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HDTV: Which Model To Buy?  
User currently offlineAlberchico From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 2920 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 4329 times:

I finally decided to buy a 26 inch HDTV. I figured I'd just get a Sony but Best Buy has a cheapo Dynex brand on sale. Should I get a brand name HDTV or a obscure cheap generic brand tv from BestBuy or Kmart ???


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26972 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 4314 times:

I went for the Sony Bravia 40'' Full HDTV



Never looked back. Excellent crisp picture and great sound. I looked at the cheap brands and just decided not to do it. Im really glad I took that choice. Also dont buy HD ready its not the same as Full HD 1080P


User currently offlineUAL777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4307 times:



Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter):
I finally decided to buy a 26 inch HDTV. I figured I'd just get a Sony but Best Buy has a cheapo Dynex brand on sale. Should I get a brand name HDTV or a obscure cheap generic brand tv from BestBuy or Kmart ???

Sony makes a really good product but you are going to pay a little bit of a premium for the name. I also have a Bravia (52 inch) and its great.

Stay away from "enhanced definition" as it is only 720 or 780i.
Sharp makes a great LCD that is cheaper than the Sony.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Also dont buy HD ready its not the same as Full HD 1080P

I used to work in Home Theater at BestBuy back in 05' and HD Ready simply meant that you needed the HD box or antenna to play HD. Has that changed?



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26972 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4304 times:



Quoting UAL777 (Reply 2):
HD box or antenna to play HD. Has that changed?

Do you not have HD channels over there? We have SKY and BBC HD and a good selection to choose from. Also some are on ITV also. I also got a Sony Bluray Player and the discs can be got for around $15 these days. The quality is far far better.


User currently offlineUal777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4303 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):

Do you not have HD channels over there? We have SKY and BBC HD and a good selection to choose from. Also some are on ITV also. I also got a Sony Bluray Player and the discs can be got for around $15 these days. The quality is far far better.

Yeah we have HD channels. However, the cable company usually brings a box out to your house and the box must be HD capable if the TV is "HD Ready".

I too love Bluray. The picture is amazing.



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 5, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4299 times:



Quoting UAL777 (Reply 2):
Sony makes a really good product but you are going to pay a little bit of a premium for the name. I also have a Bravia (52 inch) and its great.

Full HD 1080P Bravia X series here, 46", along with the full home theatre system powerful enough to shake the earth from its orbit. It's all Sony stuff too - the entire lot works flawlessly together.

So I recommend Sony Bravia. Blu-ray is awesome too.


User currently offlineUal777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 1556 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4297 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 5):
Full HD 1080P Bravia X series here, 46", along with the full home theatre system powerful enough to shake the earth from its orbit. It's all Sony stuff too - the entire lot works flawlessly together.

Here the X is known as the XBR I believe. When I brought it home I found out that it IS possible to love a machine.  Wink



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User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4879 posts, RR: 38
Reply 7, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 4296 times:

Mine is just the model beneath the XBR. The two are both the same, but the XBR is a bit more flashy in finish. Not that the X is far behind in that department either - it is still very eye-catching, with that glass picture frame style surround.  



It's the television as a piece of modern fine art.   Even the logo is illuminated, if you want. Or you can set it to light up the logo as the TV is switched off, providing just enough light to leave a dark room - after which time the logo illumination goes off.  

The indicator lights are all in the glass - a clever bit of lighting trickery that looks very classy.

I only wish I had the 70" version of the XBR.. Only a cool AUD$70,000....

[Edited 2009-06-15 03:53:05]

User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4241 times:



Quoting Alberchico (Thread starter):
I figured I'd just get a Sony but Best Buy has a cheapo Dynex brand on sale.

I've got a 26" Dynex (The model with the single HDMI output that they're trying to clear out @ $289.99.), and it's not bad. I'm not hooked up to HD, but the picture isn't too bad with digital cable. I wanted to get the 32" Dynex, but they were out of stock on them.

We've got a 47" Vizio in the living room that is hooked up to HD cable, and the picture quality is pretty sweet (Went with the 1080p so the be ahead of the curve). Vizio does make a 26" LCD TV that is 1080i, which runs about $350 at Wal-Mart.


User currently offlineKiwiRob From New Zealand, joined Jun 2005, 7361 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (5 years 3 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4240 times:



Quoting Cpd (Reply 5):
Full HD 1080P Bravia X series here, 46", along with the full home theatre system powerful enough to shake the earth from its orbit. It's all Sony stuff too - the entire lot works flawlessly together.

It's not going to shake the earth from it's orbit if you're using Sony loudspeakers, but the Bravia is a stunning set.


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