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Shintsu

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#1 12 years ago

Ok, if this seems more appropriate in Console Forums, please feel free to move there. I'm at a dilemma. I have an Xbox 360 and I like it quite a lot, and I'd like to own all the consoles eventually. I have been curious though, I don't know if I should buy the Wii when it comes out (Probably camp out for it) or if I should wait for the PS3 or if I should just buy a Hi-Def TV (I have no Hi-Def TVs currently). I'm considering waiting on the PS3 now, as for $600 I could almost buy a nice Hi-Def TV for it, however I know the Wii is not really Hi-Def so is the most logical and the cheapest. Does anyone know if the Wii will have the same shortage issues the 360 had at launch? Any advice would be appreciated. I would also consider buying maybe a 22" or 24" LCD Widescreen (preferably with speakers and capable of 720p or 1080i) if I could get it for around $600 or less. Thanks for any help.




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#2 12 years ago

600 for a 24" HD?, thats a bit optimistic dont you think?

anyway:http://www.nl-mirai.com/ <- they make pretty good tv (not the best, but good enough for the price)




Shintsu

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#3 12 years ago

Christ, what will $600 buy in HD then? I don't care if its a Glass tube or LCD.




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#4 12 years ago

Go over to Tech-discussion and ask Beef, I think he knows a lot about HD-TV.




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#5 12 years ago
ShintsuChrist, what will $600 buy in HD then? I don't care if its a Glass tube or LCD.

I'm pretty sure HD is only LCD, just to let you know. That's quite good in a way because that means there is never going to be a cheaper "alternative" and it saves so much room.




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#6 12 years ago

lol, There are definately non-LCD HD TVs, such as aforementioned Glass Tube as well as Plasma, Projection, and a few more I'm forgetting. Sony has a 34" Widescreen Glass Tube thats 720p I think, definately 1080i and its about $1100. It was one I thought about getting but its a bit up there for me.




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#7 12 years ago

Link to information about the 4 different precious TVs. http://www.cnet.com/4520-7874_1-5108443-1.html




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#8 12 years ago

If you going for an HDTV get something bigger. You don't get a full effects of HD unless you have a good sized screen to show it.

Yeah, a CRT is heavy, but the quality and cost are un-matched. I got a Philips 30 inch CRT HDTV for $700 last year from walmart. They have dropped in price now. Sadly, on philip's site it looks like they discountin

Make sure it has HDMI.




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#9 12 years ago
Shintsulol, There are definately non-LCD HD TVs, such as aforementioned Glass Tube as well as Plasma, Projection, and a few more I'm forgetting. Sony has a 34" Widescreen Glass Tube thats 720p I think, definately 1080i and its about $1100. It was one I thought about getting but its a bit up there for me.

Like Pete's TV it's a CRT HDTV. Small but crisp for your gaming needs and fits your budget. I would stay away from LCD TV for gaming. Since you have a 360 I see no need for you to worry about a PS3 for a while. I'd invest that 600 beans towards a nice HDTV for your 360... and future PS3.

As for you getting a Wii or an HDTV.... do you like to watch TV a lot? Your cable company or sat have many HD channels yet? Since your budget is in the 600 dollar area I'd go for a CRT HDTV like Petes. This way you can at least play your 360 in hi def and watch some shows in hi def. The CRT is a heavy and bulky beast but the picture is very nice. Would this TV be going in your bedroom or livingroom? I'll see if I can dig up some decent affordable crt HDTV's for ya later... I also want a Wii and it sucks it's not hi def. I just might wait until after launch this time and see how it rolls.

Go down and get some store credit and get yourself a nice big plasma :) worry about paying for it in 12 months, just pay it before the interest accrues ;)

If you want excellent advice about all this check out: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/index.php?

I did many hours and days of research before buying mine and these guys know their chit. Check out the high end forums!

Here is a the forum for CRT's http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=63

This is how a 360 setup should look :) 2101320.jpg




Shintsu

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#10 12 years ago

Nice Beef, but that looks like a LCD/Plasma. I looked a little at that site and a lot of them were talking about CRTRP. I read an article that if I recall correctly, said CRTRPs are the Lowest quality Hi-Definition you can get and they're all in the $1500 on up range. My current set is a 27" JVC that I can't for the life of me find anywhere on the net. All I know is the remote it uses is an RM-C690. It is a bit of an old TV, has no composite input on the front and it's black with Hyper-Bass Sound and Biphonic, I think early 90's, but it does have two S-Video inputs and thats what I'm playing my 360 and PS2 on. I don't want to get much, if any smaller, and I want to get a widescreen, as I can't stand those black bars. If I wanted those, I coulda just stuck with my Sony monitor. Now, I do know progressive is better than interlaced, however are there even any 720p or higher CRTs out there? Also, will 1080i or 720p look better?

Oh almost forgot to answer a few of your questions, I do watch a lot of TV, but it's more so for the gaming and my cable company has no hi-def channels, I'd have to pay extra to get that and install a box. This TV is actually going in my "Office" and my current tv is about 110 degrees to my right and about 3 or 4 feet away. I'd like to buy a stand (Preferably one the company who I buy the TV from makes) and set it a bit further away from me, but you could classify this as a sort of living room but I do sit in a full backed leather swivel chair :)

And one more thing, a big issue I have with my current TV is that when I start playing games, the text can sometimes be very blurry and hard to read if its a bit on the smaller side. I can't adjust it enough so its sharp to read and thats another thing that makes me pretty sure I need a new TV.