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Super Low-Budget TV Advice?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Nick White, Sep 5, 2005.

  1. Nick White

    Nick White Well-Known Member

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    Tried to do a search for this kind of thread, but it is a bit difficult to sift through.

    I'm looking to buy a budget TV set that's at least 25" - preferably flat-screen, but tubes are OK - for anywhere from $200 to as much as $400. Other concerns are pretty marginal - just a decent picture.

    Any suggestions for brand/model?
     
  2. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Well-Known Member

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    Things to look for:

    1. At least three video inputs (Video 1, Video 2, Video 3) selectable on the remote. Hint: find at least three sets of red/white Audio Input jacks in back.

    2. A real 16:9 mode if the picture is normally 4:3. You would need to bring a 16:9 enhanced (anamorphic) DVD and try out the TV using a DVD player that is set to 16:9.

    3. Changes channels quickly when you push the number buttons on the remote.

    Video hints:
    http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/video.htm
     
  3. Jerome Grate

    Jerome Grate Well-Known Member

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    I'm not sure #2 feature will be in the price range of 400.00. If you are using this for a bedroom or a den that is not the main viewing area, then go with one of the less expensive models. I'll post some suggestions in a few.
     
  4. Jerome Grate

    Jerome Grate Well-Known Member

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    Well hush my mouth, feature 2 in Allan's post is affordable.
    Check out the list below. Insignia I've never heard of but looks promising for a few dollars more with HDTV capability.


    Toshiba

    Sony

    Insignia
     
  5. Nick White

    Nick White Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the input.

    Should I be wary of a company like Insignia? Never heard of them - but I've seen the models in-store and at least they don't have buttons falling off of them.

    Considering going with the non-HDTV, 4:3 Insignia model for about half the price - my budget may be less than I anticipated at first (trying times).

    Any input appreciated.
     
  6. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Well-Known Member

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    Insignia is a Best Buy exclusive, what used to be known as a "house brand". They aren't sold anywhere else, similar to how Sears tvs were all branded "Silvertone" back in the 60s.
     
  7. Allan Jayne

    Allan Jayne Well-Known Member

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    Also,

    4. Stay away from any TV that does not offer all aspect ratio choices including when receiving a progressive scan video source (if it accepts progressive scan or HDTV).
     

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