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Old 10-18-02, 03:44 PM
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DVD quality.. good... HDTV quality better?

I have a tv but no STB....

I want a good picture....

Do you watch HDTV or do you limit your viewing to DVD?

Is this any good?

SAMSUNG SIRT150 Digital HDTV Tuner
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SAMSUNG SIRT150 Digital HDTV Tuner - Many HDTV capable TV models do not come with the special tuners that can receive high-definition broadcasts. Designed to rest on top of your TV, the SIRT150 decodes all ATSC approved Digital TV formats for 1080i High-Definiton Output or 480P Extended-definition output. Engineered for use with Samsung models, this tuner is compatible for use with virtually all HDTV capable models.
Tunes and decodes all 18 approved ATSC DTV broadcast forms
Decodes Dolby Digital DTV Broadcasts
Selectable outputs for matching 480i/480P/720P/1080i native display formats
Outputs standard definition NTSC 480i via S-Video and RCA type outputs
Component Video Y, Pb, Pr outputs
RGB 15 Pin D-Sub connector
Dolby Digital Audio Co-axial and Optical Outputs
Analog and digital audio output terminals
Samsung One-point Remote Control
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Old 10-18-02, 03:52 PM
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I got a DirecTV-capable box fairly recently. There's a definite improvement in the level of detail shown in some HDTV movies on HBO & Showtime - Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal for example. HBO, unfortunately shows 2.35 films cropped to 1.85. I don't see a lot of improvement with the Sopranos.

If you like sports, HDTV is a huge improvement over broadcast NTSC, especially football.
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Old 10-18-02, 04:06 PM
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When it is at its best, HDTV looks way better than DVD. HBO ran "Gladiator" in HD a few months ago. Wow. Made the DVD version look rather mediocre.
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Old 10-18-02, 04:14 PM
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Yep. It looks much much better, when there is a good source. Different stations broadcast different formats (depends on the show too). There's tons of info on the net.

I had an HDTV box for a short while, the quuality was great. I ran into one problem - I had no way of recording (in HD). So I had to be home at the right time to watch the stuff - which was often difficult with my schedule. If that's not a problem I say go for it.
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Old 10-18-02, 04:16 PM
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That's a pretty good price for that tuner, where is it from?
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Old 10-18-02, 04:39 PM
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DVD good but HDTV is excellent! Blade 2 in HD, showing right now on Dish PPV. Looks amazing.
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Old 10-18-02, 05:16 PM
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I have the SIR-T150 you are looking at. Of course, I paid twice that price when it first came out. As long as you know it is for OTA (antenna signal) only, and not for satellite, you will be pleased with its performance. I have been very happy with it.
Watching the HD feed of CBS and the other networks is absolutely amazing. The shows that are actually shot with a digital camera (as opposed to film) are like looking through a window. It really is that clear.

By the way, this model has been replaced by the SIR-T151. I don't know the differences.
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Old 10-22-02, 01:06 PM
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Originally posted by Icculus
That's a pretty good price for that tuner, where is it from?
J and R... they didn't have many... because it's unlisted now...

and I missed it.

They have the 151 for 399$

I've been looking at soundcity, jandr, and as many other places as possible...

399$ seems to be the lowest... so I think I'll wait.

Have not decided if I want Directtv box or not...
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Old 10-22-02, 03:25 PM
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Originally posted by LurkerWilson
J and R... they didn't have many... because it's unlisted now...

and I missed it.

They have the 151 for 399$

I've been looking at soundcity, jandr, and as many other places as possible...

399$ seems to be the lowest... so I think I'll wait.

Have not decided if I want Directtv box or not...
Hehe... I actually went to pricegrabber and found it at JandR right after I posted, it should be here tomorrow . I'm not really sure if I'm going to keep it though (I'm in an apartment and limited to an indoor antenna) - if the reception isn't that great I'll let you know, I'll be looking to pass it along to somone for what I paid.
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Old 10-24-02, 11:44 AM
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Originally posted by Icculus
Hehe... I actually went to pricegrabber and found it at JandR right after I posted, it should be here tomorrow . I'm not really sure if I'm going to keep it though (I'm in an apartment and limited to an indoor antenna) - if the reception isn't that great I'll let you know, I'll be looking to pass it along to somone for what I paid.
okay... I'll look at pricegrabber...
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