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Buying a new TV

by Alegoo92 / April 8, 2007 1:12 AM PDT

Finally!.. our old Sony Trinitron TV broke, for good, so we can finally get a new TV.

Since I know very little about TV's, coudld anyone suggest a good, but not extremely expensive, widescreen TV? The only parameters I can think of would be:

1. Cannot be over 1400
2. Should be by a well-known brand
3. Widescreen

I also remember Tom mentioning that having an HDTV without HD cable stretches the picture. I'd like to have an HDTV, but we're not going above standard Comcast cable.

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by Kokoro-Kun / April 8, 2007 1:18 AM PDT
In reply to: Buying a new TV

Personally, I think Vizeo brand at Costco is great (except they don't have those brand in grrr), but you want a well-known brand. lol

I'm sure if you look for a bit, you can find Sony 50-55 inch LCD projection TV for about 1000 dollars. They are widescreen and all of them 720p/1080i. They are of excellent quality.

of course, you're getting a projection tv so you don't get to hang it on a wall or something, but to me, that really doesn't matter.

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The size doesnt matter much
by Alegoo92 / April 8, 2007 2:48 AM PDT
In reply to: hmmm

But what matters the most is that the picture wont get stretched all across...

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not sure what you mean there.
by Kokoro-Kun / April 8, 2007 2:55 AM PDT

but you mean if you view regular (non-HD) cable signal, you don't want the picture to be artifically stretched?

Well, you can always change the viewing ratio for that, I think that's something every HD tv can do. lol, but i think you will get that two black bar on the side.

hope it helps.

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it does, thanks
by Alegoo92 / April 8, 2007 2:59 AM PDT

I dont know anything about TV's, but thanks for the help.

And Vizios are cheap! has 52" for 999!



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no problem
by Kokoro-Kun / April 8, 2007 3:09 AM PDT
In reply to: it does, thanks

yeah, VIzio is cheap and extremely good for its price. but since you wanted a brand-name, i suggested Sony. lol

I'm not sure if Costco still offers the life-time replacement policy, but definitely go and check the tv out first.

Oh, as about the ratio option, I'm sure it's pretty standard, but you never know.

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Costco's return policy
by ktreb / April 8, 2007 7:12 AM PDT
In reply to: no problem

Is now 90 days for some electronics, including TVs and iPods/mp3 players, but they do offer customer support and extended manufacturer's warranty. I've seen Vizios at Sears too.

BTW, Molly has a Vizio!

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Buying a new TV
by wizkids32 / April 8, 2007 7:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Buying a new TV

Try looking at PC MAG online Robert HERON has a good articles for buying a new TV that will help you find a good one for less money.

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