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Best TV for $300

Discussion in 'Technical Talk (Closed Forum)' started by Kenster, May 21, 2002.

  1. Karl Foster

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    I don't want to get into a pi**ing contest, but if you look at the picture of the back of the tv, it clearly has s-video, component jacks that are blue, green, and red, composite jacks, and rf. Here is a list of details:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=11051048&m=1&cat=24&scat=27#details
     
  2. Nick

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    The...
    32" GE (Thompson) for 369.95 at CC -
    two years ago. Great pic, no probs,
    good deal.

    The Nickster :smoking:
     
  3. DarrellP

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    Some NTSC TV's DO have COMPONENT inputs, but they are interlaced, not to be confused with the component progressive displays that come off a DVD or HD satellite receiver.

    The Sony WEGA series is a good example of this type of set. They offer RF, Composite, S-Video and Interlaced Component inputs.

    The order I just listed these in is also the quality of picture you will achieve in that order, RF being horrid and Component being the best.

    The only thing you can hook up to the component input is a DVD player that has a component output. Then you have to make sure that it is switchable between interlaced and progressive or just interlaced out of your DVD player. Progressive component will NOT work.

    Watching a DVD via interlaced component on a Sony WEGA utilizing the vertical squeeze on an Anamorphic DVD is bested only by a HD display.
     
  4. MarkA

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    "Watching a DVD via interlaced component on a Sony WEGA utilizing the vertical squeeze on an Anamorphic DVD is bested only by a HD display."

    Or a multimedia projector hooked up to a computer showing the movie! That rules! (The computer can scale the movie to the native 1024x768 of most projectors far better than connecting a DVD player to the projector)
     
  5. Kevin

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    I have a 20" Aiwa flat-screen in my room. The picture is great and the speakers are on the front of the unit so the sound is clear. The only negative aspect of this TV is that you can't program your Dish Network (and maybe DirecTV) remote to control the TV's volume and power. Instead, you need the Aiwa remote to turn the TV on and off and you have to use the reciever to control the volume.
     
  6. EricG

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    I saw a nice 27" JVC at Sam's Club for around $280.
     
  7. Martyva

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    Sony HiScan and XBR have HD Component in (also aren't $300) Want a great TV for $300. Use it as a down payment for HD. That should be the only choice.
     
  8. gcutler

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  9. markh

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    gcutler, I have a Philips the same as the one you had. I only notice the pinching in the lower left corner when I have the program guide on from the sat receiver. Otherwise it looks great....after I took it to a dealer to get the terribly overscanned picture adjusted. My 4900 seems to move the picture down slightly but before it was adjusted you could only see the top 1/3 of the tickers on the news channels. But now that it's properly adjusted it looks great with Dish.

    You'll really like that panasonic, it's loaded with all that modulated velocity scan and edge correction stuff. My Dad just got it's bigger brother, the 36" version of the flat screen series. The thing looks fantastic even with the large picture. I just can't watch TV at his house so I get to like it :) It wasn't $300 though. And it weighs about 250 pounds, it wasn't easy wrestling it into the house for him.

    If I could do it over, I would seriously think about a Toshiba 27AF42 or the Panasonic 27" that gcutler got. Oh well.
     
  10. gcutler

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    I watch alot of CNN, so the pinch started to drive me crazy with the ticker...

    One things that made me make the jump to the higher level was that there is alot of sunlight in the living room (vaulted ceilings with windows) and the Philips 27" had alot of glare (any non-flat unit put out alot of glare, my old TV also put alot of glare). Hopefully the flatscreen will help a little.

    My entertainment center maxes out at around 27", maybe could hold a 30". And my living room isn't that deep so over 32" and I would be sitting way tooo close :)
     
  11. StanW

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    A 53" Pioneer that fell off the loading dock.
     
  12. gcutler

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    Well the New TV will hopefully arrive today. 2nd Philips is going back. After all this time with both the original and now this Philips I probably could have lived with it, but in 6 months someone would have said "hey your tube is misalligned" and I would have gone "Medevil" on his skull :D
     
  13. gcutler

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    I'm waiting here for the delivery truck to arrive. It is supposed to be here between 12 and 2:30 (1:50 now). I predict 3:00 :D
     
  14. gcutler

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    Arrived 1 hour late :(

    But the TV is nice. I realized that there seemed to be a similar tilt on the screen. But luckily there was a Magnetic Geometry setting that allowed you to adjust screen that got rid of the tilt.

    Now I have to see how well it handles the glare of the vaulted windows.
     

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