Direct-view widescreen best bets?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Jimmy Reece, Oct 31, 2001.

  1. Jimmy Reece

    Jimmy Reece Auditioning

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2000
    Messages:
    14
    Likes Received:
    0
    I am scouting for a 32-40" direct-view HDTV widescreen monitor.
    I hear the 40" Sony is nice @ $3,499. I am hoping to land a fairly impressive unit for under 3 grand.
    Is this is a realistic possibility without waiting for months for price decreases? Any model/brand recommendations?
    Thanx much...
    ReecesPieces
     
  2. BradZ

    BradZ Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2001
    Messages:
    161
    Likes Received:
    0
    first, the 40" sony is not a widescreen, so if you want widescreen cross this off your list.
    as far as direct-view widescreen sets under $3K you might want to check out the RCA 38" unit. It contains a built in DirecTV HDTV tuner so all you have to add is the dish and or an antenna. The RCA is currently going for around $2500. only downside is that it's not a flat-screen.
    Other than that Toshiba, Sony, Panasonic, and Philips all have 34" direct view 16:9 sets around $3K.
    You can actually find quite a few HD-RPTV's cheaper. If you can live with the inherent limitations of RP, this is where the deals are. Bigger screens and cheaper prices. lots of options around $2-$2.5K.
    good luck.
    ------------------
    zaphod
    end of transmission...
     
  3. Bob D

    Bob D Extra

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2001
    Messages:
    22
    Likes Received:
    0
    Jimmy,
    Brad is correct - the 40" Sony is a 4:3 aspect ratio TV. They do however, make a 34" widescreen(KW-34XBR2HD)that lists for $3999 although I'm sure you can find it discounted in many places. The matching stand lists for $399. This set has an integrated HD tuner which will allow you to pull in over-the-air HDTV broadcasts as well if that is in your plans.
    How close are you to Morgantown, WV? I know a dealer there that offers pretty substantial discounts on Sony products. If you're interested, e-mail me and I'll supply the name. Good luck.
     
  4. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 15, 1999
    Messages:
    3,756
    Likes Received:
    1
    Jimmy,
    Unless you must use the set in brightly lit room, you'll get a lot more bang for the buck in a widescreen rptv. For the $3k a typical 34" direct view set costs, you can get a 42" Tosh, 43" Hitachi, 47" Panasonic, 46" Mits, or possibly even a 50" Tosh and still have enough left over for the HD stb.
    Unless your veiwing distance is going to be down around 5 or 6 feet, a 34" directview just isn't big enough.
    I know RCA makes a 38" directview but there have been many reported problems with it, and I would not want to take a chance.
    ------------------
    Steve S.
    I prefer not to push the subwoofers until they're properly run in.
     

Share This Page