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Please help me choose a tv

peapod
05-25-2005, 12:03 AM
I want to buy a 61" tv mainly for watching tv, ppv boxing and watching movies. Can anyone give me any suggestions on what to pick out? I would like something that has a great picture, that has easy maintenence and will last a long time. Thank you

I was looking at a 61" JVC because of the price $2100, but I've read that there are many problems with that tv, lots of maintenence. That is probably why the tv is so inexpensive...

Blue_Tech
05-25-2005, 03:44 AM
In that size I'd be looking at Sony LCD rear projectors, or maybe one of the fine Toshiba DLP rear projectors, but thats just me.

You really need to goto the local store and let your eyes be the judge. So many options, so many technologies, and almost all of them have quirks that are noticed by some but not all in the image quality.

Seems like the folks around here can give some really good feedback if you can narrow down your choice in technology, say... DLP versus a Plasma of a certain brand.

Rogerman
05-25-2005, 05:48 AM
I want to buy a 61" tv mainly for watching tv, ppv boxing and watching movies. Can anyone give me any suggestions on what to pick out? I would like something that has a great picture, that has easy maintenence and will last a long time. Thank you

I was looking at a 61" JVC because of the price $2100, but I've read that there are many problems with that tv, lots of maintenence. That is probably why the tv is so inexpensive...

All rear-projection TVs need a lamp, which typically burn out in 5000 to 8000 hours. One member here said that his rear projection LCD Panasonic's lamp exploded within hours of buying the set.....anyhow, my aunt bought a Mitsubishi DLP which is a great TV. The current (2nd) generation JVCs I believe are good. The JVCs don't need a micromirror device that DLPs use, but on the other hand I've not really read any negatives on micromirrors aside from on JVC's website!! I've always trusted Mitsubishi as I have a 4 year old projection set which is still not obsolete; I use with a state of the art Time Warner HD DVR. There is a thread on 1080p sets due this year, on this section, which has a link to upcoming 1080p sets. If you can wait till this fall you could get one of those.....
Roger

LordGamer
05-25-2005, 07:54 AM
I want to buy a 61" tv mainly for watching tv, ppv boxing and watching movies. Can anyone give me any suggestions on what to pick out? I would like something that has a great picture, that has easy maintenence and will last a long time. Thank you

I was looking at a 61" JVC because of the price $2100, but I've read that there are many problems with that tv, lots of maintenence. That is probably why the tv is so inexpensive...

Are you interested in HDTV? Does size matter? I ask because I don't see you getting a LCD or DLP HDTV, 61" set for $2,100 (more around the $3,000 mark). However, if you are just looking for a standard set, I would suggest Toshiba or Sony brands...can't think of any specific models at the moment.

Illanoyze
05-25-2005, 08:12 AM
Sony 51WS520 is an excellent set.....Great HDTV quality.

RSawdey
05-25-2005, 04:07 PM
That is a CRT based RPTV... Samsung produces 61" DLP sets in both 720p and 1080p...

xb36o
05-27-2005, 12:29 AM
I am in the same boat. My recc. is to go to a qualified store that actually has someone who knows how to operate the peice of equipment.

1. Check the local tv station
2. Check and hdtv signal
3. Have the salesperson show you a dvd with progressive scan and without
4. Have the salesperson show you a dlp and and lcd side by side. Make sure they are both ouputting same signal.

Also check to see what wiring the place is using. Is it standard or the $200 GOLD PLATED professional cables. That is important.

I would stick to as few of manufactures as possible.

My suggestion is the following:

Sony, Mitsubishi, Samsung, Toshiba

You will find the tv out of this group. Stay away from the Hitachi tv's they have a bloching problem and dead pixels. Just and FYI


Now, Sony is the only lcd in that group, so keep that in mind. The others are DLP. The difference is up to the beholder. That is the only real way to say it. Don't beleive all reviews, because they may not apply to you. Like I said earlier place the sony grand wega lcd next to the samsung dlp (with the stand built on) or the Mitsubishi and decide which route to go.

My final thought: I am leaning towards the new Mitsubishi line only because the Samsung design is too "new age" for me. The Mitsubishi is an amazing tv. I was a huge Toshiba fan pre-hdtv, but with their fist stab at it, I will probably pass. Samsung might just have the best picture, but this unit is not for a family atmoshpere (could be broken).

I would say pick between the Sony Grand Wega (55"+) or the Mitsubishi dlp's. I would say 720p/ 1080i is a good resolution to aim for (included on all above mentioned units). Again, testing and playing, over and over and over and over again is vital. DO NOT JUST TAKE ONE HOME AND THEN CHANGE YOUR MIND, THEY ARE A BITCH TO MOVE, LIGHTWEIGHT OR NOT, THEY ARE BIG.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Blue_Tech
05-27-2005, 01:50 AM
When I go shopping, I take my own DVD's and/or CD's. I also ask the sales-person to reset the equipment back to defaults. Now that I have the PS2 slim, I think I'm gonna tote that along with me next time I'm in the store. That way I'll have my own cables and everything.

I was such a newb when I bought my XBR four years ago. I had no idea what I was shopping for and almost no clue about HDTV, you know? I went to that store three times. My only criteria was awesome picture. I walked out with the the 32" XBR, and never looked back. Turns out I made a pretty good choice. The picture is so good I wanna tell everyone CRT's are the only way to go, but I know I cant do that.

Take your own source material, and let your eyes do the shopping... All the technology is good, so you cant go wrong with whatever pleases you.

Oh yea, one more thing... No matter what you buy, I dont care if its a Qualia or a Sansui, or whatever, no matter how much the warranty might cost... GET THE EXTENDED WARRANTY! I dont care if it costs as much as the TV itself, BUY IT. I've learned the hard way on this one, so these days, I actually include the x-tended warranty cost in my price comparisons.

lienly
05-27-2005, 04:30 AM
I am a happy Tosh 62 user! :D thou it's very pricey here ($4500 in TW). :(

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mfabien
05-27-2005, 04:47 AM
I am a happy Tosh 62 user! :D thou it's very pricey here ($4500 in TW). :(


Are you getting good HD programming in Taiwan? Is the HD signal in digital or analog, like in Japan?

phugoid
06-08-2005, 03:56 PM
hi... i just bought a Samsung 50" HLP5085W for $2500 (out of box from BestBuy), saved almost $1000..only prob had to order the remote ($53) from Samsung. the great thing about this model is that it has it's own built in stand, which is really kool!...... im new to HDTV but im happy w this set!
my advice is get what YOU like, not what's pushed on ya.
good luck