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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by aaron.r, Sep 19, 2002.
Anybody have any recommendations here? (Preferably under $2000)
There are several 34”, 16:9 CRT widescreens. The best (in my opinion and limited to those I have seen) are Sony, Panasonic and Toshiba. They all have very fine pictures. They are not, however, easily available at under $2,000, usually selling for closer to $2,200–$2,400. Careful shopping may allow you to meet your price point. Certainly many forum members have found some deals. I’d just make sure that I was buying from an authorized dealer, as it reduces warranty problems.
Panasonic and Samsung make 30”, 16:9 sets at under $2,000, the Samsung well under $2,000 ($1,100–$1,500, depending on the model). Both of these sets also have very fine pictures, with the Panasonic somewhat better (and more expensive).
I have heard the toshiba 34hd82 is $2199 at retail stores. Glad they aren't charging list price. This was confirmed at a best buy in VA, Amazon also has this price. You probably won't find the sony and panasonic this low.
Both Tweeter and Best Buy were/are selling last year's 34HF81 Toshiba for $1999. The new model - 34HD82 - looks to be $2000-2200 and below $2000 on-line. This is good because this means prices have dropped around ~$400 retail between model years since the 34HF81 was going for $2500 until they started running clearances on them. I've decided to hold out for a widescreen set in the next few years and I'm hopeful that the price gap between these sets and regular 36 inch tubes will close over that time.
Keep in mind the Samsungs do have some issues with smoe vertical lines on the set. They are noticeable when watching DVDs via component and s-video.
I went thru 4 sets and all had the problem. Samsung of course denies there being such a problem.
Other than that though, it is a very ncie picture.
I am choosing to just deal.