Originally Posted by bighoopla
Moving from CRT to LCD or Plasma is still too expensive
A week ago I took the leap from my 36" CRT to a nice new 46" Sony KDL-46W4100 1080p 120Hz LCD. I got a great price on the TV...$1299.
I wish I new SD programs were going to look terrible, and I would also have to buy a new DVD player with upscaling plus 2 120Hz HDMI cables. I was told I'd need 120Hz HDMI cables($104 each) to really get the best picture from the 120Hz TV.
Well, I dunno... you didn't have to get a 46", top quality set. If you'd gotten something that was 'good but not great', and in a size equivalent to your CRT (closest in LCD would be 37"), you'd be talking more like $700. Isn't that about what a good 36" CRT would go for? I remember a couple of years ago seeing a Sony 36" CRT for $850.
The prices seem to be (finally) pretty close, unless we're talking small sets, which are certainly dirt-cheap in CRT. LCD TVs seem to have a 'price floor' that's higher than CRT, but, who wants a tiny set anymore? Maybe for the kitchen.
Far as the bad SD goes, I feel your pain, but there's free over-the-air HD, and more coming in about a month with the DTV transition. And the price premium for HD service over analog service isn't that much on satellite (but on cable it can be pretty huge, sadly).
On the HDMI cable thing, as others have mentioned, you got ripped off... you don't need the expensive cables unless it's a long cable run (and maybe not even then). Your salesperson was either misinformed or dishonest.
I guess the thing that's really annoying though is on the disc player front... Blu-ray players are still kind of expensive, like $250-300. But so were DVD players in their early days.
sucks is if you've got a big collection of 100s of DVDs, and you're the kind of person who now can't bear to look at 'em anymore because Blu-ray is better, upscaling DVD players aren't good enough for you, and you're actually considering replacing your whole library w/Blu-Ray.
THAT would suck. Buying the same stuff twice just feels awful.