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Re: Big Screen TVs

Any of you electronics gurus have suggestions for a good 42-55' widescreen tv? Ones I should stay away from etc??

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Re: Big Screen TVs

We have a 57in toshiba HDTV and love it... Cant say anything about the others though. The only downside about the Toshiba is if you just use stadard cable, it takes a second to show the channel when you flip through them making channel surfing a pain, but if you use digital cable or satelite (which you should on a TV that big) it is fine.
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Re: Big Screen TVs

what model is that? My brother has a 42' Toshiba that he's pretty happy with. Do you have the HDTV tuner?

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Re: Big Screen TVs

This is the one we have 57HX83 . As for the receiver, we have a Sony, but a new Panasonic one that is better is due out next month.
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Re: Big Screen TVs

I don't know much other than what I have heard passed around the audio shop I frequent... Seems Pioneer Elite is the go to for rear projection, Fujitsu for Plasma and Runco for projection on the screen...

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I'd wait for the DLP's to come down in price, and more of the mfr's to bring sets to the market. This will be the TV for the future. Plasma quality, CRT reliability (except for the bulb), at a fraction of plasma cost.

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Re: Big Screen TVs

How much do you want to spend?

Rear projection screens are quite good at the moment in terms of value for money. The better brands (toshiba, Panasonic etc) will give you good quality pics, a good veiwing angle (though it will still hot spot - it is a rear projector, after all) and as for price, it's about half that of a plasma inch for inch.

I think Toshiba has the best rear proj TV's ATM.

Except for the rear projection DLP (Sim2) the picture is fantastic, the thing actually looks quite nice, but damn, it's pricey. Even more than an equivalent sized plasma from anyone (bar B&O - which I would avoid like the plague)
In a few years, the prices will drop, and the globes should last quite a while, as the internal projector is based on the Sim2 300 (or whatever their top video projector is called)

Plasma screens are great in terms of being asthetically easy on the eyes, they are slim and can be place djust about anywhere. There is no restriction in terms of viewing angle, the picture quality is now acceptable (read fantastic in the eyes of Joe Punter) and the screen life should be about 6 years plus for the high usage person (40000 hours is the figure I have heard floating around - which is 4.5 years running 24 hours a day) I'd go with Fujitsu, though I have seen a few other good ones around - Panasonic is a good example. I prefer Fujitsu for simplicity of use and connectivity. You can't connect both S-VHS and composite signals into the Panasonic, because it will default to S-VHS - this giving you nothing when trying to watch a normal VCR, for example. This can be remedied with a good receiver and some composite to SVHS convertors (probably about $3 each)

If you want a huge assed screen, excellent pic quality, and have a VERY dark room, go for a prohector. You can pick up a good projector (DLP would be my choice - CRT will give you better picture quality, but only when it's tuned perfectly - and maintaining it is a pain) and screen for about the price of a 40 inch plasma. Sim2, Marants and Runco make good ones - Runco is probably the top of the heap, but, alas, it's also the most expensive. A word of cauting - if you want a projector, make sure you buy a TV toi go with it for watching the news and stuff that you really don't need a 120 inch screen for. The lamp life of a projector runs between 2000 and 6000 hour s- depending on the one you buy, and often they have globes that cost about $600 - $1400 a pop. Not really something you want to replace every 3 months, like one client I have.

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Thanks for the info.

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You mentioned in an above post 'CRT will give you better picture quality, but only when it's tuned perfectly.' Do you have any information about how to tune a CRT. I've had sony's 34' widescreen CRT for about a year now and love it. The colors are crisp and sharp and Hi-def blows me away. If it can get better - I want it!
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You mentioned in an above post 'CRT will give you better picture quality, but only when it's tuned perfectly.' Do you have any information about how to tune a CRT. *I've had sony's 34' widescreen CRT for about a year now and love it. *The colors are crisp and sharp and Hi-def blows me away. *If it can get better - I want it!
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I believe that was in reference to a CRT projector...

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Picked up a Toshiba 46H83....It's awesome...makes my 32 inch tube look tiny...Picture with prog dvd is awesome and the pic with dish is better than I expected.

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