Is this a good deal for an HDTV???

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  1. Chris Hiter

    Chris Hiter Stunt Coordinator

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    My dad is looking for an HDTV and he went into Sears and they offered him this deal for $2199.99

    55' Mitsubishi HDTV
    Sony DVP-NS700 DVD player
    No interest until June 2003

    I was just wondering if this sounds like a deal to jump on or should he shop around. Also even if this is a decent deal, should he wait around for a few months for a newer model or better deals. THanks for any help!

    Chris
     
  2. Gabriel_Lam

    Gabriel_Lam Screenwriter

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    Is it the Diamond (WS-55909 or WS-55908), the Platinum Plus (WS-55819), or the Platinum (WS-55809 or WS-55859) series?
     
  3. Chris Hiter

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    I will have to go and check tomorrow, not real sure though. I think it is the one that is on sale at Sears right now for $2499.
     
  4. Juan_R

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    Sears does not carry the Diamond or Plus series.
     
  5. Steve Schaffer

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    That tv is probably the WS55809, which typically retails for $2499. That Sony player usually has a street price of $249. That adds up to about $2750, so that deal represents a $550 discount which imho is not bad at all from a dealer with as good a return policy as Sears.

    Although I would not choose either that set or that player if paying full retail, they are good units and at that price represent a very good value, and Sears is very good about service and return policies.
     
  6. Chris Hiter

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    You are correct sir, it is the 55809. I was wondering if there is a better TV for around this price point or if he should stick to this. Also, I have read that some think one should wait until after August to buy an HDTV due to some upcoming upgrades. Is this true? ANd where can I read about it. Thanks for any help
     
  7. Steve Schaffer

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    Chris,
    The Mits is great for HD and DVD, but does not have the best line duobling or stretch modes for regular tv. It also has a lot of red push, which means you have to turn the color way down to get natural fleshtones.

    Sony HW40, in 51 and 57 inch sizes, and Toshiba H81 in 50 and 57 inch sizes, of the brands Sears sells, would be better choices imho if you want better performance for ntsc television. These both have better line doublers and stretch modes, and less red push. With the Sony you can completely eliminate red push in the service menu.

    The new sets coming out in a few months will have DVI connectors that will handle the new proposed copy protection schemes the movie studios are pushing for HD Pay Per View and Premium channels. Whether this will be of any real importance any time soon is not clear.
     
  8. Chris Hiter

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    Steve,

    Thanks so much. My dad is actually a big TV watcher so your post helped out greatly. He is just now getting into DVD's so I may point him in the direction of the SOny.
     

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