new TV. It does not have a built in HD tuner and we don't receive any HD signal yet, so the only advantage is the improved quality when we play our DVDs. Still, we are better prepared for the conversion when the time arrives. We also have three analog TV sets. I know I will not buy another analog set. Additionally, I won't buy another HD set without an HD off air signal receiver.
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I dont like hwat alot of these large screen TV's are doing to peoples living rooms.
For example, my neighbor;

THey have a massive window facing the yard, and so their couch is turned AWAY from the window. Then theres a 54" TV, which is THE furniture. THats it, thats the center piece of the room. And from my house, i can watch their TV.

That gets me thinking, if i can just watch theirs, why pay for cable?
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Just got a 26" Dell flat screen with an HD tuner. The difference was like going to clipless from flat pedals.
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nope. only if i was a couch potato.

ask us in two years. i'd be more apt to get one then.
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Just purchased my first remotely nice TV; ever. Originally had a 27" HD LCD, but after a couple days we decided a 32" would fit the room better. I honestly never understood all the excitement over HD, but it truly is a sight to see; almost like the picture is in 3D.

That sentence just rhymed.
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Just purchased my first remotely nice TV; ever. Originally had a 27" HD LCD, but after a couple days we decided a 32" would fit the room better. I honestly never understood all the excitement over HD, but it truly is a sight to see; almost like the picture is in 3D.

That sentence just rhymed.

I see what the excitement is about. In fact i have a pretty nice home theater at least from an audio stand point. I just don't see $2000 worth of difference considering that there are so few High Def sources. Plus so many of the 16:9 tv's have to zoom and stretch a regular signal that half the time a 4:3 picture ends up looking worse than it would on a 4:3 TV.
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Nope. Not likely. I still have an old 27" crap tv

Same here. My friend has a 72" and a 60" HD tv's and I dont like them. I dont like it how you have to be directly in front of the TV to get the best quality (I think that is HD, might be wrong).
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Same here. My friend has a 72" and a 60" HD tv's and I dont like them. I dont like it how you have to be directly in front of the TV to get the best quality (I think that is HD, might be wrong).
Those are 'rear projection' TV's, I'm pretty sure. I think they suck too... LCD tv's are alright, if you get a good quality one. And of course CRT is awesome

We just have a few years old 27" TV, basic stuff, just coax input, built in speakers. It works.. my parents use it a lot more than I do, they don't care if the speakers or image quality arent very good. Besides, most TV programs suck anyway. Movies are good though.

EDIT: And I have a Hauppauge capture card to play Xbox games with. Has a hardware encoder, but it crashes the system. It probably doesn't like nvidia... but I don't need to record stuff anyway.
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I like tv as much as the next person, but when the digital thing happens in 2009, it'll be a lot easier to go out and bike more since I won't be compelled to spend money on a new tv.
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I don't watch tv, no antenna, no cable. Have a 27" round screen for movies.
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I like tv as much as the next person, but when the digital thing happens in 2009, it'll be a lot easier to go out and bike more since I won't be compelled to spend money on a new tv.
Won't matter for most people. Most cable companies will convert the signal to make it work with old tv's.
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For a starter set, Yamaha makes a $550 6.1 Home theater in a box setup that's not too shabby (based on the NS-BP4500 speaker set). Only thing I would do to improve on it is to get a bigger subwoofer, at least a 10". I'm using an 8" in my setup, but that's due to how tiny my room is.
Going to state street discounts. Great prices, people, and products.

yeah small wont work too well. We are talking a pretty big room.
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Ahh, then just go the distance and for Bic Acoustech for speakers, and either a Denon or Yamaha receiver.

That Yammie HTiB is pretty decent for a mid-sized room, but is pretty basic. Just a good unit to get the parents into home theater.

edit: turns out it's $500MSRP, here's hte link to the yammie HTiB just for info purposes...it's also been discontinued, but according to their site may still be availible. http://www.yamaha.com/yec/products/HTIB/HTIB_450_1.htm

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Won't matter for most people. Most cable companies will convert the signal to make it work with old tv's.
Yup! That's right they'll provide a converter, for a rental price. Additionally, the digital signal will cost more than the analog signal and you won't have a choice, the analog signal will be gone. Before you blame the cable company or dish network provider, they're not forcing this change, it's the government driving the change. Why? So they, (the Fed) can sell a digital signal channel that occupies 1/16th of the bandwidth of the same signal in analog, then the government can $ell 16 times the signal space they currently sell. Who will pay the price for the US govrnment to make more $$$? Every person in the US who plans on watching TV in the future. Another example of our government at work for us.
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Spend money on sound equipment (if not your bike).

Denon receiver
B&W speakers.
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Yup! That's right they'll provide a converter, for a rental price. Additionally, the digital signal will cost more than the analog signal and you won't have a choice, the analog signal will be gone. Before you blame the cable company or dish network provider, they're not forcing this change, it's the government driving the change. Why? So they, (the Fed) can sell a digital signal channel that occupies 1/16th of the bandwidth of the same signal in analog, then the government can $ell 16 times the signal space they currently sell. Who will pay the price for the US govrnment to make more $$$? Every person in the US who plans on watching TV in the future. Another example of our government at work for us.
I don't know if they will charge or not. It seems to me like there is enough competition among cable providers that if one charges the other won't or vice versa. There is going to be a huge storm if they all charge with all of the analog tvs that are going to be left out there.

I expect as much as 85-90% of the marketplace will not be ready for digital when the time arrives. That leaves a HUGE market for some cable company to cater to. I know if i own a cable company and the competition is charging for a converter than i don't charge and steal all of their customers.
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