Time for a new RPTV ; Any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Rich Sherman, Mar 18, 2002.

  1. Rich Sherman

    Rich Sherman Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    It's that time. I'm looking for the biggest HD RPTV for $3000 to $3500. Most of my watching is DirecTV satellite (4:3) and I own very few DVD's. I want this set to last, so I'd like the zoom / stretch mode on a 16:9 to be good until needed (2006?).

    My wife (bless her little heart) wants something that will last for years, so HD is a must. I'm torn between HD Upgradeable and HD integrated. I want the BIGGEST set I can afford since this is going in a 22' by 17' family room.

    Should I go for the larger set and leave a HD set top box for later?

    I've been reading and reading and I'm getting a little overwhelmed. Mits? Toshiba? Hitachi? HD Ready or Upgradeable? 4:3 or 16:9?

    Any advice would be welcome.

    Thanks

    Rich S.
     
  2. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 3, 1999
    Messages:
    16,738
    Likes Received:
    129
    Trophy Points:
    0
    At this stage of the game, what with connectivity issues being so up in the air, I'd opt for a separate STB. I'd also advise purchasing a native 16:9 set. Don't go for as much picture real estate as you can get but, instead, go for the best-quality picture you can afford. Toshiba's 57HX81 comes to mind.

    If you were to purchase a 4:3 HD-capable set, consider only those that feature a 16:9 raster-compression mode.
     
  3. Jay Mitchosky

    Jay Mitchosky Producer

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 1998
    Messages:
    3,729
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  4. Patrick G

    Patrick G Second Unit

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2000
    Messages:
    267
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Dude, this is a no-brainer. You gotta go for the Toshiba 65HX81. It can be had for right at $3000.
     
  5. Stephen Houdek

    Stephen Houdek Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2002
    Messages:
    326
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Real Name:
    S
    Take a serious look at the Hitachi's. The 53UWX can be had for ~$2400. No Push issues and the picture is fantastic.
     
  6. Rich Sherman

    Rich Sherman Auditioning

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2002
    Messages:
    8
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Thanks to all. I actually had the 2 Tosh's on my list, but When it comes to dropping $3K, I need a little encouragement.

    Thanks again

    Rich S.
     
  7. Ed St. Clair

    Ed St. Clair Producer

    Joined:
    May 7, 2001
    Messages:
    3,320
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     
  8. Brad_V

    Brad_V Second Unit

    Joined:
    Mar 8, 2002
    Messages:
    356
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    The 2006 "deadline" is for digital TV, not necessarily HDTV. No one is required to broadcast anything in HD, so who will add more HD programming and how much there will be by that time is anyone's guess. After watching DirecTV on my friend's 60" Mitsubishi (analog) from as close as 10 feet this weekend, it may as well have been a DVD playing it looked so good. Makes me wonder if the whole quest for HD isn't just a big waste of time and money, for the most part.

    Future 16:9 HD programming is up in the air, so make sure you buy for what you think you will watch the most during the next years. For 4:3 material, a 4:3 set looks HUGE next to a comparable 16:9 set, and a 4:3 HD set can usually do everything a 16:9 HD set can do anyway. Be honest and ask yourself what type of programming you think you will watch more.
     
  9. Mike I

    Mike I Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2000
    Messages:
    720
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
     

Share This Page