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What should I be looking for in a direct-view HD???

bobb_topgun
02-03-2005, 10:15 PM
As a "newbie" to high-def, during a demo of various sets, what particular video and audio characteristics should I be looking for?

Also, my viewing environment (distance and angles to the screen) and cabinet size at home can handle up to a 34" screen size. Is there any reason not to go as large as 34"? I've noticed that some manufacturers (I believe like Samsung) do not go above 30" in direct-view CRT sets.

Again, any help anyone can provide is GREATLY appreciated!!

bobb_topgun :)

TMMerlin
02-03-2005, 11:02 PM
Sony KD-34XBR960

From what I have read at CNET.com ... this is an "editors choice" and most probobly the best direct view avaible today (unless somebody re-invented the wheel again).

Regards

cid3
02-04-2005, 01:00 AM
Depends on what you like more really. 16:9 sets are great for HD & DVD's *most widescreen movies will still have black bars, but a few will not, and you will need to stretch fullscreen movies*, while 4:3 sets are great for dvd's as well, and SD television w/o having to stretch the picture (you'll see HD programs in widescreen though). And if you get a 32/34 or whatever inch TV and if it's widescreen, make sure to use a measuring stick at the store, because the dimensions given on websites are usually wrong.

Zneg1
02-04-2005, 06:36 AM
For video:

Look for at least 2 COMPONENT inputs, DVI input or HDMI input, as well as COMPOSITE video inputs and S-VIDEO

For audio:

Look for DOLBY DIGITAL and DTS as well as DIGITAL COAX input, OPTICAL INPUT as well as regular STEREO RCA inputs and a MONITOR OUT.

Most likely, you would be using an external audio theatre system for sound so make sure you have enough inputs and outputs on the HDTV for all your connections

borromini
02-04-2005, 06:37 AM
...and you will need to stretch fullscreen movies*, while 4:3 sets are great for dvd's as well, and SD television w/o having to stretch the picture (you'll see HD programs in widescreen though)...
It doesn't bother me to have 4:3 images on my widescreen TV. I don't bother stretching cause it distorts the image in one way or another. Because HD is why I bought the TV in the first place, 16:9 sets were only considered. The way I see it, if you're going to spend $$ for an HDTV, you might as well maximize the HD expericence by going widescreen. If you can afford the space and price for a 34" model then definitely go for it. With HD, larger image means more to appreciate :)

borromini
02-04-2005, 06:49 AM
For video:

Look for at least 2 COMPONENT inputs, DVI input or HDMI input, as well as COMPOSITE video inputs and S-VIDEO

For audio:

Look for DOLBY DIGITAL and DTS as well as DIGITAL COAX input, OPTICAL INPUT as well as regular STEREO RCA inputs and a MONITOR OUT.

Most likely, you would be using an external audio theatre system for sound so make sure you have enough inputs and outputs on the HDTV for all your connections

Composite/s-video are already on every set regardless of manuf. so you don't really need to look for it. They're also both the lowest in video quality compared to component and HDMI/DVI so there's not much motiviation to using them on an HDTV. Also when purchasing an HDTV, DolbyDigital or DTS are inconsequential since they're not part of this equation. The CRT HDTVs that the OP is considering don't have built-in DD/DTS processing. That would be handled by external equipment. The only value in having coax/optical output connection would be if you're buying a set with built-in HD tuner and you were planning on getting OTA signal and were passing the audio to an A/V receiver. Otherwise, all audio would be handled by a satellite/cable HD receiver and DVD player.