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    TV's are too expensive. Switch to Puppet shows. Brings the family together.

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    The way TV Prices are falling, you are better off buying the CHEAPEST 1080p television that you can live with. Use the difference between the one you want and the cheapest to take you parents out to dinner or vice-versa, for a MONTH. 3 years later, move the cheap TV into the bed room and upgrade to a larger TV for the family room. Rinse and repeat for a decade and you'll have large HD 1080p Flat Panel TVs in every room for around a $7500 dollar total investment, or $750/yr, or $65/mo.

    I like Westinghouse for cheap, I love Sharp for quality, but if I was going to buy a family room TV I'd look at the cheapest plasma if it's affordable. If I have too much money, then I'd just go to a high end video store and tell them to hook you up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BleedingPurple View Post
    Are there any DIY calibration tools out there? I just can't afford to spend the $300 for a prefessional. Any suggestions?
    i used the thx calibration thing for my sister's tv and my tv and i think its pretty good. i think i used the one on the Incredibles dvd. i've also used AVE. AVE is not that expensive (~$20), so i'd just pick that up and try it out.
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    Here are a few good links for calibrating;
    http://www.ramelectronics.net/html/V...libration.html
    http://geekwithfamily.com/2006/06/20...on-dvd-review/

    But after all that research I got this and it works great.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Sound-Vision-Hom...QQcmdZViewItem
    I've lent it to a few friends that didn't know anything about calibration and they loved the results.

    Keep in mind, most of these are still 3x4 SD dvd's, but they do the job fine.

    Also look for Bars and Tone that air infrequently on PBS, MOJO and HDnet. I wouldn't reccomend the FSN-HD Bars and Tone though.
    http://www.smartcalibration.com/hdnetpatterns.html
    Last edited by SirJW; November 29th, 2007 at 10:50 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by King Taco View Post
    I went with grncobra's set's smaller brother (40") for $1150 at BB. This LCD is awesome!

    Have you callibrated it yet, grncobra?
    Not yet have you? My cousin has my HDMI cables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hipcheck View Post
    Stay away from the Sharps. A couple of years ago my Parents bought that gave them nothing but troubles. I happened to be in the market for a tv as well and when I went to best buy every open box/refurbished models were all Sharps. Im at Costco the other day and noticed a guy returning his TV, casually asked him what was wrong and he said the Volume is very erratic; sure as hell it was a Sharp.

    Their products may have gotten better but with that kind of money why risk it?

    For the Record-Ive got a Samsung that has never given me any problems at all.
    Maybe I got lucky, but my 32" Aquos has never had any problems. I've heard stories of color banding, but I've seen nothing wrong at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabinuki View Post
    I recommend any of these 3 sets

    Sony Bravia, LG, Samsung - click to compare
    I just returned a 47" LG LCD. The picture was awful, especially on action scenes. The colors were washing out, the processor couldn't keep up. I would stay away from LG sets.

    I'll be getting a 40" soon. Either a Samsung or a Sony.

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    OK, so the wife and I decided that en lieu of her buying me the wrong one for Xmas, I'm going to pick it out.

    I'm also going to redo the room its in BEFORE I install it, so she can paint, etc.

    I WANT this, but its too big and I don't have that much coin. So I'll be on the hunt for this one.

    Fully articulating wall mount, up high away from the kids being able to muck with it. I'm going to upgrade and get an all-in-one HD Surround Sound Receiver, and wire up the speakers properly while I have the wall open (Taking 80's paneling down).

    Tell me I'm buying the wrong TV. What HD Receiver do I want?

    Oh, I've waited over a year to do this, and saved up 2 birthdays, one Xmas, and the wife got to redo the hardwood floors in the process, so I've got enough chips saved up here to do this RIGHT. No I don't want to blow a ton of coin just to blow it, but at the same time, I've always been one to overpay for quality.

    TALK TO ME PEOPLE!
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    If you have ANY questions on HDTV's nowadays, just go to http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/forumdisplay.php?f=9/

    Some of the users are a little snoddy, but you're going to hear and know every little detail and flaw and area where a TV line excels in.

    I'm not really a fan of plasmas because every one I look at looks like it has a grainy filter on it and you really have to pay out your ass for the upper end ones(moreso than other types of HDTV).

    I like DLP's because you get more screen size for the buck and the response time is thousands of times faster than LCD, but they have bulb life problems and with some lines their frames aren't built sturdy enough and the screens will bow.

    I really like LCD's because it's expanding on what is now a really tried and true tech, but their response time is often 8ms, which creates strobing and some of their black levels aren't very deep(some offset this by crushing colors like shadows to black, but sometimes this can be bad).

    I'm really tempted for the Samsung LN-T4665f or the LN-T4671f right now, but I need to pay off student loans first.

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    That tv is only 720p. Since you want to do it right, I would only look at 1080p models.

    As Las said, go avs & search for the model you're thinking of to see what others are saying.


    Quote Originally Posted by Birdman View Post
    OK, so the wife and I decided that en lieu of her buying me the wrong one for Xmas, I'm going to pick it out.

    I'm also going to redo the room its in BEFORE I install it, so she can paint, etc.

    I WANT this, but its too big and I don't have that much coin. So I'll be on the hunt for this one.

    Fully articulating wall mount, up high away from the kids being able to muck with it. I'm going to upgrade and get an all-in-one HD Surround Sound Receiver, and wire up the speakers properly while I have the wall open (Taking 80's paneling down).

    Tell me I'm buying the wrong TV. What HD Receiver do I want?

    Oh, I've waited over a year to do this, and saved up 2 birthdays, one Xmas, and the wife got to redo the hardwood floors in the process, so I've got enough chips saved up here to do this RIGHT. No I don't want to blow a ton of coin just to blow it, but at the same time, I've always been one to overpay for quality.

    TALK TO ME PEOPLE!

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