Originally posted by jeccleston
I was looking for info on HDTV to purchase which lead me to this site. I'm pleasantly surprised to find this thread for where i live. First off i'm a "rookie" in the HDTV area, this weekend my son and i are going looking for a new family tv. Presently we are looking at the Sony 55XS955, 55wf655, and the hitachi one cant remember name like vs810. I honestly do not know anything about HDTV besides Charter and Directtv have HD packages. Personally my family and I hate charter but i cant live without cable internet. My desire for HDTV is purely sports driven so ABC,CBS,FOX seem to most important to me along with primetime tv for my wife and the kids are still small so dvds and kid shows. From what i have read those channels are avaible OTA so i will need an anntena to get them.
There are my family's needs, my question to you guys is exactly what do i need to get fullfill those needs. Show i stay with Charter with their HD package or switch to D-TV (FOOTBALL PACKAGE)and honestly does it matter if i have to use antena anyway. So i will need to buy an antenna and maybe a preamp from what i read, what antenna do you guys recommend? This is the most scarey purchase i have ever made due to the fact i'm nervous about the SD channels PQ because a large % of the veiwing of the TV will be on those channels for the kids. I cant even think of the grief my wife will give me after shelling out the dough for this setup and having worse PQ on most channels. So any help would be appreciated ie Charter or DirectTV, Antenna which one, Pre-amp???
I recently purchased a Hitachi 51F510, which is the 51" CRT-Projection set. I did considerable research, and I decided that the Hitachi was marginally better than the Sony, although they were both well-regarded. I am delighted with its performance, after returning a Samsung, which was not very good at all..
I use DirecTV, with the Hughes High-Definition DVR (Expensive!) which also has two off-air tuners, and can record either off-air or Satellite, two shows at once.
The consensus for antennas seems to be the Channel-master 4-bay (4224?) or 8-bay (4228) (Mine) Bow-tie/panel, since it has high gain, and a fairly wide pattern, permitting many to receive several channels without moving the antenna. I get CBS, ABC, NBC, UNC, SC-ETV, Fox, and even UPN without changing the direction. From my location, however, I cannot even detect the WB station on Digital, and the analog is very weak.
Keep in mind that this is a UHF-Only design, but I get a strong signal on Channel 9!!!
For a preamp, get the Channel Master 7777. There others, but this one seems to have good gain, low noise, and reasonable immunity to overload from strong signals. I tried a Radio Shack preamp, and it was a disaster if my antenna was anywhere near pointed to the Toccoa station.
As for Cable and Internet, you should be able to drop the TV, and keep the internet if you want to. I believe this is mandated by law, and I know others who are doing this. My son in GA has Internet only, and uses Vonage for telephone, and Dish Network for TV.
If you buy a TV, and a tuner, and want to experiment a little, I have an antenna and a preamp which I no longer use. If you are interested, please PM me...