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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Nick White

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Posted September 05 2005 - 09:31 AM

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?
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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Allan Jayne

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Posted September 05 2005 - 02:32 PM

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.c...ynejr/video.htm
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#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted September 06 2005 - 12:02 AM

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.
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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Jerome Grate

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Posted September 06 2005 - 12:16 AM

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
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#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Nick White

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Posted September 06 2005 - 06:42 AM

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.
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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Steve Schaffer

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Posted September 09 2005 - 02:02 PM

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.
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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   Allan Jayne

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Posted September 14 2005 - 03:11 AM

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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