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Toshiba 36" Model

mariner107
08-31-2004, 03:30 PM
I have been looking at Direct View HDTV's for a long time and am hoping to pick one within the next year.

The space that I have is limited for placing a set. I can fit a set that is up to 40" wide which removes LCos and DLP sets.

Does anybody know if Toshiba is planning on upgrading any of their Direct View models? As of July this year new 36" or bigger models are required to have an OTA tuner and a Cable Card slot. I have seen that Sony is releasing their new sets with both of these functions in September but I would rather purchase a Toshiba set.

Any information is greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

Micmax
08-31-2004, 04:08 PM
Having an built-in OTA or cable card slot isn't near as useful as it once was. Cable and satellite companies have made it a lot easier/cheaper on the consumer to obtain an HD receiver from the company. Cable companies generally offer an HD receiver for no money down with a monthly fee of around $10. Satellite companies may give you one for free upon installation, or sell it to you (one-time free).

I'd factor in your satellite/cable service to give yourself some guidelines as to what you'll need out of your TV. In all likelihood, your built-in features will be cancelled out, thus allowing you to get more TV for your dollar without having to worry about built-in features.

I'd be most concerned with inputs. Getting at least an HDMI input or DVI is key, along with a few component inputs.

borromini
08-31-2004, 04:23 PM
I have been looking at Direct View HDTV's for a long time and am hoping to pick one within the next year.

The space that I have is limited for placing a set. I can fit a set that is up to 40" wide which removes LCos and DLP sets.

Does anybody know if Toshiba is planning on upgrading any of their Direct View models?...
When you say direct-view, are you referring to CRT's or are you also interested in Plasma/LCD TVs that are around 40"-42"? I agree with what Micmax recommends you consider except if it's CRTs then the HDMI/DVI is not that important since there will be a D/A conversion taking place. As for CRT HDTV picture quality, I've seen the latest Sony's and Toshiba's and budget notwithstanding, I think the Sony XBR 40" has the best CRT HDTV picture.

mariner107
09-01-2004, 03:48 PM
I am looking for a CRT. I would like to have all of the necessary connections, HDMI, multiple Component, etc. I understand the positives and negatives of having a built in tuner. I agree that it is not that big of a deal. My primary thing is to have the Cable Card slot. I don't currently have Digital Cable and don't intend on upgrading unless I have to.

The 40" Sony is too big and too expensive.

I don't want a plasma for various reasons. The primary reason is that I don't want to spend $3500 on a TV. I know that I can get a Plasma for around $2000 but the quality of the picture isn't great and it would only be EDTV.

If you know of table top DLP or LCOS that is 40" or less wide than let me know. Screen size is not the issue, it is the cabinet size. The location for this set is in a nook above my fireplace, so viewing angles are important as well.

Thanks!

SciFer
10-27-2004, 02:15 AM
Micmax - Would you be so kind to tell me who (what cable/sat company) will set up me for free (or no money down) and give me High Def for $10/mo?

I'm just about to buy one but I don't want to spend $40plus a month, which is what I'm finding. So to me, free over the air tuner HDTVs seem like the best option. I'm really looking for a 38" DirectView (tube), but am finding only 36" (except for the older recalled/refurbed RCAs), with built-in ATSC tuner, preferably widescreen. Any suggestions?

Thanks

mfabien
10-27-2004, 05:06 AM
...The location for this set is in a nook above my fireplace, so viewing angles are important as well.

Thanks!Better think this over...many regret installing their flat TV's over the fireplace...not very confortable after a while looking that far up from a sitting position.