Originally Posted by NJ Bulldog /forum/post/15526207
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!