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TV what?

by DizzleCizzle / February 13, 2006 7:22 AM PST

Ok, so I finally went ahead and purchased my 50'' KDSR50XBR1 on Saturday. It's getting delivered here on Wednesday. I'm so excited. However, I have a few questions....

1. I purchased it from Circuit the extended warranty worth it?

2. They keep pushing these Monster Cable Surge Portectors that cost an arm and a leg. I know that a surge protector is necessary, but are the Monster ones that good that it's worth paying $100+ bucks for one?

3. With Hi-Def TV, I know that as long as you have an antenna, you can get the channels for free, but do I have to have an HDMI cable for it?

4. Are the Denon DVD players worth it? I'm told that they're the best when it comes to upconverting DVD players, but I'm also told the Sony one is good too...and it's a good $100 cheaper.

Thanks for the help!

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NO, NO, NO and Maybe
by RoadRunner6 / February 13, 2006 7:45 AM PST

1. Extended warranties are big profit amkers for the dealers.

2. You can get an OK surge protector at Home Depot or any surgre protector in the $50 or less range should be fine. Good brands at reasonable prices are Belkin, Trip-Lite and APC to mentiona few. Monster products including cables and speaker wire are also big profit items.

3. No

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NO, NO, NO and Maybe
by RoadRunner6 / February 13, 2006 8:00 AM PST

1. Extended warranties are big profit makers for the dealers.

2. You can get an OK surge protector at Home Depot or any surgre protector in the $50 or less range should be fine. Good brands at reasonable prices are Belkin, Trip-Lite and APC to mentiona few. Monster products including cables and speaker wire are also big profit items.

3. No

4. Denon DVD players are excellent. However, you can get a real best buy here for $200, see the attached review.

(6th Ave is a good dealer but they tend to push to sell you extras, just say no!)

Here's another source from a top dealer:

Here's a review on the DVD player


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Ah, thank you!
by DizzleCizzle / February 13, 2006 8:48 AM PST
In reply to: NO, NO, NO and Maybe

I'll give that Panasonic Player a try. Does it come with an HDMI cable? I've tried looking on the pages to see if it says so, but none gives the contents of the box. Just wondering if I'd have to buy a seperate cable.

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HDMI Cable
by RoadRunner6 / February 13, 2006 11:01 AM PST
In reply to: Ah, thank you!

I understand that there is an HDMI cable included in the box. If for any reason it is not long enough etc., it is not necessary to buy an expensive one like Monster cable. Good cables that you can pick up at Radio Shack or the AR performance series(their cheapest line) at Best Buy are fine.

Also, in over 35 years of owning audio/video equipment I have never had a problem with a surge even though I have only owned reasonably priced surged protectors ($50 and under). Many people are into the expensive models and sing their praises, the dealers surely harmonize with them.


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by RoadRunner6 / February 13, 2006 11:07 AM PST
In reply to: HDMI Cable

For your information, the Panamax 3500 line conditioners run about $350-$550, depending on the model. For that many clams I can recommend a reasonably good A/V receiver that you might buy to start a 5.1 surround system.


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HDMI + surge protection...
by mak99 / February 13, 2006 8:58 AM PST

If the Panasonic DVD player does not come with an HDMI cable, then you'll need to buy one.

Regarding surge protection, do you trust your mega-dollar TV to a cheap $50 plastic surge protector? Don't take a chance, buy a quality one that backs it up with a great warranty, such as a lifetime one by Panamax. I have two MAX5300's and would not give them up for anything...

No, I am not affliated with Panamax products - just a happy customer protecting his investments wisely...

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..follow up...
by mak99 / February 13, 2006 9:04 AM PST

OK, I see this TV online is about $3K. You really should choose a proper surge protector. They not only protect from surges, but can automatically power down equipment during a brownout. Some have UPS/battery backup capabilities which are great for powering down projectors. They have independent circuits for your digital (DVD) and analog (VCR) gear. Some even give you the ability for delay turn-on/power-down sequencing, or an RS232 port for home theatre automation.

You're buying the TV to use for many years, so buy a surge protector that can grow with your future needs too. It's well worth the investment...

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About that warranty....
by johnhunter44 / February 13, 2006 11:49 AM PST

I just purchased the same TV. I bought the warranty for $549 at CC, as well. Keep in mind that in the 4 years of coverage, you will at least have to replace one bulb, maybe more. Its about $275 for one bulb and the warranty covers bulbs. If you have 2 bulds to go in 4 years, then the warranty has paid for itself, plus given you protection on the rest of the TV. I love my set and don't want to worry about problems, but these things are so new, and these forums report problems with all of them. I have had to use a CC warranty on a hitachi crt rp about 8-10 yrs ago when it went out and they gave me a new TV without question. Even consumer reports advises to get one on this new line of sets, so I did not want to take the chance. They are not the regular 27" crt tv's built like a tank....

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