Originally Posted by RandyWalters
You really can't go by the way it looks in the stores - the signal is split to possibly dozens of sets and you don't know how good the raw feed is in the first place. When i was looking at 32" HD-ready TVs two years ago almost all of em looked less than perfect and some looked downright awful. The TV i ended up buying looked poor in the stores but when i hooked it up in my living room the picture was excellent. Had i gone by the picture quality i saw in stores i would not have bought anything.
I would only buy a TV from a store with a good return policy so if it turns out to be crappy you can exchange it or get a refund and try a different brand.
I agree 100%. I tell this to people looking to buy an HDTV. When I was buying mine, the CRTs in the stores looked cloudier than the more expensive LCDs which looked RAZOR sharp. The LCDs were out of my price range, so I got the CRT FIGURING I was getting a HUGE drop down from the LCD. I got the TV home...hooked up the Monster component cables to the High Def cable box...wait a second
...went to the Discovery Channel High Def Theatre and watched some nature show (wildlife is THE BEST shows to have high def for), and it had the SAME razor-quality that I saw on the LCD! I couldn't believe it! Same glistening droplets of water, same high definition in the strands of fur...then I realized that the stores must have had a crappy connection due to the multiple tvs hooked up, or the intention was to make the more expensive LCDs appear better looking
! Now when I go to the stores, I never see a TV with a picture that appears that much clearer than mine, and in a lot of cases their WORSE because of the poor hookups the stores have! There was only ONE tv that I looked at and said "wow, that picture is a little clearer than mine". I was at Sears, and it was Sony 40" LCD that was playing a BLUE RAY disc. That I can honestly say was about 30% better quality. But that coulda been just because of the Blue-Ray disc quality, not the actual High Def channel signals. But 99.9% of the TVs in the stores had the same or worse picture clarity than my home-made connection. So yeah, NEVER go on the the picture quality from the store connections!