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Another newbie needs help!!!

GARYMC
07-31-2007, 07:59 AM
Recently decided to go to Hd flat panel at home. DLP seems to fit our needs best. We liked a Sony KDS-55A20 GRAND WEGA SXRD (1080P - 55") but apparently this is not a true dlp but Sony's version. The picture and the price seemed great! Now I find that no one broadcasts in 1080P and that this model is out of production. I guess my questions are:

1. Is there any reason not to buy the Sony KDS-55A20

2. Is it best to buy a 1080P Flat Panel rather than a 1080i set (that is cheaper!)

3. Does a 1080i signal look better on a 1080P than a than a 1080i?

Tia, this is a wonderful resource!

clearday
07-31-2007, 08:43 AM
Gary, Before you buy any TV, put a search into your favorite search engine and get as many reviews as you can to determine its performance and reliability.

If the Sony you are looking at is out of production, are you getting it used? If so, that could present other problems. And I believe Sony is getting out of rear production, so parts, etc., could get harder to find in a few years.

No flat panel tv is native 1080i. They are either 720p (which can display 1080i, but downconverted to 720p) or 1080p, which upconverts everything to 1080p. Over 50" you should go 1080p, the pic will be better.

GARYMC
07-31-2007, 09:24 AM
Thanks, you have cleared up somethings about resolution.

The Sony KDS-55A20 is a new set sold by Sam's Club in Dallas. The picture was superior and the price good ($1684.00) 4 year in home ext. warranty $200.00. but I have been concerned about some of the problems the SXRD sets seem to be having.

Our other choice was a Samsung model at BB, HLT5676S at $1984.00. It seems that Samsung DLPs have a pretty good reputation.

clearday
07-31-2007, 09:40 AM
I have a Samsung DLP about 2 years old and it has been great. But with these tv's you have to be careful about models. Some are better than others. That is why I suggested the search before buying. Samsung makes LED and DLP rear production tvs now. I don't know all the details, but some feel the bulb dlp's frame is too thin this year to properly support the screen, leading to some geometry problems with the screen. The LED looks good to me, but some feel it's not as bright and colorful as the bulb.

I think you should pick a 1080p TV, get an extended warranty because these tvs are still a work in progress, and read as many reviews as possible before buying.

I live in the Dallas area too, and we have tons of choices to look at and they all match prices, so check till you find the best picture for you, and then negotiate, don't feel restricted to one store or another.

rbinck
07-31-2007, 10:09 AM
If you are interested in 1080p HDTVs, you should check this out: The 1080p HDTVs (http://www.highdefinitionblog.com/?page_id=237)

GARYMC
08-08-2007, 10:08 PM
Sorry for the delay in my response. I took your advice and finally ended up with a new model Mitsubishi 1080P model (WD57733). I bought from Ed Kellum & Son. They have been around for about 50 years and have an excellent rep. The salesman (10 years in HI DEF) felt the picture was sharper than the equivalent Sony and a little cheaper. They only get about 5 of these units a week so had to wait a few days. The clincher was their 5 yr warranty covering just about everything including unlimited bulb replacement for $289.00! Looks really good. Thanks again.

BrianO
08-08-2007, 11:47 PM
GaryMC:

The Sony SXRD sets are not even remotely related to DLP. They are Sony's version of LCoS (Liquid Crystral on Silicon) which is a totally different technology from DLP (Digital Light Processing). DLP does not use LCD-based panels of any type. So, if you want DLP, don't buy any Sony TV because they have never made DLP sets and probably never will.

Based on quotes atttibuted to a senior Sony VP recently, clearday's speculation about Sony getting out of the RPTV business in the near future might very well turn out to be true.