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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Hav, May 20, 2001.
Anyone got some recommendations for a TV in the $2000 range. Interested in 4:3, not 16:9.
$1400 Sampo SME-32HD5
$1700 Hitachi 36SDX01s
Both are HD-ready and HTPC-friendly.
How about the Sony 36XBR400? Heard some good things about it. How does it compare?
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For that range I would take a look at the Hitachi 43 inch (4:3) that is HD Ready. Not sure of the model but have seen it in places like Circuit City. It is also not that deep and they have an integrated stand for it. I think it is $2k with the stand.
I agree that the XBR400 looks nice for regular TV, and I haven't actually seen the Hitachi. The Hitachi 36SDX01S with an HTPC (home theater PC) would almost certainly outperform the Sony 36XBR400 for DVD (though probably not for NTSC), and you almost have enough money to buy a HTPC for the difference in price. If you are ever thinking of using a HTPC, I'm pretty sure the 36XBR400 lacks RGB input and so it is not a good HTPC monitor.
If you wind up not liking the Hitachi picture, the RCA MM36110 is a similar set (but less flexible) and many rave about its picture quality, at least after adding a HTPC.
For the price of the 36XBR400, you can get some RPTV's with considerably higher resolution. If 4:3 is a must, then the Sony 53HS10, Sony61HS10, their XBR RPTV relatives, and the Philips 60PP9601 are your only choices for 4:3 RPTV's that do the 16:9 squeeze for 480i, 480p, and 1080i.
The Hitachi and the RCA share the same picture tube so picture quality should be about the same. The difference is that the Hitachi gives you a squeeze mode and a built in line doubler. You have to decide if those two features warrant the ~$300 price difference. Also the Hitachi does not have the speakers on the side so it is more TV-Stand friendly that is it is not real wide.
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Frogive my ignorance, but what are 480i, 480p, and 1080i? Also, i could have sworn reading that the XBR400 did the 16:9 squeeze.
Just out of curiosity where did you see the Hitachi for $1700 the cheapest I could find was around $1850.
I just picked up a Mitsubishi WT-46807 which is a 46" 16:9 HDTV-ready rear-projection set. A lot of places seem to be selling it for $1999 (I found it for $1899). Plus Mitsubishi is currently running a credit promotion for Zero money down and no interest for 1 year (assuming you pay up before the anniversary date). If you want to get the financing, though you need to hurry. Promotion ends next week.
The set has a ton of inputs and the picture is really great (if you have the proper lighting for a projection set). Plus if you are into tweaking http://www.hometheaterspot.com