First TV...quick questions

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  1. Dan Belina

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    Ok...I know nothing about TV's, so I gave the Beginner's Primer a read. Still sorta clueless [​IMG]
    I've got a grand to spend on a TV...will be my first TV purchase as I just moved into an apartment. Most likely interested in a flat screen TV. Should I get a real nice 27", or a lesser quality 32"? That $1000 limit is pretty firm..so I can't stretch the price unless you guys want to chip in [​IMG]
    Any recommendations?
    Later on (another month or two) I'll be investing in a home sound system, so onboard sound isn't very important....more concerned with a damn nice picture right now.
    If it helps, I'll be using this TV for the following (in order of how often its done): cable TV, DVD movies, games (PS2). Actually...I hardly play games at all...I'd say cable TV and DVD movies are equal usage.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ChrisMatson

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    My vote would be for QUALITY over quantity. At $1,000 you could find a very good 27" TV with a 16:9 enhanced mode. You could find a few 32" sets in this range too. What features are you looking for? Do you care about picture-in-picture? Do you care about the TV's speakers, or will you be using your home theater for TV sound too?

    Unless you step up to a set that is "HDTV-ready," you won't be able to utilize progressive DVD player (in progressive mode). I wouldn't spend over $1,000 on a TV that can't do HDTV.
     
  3. Dan Belina

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    Thanks for the input...to answer your questions:

    I don't really care about picture in picture. Sure its a neat feature...maybe I'd consider it if the price isn't too steep.

    And I'll be using a home theater system for sound.

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
  4. ChrisMatson

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    It has been a while since I looked at TV prices...
    How about the 36" Sony KV36FS13 Wega:
    PRODUCT FEATURES
    3-line digital comb filter
    16:9 enhanced mode
    Defeatable scan-velocity modulation
    Component video input
    3 A/V inputs (1 front, 2 rear)
    1 rear S-video input, 1 rear coaxial RF input
    Fixed/variable audio output for connecting to a home stereo system
    MTS stereo decoder with dbx noise reduction
    Color temperature adjustment
    Luminous universal remote
    You did say "pretty firm."
    BestBuy for $1,199
    I found it online for $1,025
    FYI: BestBuy also has the 32" version at $899
     
  5. Dan Belina

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    Quick update....after some careful figuring (in the form of a check for money that my buddy owed me), I can spend another $300...

    so $1300 is tops now. So if I bought it from an electronics store (Sears, Best Buy, and Circuit City is the only thing near me), I wouldn't have to deal with shipping costs.

    Does this new upper limit open up any new options?
     
  6. Steve Stogel

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    Seems Chris's suggestion is right on the money, especially with the additional money [​IMG] you can spend. $1,200 plus tax ought to put you right near $1,300 for a nice 36" TV.
    Of course, didn't I see that Best Buy (I think) had a 43" RPTV (HD-ready) going for $1,100? I think it was the Toshiba. Might want to just go to Best Buy ready to spend, see what they've got open box, and just go with whatever strikes your fancy. Maybe you can get them to throw in that little leather recliner and ottoman [​IMG].
    Steve
    P.S. Of course, for $1,300ish you can probably do a lot better on-line. I think some places (Goodfellas?) have free shipping, plus you'd avoid taxes.
     
  7. ChrisMatson

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    I would go with the 36" Sony and throw in the AVIA DVD to claibrate your system.

    IMHO, avoid open-box buys. I would never buy TV that has been set to torch mode and played with by countless people.
     
  8. Steve Schaffer

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    Last time I was in CC (night before last) they had a 32" Hitachi 4/3 HD-ready set for $995, Don't know what the 36" model sells for, maybe $1295?

    This looked very nice indeed, did not have a flat screen but does have 3DYC comb filter.
     

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