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I want to take the plunge into the world of HDTV. I was looking at the new Crutchfield catalog yesterday and was looking at the Sony Wega XBRs. I thought the 32 inch Wega, the HDTV receiver(with DirecTV), the 24 inch Oval dish and progressive scan DVD player is what I need.


I know that I'd be very happy with it, but the TV alone costs 2 grand. I'm no millionaire, but I do want quality. I would love to get a 16:9 HDTV, but my house is a very small rambler and I have no room. I want the 32 inch TV because that is the largest TV I can fit in my entertainment center.


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Is Wega XBR the way to go?? Are there any other brands that offer comparable quality??


Where is the best place to buy: online, Best Buy, Audio King?? I wouldn't mind going online if it could get me out of paying tax. Do you have to pay tax ordering through Crutchfield??


Does anyone know of a cheap website to order stuff from??


Thanks in advance!!


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Crutchfield's prices tend to be on the high side. Try onecall.com for the TV and DVD player. They're quite reputable and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. Don't go by their posted prices as they are negotiable. If you want to dig deeper do a model search using mysimon.com.


For the STB and dish copperbox.com or cousinsvideo.com usually have great deals.


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I just got 2 Sony XBR450 TVs, the 32" and the 36" (the old TVs were 10-15 yrs old). We love them! What I did was search the net and find the best prices. I then took them to my local ABCWarehouse and the salesman matched my best price of $1919 for the 36 inch Sony as well as half price for the 5 year warranty and free delivery. Yes, I did have to pay sales tax but not the shipping charge and I wanted to go local because these TVs are HEAVY! They delivered and set up the TVs for us. Excellent service!


BestBuy said they would price match also but they don't carry the XBR450 models. Give it a try at your local store.


I found my best price using Yahoo. I decided to stick with 4:3 until there is more 16:9 programming available (few years down the road). The Samsung SIR-T150 has arrived and works great with my Terk TV55 antenna (put on a high shelf in the room). I can receive all the local digital broadcasts. I'm a happy camper!
 

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Crutchfield is a retailer but they do have lot of new products first.


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Another question.


I've been reading about how good 3:2 pulldown is. The new XBR's have 3:2 pulldown. Do I need a DVD player with 3:2 pulldown to take advantage of this??


I see on Crutchfield there are a couple DVD players with progressive scan. I don't want the 'reference' player(too expensive). There are 2 other single disc players with progressive scan. One has 3:2 pulldown and costs a grand and the other only costs 300 bucks, but is without 3:2. Granted the one with 3:2 also plays SACD, but that's not important to me.


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If the TV already does 3:2 pulldown I dont believe you need a prog DVD player as well. That is what I have heard since they are both doing the same thing.


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