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#1 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted December 29 2004 - 04:36 AM

I'm looking into buying a 50ish" 16:9 CRT RPTV. LCD and DLP are out of my price range and the size of the CRT is no problem. All that i neccesarily need out of it is an HDMI input, DVI or Analog input(or both), and 2 component inputs. All i have found so far is the Sony KP51WS520 @ bestbuy.com.
I want to get it under $2000, preferably around $1500. If i cannot find one with an Analog and DVI input, is there an adapter i could find that would convert the analog output of my video card (radeon 9600xt) to DVI or component on my TV?

Should i wait until after the Super Bowl to purchase it for the best price? Also, if i do purchase this TV through bestbuy.com would i have to pay sales tax? Free shipping they list on their site is nice too.

#2 of 26 OFFLINE   Tim Jin

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Posted December 29 2004 - 06:38 AM

Since you have waited this long, why not wait a few more weeks when the sales starts for the games.

I've read somewhere that the Super Bowl is the biggest Big Screen seller at any time of the year.

#3 of 26 OFFLINE   Rich Malloy

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Posted December 29 2004 - 08:54 AM

Take a look at the Panasonic 47x54 (47" model) and 53x54 (53" model). It has HDMI, 2 components, an S-video, and (I think) a composite input. You should be able to get the 53" model for around $1300-1500.
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#4 of 26 OFFLINE   Robert_Dufresne

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Posted December 29 2004 - 12:24 PM

Joseph

I just got a Hitachi 51F510 and I love it. The picture is great even with digital cable. I compared it to DLP and LCD RPTV units and to me, the only advantage those sets have as to do with screen reflections of ambient light.

At less than half the price of LCD or DLP get the CRT and enjoy it. In a few years, LCD and DLP prices will drop.
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#5 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted December 29 2004 - 02:48 PM

so i found a DVI splitter cable on ebay, which obviously splits the DVI signal from my videocard into 2 and want to know if this would work...? One end of the split DVI cable to my LCD monitor and the other to an HDMI adapter which goes into the HDMI input. I'm assuming i'd get HD resolutions with this setup, correct? the splitter i'm looking at is ebay item# 5152788258.

and are there good sales right before the SuperBowl or right after?

#6 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted December 29 2004 - 05:31 PM

Are there any recent CRT's with an Analog VGA connection along with HDMI? This would seem to solve my problem about connecting it to my PC, but i can't find any.

#7 of 26 OFFLINE   Mark Larson

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Posted December 29 2004 - 06:29 PM

Most displays don't have VGA, but some have RGBHV, which is essentially VGA.

#8 of 26 OFFLINE   Shane Martin

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Posted December 30 2004 - 12:45 AM

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Also, if i do purchase this TV through bestbuy.com would i have to pay sales tax? Free shipping they list on their site is nice too.
Yep.

You might look around New Years Day. Super Bowl is usually the best time though.

Last year I bought a 55" Mits for $1699.

#9 of 26 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted December 30 2004 - 12:55 AM

I'll add my vote for the Sony, had it since September, and love it. The picture is stunning, and I calibrated it with Video Essentials, and it does a pretty good job with black levels, and the color is quite beautiful. I haven't used the HDMI connection yet, but using the Zenith DVB 318 upscaling player with this via component and it floors me everytime, well.., except for Dragonheart, but other wise everything else looks great.

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#10 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted December 30 2004 - 02:55 AM

Jerome, can you confirm for me if the Sony has a DVI and HDMI input? I've seen conflicting reports that it does or does not have DVI in addition to HDMI. thanks.

#11 of 26 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted December 30 2004 - 04:04 AM

HDMI, the older KP51WS510 last year's model sported the DVI input. I thinking about getting the DVI to HDMI Adapter for the DVI cable I got with the DVD Player. The 520 definetly has an HDMI input.
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#12 of 26 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted December 30 2004 - 04:11 AM

KP51WS520 MANUAL

Check out the manual to see the features. I do get a great picture especially with the Hi Scan feature on regular satellite broadcasts as well.
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#13 of 26 OFFLINE   Marvin Richardson

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Posted December 30 2004 - 05:24 AM

I've had the KP-57WS520 (same thing, just bigger screen) for a couple of weeks now, and I absolutely love it. Can't compare to anything else, as this is my first HDTV. My previous TV was a four year old 27" Trinitron.
Now if I could just find a decent DVD player that I'm happy with.

#14 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted December 30 2004 - 07:25 AM

just a question on the Sony...If i were to connect an Xbox with a 720p game through the component input would it convert the signal to 480p or upconvert to 1080i? I've read some brands downconvert to 480p, while others upconvert to 1080i. Anyone know?

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Posted December 30 2004 - 08:18 AM

This is a simple question. Get a Mitsubishi Diamond Series and if that falls out of your price range, go with a Hitachi. Seriously, both brands are better than just about anything else out there. I myself have a Pioneer Elite from a year ago, but I don't think these sets are for sale any longer.
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#16 of 26 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted December 30 2004 - 01:19 PM

Current Sony 520s convert incoming 720p to 1080i, previous models did 720p to 480p.
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#17 of 26 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted December 31 2004 - 01:26 AM

That's correct, it upconverts 720p fo 1080i. Not much of a difference when it comes to quality.
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#18 of 26 OFFLINE   Dave H

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Posted December 31 2004 - 06:14 PM

I too just bought a Sony 57" (KP-57WS520) and the picture is outstanding. I definitely recommend it. I've calibrated it with Avia, made some convergence tweaks and color decoder tweaks. As good as it looks now, I can't wait until I get it ISF'd soon.

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Posted December 31 2004 - 11:53 PM

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This is a simple question. Get a Mitsubishi Diamond Series and if that falls out of your price range, go with a Hitachi. Seriously, both brands are better than just about anything else out there.
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#20 of 26 OFFLINE   Joseph.C

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Posted January 01 2005 - 05:24 AM

I've pretty much decided on the Sony, but i'm going to wait to see what kind of deal i can get it at. Its going to be 1700 next week at BB/CC, so i'll wait for the Super Bowl sales.





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