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Need to get my parents a TV...

slipnfall
10-09-2009, 11:12 PM
So I'm out doing some early shopping for my 'folks - this is to replace a 19"-ish CRT that they use at the kitchen bar and also move to their 'vacation home' (RV trailer!) during the summer. I put a Sylvania 22" - LC225SSX on layaway for now. Looked great in the store.

The reason for the upgrade is their old TV is on its way out, and during RV use, they regularly move it outside(wanted something easier to manage).

My question is - what are your opinions on smaller LCD's in this size range for SD cable programming? I can tell you two things:

1-they will *not* care how much more advanced the TV is - if it looks worse than their old CRT.
2-they will wonder why I bought them a new-fangled widescreen TV. :D

Thoughts?

PFC5
10-09-2009, 11:47 PM
In that size range and with them being limited to SD signals I assume, you should look for a LCD monitor that has a tuner & speakers in it that is not widescreen, so there will be no stretching. If they did not stretch the SD signal the black bars would make the size of a 22" widescreen about the size of a 18" 4:3 width TV. Here is a link to do the conversion yourself with various sizes:

http://www.cnet.com/1990-7874_1-5108580-4.html?tag=dir

Hope this helps & welcome to the forum! :hithere:

BTW. Good job helping your parents with this. :yippee:

PFC5
10-10-2009, 12:03 AM
Here is a non-widescreen computer monitor with digital/analog tuners and speakers that is 19":

http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-943BM-19-Inch-Monitor-Speakers/dp/B001BTWUSY/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1255154543&sr=1-5

Scratch that. It doesn't have tuners in it, so you would need a separate tuner for it.

slipnfall
10-10-2009, 12:06 AM
Handy link - thanks. Honestly I wasn't aware there were 4:3 LCD's still around. In fact I didn't see any at sears (though i wasn't looking).

I saw this sweep first hand in the laptop market first - 4:3 is much more desirable for coding as it allow more vertical landscape per notebook footprint vs 16:9.

The prices I've been finding online are much higher... premium prices I gather (and some are 'multi-mode' (intended to be use as PC monitor as well I gather).

PFC5
10-10-2009, 12:09 AM
See my edit. It is missing the tuner. They are harder to find the standard width LCDs now which is why looking for PC monitors with digital tuners is more likely to have them.

slipnfall
10-10-2009, 12:09 AM
And PS - that's the same monitor I use on my desktop. Excellent display.

However they'd need built-in tuner for home SD cable (COMCAST) and use the type-F for vacation (satelite set-top, but the coax is a long run).

slipnfall
10-10-2009, 10:35 PM
Any other recommendations for a 4:3 AR screen?