Best "Bang for the Buck" TV < $1500?

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  1. Steve Griswold

    Steve Griswold Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm going to be in the market for a new TV within the next month or so.

    Right now my 'old faithful' is a 32" Sony XBR cabinet television from the early 90's. It works fine and the picture quality isn't too bad but I really want a HDTV set.

    I was thinking either a 32-36" direct-view or a 42" RPTV.

    I'd say the vast majority of viewing will be DVD and video games, with some discovery channel thrown in.

    Ideally I'd like a set with DVI input as well.

    Any suggestions for a set with the best price/performance ratio?
     
  2. anthony_b

    anthony_b Screenwriter

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    I'm very happy with my JVC 48WP74. It could be found for around that price or lower...I got mine from amazon for $999
    [​IMG]
     
  3. Jed M

    Jed M Cinematographer

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    Here is what I bought a couple of weeks ago for my bedroom. I have been very happy with its performance. I have not used the DVI port yet though. If I was going to nitpick, it takes a second or so to change inputs and the menu is somewhat limited. The 850 dollar version doesn't have a built in HD decoder, but it used the Faroudja DCDi chip. Unlike most of the HDTV's I looked at, these seemed to look the best for regular TV watching. For DVD I would give the slight edge to Toshiba but this is based only on what I could tweak on the showroom floor. I am still within my 30 day Best Buy "trial" but I have no intention of taking it back (but thanks to you, I found out its on sale so I'm going to collect my 50 bucks). Good luck.
     
  4. Steve Griswold

    Steve Griswold Stunt Coordinator

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    Fry's had the Sony 36" Wega 36FS100 on sale for $799. Is that set any good? I haven't been able to find many reviews on it.
     
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    If it's a 36" Sony for $800, I don't think it will be a HDTV or a HDTV-ready set.
     
  6. Steve Griswold

    Steve Griswold Stunt Coordinator

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    Good point. I checked the specs and you're right. Considering its original retail of $1199 I thought it would have a least that but it doesn't.

    Maybe I'll go check out one of the two sets previously mentioned.
     
  7. Rich Wenzel

    Rich Wenzel Supporting Actor

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    For $1500 or less,in direct view tvs with hdtv, look at the pannies and the samsungs...

    you say video games, is it xbox? if its the xbox it will have a 16:9 mode, along with your dvd watching, this may make a 16:9 tv more enjoyable...

    if so, you can get the samsung for under $1500 in the direct view tvs...

    in the rptv world, i would look at the panny's (nice and cheap, good quality), toshibas, and samsungs..

    i would also say, you may want to look at some projectors.

    Rich
     
  8. David Head

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    You should consider the Mitsubishi WT-42313. It's a 42" widescreen HDTV that will fit in an entertainment center (you can see how I did it here). It has a DVI input and can be found for less than $1500 (even Best Buy carries it and has 10% off at various times).
     
  9. Pete Walker

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    I just purchased a Toshiba 46H83 for $1279.99 from Sears, which I pricematched from JandR.com. Between 11/2 and 11/8 there was a MIR for a free Sony Progressive Scan DVD player ($99), which I picked up as well.

    I can't give you my opinion on it yet, because it was just delivered 2 hours ago, but I'll be sure to post it up once I get my DVE disc.

    Good luck with your purchase.
     
  10. Andy Goldstein

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    sure do like my new panny 53wx53! 1500 at best buy price matched to costco next door. i basically said "look, do you want to sell a big tv, a warentee, and some cables? or not." i guess they did. [​IMG]

    ag.
     

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