Help: Better Buy- Sony Wega 27" FV17 vs 32" FV27 ?

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  1. JamesRandall

    JamesRandall Auditioning

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    I am just starting to put together a home entertainment center and don't know very much, but wanted to start with a television. I decided to go with a flat-screen Sony Wega (which seems to be the most highly-regarded flat-screen to most I've spoken with, please let me know if this is wrong). My problem, however is deciding between the Sony KV-27FV17 for $750.00 or the KV-32FV27 for $1200.00. That's a good $450.00 difference, and, although I am inclined to get the bigger TV, I can't help but think I'm getting more TV for the money with the 27". The money I save could go to other components, but I want my TV to be the centerpiece.
    Could anyone (everyone) give me their opinions on which is a better buy, the primary feature differences between the two (if there are any besides the size), and personal experience with either? I really appreciate it, as I'm going to make the purchase within the next week or so. Thanks!
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  2. Mickey Brown

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    If you're going to be using your wega in a home theater environment, go with the fs-12 or fs-16. You won't be using the speakers on your wega, and you won't need the better comb filter either, as it's bypassed by component inputs.
    I picked up a 36 fs 16 at k's merchandise for 1299. Best money I ever spent. The picture is crystal clear with dvd's, and my home theater receiver handles all sound.
     
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    I was talking to a salesperson when I bought my KV32FV26 ($1200 shipped, and couldn't be happier), and he mentioned that the picture will be clearer due to the smaller screen size. The pixelation is tighter, and gives a more acurate image. At first, I thought he was FOS, but he had the two sitting there together running off the same source, and the 27 did look more clear. Though neither compared to the XBR450s...
    I also noticed that my Panasonic Tau 27" in the bedroom also has a much more clear picture than my WEGA. The Tau lacks many of the features that the WEGA has, but is a very decent set.
    IMO, with the WEGAs, don't bother with the -12 or -13. I'd say go with the -27 and be done with it. I say -27 because, though for DVD you would want to use component, other sources, like broadcast will still use the 3d filter. The speakers on the -26 are more than enough, and the -27 has 15W more power.
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    I was looking at the 32 or 36 FV27. They have everything I could ask for except for 480p component inputs. From what I gather, this means I can't get any benefit from my Progressive Scan DVD player. I think the cheapest Sony TV with component 480p inputs is the 32 or 36 HS20 flat-tube line.
    [Edited last by William T on August 15, 2001 at 10:54 PM]
     
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    Yes, for progresive, you will need one of the HS, XBRs or an RP model.
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    [Edited last by John Garcia on August 15, 2001 at 02:39 PM]
     

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