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Help with new HDTV choice

09-21-2004, 11:37 AM
I recently upgraded to the Comcast Motorola DVR HD capable box here in NJ and now want to get a HDTV. Here is my situation. I already have a 32" tv that I use for SD channels, DVD, and VCR. It is hooked up to my stereo. I will watch most of SD channels on that set, and will try to just watch the HD channels and of course digital channels and on demand Comcast programming on the new HDTV set. I subscribe to the NBA and MLB league passes with Comcast, and believe they are not in HD. I only have room for a 30-34 inch HDTV crt. I have read here that most of you feel it is better to go with the 16 x 9 widescreen set than the 4:3 set. I have also read that when you watch the 4:3 channels on the 16 x 9 set the picture looks bad. Is this true, or is it just bad compared to the new 16 x9 HD picture? Like I said, I get the NBA and MLB league passes, and don't want to be looking at a worse picture with my new set than I have right now on my non-HDTV set. I also take advantage of the Comcast on demand content, and don't want to be looking at a worse picture there too.

Also, any problems I should be aware of with Comcast HD channels? And, what HDTV do you like for $1,000 or less? I was looking at the Sayno 30" HT30744, Philips 30" 30pw8402, or possibly a 34" Panasonic ct 34wx54. My main concern is that I don't want to lose picture quality on all the other programming I get from the Comcast digital service just to get the 8 HDTV channels. Any help and opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks! :)

09-23-2004, 09:35 PM
I would look into the Sanyo 30", Samsung 30", and the Sony 30".
Consider using one of these models for HD and dvd, and running the digital cable to your 32", how far apart will these sets be?

I'm confident dvd on the 30"s will look better than on your 32". Is your dvd player progressive scan?

10-15-2004, 09:19 AM
If you haven't yet purchased your TV, the Philips is available at BJ's Wholesale Club for $550 after an instant $100 rebate. The rebate expires 10/31. This TV is $800 everywhere else I looked. My wife and I got one and love it. We have a similar setup, HD via Motorola PCT6412 DVR. We got a DVI to HDMI cable and love the picture.

10-15-2004, 10:27 AM
I am now looking for at least a 34", and the Panasonic ct-34wx54 price has come down to between $1050 and $1250 on the web from $1400. The next problem is going to be delivery, as most web sites that have it near the $1050 price charge over $100 for delivery and that is only curb to curb. I have also found another web site that has some good info for HDTV rookies like me, it is : hdtvforum.com.

10-16-2004, 10:52 AM
Have you had a look at Crutchfield.com (http://www.crutchfield.com/) ? They usually have either free or extremely cheap shipping on their TV’s. Plus they’ll bring that baby right into your house.

02-12-2005, 10:14 AM
Just wanted to say you made a wise choice in choosing the panasonic ct-34wx54. It's an excellent tv. The only thing I notice that's bad is; I think panasonic knows that this tv is a hot item and are raising their prices on the tv, so get it soon. Probably posts like mine are causing the price increase. :( . Where I got mine from, the price of the tv has jumped $200 over when I got it. Darn, I love the tv, and I love to brag about how good it is. Just sorry Panasonic sees that too.