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Best 30-inch CRT?

mogdor
01-04-2006, 06:12 PM
I was leaning toward getting a Samsung 30 inch slimfit, but I'm seeing good things about the Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic tube sets as well. I'd really like to hear everyone's opinions on what 30 inch you like best and why. Also, what would be best for viewing regular cable channels? (I do plan on getting HDTV, but also still plan on watching a lot of normal channels)

InitialDMP5
01-04-2006, 06:51 PM
its a good thing you still plan on watching a lot of normal cable channels, as you would only be watching about 10 channels of HD, and most of it just SD television shows. hehe.

I have the samsung you are talking about, and I thinks its pretty cool. the picture quality is not as great as my 36" sony, but its pretty awesome for what I paid for it. the one problem I notice that isn't really a bigdeal at all, is that the slim fit tvs seem to warp the images around the edges, and have a light blurryness at the edges. But again for the price I got the TV for, I will take that gladly. if I was to pay the full price, I would go for something by Sony, but you lose the slim factor. So I guess its just based on what you are willing to sacrifice.

Also, my friends just bought the phillips 30 inch CRT and I was pretty blown away by the features. It has PIP (standard, and side by side) it takes freeze frames on any video source, and has HDMI. they paid 699 for it. The HD seems a little washed out, and not super sharp compared to my TV, but its a great buy for the price. I hope that helps and doesn't just confuse you! ^_^

Maquese
01-13-2006, 04:03 AM
I've had an older model Samsung HD-Ready 30", an LG 30", a Samsung Slimfit 30", and finally a Sony 30" (KD-30XS955). None of the TVs seemed to have even close to as sharp a picture as the Sony in HD and SD.

I picked up the LG to replace the old Samsung with a tv that had built in tuners. I was pretty pleased with it. Ended up returning it because there was a chip in the glass. Best Buy didn't have any more, so I tried the Slimfit.

The Slimfit had pretty horrible warping (I tried two of them, one wasn't quite as bad as the other, but it was still visible and annoying).
After two tries, I decided to splurge the extra bit and pick up the Sony.

The Sony had a much sharper picture and better colors (even before adjusting) then either of the other two. The Samsung and the LG seemed a bit fuzzy overall. I did love the case style of the LG though. The small size of the Slimfit and it's almost LCD/Plasma case style was very attractive. I probably would have kept it, if not for the geometry problems.

The biggest downside to the Sony was size and weight. Lugging it up to a 3rd floor apartment isn't fun, and it won't be fun to move when the lease is up :)

-Mark

Strausch77
01-13-2006, 12:33 PM
I have had a KV30XBR910 for about a year and a half now. I'm not sure if they still sell this TV or even if something better has come out. It's an amazing TV!!!! Yes, it has some size(although it looks great on the matching sony stand) and it's very heavy. But you won't beat the picture!!! Everyone always comments on it, even those with their own HD TV's. It's a beautiful set! I have not had any issues with it and I'm so glad I picked it up. Only wish I could have swung the 34" at the time.

Jerm357
01-13-2006, 01:13 PM
Heres another one for the Sony 30XS955 Ive had this tv For about 4 month now and its has the best HD picture I have ever seen. The price has gone down too since I bought it check out J&R.com for a good price.

Porcupine
01-13-2006, 04:41 PM
Thx for this post topic guys. I was wondering about the Samsung Slimfits and whether or not they would warp exceptionally badly at the edges. According to you guys they do, and so now I know Samsung Slimfits are DEFINITELY not for me.

In fact, any CRT TV I buy I would prefer to be a Fatfit. As Fatfit as possible. I think the deeper a TV is, the less curved the viewing screen needs to be, and so the edge geometry will be more correct. I know TVs these days are all flatscreen, but I believe the flatness is in some ways a bad gimmick (mainly only reduces glare, fortunately I always see flat screens being advertised correctly so that's good). A flat screen hides the innate curvature of the CRT projector from the buyer, which is still there, just hidden. The fact that images always warp at the edges/corners of flatscreen CRTs proves that, I think. (A good "Fatfit" CRT though will have little edge warping because it is naturally a flat screen, not a fake flat screen).

I don't see why TV depth is a big problem anyway. At least not for me. I have plenty of room to the rear wall of my small room. Well, I make room for it, because good quality speakers should not be placed as far from the rear wall as possible. So your TV should have plenty of space to the rear wall to begin with and can be as deep as it likes. TV length/width considerations are more important to me.

Porcupine
01-15-2006, 06:18 PM
"Well, I make room for it, because good quality speakers SHOULD be placed as far from the rear wall as possible."

Oops, I made a mistake in the above post. Just noticed it.

prashobravi
02-05-2006, 03:22 AM
hi

i have just moved into dubai and ams etting up a home. looked around for lcd and plasmas..but tht i will settle down for the samsung slim fit. TX-R3079WH. or is it 32 inches...anyway, the point is, i paid 3700 dirhams..tht about 1000 dollars for it...came witha free stand a samsung home theatre system/dvdv player with usb and divx capability.

is it a good buy, or is the tv all that bad as made out to be. cos this is hard earned money....

thanks

bboncorr
02-05-2006, 06:55 PM
i dont like samsung crts. i have read tons of reviews from people who bought one and they all seem to have the same problems. i would go with the sony. im not a sony lover but i do feel they make the best crt. ive seen a bunch a different brands of tvs side by side and sonys crts allways look the best after i adjusting all the tvs im checking out. there picture is smother but there tvs weigh more. that should only be an issue if your like my father and you feel like you have to move around your living room every other day.

CatManDoo
02-05-2006, 07:24 PM
I was leaning toward getting a Samsung 30 inch slimfit, but I'm seeing good things about the Sony, Toshiba, and Panasonic tube sets as well. I'd really like to hear everyone's opinions on what 30 inch you like best and why. Also, what would be best for viewing regular cable channels? (I do plan on getting HDTV, but also still plan on watching a lot of normal channels)If you have room, get the Sony. :) Even better, get their 34" if you can make it fit. :yippee: And yes, the XBR is worth the extra bucks. :thumbsup: Sony gets a premium on all their sets, but you get what you pay for. :bowdown: IMHO....

borromini
02-05-2006, 10:07 PM
The XBRs or the XS models are very good.