Yes or no: Does it make sense to purchase an analog television any longer?

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  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Last April, when I purchased my Sony KV-32FV26 WEGA as an interim set (I wanted the raster-compression feature), I wasn't sure if it was wise to spend $1,400 (and that was a "discount") on an NTSC-only display. But the Zardoz DVD was coming up, and I wanted something new to watch it on.
    Now, I'm seeing ads for Toshiba 40H80s discounted down to $1,500.
    And in the latest Widescreen Review, a guest columnist (a custom installer) says it's unwise to spend more than a grand on an NTSC-only set.
    So, the question is ...
    If you were in the market now for a home theater-worthy television, would you still consider an analog set? Would it be unwise to spend anything over a few hundred dollars on an NTSC-only display?
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  2. NickSo

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    IMHO, For HT, spend the extra cash and get a Digital-Ready TV... for normal vewing in a family room or bedroom, an analog television would be sufficient...
     
  3. Alex Spindler

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    Anyone with any DVD's will be well served by an HDTV, if only to take advantage of the widescreen and anamorphic pictures. Plus, with the wide availability of network dramas being broadcasted in widescreen, a 4:3 television will soon be more of a hindrance for normal viewing.
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    I would be reluctant to buy one as a main display device and would only buy one as a secondary display for a VCR hookup.
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  5. JohanK

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    For a HT set, I would say no. The cost difference b/t analog and digital ready sets is not huge anymore plus prog. scan DVD players are getting to be downright affordable.
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  6. Bruce Hedtke

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    Money is still money. Dropping a grand or so on a TV that will be obsolete before its shelf life expires is foolish. Put that money towards a DTV. It's worth the upgrade.
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  7. Patrick Sun

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    I have this 5 year old crappy Zenith RPTV (totally low-hi in the video department), and I swear I keep praying silently for this RPTV to DIE DIE DIE so I could justify the purchase of a kick-ass RPTV that would allow me to benefit from 16x9 DVDs and HDTV, but alas, I bought the RPTV that would not DIE! Ack!
     
  8. Eric Scott

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    Well Jack, after you land that dream job I'd think more in terms of the 56H80.
     
  9. Alex Spindler

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    Patrick, have you tried taking your RPTV for a walk... like in the rain? Or helping it play out on the balcony after you've loosened the railings? Actually, I think it's better to do the deed on a train, because you'll qualify for Double Indenity then!
     
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  11. brentl

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    Right now I'll be sticking to analogue. In Toronto HDTV is about 10 years from being useful. So my next tv MAY be HDTV "ready", but as long as it plays Pro scan discs I'll be happy.
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    Looks like I may be alone here, but an analogue monitor is perfectly acceptable as a centrpiece for a HT set up. You said you have a VVega, so do I, I assume you have it connected with either S-Video or Component video with the 16X9 option on it, you don't think that dvd's look absolutly gorgeaous on it?
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