Originally posted by AFARR
I did a Dogpile search and found your forums. I happened to be killing some time in a Walmart and saw the Sanyo. I'm getting a small check shortly, and was going to sink the money into a TV (I'm watching a 13" TV/DVD combo now--I'm away from home for a while and left the 25" TV with the wife and kids). Had about $700 (not including Tax) budgeted for a nice TV--so the $750 is close enough.
I had my mind set on the 30" Widescreen Philips at Costco ($700), but saw the Sanyo on display at WallyWorld.
Now, I tried to piece some answers together from the long threads here, but missed a few (sorry if they were buried in this 9 page thread or the 64 page original thread and I missed them).
So, a few questions, if you don't mind:
#1--I gather that I can take my ComCast cable box back to Comcast and use this TV as a self-contained unit. However, can I utilize the same menus and "On-Demand" movies that I get with the Digital cable now?
#2--How big is the box? (not the TV but the box itself, I just want to be sure the TV will fit into the back of my 2dr. Explorer.)
#3--For you Wal Mart employees--How can I call to the store and check availability? SKU? I have at least 3 Walmarts within driving distance, but they are about 20 minutes from my house in opposite directions. Hate to drive to all 3 to find one in stock.
#4--I had considered the Widescreen version, but (please correct me if I am wrong), without getting too technical, the 32" will put up approximately a 29.5" Widescreen image (most of my DVDs are Widescreen), but the 30" Widescreen will only put up an approximately 25" Standard (4:3) image unless you stretch the image (cause some distortion)?
#5--Being significantly bigger than the 13" TV (and heavier), I'd need a new Stand or Cabinet/Entertainment Center. I had considered getting a 27" TV (as they are easier to fit into nice looking entertainment centers), but I realize I don't care so much about the furniture if I can get a bigger TV image. So--can anyone recommend an inexpensive, SOLID, reasonably nice looking Entertainment Ctr. or Stand that will hold these TVs and about 6 components (VCR, Receiver, Tape Deck, DVD--a rather tall Kenwood changer, Turntable, and maybe Cable Box--depending on the answer to #1 above). I didn't want to spend $$$ on a TV, then add $$ just to get it off the ground in my apartment. I'm near Pittsburgh, so I have some access to major retail stores (and an IKEA).
#6--And, finally, the original thread is over several months old--I haven't even begun to search other, newer threads to see if there are any better deals out there.
Thanks for your patience with a newcomer!!
#1 If the digital cable channels are broadcast in clear QAM, then this tv will be able to tune them. You wont have all the fancy features of your cable box.
#2 I can't give specifics, but its about 2 feet deep, 3.5-4ft wide, and about 3 foot tall. Thats for the 30". The 32" will be taller, but its been a while since i've handled on, so I dont remember the size
#3 I'd just say call and ask about it before you drive there. I don't work for a few days, so I don't have the exact upc that you need.
#4 your correct
#5 I don't know furniture that well to comment, but i'm sure you can find something that will work.
#6 I'm not aware of any at the time. Usually the manufacturers put out the new models in the summer, so I think for the time being, this is still considered a good deal.
Hope you end up with something you like.