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Time Warp: 1997, What HDTV (?) Was Like

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Came across a bunch of 1996 and 1997 HOME THEATER magazines and thought it would be fun to let you all know what wew were looking at back then. Sure makes me feel alot better about what we have today: alot more size, alot more features, and better reliability, even with all the glitches we talk about:

(1) There was no internet like there is now. "Usegroups" were around, but they were just in their infancy. So it's doubtful anything like AVS could have existed in it's current form 10-11 years ago with all the graphics and functionality.

(2) The cover of the July 1997 was entitled "Yes, Plasma TV Is Real" -- wow ! I'm so glad that plasma is real, considering lots of us have shelled out thousands for these weird things.

(3) The 42" Fujitsu Plasmavision TV featured? Only $14,000 !!! No HDMI...No DVI....no component inputs.....only RGB computer, RS-132 data port, and composite and S-Video inputs. Any you want to whine about ONLY having 2 HDMI ports ??

The Fujitsu suffered from overscan and the remote had only 9 buttons, so you can imagine how many features were available on the TV itself.

(4) Most of the articles refer to digital TV, since HDTV was just in it's infancy. And HDTV functionality was super-expensive to add to a TV (witness the Fujitsu).

(5) The Pioneer VSX-D606S brought quality receivers to just under $1,000; the Denon and Yamaha top-ends were selling for $2,500 - $2,800. For this you got ONLY state-of-the-art Dolby Digital.

(6) The opening cover 2-page advertisement was for original "Star Wars Trilogy" on laser-disc.

(7) The top-of-the-line 35" Sony KV-35 model CRT-televison was about $1,800 with other 35" models selling for around $2,000 or so. Toshiba was selling one with lots of composite inputs/outputs for $2,800. Today, top-notch 35" CRT's probably are under $500 (I haven't looked in years).

(8) Got Satellite? Figure on spending $400-$700 for installation, setup, etc.
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If anybody bought one of the early plasmas from like 1997-2000 -- Fujitsu, Philips, Pioneer -- would like to hear how it's held up over the years.
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no component inputs, only RGB computer...

In 1996 you could try setting up a Home Theater PC using your $4000 computer with a Pentium I, 50 Mhz cpu. The video might be choppy though.
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I think the Pentium may have cost even more, no? My 1st PC was in late 1999 and the whole setup was $3,500 including monitor and cheapo HP printer.
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Originally Posted by PhilipsPhanatic View Post

If anybody bought one of the early plasmas from like 1997-2000 -- Fujitsu, Philips, Pioneer -- would like to hear how it's held up over the years.

i too would like to know if there are any of these still being used. anyone out there?
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I would also REALLY like to know if anyone is still using one of first consumer Plasma's from the late 90's. I'd bet they are either super faded or dead.
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While not a plasma, my younger brother fell into the home theatre schtick in a big way back in '98. It cost him 10K (5 audio, 5 video). He still has that system, I think he makes the last payment on it this spring.

for that kind of coin, he got a Harmon Kardon A/V receiver, DVD player (progressive scan!), 5 B&W bookshelf soeakers - no sub and a monster RPTV displaying 4:3 - it couldn't do anything else. It's not physically configured to display anthing other than 4:3.
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i too would like to know if there are any of these still being used. anyone out there?

my first flat panel was a 50" Pioneer HD plasma (720P) model PDP5005 I think: paid $14,500.00 for it in 1999

Sold it to a friend a couple of years ago: still going strong: still a beautiful display
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my first flat panel was a 50" Pioneer HD plasma (720P) model PDP5005 I think: paid $14,500.00 for it in 1999

Sold it to a friend a couple of years ago: still going strong: still a beautiful display

any burn in evident after all those years?
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any burn in evident after all those years?

No burn in is evident
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thats good to know..enough to quiet down the chicken littles
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any burn in evident after all those years?

I have used several LCD and plasma displays for my HT and at work: I have seen image retention but no burn-in on any of the plasmas displays

The only permanent burn-in I have seen is on an LCD (yes I know most think that is not possible- it is possible): an older Sharp LC-30 that was used for surveilance video: the camera views and text tags burned in and were visible when the LCD was turned off---Sharp replaced the display at no cost even though it was out of warranty
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