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New at this, recommendations on receiver please

sy2
04-03-2006, 06:55 AM
Hi all,

I'm really new to the whole HD thing. I just went out and bought an Xbox 360 and a "Samsung 27" SlimFit™ HDTV with Built-In HD Tuner" (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-27-HDTV-TX-R2779H-/sem/rpsm/oid/132971/catOid/-12867/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)
so that I could play in HD.

I have DirecTV and am now looking to upgrade my receiver so I can get high def television as well as gaming, but I don't really know where to start as far as receivers and what-not.

I've been browsing through this forum and most of it sounds like a foreign language to me. I don't know what OTA means, I haven't had high def before... I'm pretty much clueless here.

I live in the Chicagoland area (zip code 60181, Villa Park, IL) but I don't know what channels I may or may not get, or even if my receiver choice determines which channels I get. I'm not planning on recording TV so I don't need Tivo or a DVR. I'm also 23 and fresh out of college so I'm not looking to spend an exorbitant amount of money on this.

Can anyone point me in the right direction here? I've been seeing a lot about the H20 but I've read that its guide is cumbersome and frustrating. Any help is truly appreciated.

Thanks a lot.

Diogenes
04-03-2006, 08:34 AM
Hi all,

I'm really new to the whole HD thing. I just went out and bought an Xbox 360 and a "Samsung 27" SlimFit™ HDTV with Built-In HD Tuner" (http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-27-HDTV-TX-R2779H-/sem/rpsm/oid/132971/catOid/-12867/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do)
so that I could play in HD.

I have DirecTV and am now looking to upgrade my receiver so I can get high def television as well as gaming, but I don't really know where to start as far as receivers and what-not.

I've been browsing through this forum and most of it sounds like a foreign language to me. I don't know what OTA means, I haven't had high def before... I'm pretty much clueless here.

I live in the Chicagoland area (zip code 60181, Villa Park, IL) but I don't know what channels I may or may not get, or even if my receiver choice determines which channels I get. I'm not planning on recording TV so I don't need Tivo or a DVR. I'm also 23 and fresh out of college so I'm not looking to spend an exorbitant amount of money on this.

Can anyone point me in the right direction here? I've been seeing a lot about the H20 but I've read that its guide is cumbersome and frustrating. Any help is truly appreciated.

Thanks a lot.

OTA means "over the air" this means an antenna, either outdoor or indoor.

www.antennaweb.org shows you what stations are available

follow this link and enter your zip

http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/Address.aspx


looks like you can pull in Chicago and Gary, with all stations at about 90 degrees and about 18 miles. CBS is your oddball, it is down in the VHF the others are UHF, so you need an antenna that does both UHF and VHF. Wander around the Local HDTV info and reception area to find out about antenna suggestions

http://www.highdefforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=9

sy2
04-03-2006, 09:20 AM
Thanks Diogenes for the info regarding the local channels and antenna.

What about receivers though? Like I said in the original post, "I've been seeing a lot about the H20 but I've read that its guide is cumbersome and frustrating." Any insights on this? Do receivers make that much of a difference in picture quality or what's the deal?

rockaway1836
04-03-2006, 09:47 AM
There is only one receiver that is HD and MPEG4. That's the H-20. Getting anything else would be getting something that is just about obselete. The guide is a little slow, but it's not a critical issue.

wolfman730
04-03-2006, 03:19 PM
I don't know why there is such a bid deal about the guide issue on the H-20, unless you spend more time flipping thru it rather than watching Tv.

sy2
04-03-2006, 03:39 PM
Well I couldn't tell you wolfman but that's what I read somewhere.

Went ahead and ordered one from Newegg for $90.

wolfman730
04-03-2006, 04:03 PM
Well I couldn't tell you wolfman but that's what I read somewhere.

Went ahead and ordered one from Newegg for $90.
It's not as bad as subs make it sound. It has an excellent OTA tuner and the PQ quality is also excellent in my opinion.