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Question via PM about equipment

09-22-2004, 11:45 AM
From larry124 PM:I too am reading as many posts as I can to learn before making a very expensive purchase and you seem most knowledgeable on the subject. As posted by ggarcia160 yesterday I would like to followup and ask 1. is there a "best" hd receiver on the market or are they pretty much all the same and 2. if the receiver has a dvi output and the tv has an hdmi input does it matter (I'm assuming theres a cable for that) or do they need to match so I would need to buy a tv and receiver to match.Thanks for any advice you can offer and for all your time in helping all us "newbies" as we need all the help we can get. I'm looking at an lcd over dlp based on so many posts of noisy color wheels and color wheel rainbow effects, am I being paranoid? What in your experience is the better technology?
As far as the best HD receiver is concerned, the picture quality will pretty much be the same, so I'd go for features where there are some differences. You didn't say whether you are takling about an OTA receiver, a Directv receiver or some other type. Voom only has the one receiver, for example, and cable boxes (which some people refer to as a receiver) generally are furnished by the cable system and you won't have a choice.

As far as settop OTA receivers go, I don't have any experence with very many of those, so I'd say go shopping for features. The way the guide, favorites and other navigation features is what I'd look for first. Once you rank your choices then google the model number to see if any bad reports show up. I have an old Panasonic OTA receiver that is known for overheating problems. I don't use it much anymore since I got the Voom system, but to keep it running I had to cut a hole in the top of the unit and mount a cooling fan to blow room air onto the power supply area. You shure want to know about problems like this before you buy!

If you are talking about a Directv receiver, the best I have seen is the Zenith SAT-520. It is not being sold by Zenith anymore, but you can still find them on the internet. This unit can also be used just as an OTA receiver and it has a connection for an analog cable connection. When subscribed to Directv, all of the channels are intermixed in the guide so the user really doesn't need to worry about selecting satellite, OTA or cable, it is just seamless. Very nice feature as you can set up your favorites intermixing the sources as well. It is not compatable with digital cable, however.

Now to the connections. HDMI is basically DVI with the audio included so you only need the one cable to interconnect the receiver and the TV. They do make adapter cables to go from HDMI to DVI for the video. Check out this link: http://catalog.belkin.com/PureAV_detail.process?Product_Id=181896

I'd tend to try and get matching connections if possible. HDMI seems to be the future, but DVI seems to be the now.

Both LCD and DLP will give a very nice picture. My favorite of all of the RPTV types is LCOS or D-ILA. Of the three the LCD will have burn in problems, so if you are going to play computer games (or PS2) then you prolly don't want to get an LCD type. The LCOS or D-ILA types are a bit more $ but they are worth it, imo - and no color wheels in the three chip units.

09-22-2004, 12:07 PM
Inexpensive cables DVI/HDMI cables...



09-22-2004, 04:10 PM
Thanks for the information. I was looking at tv's today and leaning toward dlp over lcd (samsung "63"series). None of the stores had the lcos on display. I'll look tomorrow. Too bad crt's are going the route of the dinosaur, their still a great picture at a fraction of the price.