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I am looking to spend about $1,500 - $2,000 on a new HDTV.

So what am I looking for when I go to best buy or circut city? What are some good brands (not sony, too much $$)? There are so many different ones (480, 720,1080) and the i and p, all that stuff. It just confuses me and I want to get one that will last.

Thank you for your time,
Tom
post #2 of 6
This is a fun place to be...
On the verge of jumping into HD is exciting.

Within your budget, Best Buy carries the 47" Panasonic RP model.
I haven't played with it... but a lot of people love their pannies.

I personally own a 46" Mitsubishi... it can be had for under $2,000 at local retailers. (I paid $2,799 for it less than 2 years ago)

I can recommend the Mitsubishi to you with no guilt whatsoever. It's an excellent television.

As far as the i, and p's of it all go... don't concern yourself too much with it if you don't want to... your TV and STB will handle that for you just fine.

If you do want to concern yourself with it, read the FAQ, then read all you can on this forum.

Good luck to you, and enjoy your HD excursion.

Sets I like:

Mitsubishi
Pioneer Elite
Toshiba
Panasonic

16:9 of course, if you're going to go HD... do it right.
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Thanks for the reply Kidd Digital.

Ok, a question I forgot to ask, I also will be playing a LOT of x-box on this TV. I want one that won't get burned.


thanks
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I have a friend who is making the jump also. At my request I told him to read, read ,read for at least two weeks before talking HDTV with me. He did and is now four weeks into learning. You can skip this but it does pay off.

The basic things you need:

1. An HDTV ready set 16x9 screen.
2. A matching manufacturer (IMO) set top box.
3. A satellite dual LMB DirecTV (IMO) dish.
4. A UHF attenna.
5. A audio receiver with component HD switching.
6. A progressive scan DVD player.

Total cost at the time of this post varies greatly but I would say the least amount is:

1. 1800
2. 500
3. 300 (installed)
4. 75
5. 700
6. 300

If you do all the above for less than $4000 you have done great and will injoy HD for many years to come. But read, shop and have fun because once you get the stuff it becomes replaced by something better very fast. Also, pricing is dropping fast right now.
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You should take a look at the 38 Rca. It is 16x9 and has the Hd tuner dtc 100 built in. Do a price search on yahoo and the deal becomes even better. It is a couple hundred more than you want to spend but it has a 500 dollar dtc 100 built in.
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Originally posted by tomynelson
I also will be playing a LOT of x-box on this TV. I want one that won't get burned.


thanks

A direct view set is your best bet for that price range. If you can swing it an LCD projector would be better since you wouldn't deal with burn in at all with it.

Dave
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