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Time to Purchase a TV HDTV Input please HDTV PING LIST PLEASE
12.02.11 | Chickensoup

Posted on 12/02/2011 4:36:08 PM PST by Chickensoup

I am now ready to buy my HDTV. I have been looking at the big Samsungs. Remember this is the first tv for a non tv home. We will mostly be watching CDs and downloads, not much broadcast...except for the Superbowl for my son (if I can figure out how to stream it on the net).

The big Samsungs often have 3D. Will the 3D affect the regular view? I am looking for a clear viewing set that will manage action

I keep reading that TV is changing and I wonder whether these TVs are old technology?

Can I actualy put an aerial on it?

Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

I have a BJs card and they sell them there. CNET also has them by price at their site.

One last question: is it better with respect to price, to buy now during the Christmas season or wait for the football season.

HDTV PING LIST PLEASE


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I am now ready to buy my HDTV. I have been looking at the big Samsungs. Remember this is the first tv for a non tv home. We will mostly be watching CDs and downloads, not much broadcast...except for the Superbowl for my son (if I can figure out how to stream it on the net).

The big Samsungs often have 3D. Will the 3D affect the regular view? I am looking for a clear viewing set that will manage action

I keep reading that TV is changing and I wonder whether these TVs are old technology?

Can I actualy put an aerial on it?

Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

I have a BJs card and they sell them there. CNET also has them by price at their site.

One last question: is it better with respect to price, to buy now during the Christmas season or wait for the football season.

HDTV PING LIST PLEASE

1 posted on 12/02/2011 4:36:14 PM PST by Chickensoup
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To: Chickensoup

I don’t know about the Samsung TV’s, but our Samsung Blu-Ray player lasted just 3 months before losing its mind. We didn’t even use it that much - maybe once a week for Netflix.

Maybe our family is just snakebitten, but I have heard similar tales from family members about Samsung products. They vow they will never purchase another Samsung product. I concur.

Hope you have better luck.

We are happy with our Panasonic Viera plasma TV which we purchased 3 months ago for a great price at Sears. It works great.


2 posted on 12/02/2011 4:41:33 PM PST by randita (I'm not a percentage. I'm a free person.)
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Thank you! Good to know. The TVs have a real high CNET rating.


3 posted on 12/02/2011 4:42:54 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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I can only tell you that we LOVE our Samsung big screen. 180 degree difference from the prior post.


4 posted on 12/02/2011 4:44:34 PM PST by battletank
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To: randita

Now that I think of it, CNET ratings are from a tech perspective and probably have nothing to do with longevity.


5 posted on 12/02/2011 4:45:27 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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Buy the cheapest you can find. They are all pretty good. 3D is an annoyance. It is the industry trying to manufacture a reason for everybody to buy a new TV.

With the money you save on the TV, buy a cheap dedicated media center laptop to connect to it by HDMI. There is SO MUCH free stuff to watch that you would never need cable anyway.

6 posted on 12/02/2011 4:45:53 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum (Holding our flawed politicians to higher standards than the enemy’s politicians guarantees they win)
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To: Chickensoup

Ping. Also anxious for inputs on the Samsungs.


7 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:13 PM PST by InterceptPoint
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Yes, TV is changing. I have several different kinds and ages. I refuse to spend $100 per month of my social security money on cable or satellite. I have converter boxes or regular antenna for my newest “modern” TV. Any time a plane flies over, someone walks above or below my room, I am likely to loose signal. SOME IMPROVEMENT!! I wish I knew who to bitch to or vote out of office.


8 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:13 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: Chickensoup
Get one with plenty of inputs - (multiple)HDMI, VGA, DVI, composite so you can hook up computers and cameras.

Check native resolution so you know what you are getting.

9 posted on 12/02/2011 4:46:38 PM PST by Paladin2
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We have a Sanyo. Three years. No problems. BTW, there is no such thing as an HDTV. Found it out when we were buying ours. See http://www.schubincafe.com/2005/07/04/theres-no-such-thing-as-hdtv/


10 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:02 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Want To Learn To Love Better, You Should Start With A Friend Who You Hate")
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I'm a novice, just letting you know what I have. I bought an Apple TV, a little box that allows you to stream content wirelessly from your home network or home computers. There are other similar products available from big-box stores, around the same price ($99). But if you stream content, a lot of it requires payment for rental or buying. I got Netflix, and can stream lots of movies and seasons of TV shows for $8 a month. I don't miss my Cable premium channels, which I cancelled. $8 a month is cheap.

The Apple devices allow you to easily wirelessly stream photos and video from your computers, iPads and iPhones to your HDTV via Apple TV. Pretty cool, as I used to have to run a cable, now it's all wireless.

I also tried to run a digital antenna (on my roof) but reception sucks in my area, you may have better luck.

11 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:19 PM PST by roadcat
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Our Sony Bravia 40 inch HDTV is nearly 3 years old with no problems, great picture. My only regret is not buying a bigger one.


12 posted on 12/02/2011 4:47:32 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: randita
We are happy with our Panasonic Viera plasma TV

By far the best option going out there.

By far!

13 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:17 PM PST by eddie willers
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You can’t go wrong with a Vizio.


14 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:26 PM PST by buccaneer81 (ECOMCON)
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To: Chickensoup
Can these tvs live in a room that in the winter sometimes go down to 60's or even 50's? I would heat the room before I use it.

The main thing to worry about is to control the humidity to prevent moisture condensing in the room. Electronics work fine in those temperatures so long as there isn't any moisture in them.

15 posted on 12/02/2011 4:49:37 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Chickensoup

If you are buying an HDTV, and want the best quality picture available in all formats (that’s what a TV does, right? Presents a picture, right?) then get a:
1 High end Pan TC-PVT30 series (this year)
2 Alternate - Pan GT30 series 50/55 etc (last year)
The SPORTS are INCREDIBLE with NO ARTIFACTS(blur) on screen.
If you don’t believe, then do a side-by-side test to Sammy or Sony or any ‘old LG.
Do your own research, ‘see’ for yourself.
You cannot understand until side by side, don’t be fooled by uncalibrated VERY BRIGHT stuff at store- “gee, that’s neat! “ That brightness is color which is WASHED OUT.
You’ll go panny.
It Rocks.
Period.


16 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:04 PM PST by foldspace (Barak Obama is still not a >convicted< criminal...)
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To: Chickensoup

Sony Bravia 40” LCD 1080i HDTV. Great picture. Works great with an upconverting DVD player and HDMI cable.


17 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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Hi FRiend,
Mrs. Slim and I have a couple of the Vizio TV’s (42” biggest). They’ve been great. Run them off indoor antenna’s and we’re in the boonies so we get about 5 over the air channels. We keep the house around 65 degrees, but I have one in the garage, and that is in the 50’s with no problems.


18 posted on 12/02/2011 4:50:47 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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You mean jacks in the back? Should they be USB jacks?


19 posted on 12/02/2011 4:51:26 PM PST by Chickensoup (In the 20th century 200 million people were killed by their own governments.)
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To: dainbramaged

Same here. I wouldn’t go bigger. Its big enough to dominate an average size living room.


20 posted on 12/02/2011 4:52:54 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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