Need Help On New Christmas Gift

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  1. carter

    carter Auditioning

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    OK here's the deal. My wonderful wife surprised me with a Mits. 60111 4:3 set for Christmas. I am very pleased with the TV but I am a newbie and have only recently begun to learn of the newest technology coming out after finding this site. I am debating on whether I should try to return the set and go for a widescreen. I live in an area that will probably be well behind the times when it comes to HD. I mostly watch standard tv and occasional dvd's. However, with all that said, I don't want to be sitting in front of my tv in a few years and wish I had gone for the widescreen. Having read a little on here, I assume most will say yes get the widescreen, I just want to be sure and get as much info as I can. Thanks in advance.
     
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    Hi Carter and welcome to the HTF. The standard HTF greeting also serves as a warning, for your wallet! :wink: Enjoy your stay.

    Widescreen sets are definitely more "future-proof" but I don't want to be one to tell you what your needs are. [​IMG] I hate to say it but if all you watch is 4:3 NTSC television a 4:3 set is the best solution. Keep in mind that people are different, and although I have my 4:3 set turned on for NTSC cable most of the time I'd kill for a widescreen when I pop in a DVD. I just enjoy the movie watching experience more than casual TV use.. but again everyone's different.

    When you say "in a few years" that's a good sign. I'd imagine most people update their displays in 3-4 years anyway. Then you can go for that sub-$2k HD projector. [​IMG] But yea take Tony's advice and check out AVS for HD broadcasting in your area.
     
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    If your set gives you a large enough screen for you in Native 16:9 / 16:9 squeeze mode, then you will be ok with it, I am sure. I wrestled with this as well, but in the end went with a 60" 4:3 set, I watch a ton of HD content on it in native 16:9 mode, I get close to a 57" 16:9 full res screen from it. For me, I think it was the perfect product. So you are going to have to wrestle with this as well....

    Godo luck!!!
     
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    don't forgetn to come back to this thread and tell us what you did.
     
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    guess he forgot.
     
  7. carter

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    Sorry,
    Haven't forgotten, just have not completely decided. I went in and looked at the Mits. 65313 and 65413 this weekend and I am still weighing it over. I have gone back and forth on what to do, but I think I would rather be a little ahead now than left behind in a few years. I don't have the money to expect to get a new set every few years, so I need to spend wisely now. Plus I think I can deal with stretching 4:3 standard tv out for now. I talked to the salesman my wife got it from and will probably make the change this week. I think I will go with the 65413 due to the Quad Focus. Any comments or suggestions? Thanks again for input.
    Carter
     
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    Ding ding ding.. Thanks for the post back on your choice...


    For you Widescreen wins....
     
  9. Jerome Grate

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    I'd definetly go widescreen. Now as for HD progamming, you got satellite to wet your whistel. Also make sure it had a DVI input since it's my understanding that the new HD stuff will be using DVI with Copy protection through it.
     

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