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Which HDTV for XBOX 360 ?

maxrealm
11-13-2005, 03:16 PM
Im looking to buy a new tv for my xbox 360, and been researching around the internet. I have about $ 1000 to spend and looking at maybe a sony or samsung 30 inch CRT. Currently( Sony KV-30HS420). However, after reading these forums it seems that 720p resolution is best to play games on , and CRT's upconvert to 1080. Im wondering if I should stick with a nice CRT or go for an LCD that does 720. If so what brand/model Flat Panel TV should I look into getting? Same price constraints as mentioned above, and any feedback would be most helpful because im new to HD :D ! Thank you. Also, do I need a HD tuner in order to play xbox 360 games in 720p or 1080i? Can I just plug in the xbox 360 directly into the back of the tv via component inputs and be fine?

bboncorr
11-13-2005, 04:15 PM
you will be able to just plug your component cables in and play. the 360 will have 1080i support also. which to me is not much different then 720p. but some would diagree. right now toshiba has a 34 inch model for $999 when you go to bestbuy. its even on sale for cheaper this week. dont let anyone tell you a crt will burn-in if you are buying this for video games. i play alot of video games and have never had a problem with my crt. lcd will give you a sharper image though. but when your talking high def video games you want deep blacks and nice color rendition. which crts do better then lcds. sony also makes a 34 inch model which is $1200 right now at most stores. it has a better picture then the toshiba but is also a little more then you want to spend. here is a link for the toshiba. i have found that toshiba makes a more reliable crt then samsung. and better quality.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7064703&type=product&productCategoryId=cat03002&id=1110265591543

maxrealm
11-13-2005, 05:15 PM
Thx BB. On the LCD front im currently looking at this model on bestbuy. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7135771&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat31800050025&id=1110265593688
I will have to make up my mind on 720p v. 1080i for games. I guess I will wait until Thanksgiving sales and make my decision. Until then, anyone please add feedback on these 2 models. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=6494135&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat31800050030&id=1077628885856 vs. LCD above.Thank You.

bboncorr
11-13-2005, 06:06 PM
if you are getting it for gameing then get bigger then a 30inch. the toshiba 34inch is basically the same as the sony you picked out. ive seen both the sony and toshiba side by side 34inch models with a hdmi connection on both. and the sony picture is just barely better. and sony is not a trust worthy company. they are know for screwing people whith there warranties. i used to think sony was the best till i talked to a few techs. most of them stated they owned a toshiba. then mocked me for buying a jvc. man were they right to rib me. everything they told me would happen with my jvc did.

RSawdey
11-13-2005, 07:44 PM
I'd definately recommend the progressive display, the LCD... but like bboncorr said, bigger would be better... LCDs also come in 30", 32", 37"...

maxrealm
11-13-2005, 08:06 PM
Bigger is definately better , but the TV Im going to get is for a small bedroom so its not a big deal. Still comes down to what would be better for gaming, and some say LCD , others CRT. Trust me I know , I have been researching all over the place. I'm leaning toward the Sony CRT , but that sucker is heavy (160 pounds)!Thx for the feedback , its much appreciated.

NocturnalClown
11-13-2005, 09:22 PM
I thought the Sony KV-30HS420 supported 720p?

bboncorr
11-13-2005, 10:21 PM
here is some reviews on the sony

http://reviews.cnet.com/Sony_KV_30HS420/4505-6485_7-30895537.html

on the samsung

http://reviews.cnet.com/Samsung_LN_R238W/4505-6482_7-31292237.html?tag=pdtl-list

on the toshiba

http://reviews.cnet.com/Toshiba_34HF84_TV_34/4505-6485_7-30963312.html?tag=pdtl-list

there reviews from people who own the tvs so you should get a better idea. hope it helps a little more.

Emsurfer
11-14-2005, 12:10 AM
Im looking to buy a new tv for my xbox 360, and been researching around the internet. I have about $ 1000 to spend and looking at maybe a sony or samsung 30 inch CRT. Currently( Sony KV-30HS420). However, after reading these forums it seems that 720p resolution is best to play games on , and CRT's upconvert to 1080. Im wondering if I should stick with a nice CRT or go for an LCD that does 720. If so what brand/model Flat Panel TV should I look into getting? Same price constraints as mentioned above, and any feedback would be most helpful because im new to HD :D ! Thank you. Also, do I need a HD tuner in order to play xbox 360 games in 720p or 1080i? Can I just plug in the xbox 360 directly into the back of the tv via component inputs and be fine?

1) bboncorr answered your question regarding the necessity of a HD tuner already. Not necessary.

2) LCD or CRT, if money was not an issue, as RSawdey, I would also recommend an LCD and go further and say that Plasma would be great also. On bigger screens, motion artifact will be more noticable on 1080i material and displays. However, since you have a small bedroom and would likely go with a widescreen HDTV 30" or smaller, I agree with bboncorr that you will likely not notice any significant advantages that the fixed-pixel 720p LCD displays offer. Remember that a key factor is your eye's own response time. For most people a CRT is fine.

3) Size- Bigger is better, but for your small bedroom and to contain costs, you could get away with a 30" CRT or a 26-32" LCD. I have a 26" SONY Bravia, Tosh 26HF85, Sharp Aquos 32", Panny CT30WX15, and a 43" Panny microdisplay RPLCD. 26" or 30" is plenty for your BR.

4) Brand- for LCD, I would look at a Sharp AQUOS 26" LCD or the non-XBR SONY Bravia 26". These are slightly more than $1K Premium quality LCD displays. Other gamers on this forum have recommended the Syntax Olevia for gaming. The 26" is less than $800. The Samsung 23" LCD I think is too small. Also, although the PQ of the Samsung LCDs are very good I believe the overall quality (+durability/reliability) does not justify their price.
CRT, I would stick with the SONY HS420 or consider the Panasonic CT30WX15 or the Toshiba 30HF85. Don't bother with Samsung at all when considering CRTs, they are problematic. Higher failure rate. Note that the Panny does not support 720p feeds but XBOX 360 can output 1080i so not an issue.


:yippee:

Emsurfer
11-14-2005, 12:11 AM
I thought the Sony KV-30HS420 supported 720p?

Absolutely does. The HS420 "upconverts" to 1080i. Does a fine job.
:eek:

RSawdey
11-14-2005, 08:41 PM
For many games, faster frame rate means faster response to controllers... not just smoother appearance, but smoother gameplay.