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Just Another "Help Me!" Post

10-18-2005, 10:21 PM

So HDTV is incredible and I'm a HUGE sports buff. (Go Clemson Tigers/ATL Falcons!!!) Recently, Northland Cable (Seneca, SC) :mad: has decided to follow with the rest of the world and upgrade their cable services to HDTV and DVR.

Now for my Scenario,

* I am a College Student running on a Waiter's Budget
* I currently have a 27" normal curved tube Sony in the main room of my Apartment.
* The room is well lit from the windows and space is not a huge concern for TV size.
* This TV is going to be the first HD set and hopefully not the last I buy in my lifetime.

So basically what I'm looking is for is something that will compare in size to my current 27" and isn't too ridiculously expensive. (HDTV<$1200)

>> Also, as always, quality is a major factor

I've looked a lot at CRT's and thatís the way im thinking of going with this first set.

PLEASE PLEASE give me suggestions, ask me questions, let me know where you think I should be looking.


10-19-2005, 08:27 AM
I have read good things about the Toshiba 34" widescreen set. It normally retails for $999.99 at Best Buy (and is usually on sale between $900-$950).

10-19-2005, 11:29 AM
Yes - you will be delighted with the 34" Toshiba - either a refurb 34HF84 or brand new 34HF85. That will leave you some change for a modest sound system!
As I have stated on other threads, with the Toshiba you can stretch the 4:3 picture on the HD channels to get rid of the black side bars - with some you cannot do this. And the Toshiba stretch is one of the best and will give you a bigger image (due to the slight top and bottom cropping) than on your current 27".

10-19-2005, 11:39 AM
Toshiba is good choice as Lord says, just got one for 999.00. It needs Isf calibration (screen tilt was off , 4:3 mode screen wasnt straight). I forgot if I read this here but if you need to adjust it more than normal menu allows you can go into service mode. BE VERY CAREFULL, do not adjust till you write down all original values(about 50 of them), press volume all way down on remote, press and hold volume down on set and press 9, the 1st value will appear, adjust with volume, go to next value with change channel on remote.
The sub value adjustment is really good to fix the picture to your eye. This is complicated and not recomended by toshiba nor mentioned in manuel.

I know this is more than you needed to know but I had your same situation, sony xbr is 16-1800 dollars v toshiba for 999. I think the tosh can have equal pq as the sony with adjustments.(no offense sony ownrs).

10-19-2005, 12:35 PM

Can ya maybe post something different once in a while?? :confused:

10-20-2005, 12:14 AM
For that price range, you could also get a 32" LCD flat panel...

10-20-2005, 09:07 PM
I would consider the Toshiba 34HF85 as already mentioned. I would also look into comparable SONY HS420 and Pansonic WX15 models as well. If the price of Sharps drop in November as some claim with their introduction of their 65" LCD, I would also consider the Sharp AQUOS 32" LCD. Current 32" LCDs for less than $1200 as RSawdey suggests would leave top LCD brands like Sharp, SONY, Pansonic, Toshiba, Philips, and Samsung out of the equation and likely limit you to Syntax and BenQ (great picture but I doubt they would last, made in China).

BTW, so you don't get discouraged about Toshibas with Walt's continuous constant warnings like grinding teeth. He's getting a Toshiba 26HF15 from Costco, as it's the only tv that will fit in his room. :eek:

10-21-2005, 03:50 PM
Thank you everyone!!!

I think I've decided on the Toshiba 34HF85 from Best Buy, its a good size, good price and not too mention I have a friend that works there ;)

any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

10-21-2005, 07:16 PM
Thank you everyone!!!

I think I've decided on the Toshiba 34HF85 from Best Buy, its a good size, good price and not too mention I have a friend that works there ;)

any other suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Yes, when you get the set (whichever one you get) invest $20 at Amazon for the Digital Video Essentials DVD to help you set up good contrast, color levels etc. It will make quite a difference from those awful 'vivid settings - although the Movie setting on mine was not too far off!