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I would love some help..

ahsknight15
05-14-2008, 11:14 PM
I know you all have probably seen this question hundreds of times, but I'm looking at purchasing a 19" LCD HDTV and don't know what to do! I was planning on going into Best Buy and asking them, but I figured it'd be a better idea to get the opinions from someone who is focused on selling more expensive items.

So I've been looking at the 3 major stores in my area: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Target. I have also thought about looking at American, I think I have one nearby. The following TV's are the ones in my price range that could work:

From Wal-Mart:
Sanyo 19" Widescreen 16:10 HDTV ($298.00)
Polaroid 19" LCD TV w/ built-in tuner ($298.00)

Best Buy:
Dynex 19" 720p Widescreen Flat-panel LCD HDTV ($279.99)
Insignia 19" 720p Widescreen Flat-panel LCD HDTV ($299.99)

Target:
Magnavox 19" 1080i LCD HDTV ($298.00) *I don't know what 1080i is in comparison to 720p, so I don't even know if I should be looking at this one or not!*

American:
Haier 19" Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ 480i/480p/720p/1080i capabilities *again, I don't know what those numbers mean! :s *

So yeah..I would like to be able to just go to a store and pick it up without having to deal with shipping and all that, but if there is an even better-yet 19" I should get for 299.99 or lower, than please share!

Thanks a lot for all your help, it means a great deal to me!

Loves2Watch
05-14-2008, 11:16 PM
Out of those choices the Haier would be the best bet.

TheShadyCub
05-14-2008, 11:19 PM
The Polaroid is decent as well.

burnsalkire
05-15-2008, 07:42 AM
I know you all have probably seen this question hundreds of times, but I'm looking at purchasing a 19" LCD HDTV and don't know what to do! I was planning on going into Best Buy and asking them, but I figured it'd be a better idea to get the opinions from someone who is focused on selling more expensive items.

So I've been looking at the 3 major stores in my area: Wal-Mart, Best Buy, and Target. I have also thought about looking at American, I think I have one nearby. The following TV's are the ones in my price range that could work:

From Wal-Mart:
Sanyo 19" Widescreen 16:10 HDTV ($298.00)
Polaroid 19" LCD TV w/ built-in tuner ($298.00)

Best Buy:
Dynex 19" 720p Widescreen Flat-panel LCD HDTV ($279.99)
Insignia 19" 720p Widescreen Flat-panel LCD HDTV ($299.99)

Target:
Magnavox 19" 1080i LCD HDTV ($298.00) *I don't know what 1080i is in comparison to 720p, so I don't even know if I should be looking at this one or not!*

American:
Haier 19" Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ 480i/480p/720p/1080i capabilities *again, I don't know what those numbers mean! :s *

So yeah..I would like to be able to just go to a store and pick it up without having to deal with shipping and all that, but if there is an even better-yet 19" I should get for 299.99 or lower, than please share!

Thanks a lot for all your help, it means a great deal to me!

Why such a small 19" ?

hardeight
05-15-2008, 08:58 AM
Those numbers represent the number of pixels on the screen.
720p = 1280720 (Usually, It can have some variation)
1080i = 12801080
1080p = 19201080
So the 720 set would have 921,600 pixels, the 1080i 1,382,400 pixels

It really wont matter much on a 19 inch screen. 1080 and 720 barely matter on a 42" screen

rm00k
05-15-2008, 09:18 AM
Haier 19" Widescreen LCD HDTV w/ 480i/480p/720p/1080i capabilities *again, I don't know what those numbers mean! :s *

These numbers are not the resolution of the tv screen but the input signal its capable of handling. The screen's resolution given its 19" size is most likely 1366 x 768 pixels, so it will either upconvert or downconvert the input horizontal lines of resolution to fit the screen size of 768. But if its a 1440x900 then it would convert the 480/720/1080 to 900.

Frank Mahood
05-15-2008, 10:23 AM
I have owned the 19" Insignia from Best Buy for almost a year now, and am very happy with it. It's not my main TV, but hooked up with a Verizon HD STB, it produces an excellent image. The pixel resolution is 1440 x 900 and that produces an almost photographic image even when the viewer is close to the screen.

On the negative side, the screen tends to fade slightly around the edges, but it is really only visible when nothing is displayed on the screen. The left to right off angle viewing is pretty good, but above and below off angle viewing seems below average.

Hope this is useful.

Picturetaker
05-15-2008, 10:50 AM
I bought the Dynex you are looking at from Best Buy very poor picture on upper analog channels. Cable guy said poor shielding in the ntsc tuner. Also the atsc tuner would hang and not display the digital channels all the time. You would get a scanning for channel warning and then go blank. Picture was good with cable box, but could never get good sound. I returned to Best Buy and bought the Polaroid 19" from Walmart, very clear picture on analog and digital channels. Sound is still not great but given the small size of the speakers it is probably about as good as it can be. On a side note I hooked up a set of Bose computer speakers ($69.95 from Sams Club) and now I have great sound for the kitchen TV.

BrianO
05-15-2008, 12:58 PM
1080i = 12801080
1080p = 19201080


That is incorrect. 1080i = 1920 x1080, the same as 1080p. A full frame of either format contains exactly the same number of pixels: viz. 2,073,600.

PFC5
05-15-2008, 02:44 PM
That is incorrect. 1080i = 1920 x1080, the same as 1080p. A full frame of either format contains exactly the same number of pixels: viz. 2,073,600.

I think he is looking at the Hitachi 1080i plasma HDTVs for where he got that number. It IS incorrect as you pointed out, but the Hitachi is the only micro display with 1080i and I believe those are the pixel dimensions for them

DustyMonkey
05-15-2008, 02:51 PM
I had the Sanyo from Wal-Mart for about a year. I was very happy with it, excellent picture with cable and even Blu-Rays. It doesn't have HDMI inputs though, but I got a very good picture through component with it.