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Old 11-04-2008, 02:40 AM   #136
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Old 11-22-2008, 04:13 AM   #137
A couch and an HDTV to go please.
 

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Old 11-23-2008, 12:05 PM   #138
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Thanks for this thread it helped me a lot!
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Old 11-30-2008, 06:08 PM   #139
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Old 12-02-2008, 02:19 PM   #140
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Gray market vendors who lowball prices is a real problem, because if you do happen to inadvertently purchase from one of these your warranty won't be worth the paper it's printed on.

However this is an easily-corrected problem; simply visit the manufacturer's web site for authorized retailers.

A few retailers with good reputations, pricing, and customer service are (in no certain order):

Abe's of Maine Abe's
Vann's Vann's
Amazon.com Amazon
Note: You must purchase from Amazon, not from another company linked on its site or from Amazon Marketplace!
Crutchfield Crutchfield

I'm certain I've left many reputable dealers off this list; my apologies for the oversight. This should get you started at any rate.

I consider Costco pretty reputable, but of course you need membership, but considering their prices and return policy, the 50 dollar membership pays for itself with one HDTV purchase.
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Old 12-03-2008, 04:21 PM   #141
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Costco is legit, but I think they offer the extra warranty because they are not authorized retailers for the mfg. I remember reading that on their website, but you should be fine with them.

I think the poster was referring to some smaller internet stores who sell gray market products, and not the legit online or B&M stores.
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Old 12-04-2008, 03:50 PM   #142
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I could not find this info on this forum after my searches (probably not searching using the correct words), so I need to ask. Is there a noticable difference between a 1080p @ 60hz and a 1080p @ 120hz? In other words, is it critical to get an LCD TV that does 24 frame to watch Blu-Ray in it FULL glory, or would a TV with 1080p @ 60hz be just as good? (I don't think my eyes are that critical, but I am sonewhat of a perfectionist - but I don't want to spend the extra money of I don't have to.)

If it TRULY makes a difference visually when watching Blu-Ray movies, then I will go with the Sony Bravia KDL-40S4100 as it is in my price range. And if I need to go with this TV, do you think it will be on sale again before Christmas (I missed the Black Friday deals).

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Old 12-05-2008, 01:50 PM   #143
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Is there a noticable difference between a 1080p @ 60hz and a 1080p @ 120hz? In other words, is it critical to get an LCD TV that does 24 frame to watch Blu-Ray in it FULL glory, or would a TV with 1080p @ 60hz be just as good?
The only displays capable of truly showing 24 fps as it is intended are the Pioneer sets... They do 3:3 pulldown as opposed to 3:2 pulldown thus eliminating any frame fill or judder....as for the 120hz...it is apparently all in the eye of the beholder, some love it, some hate it and actually turn it off....
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What does the Sony Bravia KDL-40S4100 do to get it's 24 fps? Do they use the 3:2 pulldown? Are they 120hz or 60hz?

I thought the 60hz sets were the non-24 fps TVs and the 120hz sets did the 24 fps.

I purchased the Sony 320 Blu-Ray player and want a TV that gets the max out of that Blu-Ray player.
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Old 12-05-2008, 03:02 PM   #145
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I suggest you read this

http://www.guidetohometheater.com/fl...111/index.html

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It bears repeating that all Pioneer TVs have the ability to display 1080p/24 at 72Hz, repeating each frame three times. This avoids 3:2 pulldown altogether and results in much smoother motion on film-based material. I know of no other flat panels with this rare and important feature.
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Old 12-09-2008, 10:11 AM   #146
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I am totally new to the HDTV market (and to HDTV forums for that matter). I recently bought a new LG 32LX2R LCD TV. After bringing it home and setting it up I found out that it has a built in analogue tuner instead of a digital tuner. I subscribe to TW Cable and have the TV connected to a digital cable box. I have the cable box connected to the TV via HDMI cable. The HD channels look pretty good, but all the other channels are grainy, and not crisp, like I expected them to be. Is this due to the analogue tuner? Also, do all signals (DVD, cable, etc) run through the analogue tuner? And therefore are downgraded somewhat before they are viewed?

I hope my question makes sense.

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Old 12-10-2008, 01:40 AM   #147
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What does the Sony Bravia KDL-40S4100 do to get it's 24 fps? Do they use the 3:2 pulldown? Are they 120hz or 60hz?

I thought the 60hz sets were the non-24 fps TVs and the 120hz sets did the 24 fps.

I purchased the Sony 320 Blu-Ray player and want a TV that gets the max out of that Blu-Ray player.
Just to be sure, check the specs on the S series Bravia, but if I recall, it does not have the 24p True Cinema capability, and you might be right, it might be only due to the Hz, and so you will have to go to the W-Series to get that capability because that is the "lowest" Series to have the 120Hz.
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Old 12-10-2008, 11:55 AM   #148
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I am totally new to the HDTV market (and to HDTV forums for that matter). I recently bought a new LG 32LX2R LCD TV. After bringing it home and setting it up I found out that it has a built in analogue tuner instead of a digital tuner. I subscribe to TW Cable and have the TV connected to a digital cable box. I have the cable box connected to the TV via HDMI cable. The HD channels look pretty good, but all the other channels are grainy, and not crisp, like I expected them to be. Is this due to the analogue tuner? Also, do all signals (DVD, cable, etc) run through the analogue tuner? And therefore are downgraded somewhat before they are viewed?

I hope my question makes sense.

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Your television should have an analog and a digital tuner in your user menu you should find a command for scan for digital channels and you should recieve your locals in HD at no extra charge...try that, also read this discussion on why SD doesnt do so well on HDTV..

A Discussion On Poor SD On HDTVs
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Old 12-12-2008, 02:53 PM   #149
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Hi, new here. I just ordered a 50" Sanyo plasma TV with 1080p display. I was excited about it until I read this thread which assigns Sanyo TVs to the bottom of the heap.

I don't play video games but I watch lot of HD TV and DVDs. I plan to buy a blue-ray in the future (which is why I got a 1080p).

For the same price, I could have got an LG 47" 1080p.

Did I make a mistake?

Any input would be appreciated.
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What model Sanyo did you get? Without that we can't help much to look up the specs.

I tried the Sanyo 50747 720p plasma model from Walmart last year, but returned it because it had horrible black levels for a plasma and not even great black levels for a LCD either.

Are you sure it is a 1080p plasma and not a 720p/768p model? Where did you buy it and do you have a link to the model where you bought it?
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