I am, as the title of this thread suggests, a confused/intimidated newbie. Im just about to move out of student housing and into a new apartment and think its the right time to invest in a new home theatre system. Here are some details:
1. Looking for: LCD TV (atleast 40")
2. Room size: 13' x 11'
3. Will mainly use it for: TV, Blu-ray movies, PS3 games, music. (Dont ever plan to use it as a computer monitor)
I think I have settled on the TV for now (Samsung LN40A550) but am open to suggestions from you wise men.
Any help in this matter will be greatly appreciated!!
I looked on the Toshiba site and the XF series seem to be way over my budget. I cant spend more than $1300-$1400. I'd really like the LN46A550 but at $1699 thats out of reach too.
As for the 120 Hz, I saw a movie on a tv on display in one of the stores around town and it looked different thats for sure. But Im not sure if I actually liked how it looked. It was like it was a little 'too real' for my liking. I cant explain it any better. I dont know what difference it makes while watching sports yet.
If you have a size and cost budget, then you should be able to quickly narrow down what models fit within your budgets. Then have a look at websites to see what experiences other people have had with those models and previous generations.
The viewing distance will be approx. between 9-10 feet. I really cant go any bigger than a 46". My original home theatre budget was 2k but Ive increased that to 3k. So, Im definitely going to be happy with this home theatre for a while.
I'm still browsing too, but I'm leaning towards the Sharp 64U models - they're getting very cheap (this weekend at Future Shop, they're on sale for $1,436 for the 46"). It's a very decent TV for that price! I like that it's one of the few lower-end models that have 3 HDMI ports on it.
I've been comparing these TVs in the stores for years, but I keep coming back to Sharp (64U) VS Sony (V or W series) - I haven't really been impressed with anything else compared to these two. I don't plan on spending more than $1,600-$1,700 (CDN) so this seems to be the sweet spot for me.
Anybody - feel free to convince me otherwise! I'd love to consider some of the Samsungs but I just haven't seen anything that impressive from them yet (unless you double the spending amount)...
I currently have a 20" CRT set on its last legs but stable.
I absolutely do not want another SD CRT set, nor an ED set.
I have around a $500 budget, but that could change.
The room is about 8x11, with about 7 ft viewing distance from the viewing seat to the TV screen.
I have been looking around, and I might be able to get a 26" set in budget, on the outside a 32".
I need at least two SD inputs, and some components and HDMI. I'd prefer it have ATSC, but probably don't need that at this time.
An absolute must is an HDMI/DVI video/analog audio mode, to connect a Starchoice HD receiver, and a stereo analog audio output to connect my older stereo receiver (on its last legs too, perhaps I should take bets as to which fails first, the receiver or TV).