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I have nothing digital ready and can't afford a flat screen for another year or so. I just got this set yesterday and so far it looks terrific. I was just wondering if anyone had any opinions on it and what the HD limitations might be. I think I stole it for $100 - at least for now. Thanks!
 

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Looking at the specs, it appears that I misunderstood "digital broadcast ready". The manual says NTSC, BTSC system and I think I need to connect a converter box. Anyone?
 

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Looking at the specs, it appears that I misunderstood "digital broadcast ready". The manual says NTSC, BTSC system and I think I need to connect a converter box. Anyone?

Yeah, unless you have an HD cable box lying around or an HD player available (HD DVD players are pretty cheap and a nice cheap way to see what your set can do), then the only way you'll get an HD signal on to your TV will be with an ATSC HD converter box. These don't run cheap and require some extra antenna tuning than your old analog set. There's a thread in the HDTV Technical subforum that can help you pick a good box, but be prepared to spend a little money.


I too dipped into the cheap HD CRT scene. First I picked up a nice SD Toshiba set off craigslist free, then turned it around for $70, used the proceeds to fund the purchase of a Sony FD Trinitron 34HS510 for $150 ($80 out of pocket cost). Since I've picked up a Sony DG-510 HDMI receiver and a set of cheap speakers for $50, plus an Xbox 360 I picked up off an Amazon Black Friday Sale for $100, so all in all I've spent less than $250 on a pretty basic, but pretty sweet home theater set-up. Keep up the bargain hunting!


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I have been using a AV-36DF74 for the past four years with no issues. Great picture from my Oppo 983 player. Standard def from Directivo is also good, much better than the Sony I tried out before I settled on this set.


A friend of mine in NC has one of your AV-32DF74s and liked it. You did get a good deal. It is not equipped with a digital tuner, so cable or sat will be needed to feed it a 1080i or 720p signal.


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Thanks for taking the time to reply. Although I'm happy with the purchase (not only because the picture quality but the i/o on the rear of the set is also light years ahead of my 1995 JVC 32"), I'd like to send out a "buyers beware" for folks looking to upgrade.

I should say that the ad on CL was spot on. The seller even put a link to the specifications! She simply typed (verbatum) a few misleading terms from the manual; most notably "DTV digital broadcast ready". I figured this meant ATSC and my "deal fever" made me overlook the facts. Oh well, just another lesson. At least it wsn't too expensive and I'm truly pleased with the purchase - just not as much as I would have been with an integrated ATSC tuner. BTW, it wasn't only the price that had me distracted. She was 5'11' and had one helluva cosmetic surgeon - bada bing!
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