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What is a good flat-screen TV for watching old, classic TV shows?

Discussion in 'Displays' started by Ron Lee Green, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. Ron Lee Green

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    My old-fashioned analog TV died, and I want to buy a new flat screen TV.
    I watch a lot of old, TV programming on all the nostaglia channels like antenna TV, me-tv, etc.
    I also have a lot of old tv shows on DVD in my collection.
    I've tried watching some of these older, filmed shows on a new flat-screen tv, but they don't look as good as they do on the old-fashioned analog TV's.
    What should I take into consideration when buying a new flat-screen TV.
    Some of the terms I've seen are plasma and LCD, and dpi.
    I'll probably look at walmart or target or k-mart. My budget is approx. $200.
    Thanks!
     
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    Find an older Fujitsu or Hitachi ALiS plasma.ALiS were 42 and 50 only.Short of that...a 720p plasma.
     
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    Smaller will look better.
     
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    With a $200 budget, small it is !!
     
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    He should be able to find a Fujitsu ALiS for $200.
     
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    I have owned a Sharp LCD and a Panasonic plasma. Standard def material looks much better on plasma. I spent more than $200, though!
     
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    As a reminder- potential problems with "ancient" plasmas will be phosphor aging and/or image burn. All phosphor type displays become less bright over time. There is also the possibility that permanent damage to areas of the screen could have occurred due to station logos, news crawls, black bars, game graphics, stationary computer images, etc., being left on for too long. Do not buy a used plasma without viewing it with full field test patterns first, or receiving a declaration in writing that no phosphor burn has occurred.
     
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    CRT!!!!
    You can't go wrong with CRT for full screen classic tv shows.
    many people give them away. My friend is giving me is 27" Samsung HD that he had had since 2001. It's a flat screen(not widescreen) CRT that when he first got it made me envious($1,200 I believe). It has been sitting in the corner of his basement unwanted for years. I will give it life once again.
     
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    My 2nd HD TV was a 26" Toshiba wide tube. Bought it for $800, sold it three years later for $150.
     
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    Phosphor change happened in 2007. ALiS plasma were all "new phosphor" to begin with...when the tech arrived in 05(I think it was 05).
     
  12. Ron Lee Green

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    Thanks, everyone, for taking the time to respond.
    I am taking each and every one of your suggestions into consideration.
     
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    By the way, to tell you why you want to find an ALiS...1. Cheap on the used market. Fujitsu and Hitachi have both exited the TV market(current Hitachi is ODM, Google that If you don't know what it means).2. ALiS is "pseudo HD". They natively do 480i, 480P and 720P. They do a "mix" of 1080 i and P(tech lit shows they do 1080...non-specific). What that means for you...The upscaling it does for SD is fabulous. If you feed it 480i/P. I have two of them. However, they are prone to exaggerating jaggies and other anomalies...If fed a shitty upscale, if you'd rather send an upscaled image.(So, buy a good upscaling DVD player).
     
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    Dupe
     
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    Dupe...II. (love this phone sometimes)
     
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    Will a widescreen HDTV stretch a 4:3 picture from a DVD, or will it keep the original aspect ratio intact?
     
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    Any HDTV I have ever owned has enabled me to view DVDs either way.

    It's probably a setting on the Blu-ray player.
     
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    Ouch.
     

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