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Decision has been made...finally

JoeProcopio
12-12-2006, 01:17 PM
well, after researching everything i could, and applying my knowledge of HD in the video production/post production world...i have come to a decision for my new HDTV. I had thought about Sonys, Sharps, Samsungs, Philips and others....ended up waging price versus use versus PQ.

The Winner Is.....Philips 37PF9631D. PQ is amazing for a 37" LCD, deep rich blacks, easy to use controls to adjust picture. This set has a USB input on the side to allow for viewing digital photos right off the camera for your relatives to view during halftime, or between rounds. For my use, I will only need 1 HDMI input (digital cable), one component input (SD progressive dvd), 1 composite input (vhs ugh, lol, but every so often you get an old video tape of your cousin's wedding you need to put up, hehe). I don't have the need or want for a PS3, and until HD DVDs finish their little spat, I won't be buying one of those either. I don't plan on forking out 6-900 on top of 1400 for my TV anyways...

Last but not least, the Ambilight feature is way cool, this has the 2 channel and it does relax the eyes while viewing...but anyways, I looked long and hard, got some great prices on all the TVs, but found the best price for the Philips at my local Sears, so don't have to worry about Brutus and his buddy Spike dropping the monitor trying to deliver it...

well, for listening to my posts and answering my questions, I will put up reviews after I get to watch the TV for awhile, that is assuming I can pull myself away and get back to work after I get it installed, lol.

And when 1080p sets are under a grand in 5 years, then i'll put this one in my bedroom and get a nice 40+ incher for the living room!

stchman
12-12-2006, 02:03 PM
well, after researching everything i could, and applying my knowledge of HD in the video production/post production world...i have come to a decision for my new HDTV. I had thought about Sonys, Sharps, Samsungs, Philips and others....ended up waging price versus use versus PQ.

The Winner Is.....Philips 37PF9631D. PQ is amazing for a 37" LCD, deep rich blacks, easy to use controls to adjust picture. This set has a USB input on the side to allow for viewing digital photos right off the camera for your relatives to view during halftime, or between rounds. For my use, I will only need 1 HDMI input (digital cable), one component input (SD progressive dvd), 1 composite input (vhs ugh, lol, but every so often you get an old video tape of your cousin's wedding you need to put up, hehe). I don't have the need or want for a PS3, and until HD DVDs finish their little spat, I won't be buying one of those either. I don't plan on forking out 6-900 on top of 1400 for my TV anyways...

Last but not least, the Ambilight feature is way cool, this has the 2 channel and it does relax the eyes while viewing...but anyways, I looked long and hard, got some great prices on all the TVs, but found the best price for the Philips at my local Sears, so don't have to worry about Brutus and his buddy Spike dropping the monitor trying to deliver it...

well, for listening to my posts and answering my questions, I will put up reviews after I get to watch the TV for awhile, that is assuming I can pull myself away and get back to work after I get it installed, lol.

And when 1080p sets are under a grand in 5 years, then i'll put this one in my bedroom and get a nice 40+ incher for the living room!

I would definitely recommend a set with at least 2 HDMI and 2 component inputs. Reason being HD-DVD or Blu Ray when they activate ICT and the possibility of other devices being HDMI only.

hdtv4me2
12-12-2006, 02:14 PM
Sounds as if you're happy, that's what counts. More connections is always better but that's why they make switches.

I don't know about your particular model, but Philips has gotten some color accuracy criticism in the past. Have you seen true looking colors?

stchman
12-12-2006, 02:22 PM
Sounds as if you're happy, that's what counts. More connections is always better but that's why they make switches.

I don't know about your particular model, but Philips has gotten some color accuracy criticism in the past. Have you seen true looking colors?

The cost of HDMI and component switches are prohibitive and buying the next up TV with multiple HDMI inputs is usually only a little more.

JoeProcopio
12-12-2006, 02:24 PM
as i stated, i am not buying a bluray or hd dvd anytime in the next few years, and have no need for PS3/Xbox...when 1080p broadcasts come out i will buy a new tv for the living room, 1080p with as many HDMI inputs as i need, but thanks for the comment!

JoeProcopio
12-12-2006, 02:25 PM
yes, color looked real good, i tend to like a little less color in things anyways, it's the black level/contrast that i care more about. and i could dial in as much color or as little color as i liked

pappylap
12-12-2006, 02:26 PM
Congratulations on your decesion Joe..I hope you get several years of worry-free HD service from the set and I'm in agreement with you about the 1080p...... the sales people seem to be shoving these down most prespective buyers throats, but are not telling them that the only way to enjoy the 1080p bliss thier new set will deliver is to hook up an $$$$$ Blu-ray dvd player a PS3 or an HD-dvd that output the 1080p signal not sure if 360 outputs 1080p or not......
anyway seems like a good choice on the set...

JoeProcopio
12-12-2006, 02:38 PM
Xbox has an HD DVD addon for around 200 bucks, so yes, it should play out 1080p as well, but the games aren't 1080p


thanks, i knew i could get some support from you...amazing how people will just say well your TV choice sucks cause it doesn't have this or it doesn't do that....this choice is the best for me for my particular needs...when needs change, new TV gets bought!