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Let me start off by stating that we aren't going to buy a television until March 1 when we are moving. I don't want to have to move the thing twice. I just want to educate myself as much as I can to make the best decision I can since I am such a newbie. So far the three televisions that we have narrowed our search down to is like many other people have done, the Mitsubishi WS-55411 and the Hitachi 57SWX20B/57UWX20B. The current prices at my local Good Guys/Circuit City/Sears are Mitsubishi WS-55411 ($2600), Hitachi 57SWX20B ($2999) 57UWX20B ($2499). It's difficult to see which television looks the best in the stores, with them not being calibrated correctly and such. Just from what I had seen today, the Mitsubishi looked better than the Hitachi's, but it seemed to be calibrated better. The hitachi's were very bright and the cable wasn't giving a great signal (shadows and such). My questions are these. We have digital cable and of course watch lots of dvd's. Which will give the best cable and which will give the best dvd picture of the three? What in the world is DVI and how will it affect me? I know that the Mitsubishi set i am looking at doesn't have DVI and both the Hitachi's do. Will this affect me in any way? If this is something that would be worthwhile not far into the future, I of course want a set that has it. I have seen lots of people talk about it and I just want to make sure that if I buy a set it won't be unusable in a few years because it doesn't have DVI. Last, but not least, what's the difference between the Hitachi's? I looked at both and like I say, the Circuit City viewing area wasn't set up the best it could have been. They both didn't look all that great. Is the SWX worth the extra $500 over the UWX? Right now the two frontrunners are the Mitsubishi and the UWX. Any input on these will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!



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Searching the forum in your best source of information. Forum members will never respond with all the information already presented on the forum.


Please search for "Hitachi SWX" and "Hitachi UWX" and you will find alot of information including pros and cons of each. In fact, one thread is titled "Is the difference between the UWX and SWX worth the $?"
 

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You indicated you have digital cable, but what will you have where you are moving? I suggest you start by figuring out what you will be watching that will look good and make use of the capability you are paying for in your HDTV.


Does the cable company offer any HD? (Digital cable and HD are not the same thing) Do you watch a lot of DVDs? Would you go to Sat for 4 HD channels and OTA for locals in HD if avail in your area?


Regarding DVI, that is a controversial area. DVI/HDCP is a digital interface that provides for copy protection, is being pushed by MPAA and adopted by most of the RPTV manufacturers in their new sets and some new cable boxes. As of now, the whole issue of how to do copy protection has not been decided.


The issue you should be aware of is that if DVI does become the means for copy protection and your set does not have it, then you would be unable to view at full resolution whatever material is ultimately protected at some point in the future. And the DVI spec as currently written requires the final decryption to be done in the display device, meaning an external add on converter is not allowed. There are many that believe because there are already 3mil HDTV ready sets out there that do not have DVI, that something would have to be done to accomodate those folks. That is if DVI does become the std.
 

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Thanks for the replies.


Once I move, I will still have the digital cable. HD over the cable network is not available in my area I don't believe. We will be watching a lot of dvd with this set and will be piecing together a decent home theater system. One thing I am contemplating is moving up to the 65" sets because they can be split apart for moving and we will be living upstairs when we move. Our viewing distance will be around 11-15 feet from the viewer to the actual screen and I wanted to make sure this wouldn't be too close for that large of a set. I don't know what the formula is for selecting the correct size picture so there ya have it :). I would get the satelite hd channels, but we get upgraded digital cable for only $10 a month with premium channels included and that's hard to pass up. Thanks for any input.


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