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Title: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 10, 2008, 06:01:45 PM
So a 32" flat panel is like $499 these days. Anyone know what the 1080p and 720p stuff means?? Any buying tips??
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: rowjimmytour on December 10, 2008, 06:06:39 PM
So a 32" flat panel is like $499 these days. Anyone know what the 1080p and 720p stuff means?? Any buying tips??
I have no clue but here is where I would start:
http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/electronics-computers/tvs-services/tvs/index.htm
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: beanstalk on December 10, 2008, 06:38:49 PM
basicly 720 and 1080 is how many scan lines the tv has. In short the resolution. More scan lines, more information in the picture and high quality.

Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: sparkey on December 10, 2008, 06:52:43 PM
Your off the air stations are typically broadcast in 720P - 1080P is a higher resolution, but Blu-ray is the only thing that supports it.  I've got a 720P projector that looks amazing at 100".  I think my DirecTV broadcasts at 1080i, which is between 720P and 1080P as far as quality.  You also want to look at the contrast ratio when selecting video (higher is better).  My projector is 12,000 to 1.

Josh

So a 32" flat panel is like $499 these days. Anyone know what the 1080p and 720p stuff means?? Any buying tips??
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: StuStu on December 10, 2008, 08:03:23 PM
Most 32" lcd TVs are 720p. There are exceptions. I love my 1080p TVs, but my 32" Vizio lcd has a pretty damn good picture. I think you'll be happy with 720 or 1080. If you don't already, I do highly recommend having an HD package from your satellite or cable provider. If you're going to have a nice HDTV, you should enjoy its full capabilities. Yes, HD is an enormous improvement. (IMO-Directv is also an enormous improvement over cable)     
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: OFOTD on December 10, 2008, 08:13:02 PM
Keep in mind that very little of what is broadcast in HiDef is actually filmed in 1080.  Very little.  I'd be shocked if it was anywhere near 5% or above.   Most is shot in 720 or is a SD signal upscaled to 720. 

 With the cable and satellite companies adding tons more high def channels they end up compressing the signal anyways.   


Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: flipp on December 10, 2008, 08:17:26 PM
Don't rule out over-the-air HD broadcasts. Granted there aren't that many of them but if you are a sports fan, nothing is as good as live sports in HD on a big screen. Some of the PBS shows are also filmed in HD and they are a joy to watch even if you are doing so just for the picture clarity.

On Sunday NFL broadcasts, I can't decide which looks better, FOXs games broadcast in 720p or CBSs 1080i broadcasts.
(note, my above comments are based on a 34" HD CRT and I prefer it's picture to several 35" LCDs I have viewed)
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 10, 2008, 10:42:33 PM
So basically - being on a budget as I am - the 720p will be fine? I don't have blu-ray, and I have comcast digital cable...
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: mmadd29 on December 11, 2008, 08:07:25 AM
IMHO, the football games over the air, versus cable are much better quality wise.  I watch all football OTA because of that, and because I have a large antenna on my house and can pick up two other markets that most times show different games.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: JasonSobel on December 11, 2008, 09:35:27 AM
So a 32" flat panel is like $499 these days. Anyone know what the 1080p and 720p stuff means?? Any buying tips??

shop around a lot.  I recently (in early Nov) bought a Westinghouse 32" LCD HDTV (720p) at Costco for $399 (and I'm very happy with the TV).  So before you buy, be sure to shop around and get the best price.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 11, 2008, 10:11:12 AM
Any brands to avoid? I see really cheap ones made my brands I've never heard of...  I'm checkin all over, and I'll probably buy it after Xmas - hoping after Xmas sales are good.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: Rusty M on December 11, 2008, 10:54:18 AM
Find someone on TS.com who is looking to buy an xbox and go in on this deal with them:

http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/206608/bundleId/21380/rpem/ccd/bundleDetail.do

Tell them you will see them the xbox for $150 plus shipping (retail is $200 + tax) and then you are getting a samsung 42" plasma for $650+tax.  smokin' deal.  32" is okay, but 42" will allow you appreciate HD more fully.

If you are sure you want 32", my girlfriend has this samsung and we like it a lot:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Samsung-32-Series-4-LCD-HDTV-LN32A450/sem/rpsm/oid/206521/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do

there are some 5% off internet coupon codes (we found an 8% one for AAA members) which will put the price of this TV down to around $650.  I would expect the price to drop from $700 to $650 or $600 after the holidays.  If you do a lot of camparison shopping, I think you will notice that it is worth the extra $100-200 to go with a name brand.  You will be using the TV for years.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 11, 2008, 11:03:26 AM
Well, my apartment has a place in the wall above the gas fireplace for a tv - its 36" wide so whatever i get has to fit in there. I'm thinking it could be at a bit of an angle as my couch is off to the side, and maybe that will allow a bit more room...  but I'll check the CC deal you mentioned...


edit: Do you still have that AAA code??
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 11, 2008, 11:09:01 AM
Also - being in Boulder - doesn't plasma have problems with altitude?
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: Rusty M on December 11, 2008, 11:40:34 AM
Well, my apartment has a place in the wall above the gas fireplace for a tv - its 36" wide so whatever i get has to fit in there. I'm thinking it could be at a bit of an angle as my couch is off to the side, and maybe that will allow a bit more room...  but I'll check the CC deal you mentioned...


edit: Do you still have that AAA code??

you have to actually be a AAA member because you access the circuit city website through a portal on your AAA member page.

I don't know much about the plasma/altitude thing.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 11, 2008, 12:02:05 PM
Well, my apartment has a place in the wall above the gas fireplace for a tv - its 36" wide so whatever i get has to fit in there. I'm thinking it could be at a bit of an angle as my couch is off to the side, and maybe that will allow a bit more room...  but I'll check the CC deal you mentioned...


edit: Do you still have that AAA code??

you have to actually be a AAA member because you access the circuit city website through a portal on your AAA member page.

I don't know much about the plasma/altitude thing.

I am an AAA member. I'll check out their page.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: Rusty M on December 11, 2008, 12:30:10 PM
I think it's just:

www.aaa.com/circuitcity
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: NotSoBlüe on December 11, 2008, 01:14:01 PM
I got it! Awesome thanks for the tip! +T

I'm considering this one:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ssm/Toshiba-37-LCD-HDTV-37AV502U/sem/rpsm/oid/225345/rpem/ccd/productDetail.do
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: StuStu on December 11, 2008, 07:18:24 PM
If you're not in a rush, I saw something on TV the other day saying the best deals on a TV can be found right after the Super Bowl. I don't know if this is accurate or not.
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: Teen Wolf Blitzer on December 12, 2008, 12:24:50 AM
heh heh.  I have a friend in Portland who for the last 5 years has bought a huge gigantic hi def tv.  Watches the Superbowl and returns it.   ::)  Seems to always work. 
Title: Re: HD LCD TV question
Post by: Brian Emerick on September 23, 2009, 10:02:20 AM
Wrong thread