Looking for an 32" HDTV ready television

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  1. Sebastien R

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    Hi, I'm currently shopping around for a 32 inches HDTV ready TV. I was hoping to get some advices on the best buy I could make for a max of 2500$ Canadian (It's the price of the Sony kv32hs500 up here).
    I've heard that the Sony has a great pictures for progressive DVD players and HDTV programming but doesn't do a great job with regular definition programming. And I'm also looking for a TV with the "squeeze" fonction for DVD viewing
     
  2. Blaine Skerry

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    Sebastian,

    We have a Tv area... I will move this in there for you.....
     
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    If you are concerned about standard definition i would recommend the toshiba, it has a better picture than the sony and in my opinion is only slightly edged out in a side by side comparison when viewing dvd, and thats really being critical i would enver notice the difference if the sets were even 5 feet apart. but the difference on a cable feed is much more noticable (agian this is relative they are nboth great sets.) the 32" toshiba is also cheaper than the sony, so it helps the pocketbook. I personally have the 36" toshiba, and i love it [​IMG]
     
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    Thanks guys, I'll take the Toshiba into consideration.
    Now I've to decide on the Cables and if I'm going with the AVIA DVD for my calibration or a specialist.
    (I'd have never imagined that calibration was such big and complicated thing. Damn it's almost scary just to think about it... no wait, it actually is scary!!!
     
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    How about about the Panasonic? I have the 2000 model and it's nice, but the new ones are even better (3:2 pulldown and video input memory for a couple of examples). It does the squeeze either automatically or manually.
    I like the Panny
     
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    I think the new Panasonics only do the squeeze on HD signals(1080i) and not on 480i or 480p.
     
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    Get avia, you can use that alot, and over and over again. but then of course you will want to get it ISF'd or so i have ehard... i havent gotten this done yet myself [​IMG]
     
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    Hmm, maybe I'm wrong, but I don't think that's quite right. Why would they disable that feature on a 4:3 set and not allow you to view anamorphic DVD's in all of their glory? Isn't that the point of it all?
     
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    I agree with Blaine, I've seen numerous places that the CT-3xHX42 no longer squeezes anamorphic DVDs, it does 1080i only. In fact, if you compare the Panasonic models on their website, it shows ID-1 Detection (for anamorphic DVD) as No.
    I'll agree that its curious since I have the CT-36HX41 and it definitely does the squeeze and that is one of the main reasons that I bought it. [​IMG]
     
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  13. Sebastien R

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    Thank you for the update on the "no squeeze" situation with 480i and 480p input signals on new Panasonic models.
    I was strongly considering one this xmas because a lot of stores are dropping their prices on almost anything from Panasonic (ex.[​IMG]anasonic CT-34WX52 at 3300$ CAN. VS Sony KV34XBR800 for 4000$!!!)
     
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    Wait, are you saying that an anamorphic DVD played on a 2002 4:3 Panasonic will be shown full-frame, stretched to the top and bottom, and there's nothing that can be done about it? That would basically make those TVs useless!
     
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    is the $2500 including tax? i just bought a 36" Toshiba HDTV tube (36HFX72) for around that price at FutureShop. it's 4x3 but squeezable. it's listed at $2800 but i'm sure you could get a deal. also there's the 34" widescreen version for $2700 list, you could definitely get it for $2500. the picture is amazing.
     
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    Hi Gil, to answer your question: yes and no

    What I mean is that you can still dispaly your picture in widescreen format if you set your player on 4:3 display.
    It will be streched you set it on 16:9 since this set (CT-32HL42) seems only to "squeeze" HDTV signals.

    If your TV is equipped with An ID-1 detection the anamorphic signal will be auto. detected and the set will dispaly the picture back to its normal ratio and condense the scanning lines where the image is, giving your a more detailed picture.
     
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    For your question EricW, no the Sony is 2500$ + Taxes but you're right on the widescreen Toshiba for 2700$ at FuturShop.
    It looks like a very good deal but I've never bought anything from Toshiba before so I'm not really sure about their quality standards.

    There is also an upgraded version of this TV, the 34HDX82 with Controllable Velocity Scan Modulation, DVI 1.0 with HDCP and 2 or 3 other things.

    I've seen the Sony KV34XBR800 and the Panasonic CT34WX52 side by side. Two great pictures but the Panny has some blackness issues. But it's 700$ cheaper right now. If the Toshiba has a picture quality like the Panasonic, for 2700$ it's too good to be true.
     
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    i think you'll find that Toshibas are looked upon very favourably in this forum. i'm not sure exactly what CVSM is but i'm pretty sure on my set you can turn it off (which is preferred?). the 6 year 'everything' warranty is a good touch too at $340.
     

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