Originally posted by Pupjoint
I seen this HDTV at wal-mart and was impressed, of course I guess they have a HDTV feed to it. I'm not a big TV junkie so I don't have any hd feeds but this is what i have and my question.
I have a 3 year old RCA DVD player with 5.1 Dolby and stereo system with the same. a 10 year old zenith 27" that is sometimes a little red on some things i watch. charter digital cable system , and a old standby VCR. and all is connected buy RCA cables
the question is. is it worth sinking $650 in to a new TV and another $200 for a entertainment center to watch my digital cable, old DVD player on?
once i get it all hooked up , will it look like my old zenith, since i don't have HDTV?
the old zenith works fine but I really would like a bigger TV with as crisp as the 30" i seen (i would go for the 32" though).
how old is the DVD player? If it has component outs then yes, with now upgrades other than the TV and a component cable it will look very good. My DVD has component out but no progressive scan and I can still see a difference. Also, if you can, be sure your using and digital in/out's available, or if your not and have them, start using them. Look for Toslink cables on Ebay, av-america is a real good seller.
If you buy this TV, you can kind of get away with out upgrading your cable service. depending on your area (search this thread for links) you can just plug up bunny ears or an amplified antenne to get HDTV. I have an RCA amped one, but am springing for the cable box anyway, just for convienence.
If you buy the TV though, and don't upgrade cables, service, antennae or anything else, it will probably be the same. But for the price of a cheap antenae alone, you will be living high on the hog. If you got a game system, even without upgrading your cables (which you should) you will be happy with the larger image.
I have posted to this thread alot since getting this TV, and I don't know much about A/V, but I have learned a ton from this thread. And for the price I am very happy to have moved into HDTV finally. I had a few gripes at first, but reading this thread solved 99% percent of them through knowledge and I am very happy with my new TV. Go for the 32, if you can tolerate bars at the top and the bottom, because the 32 widescreen image is only a few square inches less than the 30 inch model, and the full screen images are, well, full screen. The 30 inch WS is only about a 24-25 inch TV when watching regular stuff. Check it at the store to see.