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HDTV without HD signal - need help

I am looking to purchase a big screen HDTV. I am living in the Philippines and the TV signal that is available and what I subscribe to is digital (Sky Cable). My question is, is there any way to improve the signal and what would be the best TV to purchase? LCD or Plasma.
Thanks for your help and comments

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Plasma's will do a better job at none HD sources then LCD's. Whatever you get, LCD or Plasma, get a brand name, they will produce a much better None HD image & also have more things to tweek too get a better image.

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another quick question

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Thanks for your answer and help. Do you think I am better sticking to my 38" sony CRT. It does give a good picture.

regards, Tim

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that is a BIG CRT, what does it weight???? 300 pounds???

If you injoy movies & have a large dvd collection &/or sit far back like over 12ft or have 'lots' of people over to watch tv. Yes, with a 'good' upscaling dvd player to go with that new tv, if you don't already have one now. And go bigger, 46"+ depending on how far you sit from the tv.

But for now you tv is working fine (?), wait for a good sale, figer out what your going to do with that monster CRT & how too move it. Around the new years is a good time to buy a new tv, all the models are out, most will have been reviewed & most will be onsale

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CRT/HDTV/Plasma vs. LCD

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Thanks for the reply. Yes, the CRT is heavy. We purchased in Jakarta 7 years ago. It takes a couple of guy?s to lift it. I actually had a stand built specifically for it and much to my wife dismay as it has industrial strength wheels and is the centerpiece in our living room. It cost around 3K at the time while plasmas were costing 10K. It still has a very sharp picture but my wife has been talking about a bigger screen TV since we have move to Manila. Perhaps her motive maybe the stand! Anyway, thanks for your help. I am in the US this week and will check with the airlines to see if I can ship a Plasma as excess baggage. Were considering the Samsung 750 plasma as the same TV cost around 10K in the Philippines. Crazy prices for appliances in Asia.

Regards, Tim

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one thing you will have to get

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is a 'step down power (volt) converter' since US electronics are made to run on 120v/60hz, the Philippines is 220v/60hz, you don't want to fry the TV on the 1st day. Since the hz is the same that will make it easier & cheaper for you.
Just goto a GOOD electrics hardware store in the Philippines & tell them what you need... too down convert the 220volts/60hz to 120volts/60hz, it will proply cost $100 or if you know what your doing & can get the parts make one your self


http://www.kropla.com/electric2.htm

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HDTV w/out HD signal

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Regardless of any HDTV you will not truly appreciate it because there is still no hd signal. there might me a very slight improvement. Now if you have a blu ray player then dvd movies will look better. I am also waiting for hd signal in the Philippines.

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