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Old 09-12-02, 05:58 PM
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Need help on picking a tube HDTV

I've pretty much narrowed down my choices to the Sony 32hs500, the Panasonic 32hx42 and the Hitachi 36udx10x.

The Sony is the most expensive ($1499) of the bunch but it has a great picture, tons of inputs (including DVI) and I live the fact that the line doubler can be adjusted from the menu (I'm assuming this would help the picture when watching regular cable).

The Panasonic is $1399 and basically the same as the Sony in terms of picture quality, inputs etc. Unfortunately it doesn't do the anamorphic squeeze, will this be a big problem even if I have a progressive DVD player? I don't think I would want to buy a 4:3 tv without the squeeze but I'm not positive.

The Hitachi is huge, it's a 36" when all the rest are 32". The picture looked pretty good (although I saw it in Circuit City and I saw the Sony and the Panasonic in a better store where they seemed to calibrate their sets) but it only has one component input.

I've read good things about each set and I'm still not sure which one I want, does anyone have any reasons to choose one over the other? I don't have the space for an rptv (plus my girlfriend would kill me if I got rid of the entertainment center ) so that's not an option. Also, while I would prefer a widescreen set the only ones within my price range are 30" and they seem way too small for me - I will have 4 game consoles hooked up and the 4:3 image would only be equal to (I think, but I can't remember exactly) a 24" tv.
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Old 09-12-02, 10:27 PM
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Re: Need help on picking a tube HDTV

Originally posted by Icculus

Also, while I would prefer a widescreen set the only ones within my price range are 30" and they seem way too small for me - I will have 4 game consoles hooked up and the 4:3 image would only be equal to (I think, but I can't remember exactly) a 24" tv.
My advice is, go with the 30" widescreen! Most game systems will stretch to fill the widescreen, I believe. And, a 30" widescreen gives you more viewing real estate for DVD than a 4:3 showing widescreen.

What it comes down to is what is more important, games or movies. If movies, go with the widescreen. If games, don't.
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Old 09-12-02, 11:59 PM
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Re: Re: Need help on picking a tube HDTV

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My advice is, go with the 30" widescreen! Most game systems will stretch to fill the widescreen, I believe. And, a 30" widescreen gives you more viewing real estate for DVD than a 4:3 showing widescreen.

What it comes down to is what is more important, games or movies. If movies, go with the widescreen. If games, don't.
Yeah, I've been thinking about that. The thing that eventually turned me away from the widesceen set is that, according to this site, a 32" 4:3 and a 30" widescreen set are comparable sizes when you're looking at the ws picture (the 30" is only 4.1% bigger for 16:9 material) but 4:3 material is 73% bigger on a 32" 4:3 set.
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Yeah, I've seen those comparisons before, and you're right, you can't logically see it differently than as you present. However, everytime I've seen side by side comparisons of the two in person, the 30" WS Tube vs. 32" and 36" standard screens, the 30" always wins out with me. I think that's probably the best way to do it, find a place that will let you see a side by side comparison, and make your decision there. Some places will do that if the sets are easily movable and the salesman works on commission

Maybe I'm just a sucker for no black bars.
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