Originally Posted by astra-zenon
I'm new to these boards. Been researching HDTVs - Rear Projection DLPs for weeks now and I've finally settled on the Sony Grand Wega KDS-60A2020. Why? I felt that they had the best bang for my hard earned dollar. Beautiful picture, replaceable projector bulb, lots of inputs and lots of outputs. Perfect to fit into my current system.
At first I was going to get last year's model, the KDS-60A2000. Sears currently has it on Clearance for what I thought was a very good price. But when I when to a local Big Screen TV Store, I got a super quote on this year's model. so I was leaning toward going with the new one for paying a few hundred more.
Then I saw this forum about the Green Blob and the Green Tints and Reflections - especially with last year's models. Well, that sealed it. I will be going with the new model.
Someone asked about recommended sitting distances from Big Screen HDTVs - this is taken out of the Sony SRXD Book:Sony Recommended Optimum Viewing Distances for SXRD Sets
For 50", Minimum sitting distance is: 6.6 feet
For 55", Minimum sitting distance is: 6.8 feet
For 60", Minimum sitting distance is: 7 feet
Side by side viewing should be 60 degrees each way from the center, for a total of 120 degrees.
Up/down degrees is 30 degrees from center, for a total of 60 degrees.
[i]Please remember that these are recommended optimum viewing angles. [/I
I read one post where they said they sat too high, that's why they saw the "reflection" on the bottom part of the screen. They said the Sony Stand is 18" high, while their stand was 19" in height. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with it. Most of the Sony SXRD sets in the stores I've been in all had their sets way up high. The store where I'm going to get my set had their 60" model in an entertainment center that was about 35" off the floor. From their couch, I had to look up at the set, though I was still in the 30 degree range.
When I looked at stands I did not want glass and metal covered MDF one, so I passed on the Sony stands. Note: I refuse to use MDF in my home because of the chemicals those boards release in the air. The other wood stands this store carried were all made in China. And I'm sorry to say that I also refuse to make purchases of Chinese made furniture because I've had bad luck with shoddy construction. Fortunately, there was a furniture store down the street that carried Amish made products.
Shopping there, I was lucky to pick up a nice console table, 61" in length, 21" depth, 29" height. It had cabinets with doors on each end, and open cabinet space in the middle with shelves (perfect for center speaker and components). It's height, 29" added to half the height of the tv set, 19.5, gives me a center of TV height of 48.5". Since my eye level while sitting in my easy chair is 41", I'm about 7" below the center line of the television set. So, I should have a good viewing angle. One that I hope will not give that Green tint/doughnut problem.
On other thing in the Sony book that I saw was that you should give enough clearance behind and to the sides of the set. It says to give the TV at least 4 inches in back to allow the fan to cool the bulb. And also give the TV a few inches on each side. But, all these dealers have the TVs in cabinets - (not just the SXRDS, but the XBRs too), where there is absolutely no room on the sides. None!
Anyway, I've had my Toshiba SD 50" Rear Projection Set since October 1998. That still works fine and will be moved into my bedroom. The new KDS-60A2020 will take its place in my living room. The TV Console will be delivered on Friday. TV Set will be delivered on Monday. The Direct TV Folks will be here next Wednesday to install the HD satellite dish and the HD-DVR/Receiver. I have to see what cables I'll need, and what and if my current audio system will be able to be hooked into the HD system. I think it should be and I certainly hope it will be. I don't need to shell out more money for this than I already am.
I have a Technics AV Control Stereo Receiver SA710 and a separate Technics Digitial Surround Processor SH300 (2 digital inputs, 1 coax, 1 optical). I think that the Digitat Surround Processor has two inputs, coax and optical will save me - and enable me to use it with the satellite feeds and HDTV.
Well, I do apologize for the long post.
Wish me luck.
And like everyone has asked - is there a Tweaking line?
Thanks everyone !