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Need a cheap, but nice HD TV!

Becker
11-15-2005, 11:06 PM
Hello, i am new to the HD stuff, dont even have a HD Tv yet, but I am one of the other hundred people on here that is wanting to get a nice set to play the NEw Xbox360 on.

I would like to find something under $500 that has a native 720p resolution.

I also would like it to be around 26-32 inches atleast and would like to possibly have the tuner already included in the unit.

Anyone know of any tvs sets that would fit my profile ? Any help would be appreciated.

Ive looked around and havent found anything that great for reasonable price!

Thanks :)

meh130
11-16-2005, 12:53 AM
I would like to find something under $500 that has a native 720p resolution.

I also would like it to be around 26-32 inches atleast and would like to possibly have the tuner already included in the unit.
Your best bet at your price point will be a 26" CRT. This size is running about $600 with a built-in tuner. It will not do 720p but will do 1080i.

The lowest priced 26" LCD HDTVs run about $700.

You might be able to find close-outs on older models, perhaps of HDTV monitors without a tuner. This is especially true for display models.

Also, you can find good deals on factory refurbished models.

A tuner is not necessary if you end up hooking the monitor to a HD satellite or digital cable box with a built-in tuner. Also, don't worry about an older model with a DVI port instead of an HDMI port. You can get a cable which will connect HDMI to DVI.

hnleong
11-18-2005, 09:55 PM
Why not check out on this Samsung Slim Fit. It may be over your budget by $400 but may served your purpose.

Emsurfer
11-19-2005, 01:30 AM
I would like to find something under $500 that has a native 720p resolution.
I also would like it to be around 26-32 inches atleast and would like to possibly have the tuner already included in the unit.
Thanks :)

1) Native 720p for less than $500, you need to spend more even for an el cheapo LCD.

2) 26-32", You're pretty much limited to a 26" 1080i HDTV CRT if you want widescreen. I would recommend the Toshiba 26HF85.

3) Not only are they above your price wishlist, the Samsung Slimfits are not very good. You're always at risk for geometry issues with CRTs but when you try to condense the tube like Samsung tried, they're asking for trouble. Granted, there has been 2 modifications since the initial slimfit, the geometry issues I am sure have improved. Plus, the slimfits really don't save you that much space. You're already in trouble driving 100mph on the highway, try doing it drunk and high on methamphetamine.
:eek:

quegyboe
11-19-2005, 02:06 AM
Check out the Sony KV30HS420. I just bought myself one of those sets and its a beautiful TV. Full high def support and amazing picture quality. Cost me $1199 but that's in Canadian dollars so that would be less in american coin.

Emsurfer
11-19-2005, 02:09 AM
Check out the Sony KV30HS420. I just bought myself one of those sets and its a beautiful TV. Full high def support and amazing picture quality. Cost me $1199 but that's in Canadian dollars so that would be less in american coin.

I would have recommended the Panasonic WX15 and the SONY HS420 but that would tilt his budget. Good choice in a HD CRT though.
:)

iserum
11-19-2005, 09:22 AM
i would recommend not to get CRT, LCD 26 inch are coming down in price dramatically Sharp Aquos is around $1200 now it will be under $1000 by christmas. I think LCD the way to go.

RSawdey
11-20-2005, 06:50 AM
Second tier makers have 30" panels for less than $1000...

Marty1080i
11-20-2005, 03:31 PM
I recently bought the Toshiba 30HF85C for under $1000 CDN. Full 720p or 1080i support with an HDMI Input and 2 Component inputs. This tv will also upscale any non-480p signal to 1080i. Excellant pq and cheaper than the Sony 30". The tube sets still have much better black levels that lcd sets (for now, at least).

gleepglop
11-27-2005, 12:07 AM
i saw a beautiful looking 32" lcd Polaroid for $950 at CC the day after Turkey day. I don't know if it was weekend price only or not. But they were showing Discovery HDTV on it and it was beautiful, almost made me return the 51" CRT RPTV I had just bought for $800. (almost!)
I'm sure it won't be long before quality 30" - 32" LCDs are regularly going for $850.