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  1. BelichickFan

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    My TV is so old (1989) that the DVR my wife just bought can't even connect to it :eek:

    So I'm looking into replacing it finally.

    Does anyone have some general rules of thumb ? Like plasma or not plasma, etc - I'm not looking to spend huge $$$ for the top of the line but want to spend enough that I don't want to replace it in 6 months.

    If anyone has any suggestions for the best bang for the buck, I'd love to hear them. Also my living room isn't that big so size isn't critical. 37 or certainly 42 inches is fine - my current TV is 26 inches so 42 would probably be overwhelming to me :)
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    My neighbor spent a lot of time researching different high-def TVs and ended up with a Sony Bravia -- either 40 or 42 inches, can't remember which. But, it is spectacular and I plan to get one myself when finances allow.
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    I've been thinking about the same thing. My guess is that a (relatively) "small" screen would represent better value (in any case, the information displayed is the same, so, after a point, you are bound to lose quality, even with HDTV). At those moderate sizes, I'd take LCD over plasma every time, from what I've seen. I'd like to hear others' views too.
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    I would recomend a Vizio 37" LCD.

    http://www.vizio.com/products/detail.aspx?pid=16

    It can be had for about 800 at sams or costco.

    I have this TV in my bedroom and it is a really good tv for the money, alos call directv after you get a new HDTV and they will hook you up with a free HD box.
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    Don't be fooled into thinking you need 1080i (Interlaced) over 720p (Progressive) for screen resolution. I would actually rather have a 720p than 1080i. As far as LCD or Plasma the Plasma has a richer more saturated image but is not good in bright rooms. So if you get a lot of sunlight in the room LCD is better. Other than that less expensive large screen models tend to not do such a good job with regular broadcast (not HD) TV. So if you can take a look at it with a standard broadcast image and see how it looks. If it's OK to you than that's really all you need to know to buy a set you will be happy with.
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    So in general 1080 is better than 720 and i is better than p but you'd take the higher resolution (1080) over the p. That's easy, and good, to remember. I think Plasma is probably good for me as our house tends to be on the darker side.

    As an example, I'd taken a look at this :

    http://www.monitoroutlet.com/M10836.html?gclid=CIjZwJXezIkCFSYNSQodo3nh_w

    Is there anything inherently wrong with this ? Not that I'm about to buy it but as a starting point. OK now I'm confused what does this mean :

    HDTV Compatibility 480p/720p/1080i

    I thought a TV was one of those, not all three ? :confused:
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    #24 Jersey

    Are Vizios generally thought to be OK ? I realize you're saying yes, I'm just a little nervous about buying discount brands although there's a lot of money to be saved which is a very good thing :)
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    The advice your getting is good Belichikfan.

    It doesn't sound like you need a 1080p display right now.
    If you're thinking HD DVR or HD DVD,then you would do well to consider 1080i or 1080p.

    So let price,and seller, be factors in your choice.

    In 2009,all Tv broadcasts in the US,must be in HD
    and it will be a couple of years after this when the
    absolute standard of 1080p,will be prevalent.

    So,it will be 5or 6 years before you have to worry about upgrading.

    Couple of things:

    Go to crutchfield.com to see well-written descriptions of HD electronics....they do a really nice job.
    Also cnet.com for reviews of HD tv's.

    Lastly,if you have Mozilla Firefox.....I have an add-on called PRONTO.

    Whenever I click-on a product on any web-site,
    PRONTO pops' up with a list and prices from 15-30 or so different sellers on the Web.
    It's really fantastic for comparing prices.

    Good Luck with your purchase.
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    Um . . . what are they ? Sorry to be stupid but . . .

    The only DVR I know is Digital Video Recorder and it doesn't seem like that would impact the TV choice ? :confused:
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    They're just saying its compatible with all those. The native resolution of that TV is 1024x768.

    [​IMG]
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    There are Digital Video Recorder that can record
    HD(hi-definition) signals,so 1080i or 1080p,would
    be a worthwhile feature to have.

    HD DVD(hi-def dvd players) are the new technology called HD DVD or BLU-RAY,which will show the new HD dvd's in 1080i or p.

    If you are planning on getting these,you would be better off with a Tv that can accept 1080p signals.

    If not,don't worry about it.
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    So just using that as an example, it that resolution appropriate for the TV size and is there anything inherently bad about that one ? I'm just trying to get a feel for what would be a flat out bad choice.
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    It's semi-BS
    If a TV can do the bigger #, it can also do the smaller #

    And 1080p is higher tech than 1080i
    You'll never notice
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    1024x768 should be OK. It's hard to say without seeing it. There's some great info here.
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    Great advice so far.

    Check out http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/resources/854/resource-center-hdtv.html

    I live and breath this stuff and can't / don't want to keep up with the latest and greatest technologies. My Mits 48" RPCRT gives me a glorious picture with the right feed.

    A few opinions:

    1080P TV's might sound cool but your DVD player, cable box, OTA antenna box, or sat receiver won't provide a feed - only the new Blue Ray / HD-DVD players will. I'd only buy one now if the price is right and you will not get ticked off that only 1080i or 720P sources are available to you.

    1080i is a broadcast format (and will be for the forseable future) and 720P is a game format. You'll like both equally.

    as I said, only my opinion.

    Good luck.
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    Great chart, Michael - really gives you a sense of just how much bigger an HD image really is in terms of resolution. Numbers don't do it justice.
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