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Should I wait?

12-28-2004, 08:00 PM
First off I'm going to try and not be too long winded in this post.

I've been pretty seriously looking in to buying an HDTV for about 4 months now. I've had lots of questions. I found this forum over the weekend and it has answered soooo many of them. Unfortunately it has raised a couple of others that I did not even know about. (and glad I found out about before I jumped in)

The TV that I had pretty much settled on is the Sony XBR960, which everybody here seems to have really good things to say about.

But now to my questions.

This TV has only one HDMI connection. It seems in my reading that 2 would be nice since you would want to have one for your receiver, and one for an upscaling DVD player. And once the new high res DVD players come out they will undoubtedly want to use HDMI.
Are other more upscale tv's offering multiple HDMI inputs? If yes then I could likely assume that the Sony's in the near future that are down in my price range will also offer this. Comments?

I assume that this TV which has a max resolution of 1080i would not be able to display 1080p, is that correct? or is 1080 just 1080 regardless of the i or p?
Are tv's out now that can display 1080p?
How far away are we from 1080p broadcast?

Basically I dont want to buy this tv and then have it not compatible in 2 years (wife will kill me), But I also dont really want to wait 2 years to get on board. Please help.

12-28-2004, 08:18 PM
There are not many TV with multiple HDMI connections. There are some external switches though.

As far as the 1080p goes there are a couple of pretty expensive TVs that will do 1080p, but there is not anybody broadcasting in 1080p. Not likely there will be any in the near future either. Heck, they do't even allocate enough bandwidth to do 1080i properly, so the chances of them doubling the bandwidth is nill.

That TV will be a good one in 2 years. Just be sure you like the SD picture on it. If you like the SD picture, then the HD will be great!

12-28-2004, 10:26 PM
would like to second what rbinck said

plus add, ideally, if you have a nice enuff receiver ($$)
one would run all HDMI (dvd,stb,xbox, etc.) into receiver, then a single HDMI to TV...

that is the ultimate goal that HDMI cables are trying to achieve

we are just witnessing the begining of it now...


12-29-2004, 11:27 AM
The Toshiba 34HFX84 has two HDMI inputs. It costs about $400 - $600 less than the XBR. However, the XBR has the built in HD tuner and other features that Toshiba does not have. I looked at both and bought the Toshiba but I think either way you go you'll be happy. Good luck