Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Salt Lake City, Ut
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I just bought what will be my first HDTV.
Did my research, both internet and store visits.
Checked out LCD and CRT, as they were the only ones in my price range.
I didn't want smaller than my current TV, 27", so 30-32" it had to be, any bigger was too much $$ at this time.
Viewing LCD and CRT side by side, at the viewing distance I would be at home, the CRT's were much sharper, and generally a couple $100 cheaper than the LCD's.
Whittled down my choiced to a Sony 30" CRT (I think it was the KV30HS420) and the Samsung TX-R3080WH slimfit.
I've read a lot of reports in this forum about the 3079, and now the 3081, but didn't see much about the 3080.
Saw in person the Sony and the 3079 side by side at Best Buy.
Gave each of them a forearm lift, and the Sony (167#'s) didn't budge, but the 3079(120#'s) I was able to lift off the shelf, pro #1.
The 3079 has the speakers (which I won't even be using) on the side, making it a bit wider, and odd looking with the picture not going to the edges of the set, the 3080 has them on the bottom, so the screen goes right to the edge of the set, which IMHO looks much better, pro #2.
I went with the 3080, which was only available online, so I couldn't pick it up in person, it will be delivered in a couple weeks.
After making my decision, I saw the 3081 being discussed here, but it doesn't seem to be available anywhere yet, and a day late.
Since I am joe average viewer, perhaps I won't even notice the little things wrong with the Samsungs, any good reports on the TX-R3080WH?
Of course, I did a search, and the few mentions of it were "when is it coming out, how much will it be", no "I have it and it's great", or "I have it and it sucks"
Oh, checked out Best Buy.com today, and the 3080 isn't even on there anymore, only the 3079? and the 3081 hasn't materialized yet.
I don't just watch HD-TV, I make it happen.