Originally posted by jkozlow3Does anyone need the built-in speakers? Will anyone NOT be using a HD box from their cable company or satellite provider (negating the need for the tuner)?
Well, I wish the built-in speakers could be removed from my 42PD25U, but I love many of its other extra features, especially its built-in tuner.
While I can't get a decent analog OTA signal where I live (excessive multi-path), my digital picture is flawless, even on low VHF, using my ancient antenna. (I know, not everyone is so fortunate.)
I subscribe to D*, but hardly watch it anymore. At this stage, I can't see buying another D* box, paying to install a new D* antenna, and spending another $11/mo. to add 4 or 5 HD channels that I'd only occasionally watch. The built-in tuner is the perfect solution for me until D* adds more HD content or they decide to improve their upgrade incentives to existing customers. Maybe by then their HD digital recorder won't be so outrageously priced.
In the meantime, I can enjoy a lot of HD content OTA, free. When I finally do get a new HD satellite receiver, I'll be able to connect it to my HDMI input and won't have to buy an additional blade. Or maybe I'll switch to digital cable, and take advantage of the cable card. The tuner gives me the luxury of being able to wait for the cable/satellite HD market to evolve before I commit to anything.
The 25U includes a full one year in home manufacturer's warranty backed by a reliable local B&M, too, which the commercial version does not match. After watching friends cope with a series of series of QC issues with their new plasma (albeit, not a Panasonic), this seemed valuable to me.
The 7UY certainly is a great choice, but for many of us the consumer version is even better.