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Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by Ash Housewares, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    HDTVs, Xbox360s, etc.

    Anybody here know about HDTVs?

    I'm looking to get one that will work well with xbox360 and ps3/blu-ray/hddvd down the line

    I've tried to understand but there seem to be many nuances

    I would game & watch movies/tv

    right now I'm looking at these http://www.westinghousedigital.com/c-7-1080p-monitors.aspx

    mostly these forums seem to hold the pc gurus, but maybe somebody out there knows more than I do

    if somebody helps me I'll buy you a diamond ring so big it's gonna make you puke!
     
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    Dondrei IncGamers Member

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    I heard early uptakers of digital got screwed, apart from that I know nothing.
     
  3. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    it's been a few years now, HDTV is dropping in price and tech is at a level now where I know what I will basically need
     
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    You want 1080 instead of that 768 crap. Beyond that I'm not too up on the 1080i/p difference, or whether HDMI is a great thing or something that will enslave you to copyright holders. Get something freaking big. Panasonic just came out with a 103" beast. I think you can pick one up for a cool $50,000 or so.
     
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    what to look for
    high definition tuner (gives more channels than regular tv tuners, avoid HDTV Ready)
    mutliple tuners with pip is nice for watching 2 shows at the same time
    front/side inputs (easy to hookup cameras ect for quick shows)
    Contrast Ratio (1200:1, higher the better)
    Response Time (lcd only 6ms, lower the better)
    Viewing Angle (176°H,V higher the better)

    id stay away from lg, walk thru best buy and compare them for best picture quality, lg and samsung always seem to be fuzzy compared to westinghouse, panasonic, sharp and sony

    i vs. p, i is interlaced (each frame uses 1/2 of the pixels from the previous one)
    p is progressive(each frame contains its own pixels)
     
  6. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    I saw a nice 70something for 17k

    I've heard plenty bad about 768

    all I know is you don't want to be the only guy on the block without a 'p'

    1080p ftw!
     
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    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    the contrast is one of the weaker points of the models I'm looking at here, and with digital cable I'm not all that worried about a tuner, tv is less important to me anyways, I hear 8ms should be good enough
     
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    or get a nice hd projector and dont skimp on a good screen, you can go as big as your wall will let you
     
  9. Ash Housewares

    Ash Housewares IncGamers Member

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    I'm not at the home theatre step yet, for that I will go all out...

    :jig:
     
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    baby steps, start with a 7.1 reciever and cheap hd tv (move it to your bedroom later), blue ray dvd player, then move on to some better speakers/sub, then finish with the projector and screen
     
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    you understand :smiley:
     
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    its alot easier on the wallet that way :laugh:
     
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    that $600 blu-ray player will set me back too
     
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    ya, there expensive now, im hoping they start falling soon
     
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    PS3 will come in around that price range, right? There's your blu-ray.

    Anyway, projection TVs are cool for the image size, but they aren't hi-def AFAIK. If you want 1920x1080 you're going to need LCD or plasma.
     
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    You'll need the 1080i, but you'll also need a tv that's 50 (or 55, don't remember) inch wide tv or larger for the HD to really work at it's best. I'll try digging up some supporting links later.
     
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    Wrong. Stay away from any blu-ray player currently on the markey, same with HD-DVD. The blu ray players currently out take about 15 seconds to skip chapters, and even longer than that just to boot up. As far as HD-DVD goes, there aren't enough movies out in the format yet to warrant buying a player, and the difference isn't that big.

    For now, buy an 'up-converting' DVD player. It steps up regular DVDs to be close to HD, so close to where you can't really tell its not. It'll play everything out already (without the huge skip times with blu-ray), won't cost as much, and the picture quality is good enough that you can't hardly tell the difference.
     
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    The successor to DVD is going to be a long time coming, between standard rivalry and what will no doubt be very sluggish public uptake. People have already made a big investment in their DVD collection, they aren't going to suddenly go and blow a pile of money on a whole new system and replace all those DVDs just for some sort of resolution gain you'd only notice if you're some kind of graphics geek.

    The home movie/TV market isn't like the computer market, which is dominated by nerds who get a hard-on for a chip that's 2% faster than one half the price. Look how slow the uptake of digital TV has been, the average person just isn't impressed enough to spend that kind of money.

    Anyway, I don't see the point of any of it given that 99.9999999% of movies and TV have been garbage for ten years or more.
     
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    That's not actually possible. Pixels are pixels; they're the elementary particles of pictures, you can't divide them. Yeah you can blow up an image, just like watching an ordinary DVD on your 1280x1024 screen, but it's not anywhere near the same as having an HD picture.
     

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