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    HDTV observations

    HDTV: I was an early adopter back in 2001 or so. Purchased an excellent Hitachi 57" CRT rear projection set, 16:9 screen, capable of 720p and 1020i pictures. Really does have an outstanding picture, still happy with it 6 years later, but ready to consider upgrading soon. I've had HDTV that whole time, we started with DirecTV and now have Cablevision optical cable, about 40 HD channels. Since then I've purchased a few LCD flat panels in succession:

    23" Sony for our kitchen 3-4 years ago, $1400.

    27" Walmart no-name brand (Ilo) for the kitchen a year ago, $500. Great TV.

    32" Toshiba Rezga 32" for the bedroom a year ago, $900.

    40" Samsung for the bedroom last week, $1700, it arrives this week + Blu Ray DVD player.

    I picked up that last TV when shopping for a replacement for the family room 57": 52" LCD flat panels can be had for <3K, but step up to 57" and the price goes to $5K+. Too rich for my blood today, but I wanted a larger TV to watch HD discs on (they're unbelievable), so I upgraded the bedroom TV, which is where the Tivo is anyway.

    I shopped pretty hard here's what I paid for on the new Samsung: 120 Mhz refresh rate, mitigates pixelization on fast moving images, wide ranging backlight, TV has a stunning picture. The only feature upgrade from that is an LED backlight, those add another few hundred $. I was blown away by the Samsung's picture in the store:

    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...LNT4071&tp=161

    (I bought it from another vendor with a cheaper price)

    Then I was in a Sony store in VA this weekend and got a load of Sony's SXRD Lcos 60" rear projection set (newer model that just came out a few months back):

    http://www.crutchfield.com/App/Produ...60A3000&tp=162

    This 60" Lcos set had one of the best pictures I've seen, better than the DLP sets that are popular now. But I'll wait on the big family room TV another year or two and see how it goes. It would appear flat panels will displace rear projectors (and possibly plasmas too) over the next couple of years, and I fully expect LCD TVs to be available in that 55-60" size for more reasonable prices. In the meantime I have a mini home theater in the bedroom.

    What I learned in my video adventures since 2001: there are no bad LCD-TVs. The cheapest off-brand doesn't suck. You do get what you pay for, premium brands offer superior pictures in some cases, but do your homework and learn what features you're getting. Watch out for cheaper large screen LCD TVs if you like sports, action movies and video games, try to get 120Mhz screen refresh, that pixelization @ 60Mhz can get annoying. Also, plasmas and some rear projection TVs (like that Sony Lcos set I viewed this weekend) can arguably have more naturalistic pictures with more dynamic range (detail in shadows, etc.) than LCD TVs, although the newer LCDs (like the one I just ordered) appear to be overcoming that with improved wide range flourescent and LED backlights.

    One last word on pricing: the big box stores generally suck, and won't match Internet pricing. I do a NextTag or other shopping site price search on the model I want, then choose a price from the vendor with good customer feedback that may not be the lowest, but close enough - don't buy from an Internet vendor with too many customer feedback horror stories. This is how I bought my last two TVs, on the latest one the price I paid was a whopping $700 cheaper than Best Buy, who wouldn't budge on the price.

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    I bought my 50" Vizio plasma at Sams Club 18 months ago and i couldnt be happier. The picture quality is outstanding. And the price has gone down about 600 dollars since i bought it.

    I hear they now have a 60" plasma too. I fear if I move the 50 to the bedroom, i'd never get out of bed.
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    We bought our first new TV in almost 15 years earlier this year. It was a Sharp 26" LCD. The difference was amazing.

    Last month purchased a 42" Magnavox. Incredible.

    Merry Christmas. hahaha
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    Transcendental enumeration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trsidn View Post
    We bought our first new TV in almost 15 years earlier this year. It was a Sharp 26" LCD. The difference was amazing.

    Last month purchased a 42" Magnavox. Incredible.

    Merry Christmas. hahaha
    Keep in mind that what makes an HDTV stunning is a high definition signal, such as Blu-Ray or via cable/satellite. Short of that, the TV is pretty much the same as your old 4:3 CRT, possibly even worse in some cases.

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    oh, I know. We did have to get the obligatory HD boxes...
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    When I moved across country I figured it wasn't worth the bother to bring my 25" Walmart tube TV. I was thinking of a new TV anyway, so with a bit of the relocation extra money I had left over, I picked up a refurbed 37" Vizio LCD HDTV. I got from Newegg for just under $500.
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    CRT (HD) still has the best picture available today.
    The hype to "save space" (and the sleek look) with a flat panel TV is the only reason they outsell CRT.
    By the way, where do you keep your components? Under the TV? in a cabinet? Sticking out into the room?
    Where is the room you are saving now?
    The market is driven by the consumer.
    I have seen all the high end LCD screens on display. The "still picture" is amazing, but as soon as there is motion, all I see is pixels trying to keep up.

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    I have a 20" flatscreen SD CRT. It has a great picture, especially when fed from a relatively high-end DVD player.

    HD? Not impressed or interested.

    HD-DVD/Blue-Ray? Really not interested. Blech.

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    Bought a Toshiba Regza 46" LCD TV last year and the HD PVR box. I will never go back to watching standard (non-HD) broadcast again. Also bought an HD DVD player around the same time, that does excellent upconversion of standard DVDs. Fortunately, there was a Blockbusters in town that rented out HD DVD discs, so I was happy. Recently a competing video store chain has also started to offer HD DVD rentals.

    For my 46" TV with HD signals, I usually sit 6' away to get the full-effect of the mind-blowing picture quality. It's better than going to the movie theatres.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    HD? Not impressed or interested.

    HD-DVD/Blue-Ray? Really not interested. Blech.
    I don't totally disagree with you. I don't care much about them either...but have both because it won't be long before that's all there is going to be. You won't be able to watch TV (even from antenna) or DVD without an HD capable device.
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    when I drank the hdtv cool aid in 2003? 2004? I ended up buying a 34" Sony CRT. At 210 lbs, my tv's a clyde, but the picture is stunning. I'm now starting to look again, and the 2nd generation DLPs are calling my name. pcad, thanks for the lcd update; it's nice that they've come a long way in 5, 6 years....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hero419 View Post
    CRT (HD) still has the best picture available today.
    The hype to "save space" (and the sleek look) with a flat panel TV is the only reason they outsell CRT.
    By the way, where do you keep your components? Under the TV? in a cabinet? Sticking out into the room?
    Where is the room you are saving now?
    The market is driven by the consumer.
    I have seen all the high end LCD screens on display. The "still picture" is amazing, but as soon as there is motion, all I see is pixels trying to keep up.
    That depends on how you define best... If you want big, CRT is not an option.
    They are trying to develop a screen that is a honeycomb like plasma, but has thousands of tiny crt tubes instead of plasma cells. I am eager to see it.

    I have nothing against CRT, Sony produced an early hi def TV, it was small but
    fully met NTSC specs as well as being hi def. It had a stunning picture. Few people have any idea what NTSC is capable of because it is so expensive to build.

    Anyway, I only replied to agree with you (hard to believe, isn't it

    Motion artifacts are a real problem. Speed has remained unchanged, and digital displays seem to have problems when they get near their limits. TV and movies
    should be running at roughly twice the frames per second they are now... anything over 40 fps would do, although 50 would be even better.

    But if you followed me this far, you prob already know bandwidth issues will
    keep them overlooking a glaring weakness of ALL projection technologies; but it's especially bad with digital.
    Your friendly, local, minor god of information.

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    HD is sooo much better than standard definition no one should complain too much. Once people start watching they start getting picky, but bandwidth can be an issue with networks trying to cram too much into a single channel. My bigger complaint is all of the channels who advertise HD like SciFi, History, TBS etc who show practically nothing in HD and worse stretch the content from 4:3 to 16:9.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KingTermite View Post
    I don't totally disagree with you. I don't care much about them either...but have both because it won't be long before that's all there is going to be. You won't be able to watch TV (even from antenna) or DVD without an HD capable device.
    You're partially correct. The big switchover which will come eventually (it's been pushed back to 2009 now, I think) is from an analogue signal to a digital one, not necessarily SD to HD. A lot of the new digital signal will probably end up being HD, though, since everyone has to buy a new TV anyway, or at least a tuner. The only reason the analogue band is going away is so that the government can make some money auctioning it off for someone else to monopolize.

    In any case, that's all a bit of a moot point to me, since I don't watch TV anymore anyway. The television set is for DVDs and the occasional video game only. If DVD is anything like VHS, it's not going anywhere any time soon, so I'm not worried. When the supply of new DVDs does eventually dry up, I guess I'll have to do some backfilling with old titles or find something else to do. (And honestly, I'm still rooting for one or both of the current consumer-hostile HD formats to fail miserably and be replaced either by something saner, or the continued success of regular DVD.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by stonecrd View Post
    HD is sooo much better than standard definition no one should complain too much. Once people start watching they start getting picky, but bandwidth can be an issue with networks trying to cram too much into a single channel. My bigger complaint is all of the channels who advertise HD like SciFi, History, TBS etc who show practically nothing in HD and worse stretch the content from 4:3 to 16:9.
    I love HD. I'm part of that exclusive sector of society that only watches over the airwaves. We live more than 60 miles from the transmitters. With a rooftop antenna, analog signals are watchable, but not great. With HD, it is all perfect. Technically, we are outside the service area of the stations we receive, but it is fabulous. We use a CRT HD set. LCDs have improved, but CRT has great contrast, viewing angle, and cost. They weigh a ton though. Our 26" set weighs 90 lbs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    In any case, that's all a bit of a moot point to me, since I don't watch TV anymore anyway. The television set is for DVDs and the occasional video game only.
    Good. You're better off that way. I'm getting there myself. I've recently started a few new shows, but now watching more shows than I have in YEARS, I'm still only up to about 3 shows per week that I regularly watch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hero419 View Post
    CRT (HD) still has the best picture available today.
    My father has one of those 34" Sony Vega CRT HD tvs. They are indeed the reference standard for picture quality. It also weighs 300lbs and takes up considerable floor space. I watched the Packers/Detroit game at his house on Thanksgiving and while its a great picture, its hard to beat game day on an HD big screen. Except when your team is getting their butts kicked. Farking Ravens!

    I can also hook a computer CPU to my plasma (and do-I watched the GIRO coverage from Cycling TV on the plasma hooked to my laptop). He cant.
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    I love HD T.V. I am kinda disappointed with COX communitcations relative lack of HD channels. However I can honestly say I will sit inches from the T.V. to watch BUGS! on discovery HD, other than that My Blu-Ray collection is steadily expanding here and there, my only other complaint is when they broadcast non HD programing on HD channels I expect to see 16:9 nirvana not some 4:3 Bullsh*t

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    That doenst bug me as much as Discovery doing every show in HD, but not showing them all on Discovery HD. Like Mythbusters and Dirty Jobs for instance. F' the Tutels. Show the good stuff Disco!
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    Quote Originally Posted by late View Post
    They are trying to develop a screen that is a honeycomb like plasma, but has thousands of tiny crt tubes instead of plasma cells.
    FED (field emission device) or SED (surface emission device). Really cool technology, just an array of solid-state devices that spit out electrons, then the electrons excite a phosphor just like plasma or old-school CRT. Should be lower power and better reliability than plasma with the same high contrast ratios, but will have the same burn-in and glare issues. Since you're not relying on a plasma microchamber they may be able to make them smaller (notice how small plasmas dont exist?) I think FED/SED will obsolete plasma completely, but will not replace LCD...

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    I agree, the only limit to CRT is size
    my 32" sony is 200lbs+

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    Quote Originally Posted by hero419 View Post
    I agree, the only limit to CRT is size
    my 32" sony is 200lbs+
    The "only" limit? That's a pretty big one. Screen size/viewing distance is very important in HD viewing. You won't find a lot of rooms where a 30" CRT is adequate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x136 View Post
    I have a 20" flatscreen SD CRT. It has a great picture, especially when fed from a relatively high-end DVD player.

    HD? Not impressed or interested.

    HD-DVD/Blue-Ray? Really not interested. Blech.
    Uh huh. Thank you for your informed image quality input. Back to your 20" TV now you video gavone. Leave this thread to those with normal visual perception.

    CRTs will be history shortly. You can keep yours as a nostalgia piece. Good throw weight on that baby though.

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    checking local listings here on titantv.com only maybe 1 or 2 shows per day are in actual higher than the usual old analog standard resolution for open air broadcasts so other than the benefit of better picture quality from digital modulation you get very little as of yet anyway, so a nice HDTV isn't gonna give you much most of the time

    having both crt's and lcd's the overall quality of picture on my high end crt is far better, the lcds get pixelated with rapid motion video and have issues with colors/angles of the camera shot like reddish flesh tones at an angle cause some reflection/shining which is kinda weird first time you see it, but on the otherhand true and high quality 1080 video looks pretty good compared to standard ntsc video from what I've seen so far

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    We have sharp aquos (sp?) I believe 42inch. We got it online and saved a tone, plus the tax.

    Since then we've dropped cable, bought an antenna, and made a pvr system. We get about 15 HD channels ABC, NBC and I believe CBS over the air. Anything else we don't get locally we stream over the net. Many of the shows off the web are now 'hd' or so close to it we can't tell half the time.

    On top of TV watching, we now use netflix streaming dvd service which is moving in the HD direction.

    Since this move to a new tv/media set up we don't watch commercials nor sit down in front of the tv at regular times. We watch when we want. And best of all the almost $80/month we paid for cable is gone. Now it's just netflix ($30) and internet ($30). Both we had prior to cable.

    So we're actually seeing this expenditure paying for itself in about 2-3 years.

    I might go as far as to say the HD/bluray format will both be surpassed by online content. So we haven't bothered to by a hd/bluray dvd player.
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