What's the absolute best HDTV on the market in the $2500 range?

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  1. Patrick G

    Patrick G Second Unit

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    I've owned the Toshiba TW40F80, then stepped up to the TW40X81, which I currently own. Now, I'd like to step up to a bigger screen. I love the "tweakability" of the Toshibas. I've done every possible modification (electrical/mechanical focus, TLV maneuver, lining the cabinet, etc, etc.) Which of the current models (by any manufacturer) in the $2500 price range would I be happy with? MUST BE WIDESCREEN!
     
  2. VicRuiz

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    Get the Toshiba 56H80 for $2,383.93 or, if you're willing to go up a couple of hundred, get the 65H80 for $2,796.93. These are last year's models (2001), but they are reported to be more tweakable and render a better picture than the 2002 models.
     
  3. Mark Booth

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    Patrick,

    The Pioneer SD-582-HD5 58" 16:9 set can be had at my local Costco for $2799. If you can get your hands on one, that would be my recommendation.

    (Yes, this is last year's model.)

    Mark
     
  4. JarelJ

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    I doubt it, the Panasonic 51" DLP model has a $12,999 MSRP, and has a street price of around $8,000. There were more new DLP models released at the CES this year, but I doubt if the prices will come down that rapidly.

    You can find the new Pioneer SD-533HD5 for under $3,000 if you shop around. If you watch NTSC programming, this is THE one you want. It has lots of tweakable settings, as well as access to the service menu (for the brave). All of the good HDTV's have good HD pictures, but I didn't find any within a $2000 range that could touch the Pioneer for NTSC signals.
     
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    Why do you want DLP? Digital technologies still can't touch CRT for picture quality. Any particular reason you're looking so hard for DLP?
     
  6. Patrick G

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  7. Collin

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    Patrick, I just saw a press release that Samsung had taken delivery of the TI DLP subsystems to build 2 new DLP projectors here's the text of the press release:

    January 18, 2002 Related Links

    Samsung Electronics America

    Texas Instruments DLP technology

    Samsung and Texas Instruments have announced a partnership in which Samsung will incorporate TI’s newest DLP panel into its proprietary light engine to create a new range of large-screen, tabletop DLP TVs with small footprints and low price points.

    Pre-production units were on display at last week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. According to Samsung, the units feature screen sizes of 43 or 50 inches, weigh between 75 and 84 pounds, and measure front-to-back only 15.7 or 18 inches in depth. The company expects to have the products to market in mid-2002 with suggested retail prices of $3,999.99 for the 43-inch model and $4,499.99 for the 50-inch model.

    Other features include multiple widescreen format inputs, DVD progressive scan input, DVI, a 15-pin D-sub computer input and 3/2 pull down.

    "We see a huge opportunity here to position DLP technology beyond the competitive reach of alternative technologies," says Dale Zimmerman, manager of DLP Home Entertainment for TI's DLP Products division. "We're also excited by the marketing opportunity to leverage the work we have been doing with our DLP Cinema technology: We expect that consumers who have seen DLP Cinema technology in action will want to see similar technology in the entertainment systems they buy for their homes."
     
  8. Arthur S

    Arthur S Cinematographer

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    The Pioneer SD-533HD5 53" widescreen lists for $3300. You may be able to get one for close to $2,500. This set produces a better picture with standard definition than most others, and is also outstanding for HD.

    That makes it a winner for me since I still watch a lot of cable.
     

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