Buying a new TV but confused with info overload.

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by DwightTrumbower, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. DwightTrumbower

    DwightTrumbower Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I want to buy a new HDTV but I'm suffering from information overload. I hope by posting I can get some more direct answers.

    Tv will be in the basement family room and the current viewing distance is about 10 feet. The tv will be used for movies off sat. and rentals. I will also buy a dvd player and start taking advantages of dvds. Other viewing habits will be the kids with cartoons, playstation, football and sitcoms.

    I was thinking a size of around 55" and a price range under $2500.

    The wife isn't crazy about stretched people but I guess it is the price to pay for hdtv until all networks broadcast in hdtv.

    Is there a big difference in brands between Phillips, Toshiba, etc. ? I know I will stay away from RCA due to being cheaper quality. I have 19" Philips for 15 years and Toshiba for 2. I like the quality of both.

    Any helpful information would be appreciated. I have done searching in this forum and others but I'm still don't know which way to go.

    Thank you.
    Dwight
     
  2. Karl_Luph

    Karl_Luph Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2002
    Messages:
    974
    Likes Received:
    0
    Hi, welcome to the HT forum. I keep hearing alot about this RCA F38310 at Circuit City that looks great and is being discontinued at a great price. I has a built in HD tuner too. I haven't seen alot on this forum about it but, there's a guy named Hob over at AVSforum.com that has alot of posts on it and alot of other folks are buying them up. It's worth a look at. Good luck on your search!
     
  3. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

    Joined:
    May 19, 2002
    Messages:
    12,060
    Likes Received:
    0
    Welcome Dwight.
    I’m not sure how much this helps, but check out
    this thread in the ‘Basics’ area. You might also check this out for some issues around ‘burn-in’. IMO, you don’t have to stretch everything just because you have a 16:9 set.
    Only my opinion, but I’d stay away from RCA, but only you can decide. Go down to a retailer on a slow day and make your own comparisons. See if a salesman will allow you to put the sets in a more normal mode (most in a showroom have boosted the picture and color setting substantially) and take along a couple of your own DVDs for comparison.
    Good luck.
     
  4. DwightTrumbower

    DwightTrumbower Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2003
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0
    I read the thread on burn-in earlier. Quite helpful.

    Dwight
     
  5. Scott Tucker

    Scott Tucker Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2002
    Messages:
    231
    Likes Received:
    0
    Dwight, I vote for the Mitsubishi ws-55311. Great set for less than you budgeted. Good luck.

    Scott
     

Share This Page