Ok, I am considering upgrading to HDTVs seeing as the PS3 is $500 minimum, and thats close to the price of some of the HDTVs I've been looking at. What I want to know is, if I get an HDTV that is not Widescreen (16:9 I think), will it give me black bars on the top and bottom when I hook up my 360 to it. When I hooked my 360 to my monitor it did that, and drove me crazy. If I get one of these brands like Insignia who has a 30" CRT HDTV Built-In with 1080i and 16:9 widescreen for $550 is that a pretty good TV, or is it just best to spend extra money and get a name brand that may be a bit larger? The most I'd want to spend on an HDTV is maybe $800, so could anyone give me any other suggestions?
Jeff is a mean boss
28th July 2002
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Sony has a nice CRT HDTV for your needs in that price range. I believe Petethgreat has one so wait for him to tell you what model. I would go with a name brand. You will love gaming on a 360 with a HDTV. I have a Panasonic 50" plasma HDTV and I love it. Sorry C383, no burn in, doesn't run hot and my electric bill is still the same :) I couldn't be happier.
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage.jsp?skuId=7705799&type=product&productCategoryId=pcmcat31800050030&id=1138087658070 Little over your budget but a sweet ass CRT TV for gaming at a decent price. It's a huge sucker but unless you want to spend 2 or more grand for a good flat screen you are stuck with bulk.
All TVs that use a 4:3 ratio WILL give black bars at the top and bottom of the screen when viewing widescreen images. To get rid of them your only option is to shell out for a 16:9 TV. Or use your TV's zoom feature, but that's pretty crap. But then in some cases you'll get bars at the side when watching certain programs aired in a 4:3 format on a widescreen, so you can't really win them all.
But for the PS3, definately get a name brand 16:9 HDTV. I have a 26" LCD Samsung widescreen HDTV and I couldn't be happier with it. Gonna see if I can get a PS3 later on in the year too, gaming on the PS2 with a blown-up image sucks ass.
To be honest, I have an ILO brand from Walmart. It is their "house" brand. I did some checking around the web & found that the same company that makes them for Walmart makes the flat screen lcd's for Apple Computers. I think the company is called Tatsoi or something like that. It has the most incredible HD picture for the low low price of 799 usd. I swear the picture is better than the Samsung & Aquios we looked at. It really is impressive. It is a 27" widescreen. It can be used on a pc via dvi hook-up @ 1280*768 res.
ßeef FlapsSorry C383, no burn in, doesn't run hot and my electric bill is still the same :)
Whaddya talkin' 'bout?! SXRD FTW! :D
C38368Whaddya talkin' 'bout?! SXRD FTW! :D
Maybe next purchase ;) Right now Plasma is the winner. I love mine. If I could make love to it I would.
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15th March 2005
Beef I have a Panasonic 50" plasma HDTV and I love it.
Only 50"? :p
Hm, mine's either 50 or 61 - I seem to recall it being 61 and we got a really killer deal on it. The one in the basement is probably 50 inches. I really can't keep them straight. Very nice televisions, though after you have them a while even they seem small :lol:.
I refuse to buy anything but a CRT, because I'm not buying a TV that's measured in hours of bulb life and cost so much money. Compartively, a 30" name brand CRT HDTV is about $800 and the same in an LCD is about $1400, no thanks.
ShintsuI refuse to buy anything but a CRT, because I'm not buying a TV that's measured in hours of bulb life and cost so much money. Compartively, a 30" name brand CRT HDTV is about $800 and the same in an LCD is about $1400, no thanks.
Plasma is rated at 60.000 hours before the phosphors go half bright. Do you really think you will wear it out before it's time to buy another set ;) DLP's you need to replace bulbs every now and then. DLP's also suck ass due to their lack of viewing angle and rainblow effect. A CRT HDTV is a great if you don't care about size, since you are stuck with 34 inches and under. They render great blacks and a great picture. Heavy as hell and bulky though. Since all you want it for is gaming then you will be fine with a CRT. I would go with a good brand and not an off brand like LG. That is just me but it all depends on your budget. If you want size you will have to spend the money for a plasma LCD SXRD etc..
Hm, mine's either 50 or 61 - I seem to recall it being 61 and we got a really killer deal on it. The one in the basement is probably 50 inches. I really can't keep them straight. Very nice televisions, though after you have them a while even they seem small .
Well did you pay for it or your family ;) You have a 61 inch plasma? Nice what kind? I also agree, when I brought my 50 incher home I thought it was big but now I am used to it and want BIGGER :) Discovery Channel HD Theatre FTW :)
Anyone researching a plasma/LCD/SXRD etc should read the AVS forums. These guys know their shit! http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=9