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Looking at getting a KV-30HS420

08-22-2005, 08:42 AM
I've been looking at this Sony tv for awhile online, and I finally went and saw it the other day at Sears. It looked good to me (keep in mind I know nothing about tv quality). After seeing the size, I knew the I couldn't go any larger than 30in due to size restrictions in my bedroom. Before I buy the television, I just have a couple of questions.

1. Will there be a new model coming out soon, or will this be Sony's 30 in hdtv for awhile?

2. Is there any good places to buy online? A lot of online retailers are selling the television for cheap, but the shipping makes it close to full retail. It's just so frusterating because all of the stores in my area (iowa) are selling it at full retail and the smaller tv shops that sell sony won't go lower on the price.

3. Do I need a hd tuner? I don't watch a lot of television, but I will either be hooking it up to satellite or digital cable which i believe comes with built-in digital tuners.

4. I have read that if I buy the sony tv without the hd tuner, that my hdmi port might not work with my cable or satellite box, does anyone know if that is true?

5. and lastly, I was thinking about buying a panasonic 77s dvd player with a hdmi port. How important is this hdmi? I have a friend who will sell me his panasonic dvd player for $50 which doesnt have that feature. Would the $150 price jump be worth the benefit?

I know these are a lot of questions, but if anyone could help out a new guy that would be great, thanks!

08-24-2005, 09:05 AM
I bought a KV-30HS420 last night from Circuit City, for $809.99. Now Ive played with it for a total of 10 minutes, work gets in the way of all my fun, but let me answer as many of your questions as I can.

1. I think this TV has been out since at least the begining of 2005. As for how long before they change their models, I dont know. I know that this is their main 30 inch one right now though.

2. I dont think you can beat 809.99, plus they had a rebate for the delivery charge. I just picked it up from the store though, I dont necessarily trust some online retailers. Amazon and Crutchfield also had this tv.

3. You do need an HD tuner. This TV does not have one built in. If you get digital cable or satellite with some sort of HD package, the box they give you will do the job.

4. Thats false. Theoretically, if you had a built in hd tuner, you wouldnt even need the HDMI input, since in theory you would be receiving HD signals over the air. The HDMI is designed to work with a separate hd tuner.

5. This TV only has 1 HDMI input, so if youre going to be using an HD tuner, youre not going to be able to have an HDMI DVD player hooked up at the same time. My advice is to just use the component outputs from the DVD player to the TV.

Hope that helps. I cant comment on the picture quality though, since Ive only used it for a few minutes. From the reviews I read though, its supposed to be excellent.

08-24-2005, 05:15 PM
Not sure where you live, but i'm in san jose, CA and FRY's amazingly had this TV for sale for $699 a couple weekends ago. My timing was perfect as i had just researched and was ready to buy.

I just got the comcast HD DVR last night and so far i'm loving it. The picture looks amazing on the HD channels as well as my DVD. Both are hooked up via component cables. My only complaint so far is that the standard cable channels do not look as good as they used to. This is mostly due to the tuner that is in the hd dvr though, so i'm going to try putting in a splitter and watching the analog channel directly from the tv.

I think P-Funk answered most of your questions, good luck!