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Old 04-04-2006, 11:06 AM   #1  
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Hi. I've been looking to get the HL-R5667W from Amazon for $1800 shipped, but I saw that it's only 720p. So my question is: should I get something smaller that has 1080p, and is there a major difference? I'll be using it mostly for normal tv viewing and watching DVDs. I only have local channels because I'm on a college campus that doesn't offer cable. Will I need to purchase an HD receiver or something to view them in high def? I will also be hooking my XBox and PS2 up to it, as well as my computer. Can anyone suggest a site where I can get some better cables for my consoles inexpensively (newegg maybe??... I don't know if/what kind of cable I would need to get really) I will also be hooking it up to my computer on occasion. I haven't purchased a new video card yet, because I wanted to ask this question: should I get a video card with an HDMI port, or will DVI suffice? Thanks.
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Old 04-04-2006, 08:54 PM   #2  
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I've been struggling with the same issue myself. I read the comments about 1080P TV's not accepting 1080P signal, even if there was one. But everytime I go to the store to compare pictures I'm always drawn to the 1080P sets.

Years ago when I went searching for the best stereo, I got totally confused by the sales people. One told me I needed 1,000 watts per channel while another told me 60 watts was sufficient.. the disparity was so large between the answers I got from about 10 different people before I finally ran into the guy who sold my the stereo I bought.. he said, whatever sounds good to you..

I believe the same rule applies to video
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Old 04-04-2006, 09:19 PM   #3  
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The 1080p sets are newer technology so they will have a better picture compared to the Samsung,which has been out for over a year now.Currently there is no 1080p programing.Buying a tv that accepts 1080p only says you got money to burn.They don't have the specs right for the next generation dvd players which are supposed to output in 1080p.I just recently got a newer tv 1080i is the highest res.The tv was a warranty replacement I prefered the Samsung but I had no say so.If you have no plans watching hd don't waste the money on 1080p.If you plan on getting the flopbox 360 it outputs in 720p.Just think 5-6 years age hd ready sets where being sold but there was no hd content to feed the set with and or test it.I had my previous tv 2 1/2 years before I made the hd plunge.So when I did my dvi connection on my tv didn't work.There is a price to pay for being first on the block with new technology.
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Old 04-04-2006, 10:48 PM   #4  
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Ok. The only tv I could find with 1080p in my price range was a 37" Is it really all that much better to justify going down about 20"? By the way, I won't be buying a "flopbox 360" I only got the regular xbox to halo it up with the college crew. Also, to restate my previous post, do I need to buy an hd receiver or anything to view my local channels in high def? And what cables are recommended for the consoles and my pc?
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Old 04-04-2006, 11:04 PM   #5  
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Wel go with the Samsung,but check to make sure you can hook a computer up to it.Go to the Samsung website to get the real deal.BB and CC salesman don't know jack.I'm assuming you have component cables for the PS2 and the flopbox.Your video card,DVI or HDMI?Don't waste money on monster brand cables.Waaaay overpriced more hype than anything.If you plan on purchasing on-line go to www.streetprices.com to research the price of the tv.
www.bluejeanscables.com for your connectors or www.monoprice.com also for connectors.If you are convinced monster is the brand go to www.accessories4less.com they don't sell monster but AR which is equall but cheaper and my personal favorite IXOS.If you already have DVI should work it will output 1081i.
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You could probably get a 720p DLP for about $1500.00 online now if you went with a 50" RPTV. You should be about 10 feet away for a 50" and about 14 feet for a 56" RPTV.

I would go with a 720p for now and in 2-3 years (at most) or sooner you will be able to buy a 1080p (with 1080p inputs) for about $1500.00 and still have that 720p set for another room when the changeover to all digital happens. Think about the HDTV industry like the computer industry was 10 years ago. Prices should drop roughly in half in 2-3 years.

To receive HD channels Over The Air (OTA) any HDTV above 35" should have the ATSC (HD) tuner built-in. You will need an antenna to receiver them, and you can go to www.antenna.org to see what size/kind you will need for OTA where you are. If you have cable/satellite service, you will still need their converter box to receive most digital/HD channels.

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Ok. It is cheaper on streetprices, but I've never heard of some of those stores. Is MP Superstore or Nice Electronics reliable? Anyone heard of them?
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Another quick question.. What would be a good dvd player to get the most out of this tv? Can I get just any progressive-scan dvd player, or is there one that would produce better quality?
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Hmmm... bump? Are my questions excessively noobish? Or are there just not a lot of people on these forums?
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Old 04-05-2006, 10:44 PM   #10  
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If you have a progressive scan dvd player that will do.Some people on this forum will advise you to wait until the hd-dvd or Blu-Ray players are avaible and get one of those.Personally I would weight it could be a year or 2 before one format wins,and the one you decide to buy might not be the chosen format.So go progressive if you got one already or get an upconvert player for a fraction of the cost.
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Ok. Which would be better:
Philips Progressive Scan DVD Player w/ DivX Playback, DVP642
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Samsung Hi-Def Conversion DVD Player
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I would go with the Pioneer 285a or 588a dvd players over either of them. My last choice would be the Samsung. I have a Samsung upscaler and i only use it for playing the hi-res audio discs (SACD/DVD-Audio). I do not even use it for movies because my 6 year old JVC 480p Progressive scan (higher end unit then) has a much better PQ.

Any of the microdisplay RPTVs or panel HDTVs (plasma/LCDs) will upscale the 480p signal to what ever the native resolution is so the only way an upscaling dvd player would look better is if it had better scalers in it than your HDTV does.
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Cool. Another noob question: If I'm playing 2 player Halo on my XBox on my widescreen Samsung, will it automatically adjust, or will I have two very widescreen screens?
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Read a few positive posts about the Oppo DVD player.
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