Originally posted by ex007
Hey, yunz guys! I'm here in the North Hills and wondering where you purchased your HDTV and receiver. I can't believe anybody pays the full-retail prices Listening Post and Let's Make Music are charging. Anyhow, I'm itching to get HD but am hesitant to buy over the internet. Any suggestions would be appreaciated. TIA
Shopping for HDTV's, receiver's, home theatre sound systems, etc.? First things first...DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Understand that the high tech world of HD requires caveman technology to recieve the picture, specifically, and usually for optimal reception...a rooftop antenna. The question is then which is not the best but the RIGHT one for you. For me it was a YAGI with a preamp boost while for others it may be only necessary to get rabbit ears on top of your TV. Depends on where you live and the line of direction you have to the Pittsburgh TV digital towers.
Anyhow...once educated...and trust me, it takes a while and just when you think you know it all you learn something new...still, as for me...some of you may not believe this but I bought what my education told me was the best HD Monitor out there...Pioneer Elite...no, not just Pioneer but Pioneer Elite.
That's my opinion and you're sure to get many. Runner up was the Mitzubisi and third was the top of the line Sony.
Oh, what you may not believe is I bought my 58" Elite on eBay. Now mind you...I'm a very experienced eBayer and know to ask all the right questions, secure serial numbers and verify through the manufacturer as to remaining warranties and to insure it's not hot. A year ago my Pro610 was selling for $7500 and I got one that was less than a year old for just $2200. The picture is magnificent to say the least.
But I'll tell you...you must be very careful if you're shopping eBay and if you are and know what you're doing...you can snap up some unbelievable bargains. While the old saying "you get what you pay for" is true...I still think if you really know what you're doing you can achieve the best if that's your goal.
If you're not aware of my Simon for comparison shopping purposes, here's the link: http://www.mysimon.com/index.jhtml
Once again though, know the vendor...call the manufacturer to see if they're an authorized dealer to sell. If not, that shouldn't necessarily stop you from buying from one of them...just means you have to be a bit more careful.
Anyhow...good luck and if I can give you any tips from my experience I'll be happy to do so but just remember...in the end, your decisions are yours. If you want real peace of mind...buy from Best Buy. Then again, I bought a computer from them and to get service I had to jump through more hoops then I care to explain.
Point is in my opinion, the profit margins in most, if not all, high tech "stuff" is so thin that the service from most companies suck. Which is, again, why I bought the Pioneer Elite. Ask repairmen who they think is the easiest manufacturer for them to work with. Nearly all I first talked to said Pioneer.
In my case, when I set up my TV it appeared a bit out of focus to me. I called Pioneer and they sent someone out right away...NO CHARGE. That person "somewhat" agreed with me but because I wasn't happy...long story short...Pioneer ended up replacing video boards AND the three CRT's...all at NO CHARGE. In effect...I got a brand new TV...all for just $2200
Anyhow...best of luck.
PS...My sound system is the Sony 555ES receiver with Atlantic Technology speakers. My HD receiver is the Panasonic (sucks, but gets the job done)...go with the top of the line Zenith. My DVD player is also a top of the line Panny...forget the model number.
PPS...My next goal is to build a home theatre room though I'm having to deal with the "wife factor"
Keep you posted...