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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« on: July 23, 2006, 09:05:43 PM »
Agreed...65" in HD goodness is a thing to behold.  Now if only I could get more Hog games and if only they would win more. 

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2006, 09:07:37 PM »
and don't, you need to make it happen.   Sooner rather than later.  Even though there are limitations in the total amount of broadcasting available, the stations there are glorious, especially when they are showing sports porn.  It is fricking awesome.

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2006, 11:13:44 PM »
and don't, you need to make it happen.   Sooner rather than later.  Even though there are limitations in the total amount of broadcasting available, the stations there are glorious, especially when they are showing sports.  It is fricking awesome.

Total agreeance.

I watched one of the NBA Finals games at a friends  house.  He has a 42" Panasonic Plasma and it was, as you say, "glorious.

I'm holding out for the 1080p plasmas to hit the market.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2006, 11:24:19 PM »
Wait until whatever wins out, HDDVD or blueray.  See what TV is required and buy that.  I have had mine for a couple of years, so figure when one of the standards wins out, I'll upgrade to whatever can use it.

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2006, 11:53:50 PM »
I don't think there is anything better than watching the ESPN Saturday night SEC game in HD.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #5 on: July 24, 2006, 07:31:20 AM »
The downside is that "regular" TV looks like complete shit.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2006, 09:28:57 AM »
Wait until whatever wins out, HDDVD or blueray.  See what TV is required and buy that.  I have had mine for a couple of years, so figure when one of the standards wins out, I'll upgrade to whatever can use it.

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Hmmm, I think the competition between the two different DVD formats is more or less independent of the whole HDTV thing unless there is some sort of connectivity issue.  Your DVD player (whichever kind) renders a video image and you plug the component into your television.  I was thinking it was just another video source, albeit a high quality one.  I thought both formats generate an image that is compatible with 720 sets and looks even better on 1080 sets.  Am I missing something?

There will be more true 1080p sets available in a couple of years when the current "Betamax v. VHS" thing settles out but the highest end TV's currently available are compatible with both sorts of DVD players already, or so I thought.  Am I mistaken?
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2006, 09:37:41 AM »
Hmmm, I think the competition between the two different DVD formats is more or less independent of the whole HDTV thing unless there is some sort of connectivity issue.  Your DVD player (whichever kind) renders a video image and you plug the component into your television.  I was thinking it was just another video source, albeit a high quality one.  I thought both formats generate an image that is compatible with 720 sets and looks even better on 1080 sets.  Am I missing something?

There will be more true 1080p sets available in a couple of years when the current "Betamax v. VHS" thing settles out but the highest end TV's currently available are compatible with both sorts of DVD players already, or so I thought.  Am I mistaken?

I believe you are correct.  Even though Blu-Ray outputs 1080p, the signal can still be shown on a 1080i TV.  I think both of the new formats will output via HDMI, so if you buy a new TV you'll want to make sure you have at least one of those inputs.

For what it's worth, nothing will be broadcast in 1080p for a LONG, LONG time.  We're still waiting on Fox HD in NWA.

The 1080p sets aren't worth the extra $$$$ for the material that's currently available.  In another 5 years once this HD-DVD/Blu-Ray thing is settled they might be, but to see any real difference the set has to be over 60".

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #8 on: July 24, 2006, 09:49:22 AM »
Hmmm, I think the competition between the two different DVD formats is more or less independent of the whole HDTV thing unless there is some sort of connectivity issue.  Your DVD player (whichever kind) renders a video image and you plug the component into your television.  I was thinking it was just another video source, albeit a high quality one.  I thought both formats generate an image that is compatible with 720 sets and looks even better on 1080 sets.  Am I missing something?

There will be more true 1080p sets available in a couple of years when the current "Betamax v. VHS" thing settles out but the highest end TV's currently available are compatible with both sorts of DVD players already, or so I thought.  Am I mistaken?

No, you're right. This is yet another Sony vs. The World technology battle. Blu-Ray and HD-DVD both can output at 1080p if connected to a compatible set via HDMI.

Sony and Samsung are pitching Blu-Ray and the PlayStation 3 will make the format immediately available in thousands of homes. Microsoft is adding an HD-DVD external drive to the XBox 360 in the hopes of pushing that format, which is also presently backed by Toshiba. I'm getting the impression that neither format has a decisive edge in terms of quality.

As with anything else, the deciding factor will be the titles available and the costs involved. And it may turn out that neither format is really embraced that much, since you can get a damn fine picture from an upconverting standard DVD player, and since the much-ballyhooed SACD-vs.-DVD-Audio war never materialized due to digital music sales and the overwhelming prevalence of CDs.

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #9 on: July 24, 2006, 10:52:37 AM »
just a follow up to what RRS posted.

the cheapest to get a Blu-Ray DVD player will be to buy the Sony Playstation 3.
From what I understand the hope for a dual compatible players (playing both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD) is bleak because of signed agreements barring such a device.  Samsung was close but was told to desist or get sued.
another problem with both formats right now is the limited amount of movies available in either format.

Blu-Ray discs can store up to 50 gbs (25 per side) whereas HD-DVD will hold up to 30 GB. it's dual-layer DVD.

I don't look for a resolution anytime soon because afterall the industry can't decide on a HD fomat  not to mention the total conversion of TV to digital from analog.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #10 on: July 24, 2006, 04:41:41 PM »
I got a Samsung 42" plasma a few months ago..looked awesome in the store....Got it home and regular TV looked like shit!  I have Cox.  I started with the digital reciever.  My TV has cable card slot. Called cox and they came and put it in.  Now i get the HD channels at no additional cost over standard digital.   :thumbup:  I cant wait till more HD channels come out.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #11 on: July 24, 2006, 04:42:35 PM »
and don't, you need to make it happen.   Sooner rather than later.  Even though there are limitations in the total amount of broadcasting available, the stations there are glorious, especially when they are showing sports.  It is fricking awesome.

I think I'm about to buy one from Best Buy.  What brand do you recommend?  Or does it really matter?
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #12 on: July 24, 2006, 06:07:47 PM »
I think I'm about to buy one from Best Buy.  What brand do you recommend?  Or does it really matter?

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #13 on: July 24, 2006, 06:18:22 PM »
Plasma: Pioneer, Hitachi, or Panasonic

DLP: Toshiba, Sony, Samsung

Really?

Odd, since Sony doesn't make any DLPs. They do have outstanding LCDs, though.

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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2006, 06:30:31 PM »
Plasma: Pioneer, Hitachi, or Panasonic

DLP: Toshiba, Sony, Samsung

Which one is better for sports, or does it not really matter?

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #15 on: July 24, 2006, 06:36:36 PM »
I'm extremely pleased with my Panasonic 42" Plasma.  I hope to make that the bedroom TV and upgrade to a 60" for 2007 Football season, asswuming prices continue to drop at current levels.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #16 on: July 24, 2006, 06:40:57 PM »
Really?

Odd, since Sony doesn't make any DLPs. They do have outstanding LCDs, though.

And the very good LCD projection Grand Wegas.

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #17 on: July 24, 2006, 06:42:33 PM »
I just bought a 42" Phillips LCD from costco.  Pretty pleased with it.  Plus, I have the satisfaction of knowing that I can take that bitch back for a full refund whenever I'm tired of it.   :D

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #18 on: July 24, 2006, 07:32:27 PM »

I have a samsung, but it is shit for the non hd channels.


That's my problem.  If I drop a couple of thousand on a HD set and the standard definition stuff looks bad, I'll never hear the end of it from my wife. 

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2006, 07:33:16 PM »
Really?

Odd, since Sony doesn't make any DLPs. They do have outstanding LCDs, though.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2006, 07:51:11 PM »
Which picture box can I plug my Betamax into?

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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2006, 08:11:46 PM »
I got a 50" LCD Hitachi about a year and a half ago and I wouldnt trade it for
most of the units I see at best buy today.  I frickin love it...even on non HD channels.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #22 on: July 24, 2006, 09:38:55 PM »
Really?

Odd, since Sony doesn't make any DLPs. They do have outstanding LCDs, though.

You know what I meant.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #23 on: July 24, 2006, 09:43:00 PM »
Which one is better for sports, or does it not really matter?

They say plasma has the best available picture, but I'm a DLP fan myself. I just prefer the projection picture over the plasma technology. You'll get better contrast in a DLP over an LCD, which can kind of look faded at times. Plus with a DLP, you can actually repair it where as a plasma if something goes wrong, you more than likely have a 2 grand paperweight.
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Re: Seriously...if you have the means to have HDTV
« Reply #24 on: July 24, 2006, 10:03:20 PM »
I have a 50" Sony Grand Wega LCD projection, and it is allsome.  I did a lot of research before buying it, and I came to the conclusion that if you are a movie junkie, then DLP is probably best for you (better, deeper blacks...better contrast).  However, if you want and HDTV for sports or games, then LCD projection or plasma is a much better option.  Given that most plasmas are way too damn expensive for a TV that will die in <10 years, I suggest going with an LCD projection, and Sony makes the best one money can buy.

 

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