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LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 11, 2010 12:18 am

I'm replacing a 6 year old TV. My choices are a Samsung 19 inch or a Toshiba 19 inch that has a built-in DVD player. The Samsung TV looks better and sleeker, but I'd have to buy a separate blu-ray player so I'm not sure it's worth it. Any thoughts on Toshiba TVs with internal DVD players?
 
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:38 pm

Blu ray players are so inexpensive now. Most people don't need the top of the line players as most of us first don't know what any of it does and second don't know how to use it. I've always had Samsung everything. I like the way they look and never had a problem with any of the TV's or dvd players.

I don't like internal DVD players only because something happens to the dvd player, well now your out a TV and vice versa. Those TV's are also more money and take longer to fix. So my advice is go with a Samsung TV and get a separate DVD player. Thats my opinion. One thing that good is your getting a LCD and not Plasma.
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:59 pm

I bought a 19" LED TV to use as my PC monitor. It's nice to witch back and forth to TV when I want.

The very best LCD TVs these days are the ultra-thin LED-LCD TVs. My friend got a Samsung LED 46-Inch 1080p 240Hz HDTV. It has the full array backlighting versus being edge lit. See http://www.presentationtek.com/2010/...y-vs-edge-lit-led-lcd-comparison/.
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:02 pm

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 1):
I don't like internal DVD players only because something happens to the dvd player, well now your out a TV and vice versa.

Agreed. Unless you don't have the space for a separate blu ray, I'd avoid getting one built into the television.

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 1):
One thing that good is your getting a LCD and not Plasma.

Not much choice in that small of a screen size, but I'm curious as to why you say this?
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:18 pm

If space is a problem then built in DVD in the way to go. Thats the market there geared too. As far as plasma's go, they are very expensive to repair and have a limited life time. They burn out so If your someone who gonna keep theres for a long time, LCD is the way to go. I just don't like plasma technology. I have a LED 46 samsung 6000 series and it kicks the crap out of my friends 52" sony plasma. Plasma though you'll find is a lot cheaper then LCD and LED but that because people are staying away from the technology.

One thing is for sure...... This 3D technology is a waste of money right now. Keep words are "right now". The 3rd and 4th generation 3D TV's will be much better and far less expensive. $200 for the 3D glasses. LMAO give me a break.
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:14 am

Another question. I'm debating upgrading my basic standard cable box to an HD box. My question: Is there a difference in quality for non-HD channels with the HD box versus the standard box? RCN is my provider.
 
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 1:01 pm

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 5):
My question: Is there a difference in quality for non-HD channels with the HD box versus the standard box?

Non HD looks more crappy, but that has to do with the TV, not the cable box. I wouldn't even bother with HD on a 19". Then again, I have no use for a 19".
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:24 pm

Quoting Go3Team (Reply 6):
Non HD looks more crappy, but that has to do with the TV, not the cable box. I wouldn't even bother with HD on a 19". Then again, I have no use for a 19".

I think you misunderstood my question. Do non-HD channels look better on an HD box attached with an HDMI cable?
 
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 3:53 pm

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 7):
Do non-HD channels look better on an HD box attached with an HDMI cable?

Yes, absolutely the image looks sharper and better but keep in mind that you now have to deal with those black bars on the sides which can be a pain.
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 4:25 pm

Quoting alberchico (Reply 8):
Yes, absolutely the image looks sharper and better but keep in mind that you now have to deal with those black bars on the sides which can be a pain.

What do you mean? I am not familiar with HDTV really.
 
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sat Sep 18, 2010 5:12 pm

This



most tv's or cable remotes have a zoom or aspect ratio button to eliminate these bars
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:29 am

Quoting contrails15 (Reply 1):
One thing that good is your getting a LCD and not Plasma.
Quoting Alias1024 (Reply 3):
Quoting contrails15 (Reply 1):
One thing that good is your getting a LCD and not Plasma.

Not much choice in that small of a screen size, but I'm curious as to why you say this?

Unless you are viewing HD plasma has a better image and even then plasma is still the overall best option unless you are concerned about power. If HD then LCD is great but you have to watch out for a good refresh rate or you will have pixelation and trails.

Quoting washingtonian (Reply 5):
Another question. I'm debating upgrading my basic standard cable box to an HD box. My question: Is there a difference in quality for non-HD channels with the HD box versus the standard box? RCN is my provider.

No. To my knowledge there is not upscaling in cable boxes.

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RE: LCD TV Advice

Wed Sep 22, 2010 8:19 pm

Quoting tugger (Reply 11):
No. To my knowledge there is not upscaling in cable boxes.

Interesting. Well most of the channels I watch are available in HD anyway, so I think I'm gonna try the HD box for a few weeks and see if I like it better.
 
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:55 pm

For those who are looking at flat screens I heard a report the other day on the news that there is a huge surplus of LCD screens around. This should result in greatly reduced prices for this Christmas. The reporter indicated that you should be able to buy a 42" LCD for about $300.00 later this year.
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RE: LCD TV Advice

Mon Sep 27, 2010 12:39 am

I always hesitate to purchase all-in-one TVs because if the DVD player goes, now you need to replace the entire unit. I'd go for separate pieces. Not sure if you're a Costco member, but we picked up an LCD TV and DVD (non-Blue Ray) there about 2 months ago and got a great deal.

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