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Changed my mind - need HDTV suggestions

SweetMeef
10-16-2004, 10:30 PM
I recently bought a Panasonic CT-32HXC14 (specs HERE (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/96193/origin)) and I'm not really satisfied with it. I got it on sale at circuit city for $750. Basically, any time the screen is letterboxed, dvd or cable, the picture has a line or two at the top and bottom that is brighter than the rest of the picture, right before the screen goes black; nothing appauling, just noticeable. Thinking it might be the unit, I took my original back, waited for them to order another, and hooked it up today - same problem. I think I may return it and get a different brand.
So, here are the constraints:
32"-36" Flat screen (not flat panel)
HDTV ready or integrated
4:3 aspect ratio (not interested in widescreen tv)
multiple inputs for dvd/cable/etc/etc - The panasonic had a ton of inputs (something like 4 analog, 2 S-video, 2 component, coax, and DVI) which I liked for if/when I add vhs and gaming devices.
And price has to be under $900 - I'd prefer to remain around the $750-799 range if possible but understand that quality can cost more.
(Edit: I suppose I could settle for a 30" if it was just jaw-dropping in quality/reviews, but I do like the size of the Panasonic. But, if you have a knockout 30" in my price range, feel free to suggest it.)

Thanks for the suggestions,

Symbios
10-17-2004, 12:14 PM
The Sony KV-32HS420 (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Sony-32--HDTV-Monitor--KV-32HS420-/sem/rpsm/oid/93015/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)

Or the Samsung TX-P3264 (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-32--HDTV-Monitor--TX-P3264-/sem/rpsm/oid/96281/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)

Seem like pretty good TV's.

Gothmogs
10-18-2004, 10:29 AM
hey sweetMeef. this set is top class it will run in all thease modes
1080i,720p, 480i 480p .plenty of inputs and outputs and only $699.
i use a upconverting DVD player so i no it runs at 720p too :)
http://www.sanyo.com/entertainment/televisions/digital/index.cfm?productID=904
hope it helps.

Boozshey
10-19-2005, 10:29 PM
I just put that one on lay-a-way at walmart for $550.00.

Im not poor, i had to use lay-a-way cause it was the last one there and I have an 05 GT Mustang so it won't fit in the car...

RSawdey
10-20-2005, 12:20 AM
Buying a 4:3 TV semi-compatible with the HDTV spec is a REALLY BAD IDEA!

The ATSC digital TV spec requires widescreen. All HDTV is widescreen. 4:3 TVs show a really tiny image for the digital signals with lots of detail & fill the screen with low res analog... in comparison the HD always looks too tiny & the SD looks fuzzy. And a PITA to use, you'll have to mess with the aspect all the time.

ja2935
10-20-2005, 08:03 AM
SweetMeef - just curious as to why you are not interested in widescreen?

Emsurfer
10-20-2005, 08:48 PM
I recently bought a Panasonic CT-32HXC14 (specs HERE (http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/96193/origin)) and I'm not really satisfied with it. I got it on sale at circuit city for $750. Basically, any time the screen is letterboxed, dvd or cable, the picture has a line or two at the top and bottom that is brighter than the rest of the picture, right before the screen goes black; nothing appauling, just noticeable. Thinking it might be the unit, I took my original back, waited for them to order another, and hooked it up today - same problem. I think I may return it and get a different brand.
So, here are the constraints:
32"-36" Flat screen (not flat panel)
HDTV ready or integrated
4:3 aspect ratio (not interested in widescreen tv)
multiple inputs for dvd/cable/etc/etc - The panasonic had a ton of inputs (something like 4 analog, 2 S-video, 2 component, coax, and DVI) which I liked for if/when I add vhs and gaming devices.
And price has to be under $900 - I'd prefer to remain around the $750-799 range if possible but understand that quality can cost more.
(Edit: I suppose I could settle for a 30" if it was just jaw-dropping in quality/reviews, but I do like the size of the Panasonic. But, if you have a knockout 30" in my price range, feel free to suggest it.)

Thanks for the suggestions,

I wouldn't bail on Panasonic, they are a superior brand. I also agree with other posts that widescreen 16:9 is the way to go. I would recommend a 30 or 34" SONY KV- 30 or 34HS420, Pansonic CT- 30 or 34WX15, or Toshiba 30 or 34HF85. Throw out the Samsung. If you think you have problems with Panasonic, wait 'till you get a Samsung. Also, I am not convinced that the "lines" are caused by your Panasonic TV but rather interference from the input. Further, yes the 30" Panny has "just jaw-dropping in quality/reviews".
:eek:

calgoldenbear
10-21-2005, 08:54 AM
I would stick with the Panasonic if you're going to go with 4:3 ratio. I owned one and never experienced the bright lines you mention. I agree that it's probably in the cables, try better quality connections. When it comes to HD broadcast I still compare anything I'm looking for now to the quality of the panasonic. It's crystal clear, displays bright colors and HD broadcasts are dazzling. If you're basing your opinion on watching DVDs, go call comcast or your cable/satellite provider and get an HD box immediately.

On a related subject, has anyone else experienced this? For the first 2 months or so of having HD I found myself watching the most boring programming ever simply because it was in HD. Lets face it, sunsets around the world are only interesting in HD.

Emsurfer
10-21-2005, 11:58 AM
I would stick with the Panasonic if you're going to go with 4:3 ratio. I owned one and never experienced the bright lines you mention. I agree that it's probably in the cables, try better quality connections. When it comes to HD broadcast I still compare anything I'm looking for now to the quality of the panasonic. It's crystal clear, displays bright colors and HD broadcasts are dazzling. If you're basing your opinion on watching DVDs, go call comcast or your cable/satellite provider and get an HD box immediately.

On a related subject, has anyone else experienced this? For the first 2 months or so of having HD I found myself watching the most boring programming ever simply because it was in HD. Lets face it, sunsets around the world are only interesting in HD.

For the first week. Yes. I guess you're either from California or you attend University of California
:eek:

jim5506
10-31-2005, 05:58 PM
Since your'e watching on a 4:3 screen there will always be shadowboxing along the top and bottom when you watch anHD picture, unless you zoom it.

My Sony D-50 CRT projector shows light lines on all four sides of all digital pictures, its overscan.

Why not go with a 16:9 join the 21st century.

doggie
10-31-2005, 08:00 PM
Why not go with a 16:9 join the 21st century.
I bought my 36" Sony 4:3 CRT 3 years ago and have no regrets. The picture is superb, and I say even today, more than 3/4 of all my DVD and TV programs are in the 4:3 format. Almost all of my favorite TV series on DVD are in 4:3, most if not all of my music DVDs are in 4:3, and ALL of my porn DVDs are 4:3. :D But if I were buying a set today, I might consider going bigger with LCD even though picture quality is inferior to CRT (IMHO).