Then I would suggest the Sony Wegas, specifically these models: KV-32HS20 and KV-36HS20. If you're looking to save some money, check out Samsung's DynaFlat HD series; several of their 32" models include TSL3293HF, TSL3294HF, TSL3295HF, TXM3296HF. Both the Sony's and Samsung's have 16:9 vertical compression modes.
Check out the Hitachis. They do not have flat screens, which can be a minus (glare) and a plus (they do not have any geometry problems that one finds on flat screens). Plus, the color decoder is really really good. Also have the squeeze.
Only down side is that there is only one wide band input. So if you were to hook up an xbox, progressive dvd and HD receiver, you would need some sort of switch box.
I was just actually reading about the Hitachi and it sounds great. As far as a switch box, any idea how much one of these costs? By using a switch box will I loose any picture quality since I am not pluged directly into the hdtv? Also, couldnt I just use my component inputs on my receiver for some of these items?
Switch boxes vary in price, and you do not lose any picture quality. JVC makes a passive switcher (you have to press a button to switch sources) for about $80. There are a variety of active switchers (they do this automatically) from key digital and extron that run $400-800.
Hi, New member here.
Regarding the switchbox, I use the following the
"Key Digital Component Video 2-in 1-out AUTO Switcher" http://www.bettercables.com/keydigcomvid.html
For my Xbox on and Dvd player on my 36' Toshiba. I got this unit because it allows full bandwith of HD sources. It's pricey, but I got it because I will be upgrading to a direct view HDTV or maybe a 42' Plasma soon (keeping my fingers crossed). Hope this helps....