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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Mike Purfield, Aug 15, 2002.

  1. Mike Purfield

    Mike Purfield Auditioning

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    Hi there everyone, I'm looking to buy an HDTV and I was wondering if I might be able to get some feedback on recommended models. Basically, I'll be looking for something in the low end range. I'm hoping to spend around $1600US. It will be going in my relatively small room (about 11'x11') so a mammoth display is out of the question. It seems to me like my best bet would be either a direct view set or a small RPTV. I'm really interested in the Samsung HCM4216W. Onecall is selling it for 1440 shipped, which seems like a pretty good deal to me (I'm not sure about ordering over the 'net, any bad experiences?). So, does anyone have any suggestions? I tried asking this in AVS, with the only reply being a suggestion for a cheap $200 27" SDTV. Not my idea of a home theater!

    I'd really appreciate any suggestions you might have. Thanks!
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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  3. Mike Purfield

    Mike Purfield Auditioning

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    Well, that Samsung model I mentioned is actually a 42" RPTV. It's probably one of the smallest, if not the smallest, RPTV I've seen. It's only 108lbs and only 18" deep. So I think it could work out well in a small room. I looked at a similar model (the previous model of it I think) in the store and I rather liked the picture. Obviously it was just showing the typical low quality signal that they show on every TV. This model seemed to do one of the best jobs at handling the low quality picture, so I can only assume that the set would display HD content well. The only big problem I have with the small RPTV's is that they're pretty expensive considering the size. The models I saw in retail stores were basically the same price as the 50"+ HDTV sets. (Although $1440 from OneCall is pretty cheap) I know this isn't a very common set, so I'm sure I won't be getting a lot or replies. If anyone has any opinions on these smaller RPTV's, I'd sure like to hear them! Thanks!
     
  4. Matt Stone

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    How far away are you going to sit 10-11'? If so, 42" might be a tad to small...if you are looking in the 1600 range, I'd suggest taking a look at the Panasonic 47" and 53" sets. I'll be getting the 53" model in November, an I sit 9' away from my TV.
     
  5. Mike Purfield

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    Well, I looked at the Panasonic, and I think for the money, it's probably a better deal. The problem is, I'm not sure if I could get that to fit in my room. I don't like the idea of buying a lesser set simply because it fits, but the Samsung is 108 pounds and 17" deep. The Panny is 170 pounds and 24" deep. That would be a tough trip up the stairs, and getting it through the doorway would be equally difficult. Hmmm..
     
  6. John-Miles

    John-Miles Screenwriter

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    My two cents worth is to look at the toshiba 32HFX71 or 72

    very nice tv's im very pleased with my 36HFX71

    and it should be in your price range
     
  7. Richard Travale

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    Mike, did you end up going with the Samsung 4216W? I am interested because I was looking at this set in a flyer today and it fits my budget perfectly.
     
  8. Chet Hayes

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    Before you buy a HDTV or HDTV ready unit, I suggest you carefully review your viewing habits. Do you watch a lot of DVDs or mostly cable, etc.?

    Then determine exactly what programming you can receive in HD and how you can receive it (OTA, cable, sat, etc).

    You don't want to find out after you spend a lot of money that what you watch isn't available in HD.
     
  9. Mark Lehmkuhl

    Mark Lehmkuhl Stunt Coordinator

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    I like the Panasonic widescreens for the money also. But the last poster has a good point.

    What are your viewing habits? Is it more important to you to have good tv viewing or good movie viewing?

    If movies, then consider a widescreen hdtv. Its the ultimate viewing for them.

    If tv is the most important, and especially if you want the best viewing possible for football or other sports, than 4:3 analog might be the answer.

    Actually, you might ask yourself if you even need to get into hdtv today. Remember, we are still years away from total hdtv format.

    My sister just bought a 36" direct view 4:3 analog set. She watches 85% tv, 15% DVD. She could not justify (for her) spending $1400 & up for a hdtv. Acutally a Tweeter salesman told her the same thing - buy an inexpensive tv and use it for 4 years, then get the big Kahuna! Today there is very little hdtv programming. Movies will still look great on analog tv's from dvd sources. In 4 years when the hdtv standard is in place, she will buy a hdtv and move the current tv into a bedroom or kids playroom.

    Also current CRT based tv technology is at the beginning of the end.

    I have a 6 year old 50" analog RPTV that I am 'riding out' for a few more years. It works great for tv watching, and with the rest of the $3500 HT setup, for DVD movies. It needed a repair recently, so I looked into today's tv market. Thank goodness it was only a $150 repair, because my conclusion was, after extensive research, that today is the worst time to be in the market for a new tv.

    TV technology is rapidly changing. CRT based technology is at the beginning of the end (it will be around for years though, heck you can still buy VCR's today but why would you?). DLP, Plasma, LCOS, and other technologies have many more advantages over CRT (size, weight, less or no burn-in issues, better picture quality, etc.), and prices are coming down (plasma is dropping an average 25% each year and that trend is expected to continue). In a couple years these technologies will be price competitive with CRT, and out goes CRT. I couldn't afford DLP or plasma, but couldn't rationalize spending alot of money on a CRT HDTV. Luckily my tv was fixable

    Seeing all the better tv technology out there, and the fact that in a few years it will be affordable has convinced me not to buy something new today. If I did, I would not spend alot of $$, and it would be an interim set with the idea of replacing it in 4 years.

    So is this tv the end-all set for you for the next 10 years? If so, go hdtv.

    If not, then consider something cheaper (but good quality) that will get yo9u by for the next few years.
     
  10. Jan Strnad

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  11. Lee Petty

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    i just purchased the tosh 42h82 myself for $1708 at bestbuy.
    very nice looking set to say the least.
     
  12. Richard Travale

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  13. Lee Petty

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    i dont have regular cable, but i do have dish network. ill try to find some sports on and let ya know.
     

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