27" Flat for under 400?

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  1. Tho

    Tho Auditioning

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    i have an old panasonic 27" tv at the moment with only composite so i'm looking to replace it .. budget is under 400 but at most would be 500 (maybe) .. I been researching the net and just went to best buy and stuff .. As of right now, it'll either be 27" Flat-tube TV or 32" Regular-tube TV .. Features I want in the TV would be to have component video inputs and V-Compression (Anamorphic Squeeze/16:9 enhance mode thingie).

    So far these are the models I'm looking at .. feel free to add other suggestions [​IMG]

    Akai 30" Widescreen 16:9 Pure-Flat TV $396 @ Sam's Club
    http://www.akaiusa.com/products/cft3090.htm .. from diff home theater forums, it has great picture and a good value for the money, even though its not HDTV ready which is fine cause I dont care for it at the moment since its for my room. Heres a couple of links to the message boards .. http://www.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/2/1552.html .. and .. http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...highlight=akai

    Toshiba 27" Flat 27AF43 $380 @ Best Buy
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....oryId=cat03003 .. not sure if it has the V-Compression though but the picture did look good from what I was able to see at Best Buy

    Sharp 27" Flat 27F631 $360 @ Best Buy
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....oryId=cat03003 .. this one has V-Compression .. picture did look good but I thought the Toshiba one looked a little better .. this one has kind of an unnatural look to it for some reason with the Demo or whatever it was they were showing on the screen.

    Sony 27" Wega Flat $430 @ Best Buy
    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....oryId=cat03003 .. this one is kind of a reach since I want to keep it under 400, cause I'll most likely get the service plan for it as well .. it also has V-Compression and looked good.

    Samsung 27" DynaFlat TXN2734
    http://www.samsungusa.com/cgi-bin/na...XN2734FX%2fXAA .. the ones they sell at Best Buy is TXN2730 which doesnt have the 16:9 feature like this one so I'm not sure on the price or the place to get this

    Akai 27" CFT2791 Flat .. 260/220 @ Sam's Club
    http://www.samsclub.com/eclub/main_s...cfkjdgoodflh.0 .. From what I read on the forums, this one is made by Samsung and has V-Compression .. it was on closeout for like 220 at certain location but the Sam's Club I went to didn't have this and it cost 260 online + 90 shipped. So I would rather get the 30" one instead.

    Panasonic 27" Flat CT-27SL13 [email protected]
    http://www.sears.com/sr/product/deta...o=YES&bidsite= .. not sure if this has v-compression or not, anyone with experience on this one?

    JVC 27" FLat AV-27F704 [email protected]
    http://www.sears.com/sr/product/summ...id=05747853000 .. this one has the v-compression mode but I haven't gotten the chance to see this one yet so I'm not sure how good it is.

    32" would be nice but I'm not sure if most 32" under 400 would have the V-Compression feature. Thoughts?
     
  2. Tho

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    oh and also, the TV will be used mostly for DVDs and Xbox Games. Does anyone now how Xbox games work on widescreen TVs? Since Best Buy just raise the price on the Sharp and Toshiba one, I'm torn between either the Akai 30" Widescreen for $396 or the Sony Wega 27" for $449 @ Best BUy (12month interest free) .. Comments? Suggestions? Thoughts? Please? [​IMG]
     
  3. Larry Talbot

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    Personally I would go with the 16:9 Akai, just because I would prefer 16:9 over 4:3. Samsungs have gotten a lot of positive press on this forum so you might consider that as well. I thought I read that the Akai at Sams Club was essentially the same as the Samsung, but I could be wrong.
    Xbox games vary widely in how they look in 16:9. Obviously games that have such an option will look fine, while those without will be hit and miss. Halo looks great in 16:9 even though it has no 16:9 option, other games will look squashed. You can of course run games in 4:3 mode on a 16:9 set, but you will lose screen size. Since I divide my time between DVDs and Xbox, for me it would still be worth it go for the 16:9 set.
     
  4. Karl_Luph

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    I'll have to agree with Larry on this one. For all the features you want and a good price it's hard to pass up the Akai or Samsung. The folks here that have them just love their Sammies once they are set up properly.
     

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