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Colaiel
19th December 02, 11:30 PM
Yeah yeah... totally not eq related, but I figured some people here have some disposable income and some good taste in electronics, so I'm curious about what the best deal I could get on a new TV would be. Currently, I have crap. 19 inch RCA... I'm thinking 27 inch flat screen. No, I can't quite afford the 15k 50' Pioneer plasma that I drool over daily... but I can swing 4-500 dollars.

I did spot this:

http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=1986129&cat=4560&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A3996%3A4560

With shipping, prolly be about 530 or so. Good deal or keep lookin? i like the many ports it has for dvd (s-video) and video game consoles, and the ease with which I can hook it into my stereo system. Anyway, I'm liking it, but want to get the opinion of peeps who know better that I before I click "send to me now plzthx".

Luko
19th December 02, 11:33 PM
I would get something with HDTV included. Even if you don't keep your TV around long enough til they kill current TV reception.

joen00b
20th December 02, 12:53 AM
I believe all new TV's have S-Video capabilities, just make sure it does just in case. I personally have a 36" Sony with S-Video and on screen TV-Guide (not the one from the cable company, it's part of the internal TV Components) and all sorts of other bells and whistles.

Go big, there's nothing like playing Madden 2K3 on a big screen TV:)

Luko
20th December 02, 12:58 AM
My TV is 61" rear projection.

Tetsou
20th December 02, 01:15 AM
Don't forget to buy the TV Guardian Foul Language Filter (http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.gsp?product_id=1218274&cat=4560&type=19&dept=3944&path=0%3A3944%3A3987%3A3996%3A4560) that they recommend.

People should be more bothered by crap like that.

Merauk
20th December 02, 03:33 AM
Originally posted by Luko
I would get something with HDTV included.

Really not worth it. Only thing I would reccomend is a TV with component video jacks (step above S-Video). Especially if you have a progressive scan DVD player (which almost all of them aside from the $40 models are now).

Zerin
20th December 02, 05:05 AM
http://www.bestbuy.com/detail.asp?e=11161137&m=1&cat=24&scat=27

Go to your local bestbuy and pick that up for about the same price as the one you are talking about. It has component and everything but HDTV, which, as merauk said isn't really worth it for the time being. This is the TV I own and it is -SWEET- for DVDs and games. Also the 24" model has the same features and is about $150 cheaper if you want to save some money.


As for the ports, get a switch...it's much easier to deal with if you find the right one. Finding a component switch will be expensive, around 200$ for a good one.

Some friendly advice is don't go shopping at walmart if you are looking for quality electronics. Yes they might have cheap prices but it doesn't mean it's good. Ultimate Electronics and Best Buy are both good places to shop.

Kitska
20th December 02, 08:38 AM
Panasonic (http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/shop/NewDesign/ModelTemplate.asp?ModelId=16170&show_all=false&product_exists=True&active=1&ModelNo=PT-40LC12&CategoryId=2915)
What do you guys think of this one, I've been looking to buy a new tv also,
it's either this or wait a bit longer and getplazma (http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/shop/NewDesign/ModelTemplate.asp?ModelId=15855&show_all=false&product_exists=True&active=1&ModelNo=PT-42PHD4-P&CategoryId=2711)

Trounce
20th December 02, 03:30 PM
Originally posted by Kitska
Panasonic (http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/shop/NewDesign/ModelTemplate.asp?ModelId=16170&show_all=false&product_exists=True&active=1&ModelNo=PT-40LC12&CategoryId=2915)
What do you guys think of this one, I've been looking to buy a new tv also,


Looks nice. Get me one while you're at it?

Derreck
20th December 02, 04:39 PM
There was a thing on Penny Arcade awhile back... Sears, or JC PEnney, or one of those places, will beat any competitor's price. So they went online, and surfed all over, and found the rock bottomest fucking price from the seediest looking website they could find, and printed it out. What they'll need is the name of the site, and a price quote that includes shipping. As for which major appliance dealer it was that honors this, I swear I don't remember. I think it was Sears. Anyhow, check around.

joen00b
20th December 02, 04:53 PM
Also, if you buy from Bestbuy, it IS worth paying for the extended Warranty. I got a whole new Awia system out of them for free because they couldn't find the parts to fix my old one. Now, instead of a 5 disc player, I have a 60 Disc DVD player, FOR FREE! Well, I guess if you count the money I spent on the warranty, it wasn't free, but that was almost 4 years ago, I had 3 months left on my warranty when i brought it back in.

I bought the warranty again:)

Colaiel
20th December 02, 09:04 PM
Thanks for all the input, I went with a 27' Sony Wega. Just plopped it into the entertainment center and fired up a few dvd's with the s-video plug, the difference is insane.

This is my new toy:

http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_DisplayProductInformation-Start;sid=C0xcZF9NXVlcZGFOwClWbxBAFTquKezXkCg=?Cat alogCategoryID=wswKC0%2eNXXkAAADy0Yw8lSwT&ProductID=S28KC0%2eNBuwAAADyXv88lSwe&Dept=tv

As always, the floor manager dropped the price to 419.00 to make paying 60.00 for a 4 year warranty more appealing. Plus, because of its size, all service is guaranteed at-home. =)

And if you have more money than you know what to do with and find yourself interested in Plasma screens, do the right thing. Nab one of these and make people pay to watch it.

http://www.necvisualsystems.com/applicationFiles/productDetails/appl_productDetail.cfm?Product_id=248

Now, to convince my dog that live power cords aren't really as fun to chew on as he thinks...

Zerin
21st December 02, 04:44 AM
I'm glad my advice helped you, the Wega is the best bang for your buck on the market IMHO. The warranty is GREAT and here's something at best buy that you guys might not know. If you get a 4 year or whatever long it is, if 1 month before it runs out you take your product back and say it's broken and ask for credit, they will credit you WHAT YOU PAID FOR...which means you can get the latest model that is out.

Do yourself a favor and switch to component, I know the wega has it...it's head and shoulders above lame S-video. You will notice immediatly the difference I promise ya.