Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Actually, I'm torn between the Samsung 151 (discounted many places) and the 165 because the 151 decodes DTV only, not NTSC. The 165 decodes all broadcast TV. I do not pay for TV, not cable nor sattelite. I get more than a dozen stations for when I do watch broadcast, and mostly I just watch DVD's.
Right now the pickle is trying to decide what will switch the video... I'll be able to receive NTSC with the 165 and my DVD recorder, but my AV receiver is not a component switching model (and those models that can handle the bandwith of HD are much more expensive than mine). So either the DTV receiver switches, or the projector switches... and will take time to lock up on the various signals it receives (or have a manual setting I can input so it is ready in an instant as opposed to searching...)
The Panny 720, which is the one I like at this point, only has two D-Sub inputs, no DVI, which the better HD receiver offers. I've used DVI versus D-sub for XGA computer and noticed the difference in the rock solid performance of the image. Given the long distance from the HD or DVD to the projector, I may have to rethink my projector based on the plan for HD.
The current premise is the Panasonic DVD recorder, Panasonic digital receiver and Panasonic projector. Each one has several features that push it to the top in my mind. Then, overall, I may actually get an integrated room with just one remote. (imagine that!) But Panny doesn't offer a HD receiver. Given the XGA projector, and an HD receiver around $300, I didn't see it as much of an additional expense given the projectors can already do HD.
So many variables...
Denon UD-M30 -> Sunfire Super Jr. -> Houston GSP-02 -> Magnepan SMGa's.
Still workin' on the HT.