Shopping for Big Screen TV

OK, I’m looking to replace my 46" old Sony. BestBuy has Sony HDTV 51" Rear Projection TV - KDP51WS550 Auto 16:9 Enhanced Mode on sale for $2499.Anybody know anything about it?? Any recomendations? Thanks.

Go read The Quest for HDTV on extremetech. :o

I did but he did not test any models that large,IIRC.

Nick Stam’s series is here:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,890599,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,938539,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1052887,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1119951,00.asp

My two, more modest pieces are here:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1067024,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1229765,00.asp

Nick Stam’s series is here:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,890599,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,938539,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1052887,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1119951,00.asp

My two, more modest pieces are here:

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1067024,00.asp

http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,3973,1229765,00.asp[/quote]

OK, I think I had read all but one of those. Unless I missed it in the article:How big is the Samsung you decided on? Do you know anything about the Sony I mentioned above? Any opinions Tuner included vs less expensive models where you need to but it seperately.BTW,my needs are really more for sports, I do not watch VCR or DVD movies very often, would this change your recomendations in the article? Thanks.

I ended up with the 50-inch, and like it a lot.

Neither Nick nor I had room for a rear projection CRT, so we didn’t even look at them. Some of them have pretty good image quality, but the bulk was too much.

If you plan on watching sports in HDTV for the most part, then the Samsung is a great choice. If the majority of your sports viewing will be in standard definition format, then the Samsung is good – but most rear projectors will do well here.

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I ended up with the 50-inch, and like it a lot.

Neither Nick nor I had room for a rear projection CRT, so we didn’t even look at them. Some of them have pretty good image quality, but the bulk was too much.

If you plan on watching sports in HDTV for the most part, then the Samsung is a great choice. If the majority of your sports viewing will be in standard definition format, then the Samsung is good – but most rear projectors will do well here.[/quote]

My old unit is pretty bulky, about 30", so I expect I’ll have room for just about anything.

But I do need to go into a store and take some width measurements, I think my 46" is a diagonal measurement, but I’m guessing they wouldn’t measure the new widescreens that way, and 51’ is pretty close to the actual width, am I correct?

I’ll have to check my cable company regarding % standard v HDTV on the sports channels I watch most. I’ve always preferred Sony for standard TV though, so if I’m looking at a mix, I’ll have to look at both Sansung and Sony and compare both pictures. Looks like your model retails about $500 more than the 51" Sony above.

Thanks again.

51’? Wow - you must have a REALLY big family room…

(Sorry, I just had a revers-Spinal Tap flashback)

Wooow.

I was thinking of getting a big-screen early next year (to replace MY 27-inch Sony Trinitron). I had no idea this stuff was so complicated. I currently have a stero receiver, surround sound, XBox (doubling as DVD player) and a VCR plugged into it.

It looks for certain that I’ll need a regular DVD player if I get the big screen, since the resolution will show the Xbox’s limitations. I’ll ned the enhanced resolution adapter for the Xbox. I haven’t a CLUE about what all the standards and numbers Lloyd was spitting out like so many potion components in his article, tho.

And here I thought I was just thinking about buying a TV with a big screen. :shock:

We’ve had a 61" sony HS10 rear-projection hdtv set for a couple of years, it’s been awesome and worth every penny. The picture quality was by far the best we saw in shopping around at the time, and we have an alcove in the living room that is a perfect fit for the admittedly bulky set. The wife was a bit iffy on the buy, but now she admits that it was a great buy. :lol:

All you really need to do, out of the box, is make sure the TV has some form of de-interlacing – in other words, the ability to take interlaced video and make it “look progressive”.

That way, all the other upgrades can come slowly. Your Xbox can continue as the DVD player (and probably look better), and take your time on other stuff.

Interestingly enough the BestBuy sale price quoted above matches the Sony company’s Website price which includes free delivery.

Unfortunately, Sony charges sale tax on internet sales otherwise it would be nobrainer to go with them.

Need to check the BB delivery policy when I check out the models.

All you really need to do, out of the box, is make sure the TV has some form of de-interlacing – in other words, the ability to take interlaced video and make it “look progressive”.

That way, all the other upgrades can come slowly. Your Xbox can continue as the DVD player (and probably look better), and take your time on other stuff.[/quote]

More likely result:
Early next year Joe starts reading about the new crop of big-screen TVs. Quickly becomes confused and befuddled, plays Diablo 2 for a while to feel better, then comes to QT3 and begs for help.

I think my plan is pretty solid… :roll:

OK, I’ve decided:

$400 under list at Circuit City today. :shock:

Thanks all for the imput.