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Old 08-02-2005, 01:35 PM   #1  
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I purchased a 52 inch RCA TV off of bestbuy.com about two weeks ago. I spent $1059 only to get a poor picture. I'm returning the TV and getting a refund on my bestbuy credit card. Since I already have a High-Definition receiver, I want to get a HD-Ready TV. I'm looking for a TV that's reliable (that will last for many years) and displays a great picture. Obivously, I'm not going to be able to get a high-end big screen TV with a 1000 dollars, but I would be happy with a 30-32 inch widescreen TV. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2005, 02:00 PM   #2  
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I want to get a HD-Ready TV. I'm looking for a TV that's reliable (that will last for many years) and displays a great picture.
Sorry to say, but there is no TV you will find that will last for many years to come. New TVs don't last as long as the older ones.
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Old 08-02-2005, 02:07 PM   #3  
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Which are the longer lasting TVs, then? Rear-Projections probably have the shortest-life...Which TV-type would give me 8-10 years?
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Old 08-02-2005, 08:01 PM   #4  
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MY OPINION:

If you're looking for very good picture quality, you could go with just about any brand including Philips and even Samsung, LG, Daewoo, Tatung, or Hyundai. I would call these "Sprinters".

If you want great picture quality and endurance from the TV, then look at Panasonic, SONY, Toshiba, Sharp as your first tier and Mitsubishi, JVC, Sanyo as your second tier. I would call these your "Marathon Runners". But as mentioned before, the marathon runners of today are not what they used to be. Expect 5-7 years, maybe 10 vs. the 15+ years of durability before.
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:21 PM   #5  
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Most all televisions with CRT picture tubes now delivered a good quality picture. I've viewed a good many LCD, Plasma and projection sets and although they are getting closer, they are still not worth the money one has to spend for the best ones.
I would get either a 30" or 34" widescreen, since practically all DVDs are in widescreen and soon most TV programming will also be in widescreen. In my opinion, Sony is still the best. Next would be Samsung and then Philips. Toshiba and Panasonic used to be top brands, but they have produced some disappointing stuff lately in CRTs and DVD players. It may be that most major players are focusing on the newer type sets, where the money is made.
Samsung has a good new 30" that is only 16" deep and weighs 120 lbs and with built-in HD tuner. This is a good buy. Its on sale for $899 at Circuit City.
Sam's has a 30" Philips widescreen that they sale for $599. This is really a good value. It sells for $749 at Circuit City & Best Buy.
However, the entire Electronics field is changing so fast. It will be difficult for most people to keep the same TV, DVD player, etc. for say 10 years. We will always want the newest technology, if we can afford it.
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Old 08-02-2005, 10:51 PM   #6  
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I Just bought a phillips 30 wide, and I think it is a great TV. HD comes in sweet. I am very happy with my purchase. Is there a Costco in your area? check them out!!!
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Old 08-02-2005, 10:55 PM   #7  
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Best I can recommend at that price point:

Sony 30HS420: $899

My 32 Sony HD has lasted 4 years, and survived at drop down a flight of stairs . Absolute brightness has gone down a bit, but that is natural for CRT's, tweaking the settings a bit fixes that. I figure its still good for 2-3 more years before it gets fuzzy enough that I retire it to a kids bedroom or sell it/junk it.

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Old 08-03-2005, 11:57 AM   #8  
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I would recommend the Panasonic 34" WS. It's a little over your budget, but it puts out a fine picture. Could not be happier.
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I would recommend the Panasonic 34" WS. It's a little over your budget, but it puts out a fine picture. Could not be happier.
You could get the 2004 model Panasonic CT34WX54 for $899 total including shipping on-line. check it out.
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You could get the 2004 model Panasonic CT34WX54 for $899 total including shipping on-line. check it out.
Did you know that the ground shipping on that is $0.06!
Did you also know that it CAN'T play 780p video!

Web site: http://www.6ave.com/product.jsp?x=CT34WX54&zipz=11001
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Did you also know that it CAN'T play 780p video!......
Assuming you meant 720p.....When would you want to input a 720p signal?

DVDs are 480i or p
STB (Cable or OTA) should be set to 1080i
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As mentioned before in my replies in the private message, the Panasonic HDTV CRTs support 480p and 1080i. XBOX 360, HD DVDs, Cable, Satellite, all support 1080i, which is the native resolution of ALL HDTV CRTs. The other brands, i.e. SONY, Toshiba, Samsung, etc, upconverts non-1080i signals to 1080i.
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Assuming you meant 720p.....When would you want to input a 720p signal?

DVDs are 480i or p
STB (Cable or OTA) should be set to 1080i
Yes, DVDs are 480i or 480p. But XBOX 360's games will mostly be in 720p, not 1080i. Which is better for games because of the fast movement. Games wouldn't look as good on 1080i, because it can't refresh as fast.
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I went with the Sony KV30HS420. This is the best TV I've ever had. I like how it supports 720p ( The native for ESPNHD) my other rear-projection RCA didn't...
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Old 08-06-2005, 01:21 PM   #15  
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I don't understand Nocturnal Clown's statement, but I'm just learning. Isn't it true that no direct-view CRT will display 720p? But that they all support 720p to the extent that they will upconvert 720p signals to 1080i? Am I wrong about this? Does anyone understand what I'm trying to ask, or am I just confusing myself.

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