Ok to buy widescreen with no interest in HD broadcast tv?

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  1. Dylan_Greene

    Dylan_Greene Auditioning

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    I'm looking around for a good HDTV but I have no intention on watching HD broadcast. I don't watch very much TV (Daily Show, Family Guy, Simpsons, Junkyard Wars - none of which are broadcast in HD), so any TV I watch will be 4:3. My apt doesn't even face the right direction for satellite dish if i wanted to get one.
    The reason I want HDTV is for the XBOX gaming system. I was lucky enough to attend E3 in May and test games on HDTV CRT and plasma screens, as well as SDTV CRT screens. The visual quality of the games between HD and SD was incredible, akin the first time you set foot in a home theater specialty store after years of shopping at Sears and Circuit City. To play the games on a SDTV is like watching the latest hollywood blockbuster with your sub and surrounds turned off - doable, but why limit the experience?
    I will also be purchasing a progressive dvd player to further take advantage of the HD capabilities (the XBOX is a gaming system, not a dvd player, so i don't care that it doesn't do progressive dvd playback).
    I will probably get a CRT because of potential burn-in issues with video game systems and watching too much 4:3.
    My questions:
    1) Will the SDTV broadcast that I watch now (via a very low quality COX cable feed) look different? I'd rather gray bars than stretched or chopped faces, but I've read that stretching is the more popular solution, and low-end line doubling solutions can produce a blurry picture.
    2) I haven't seen anything better than a refurbished RCA F38310 HDTV for about $2000. This seems like the biggest (38") bang for the buck. But it has an integrated satellite decoder that I will never use and HDTV tuner that I will probably never use, and the screen isn't a "flat" (like a VEGA).
    3) If I get a rptv, am I entering the Danger Zone of burn in? Remember: lots of 4:3, lots of video games. I have a sliding glass door as one wall of my entertainment area which lets a lot of light in during the day which is also why I'm tending to stay away from projection.
    I won't purchase this TV until around or after the holiday season to get the best deals. I'm hoping some new hardware is released by then as well (a 38" screen from Toshiba sure would be nice).
    Thank you for your suggestions and recommendations.
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    If you're mostly 4x3 viewing, you might look at a 4x3 HDTV ready set. A 36" 4x3 is equivalent to a 33" 16x9 for HDTV screen size. This will take advantage of progressive input from DVDs, but with the recent 3:2 pulldown improvements in the set's line doublers, this may not be worth the bucks of the PDVD.
    As for burn-in on RPTVs , use Avia or VE to calibrate the screen brightness and you shouldn't have a problem.
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  3. Dylan_Greene

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    Purchasing a 4:3 HDTV is an excellent suggestion for my problem, one that early on I quickly dismissed since one of the obvious benefits of HDTV is widescreen.
    This, however, makes me wonder: Many XBOX games will take advantage of the extra real estate widescreen provides. How would these games behave in HDTV mode but without widescreen capabilities? Letterbox gaming doesn'tsound fun.
    I'll continue this post in the video game hardware section.
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