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I'm a newbie to AVS....but I am looking to see if anyone can help me out. I am looking for 27 inch tube for a bedroom. It will be primarily used for non-HD D* and DVD's.

I am considering the Tosh 27AF43, but have not been able to find much info. Thanks for the Help!!
 

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What price range?


I bought the Panasonic Tau Flat-screen 27" SL13 and hooked it up to my DirecTivo. Didn't like the picture compareed to a 13-year old Proton 31" TV or my 9-year old Sony 19" TV. The blacks faded in and out, lines were too jagged, pixellation too severe.


I'm returning it to Circuit City, and haven't decided on the brand-new (at the CC warehouse only so far) new Zenith 27" HDTV or the Sony 27" EDTV (xx310 model).


If I recall, the Toshiba was around $400 MSRP (as was the Panasonic). The Basic 27" Sony Wega is about $50 more. I'd play with the menus to see which can be adjusted best to your liking. The Sony has a 3-line digital comb filter. The next step up 27" Sony adds PIP, and the next after that (the xx310 model) has PIP and a 3D digital comb filter and is an EDTV (with 480p). Some folks are Sony lovers, some Toshiba.


Is your DVD player a progressive one (480p output)?
 

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My price range is at the $400-$500 range....

Re: PIP - I still haven't figured out how to do PIP with my one D* receiver so I don't think that it's a factor.

The DVD player that I will use with this set is not progressive, but I may look to upgrade in the future if it makes a difference on this type of set. (My progressive DVD player on my HD Mits makes a huge difference.)
 

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I'd pull the specs on the Sony KV-27FS100, FS200 and FS210 anbd compare them with the Toshiba 27AF43. A "review" on the Sony FS100 is here: http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/...D-100746497668


Specs on FS100:
http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/xPF-Sony_KV_27FS100


Specs on FS200:
http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/xPF-Sony_KV_27FS200


Specs on FS210 (HDTV-ready)
http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/xPF-Sony_KV_27FS210


Specs on Toshiba 27AF43:
http://hardwarecentral.dealtime.com/xPF-Toshiba_27AF43


Then go and play with the controls at the local stores. See what you like. See what will fit.


At this price range, to get 480p, you can bump up a model by getting an open box unit at Circuit City. A couple of Sanyo's have 480p ability, but have enough issues that I don't know about recommending them. Really look great though. Also, buy through a local store that allows 30-days no questions asked returns and no restocking fees. I think that Circuit City and Sears have this. Maybe Best Buys. Certainly worth looking into first.
 

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Zoombeezy,


Thanks for all of your help...I ended up going with a Toshiba, but I was able to bump up to the next level at the same price...I went with the 27AF53, which gave me a 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter upgrade. (I don't really know the difference, but it looked much crisper....)


I looked at the SONY models vs. the TOSHIBA models and for my taste the Toshiba's weren't as harsh....Maybe not as detailed, but a little more natural.


Thanks again...
 

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Glad you found something you liked.


As far as comb filters, there are a couple of very informative sites that can help out. There is a preference in order of which connections are favored to hook components up to, and some of them bypass the comb filter.


This link http://www.projectorpeople.com/tutorials/dec-cable.asp shows the different cables. Composite cables connections are the standard RCA plugs that are yellow for video, red for right audio and white for left audio. If you use these cables, the video signal is all on the yellow cable and whatever you hook it up to will have to split the video up again. Artifacts introduced by this need help via comb filters. If you instead hook up to the TV via S-video or component cables, the signal doesn't get comb filtered. Component cables are preferred over s-video. Well, that doesn't explain it These links below do a great job.


Lots of info here:
http://members.aol.com/ajaynejr/vidcomb.htm


Another very good article, but not specific to comb filters is here:
http://www.dcdi-video.com/technology...-overview.html


It's really about another technology called DCDiâ„¢. Combined with the other article, you get a very good grip on the problems that are faced in getting a good picture displayed.


Then, you might want to wrap things up with this very good article http://www.hifi-writer.com/he/video/index.htm on video cabling standards. The fellow took 4 digital photos each of three different Video Essentials DVD test patterns with a connection to the TV changing from RF to composite to S-video to component.


Yep, the more I know, the confuseder I get.
 
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