: What kind of TV do you have?



I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-22-09, 10:35 PM
In the family room, we've got a 42" Panasonic LCD flat screen. We got it last year and it's got an amazingly clear screen. It's no Samsung, but it's very good.

And then last year, both my brother and I got 19" AOC LCD flat screens for our bedrooms. They both work fine, no complaints.

In the kitchen, some basic 17 inch old-school TV, and both other bedrooms have your typical 17-19 inch old school TV's.

V-Eight
11-22-09, 10:42 PM
52" Bravia in my family room, which sucks since I can't lay my 360 on it. And an old 27" Hitachi in the Basement. We've also got a 27" Sony sitting around as well, which is newer than the Hitachi, but doesn't fit in the cabinet we built for the basement.

gary88
11-22-09, 11:01 PM
I have a 23" 720p Samsung, cost me about $800 when I bought it like 5 years ago. Now you can get one for like $250 :helpless:

Thinking about going out an finding a new TV on black friday.

blue07cts
11-22-09, 11:03 PM
we have a 42 inch LG LCD TV in the formal livingroom and a 52 in L:G LED TV in the theater, then 2 32 inch LG LCD's in the bedrooms and a smaller LCD mounted on the kitchen wall. were TV'ed out:alchi:

CIWS
11-22-09, 11:04 PM
Main TV is a Samsung 40" 1080p LCD, had it about a year and a half now. My "old" 32" 720p LCD is in my bedroom.

Stingroo
11-22-09, 11:09 PM
I have a 30 inch Panasonic 1080i TV in my dorm that I snapped up off Craigslist for $75. It's sweet, for what it is, and works great in the dorm space. It's sort of turned our room into a mini theater in our hall. lol

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-22-09, 11:14 PM
Whenever I go to Best Buy, I can't help but compare the Samsungs against the other TV's....the picture is always SO clear.

V-Eight
11-22-09, 11:33 PM
52" Bravia in my family room, which sucks since I can't lay my 360 on it. And an old 27" Hitachi in the Basement. We've also got a 27" Sony sitting around as well, which is newer than the Hitachi, but doesn't fit in the cabinet we built for the basement.

Forgot to mention that its 1080P LCD, 120hz. Samsungs are ok, but I'm not a fan of their plasmas

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-22-09, 11:38 PM
What's that 1080p or 1080i mean?

thebigjimsho
11-23-09, 12:07 AM
Didn't need a huge TV and I found a very sharp Sony 37" LCD projection Bravia. It's only 720p but it looks great...

Stingroo
11-23-09, 12:08 AM
I'm not entirely sure. I just know that i is Interlaced, and P is Progressive Scan. I remember reading about it awhile ago, and there were some people fighting to get 1080i renamed to 580i for some reason, but I don't remember.

I don't know, I think it means more money for more gimmick. I barely even see anything in HDTV that I could justify spending all the money on for one, lol. The only time I have honestly seen a purely visible difference is when playing my 360. Otherwise, it doesn't matter to me what pores of skin an athlete is sweating from.

Just my 2 cents on that though. lol

Night Wolf
11-23-09, 12:10 AM
I've got two, ya'll ready for this?

First one I ever got was a Christmas present from my mom in the late 90's, it is a 25" Sanyo that only has a coax input and is mono, it fell off the TV stand a long time ago and the buttons on it no longer work, needs remote. This has been my main TV for years since, using my VCR to convert RCA input to coax. I built that TV/stereo stand many years ago and if/when I get a new flat panel TV, I'll wall mount that and move this stand back into the living room to give it a cleaner, more modern look. This TV now resides in one of the spare bedrooms.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/misc/IMG_0075.jpg

The new main TV as of last year is a 26" Sharp that is (almost) as old as me.... built in 1989. The screen takes several minutes to warm up as there is discolorization at the top. This baby has RCA inputs, which means I can hook the PS2 directly and beneift from enhanced video quality! It's also got stereo speakers, which, in all honestly sound good for a 1989 TV, but that dosen't matter, as this bad boy is even loaded with stereo RCA outputs, so it is hooked up to the Sansui, which is what I play the audio thru, and the volume can be controlled thru the TV, via the (universal) remote. The Nakamichi cd player also has variable outputs controlled via remote.

The sound system currently consists of the Sansui 9090DB receiver (1977), Nakamichi CD Player2 Limited (1991), BSR 810 transcription turntable (1974) and the JBL S38's (2005). Not in use right now is the Sansui AU-517 integrated amp, due to the phono section going out (friend is visiting from Hawaii over Christmas, he gave it to me and fixed it in the past, so it'll get fixed again) as well as the JBL L100's due to just being too big for this room. Behind the left black door is the vinyl collection, and behind the right is the PS2.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/misc/IMG_0072.jpg

January I will have owned this house 2 yrs, and it'll be 2yrs I have had paid TV subscription. There is a roof-mounted antenna, and I got the digital convertor boxes, but I still don't watch TV, don't plan on getting it anytime soon either. Maybe when I get a new TV, which is when I'll get a new video game system, which will probably be when the new Gran Tursimo comes out, but then I'd have to et the fancy HD TV programming, and thats alot of money.

I have successfully talked up most likely the two junkiest TV's in this thread.

Stingroo
11-23-09, 12:16 AM
Well I like your cat. And I think it's funny that your laptop probably has better picture quality than your TV. I personally have never owned a vinyl or played one, so I don't know much about that, but your surround setup is pretty ghetto. If it gets the job done though, sweet. I remember mine at one point was quite a hodgepodge of equipment too.

ryannel2003
11-23-09, 12:18 AM
I have a 23" 720p Samsung, cost me about $800 when I bought it like 5 years ago. Now you can get one for like $250 :helpless:

Thinking about going out an finding a new TV on black friday.

For Christmas I'm planning on getting a 32" 720p Samsung TV... how do you like yours? I'm getting an XBox and plan on taking advantage of the HD and I need a good TV for something like that. Sears has a sale on the TV for $399... pretty good deal if you ask me.

Night Wolf
11-23-09, 12:24 AM
Well I like your cat. And I think it's funny that your laptop probably has better picture quality than your TV. I personally have never owned a vinyl or played one, so I don't know much about that, but your surround setup is pretty ghetto. If it gets the job done though, sweet. I remember mine at one point was quite a hodgepodge of equipment too.

LOL! Ghetto!? Surround?

I used to have a 5.1 HT setup, but got tired of the home theater stuff. Now I just stick with 2-channel stereo, which is what my system is setup for. One of my past hobbies (before I got into cars) and a hobby I am still somewhat into is home audio, and I used to be really big into the vintage gear, hence the old Sansui's.

I like the cat too, she is one of the three I have. The laptop has a 15.4" widescreen, and is much better definition then the TV's, it plays DVD's too, sometiems I watch them on the laptop, I also hook the laptop up to the sound system and it has a wireless remote I can control songs/volume from.

Vinyl sounds better then CD, and is more fun, like driving a car with a manual vs auto, but I have to be in the mood to spin up some records. The cartridge is pretty shot though, so I am going to get a new one - Grado Black will do the job just fine.

Stingroo
11-23-09, 12:27 AM
It looks like the same laptop my dad has, actually. But yeah.

My uncle is really big into the vintage audio gear. I don't know much about it, but it sure does look pretty cool. I would kill for a little cheapy 5.1 system for my dorm. Maybe after I get my car fixed. (if that ever happens, at least :()

My house has a lot of cats too, lol. I like my cat. He's huge, and orange, and awesome.

Night Wolf
11-23-09, 12:57 AM
Laptop is an HP DV6605US. Thanksgiving will be 2yrs I have had it, AMD Athlon 64 dual core, I maxed it out with 4gb of RAM, and it's running Vista. I'm actually really happy with it and would buy another, it was less then $600, I thought about switching to a Macbook, but for the cost, I can buy 3 HP's, even if they last 3yrs ea, that is 9yrs worth of HP for 1 Mac, I see the HP lasting alot longer. I currently maxed out the 160gb HDD, will be getting an external drive for all the videos, pictures and music, which is pretty much using all the space.

If you are on a budget, don't waste your money with a cheap 5.1 system, just spend the money on a quality 2-channel setup, it'll sound better anyway.

The vintage gear, IMO was just built alot better then the mainstream stuff today. My 517 has been refurbished, the 9090DB has not, and I know it can use it. The is the inside of the AU-517 (1979), in otherwords, vintage home audio porn:

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/audio1/12-19-07/12-19-07187.jpg

The S38's are rather similar to the L100's in concept, but in a more modern design. I am still keeping the L100's, well, because they are L100's and I've had them for a rather long time. I bought them in very poor shape and reconditioned them. The S38's just sound better in this room though, the 8" woofers supply plenty of bass. Unlike the L100's, the S38's are a mirrored pair and are better suited for horizontal use, but atleast for the current setup, look better vertically. The S38 and L100 are the same depth, but the S38 is a good bit smaller in terms of width/height, which all together fit in the room much better. I would highly, highly reccomend a pair of S38's to anyone looking for perhaps the best speaker under $1,000. They are no longer made and used ones can be somewhat hard to come by, most can be found on ebay/craigslist. Size comparison between L100 and S38:

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/misc/12-6-08038.jpg

My L100's are late models, from 1978. They were popular in the 70's as studio monitors. There is/was a popular Maxell ad for the fidelity of their tapes... the speakers they used: L100's.

http://i43.photobucket.com/albums/e363/InoventionsEast/audio1/12-19-07/12-19-07194.jpg

Rodya234
11-23-09, 01:30 AM
For my video games I've got two regular 32" sets (one in my room, the other in the basement)

In my dads room is the worlds largest glass screened CRT TV, I think its 48".

The living room has a 60" rear projection screen. In the attic is a very old, non-working, 72" projector TV.

aamusls06
11-23-09, 01:30 AM
Sanyo 25" basic television....Not really stuck on the TV. I may look into getting a 55inch Vizio next year or the year after.

eXile
11-23-09, 02:18 AM
42" samsung 1080p pc monitor/ tv here. ;)

itschrome
11-23-09, 02:29 AM
got two generic wal-mart tude deals. one 27" and one 20" inch. both do 720p. how ever as off thanksgiving we'll have some kind of flat panel of unknown make and size. the misses grandmother died and she got the tv but since its had to travel from texas we've had to wait for it to get here. as long as its bigger than 27" and does atleast 720p, i'll be happy with it.

AMGoff
11-23-09, 03:12 AM
Wow... I'm kind of surprised in that I've only seen LCDs mentioned. Since going the flat-panel route some years back, both of our "communal" family-room TVs have been plasma. While the new LED-backlit LCDs are definitely a marked improvement, I've still yet to see an LCD that can match a plasma in overall picture quality. In terms of color reproduction, depth, and saturation - LCD has come a long way and are pretty evenly matched these days. So aside from contrast and motion... I suppose my biggest beef with LCDs continues to be their appalling viewing angles - which still exists even with the new LEDs. That's not to say I'm completely down on LCDs in the least, as certain situations make them a much better solution than plasmas - especially when viewing angle isn't an issue, such as a bedroom TV where only one or two people will be watching it from roughly the same consistent angle.

Anyway... Our first was a 42" 720p Panasonic plasma that now hangs down in the basement and after six years, it's still going strong with noticeable reduction in brightness - nor any signs of the overly-dreaded "screen burn." Earlier this year, we ended up coming across a great deal on a 60" Pioneer Elite Kuro with full 1080p... My god... While its picture was excellent "out of the box," so to speak - after proper calibration it is nothing less than jaw-dropping.

As I said... I'm not down on the LCDs at all and have a few of them, although mainly as bedroom TVs. We have a 26" Sony unit in our bedroom and a 22" TV/DVD combo unit in one of the spare bedrooms which was some Best Buy house-brand special... As well as a little 10" under-cabinet, flip-down jobbie in the kitchen.

Also, we do still have one CRT set in the house... and best yet, it's an "old fashioned" Zenith console which sits in my study (I'm sure some of our members have never even been around one!). Earlier this decade, my parents' ancient 23" Zenith finally gave up the good fight and needless to say - they were absolutely devastated. Not only that, but they were dumbfounded to find that almost no one sold traditional console televisions at that time and were dead-set against buying a separate standalone TV and cabinet - let alone one of those "new-fangled" flat-screens which I pointlessly tried to talk them into. Finally, they were able to find the one store in something like a 100 mile radius that still sold new Zenith consoles and after learning that they'd be discontinued altogether in the next year or so... They ended up buying three of the "big" 27" models (they also had a 25" set) - one to use and two for spares. lol.

So... They wound up giving us one of the new consoles, because evidently our house would be a "real" home without a "real" television set. Either way - maybe it's because it's similar to what I grew up with or that my favorite chair is also in the same room, but to be completely honest... I do genuinely enjoy watching it almost more than the new ones - it's kind of kitschy... in a real groovy sort of way... ;)

Aron9000
11-23-09, 03:13 AM
I have a 34" Sony CRT wide screen that I bought about five years ago. Its high def, the picture looks amazing, and I swear that regular definition picture looks better than my friend's 42" Samsung LCD. I got a screaming deal on it, the store was trying to unload all of their CRT TV's to make room for more flat screens(very high end local store that specializes in home theater).

Its also a heavy son of a bitch, about 200lbs and requires two people to move.

DopeStar 156
11-23-09, 04:08 AM
I have a 26" Toshiba HD flatpanel I bought a few years ago in my room. I like it....

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-23-09, 04:53 AM
I have a small apartment and I have a 4(?) years old 32" Samsung 720p LCD.

I might get a 37" next time, it will be an LED backlit Samsung as those things are amazing. Sorry to say but I think LCD matched plasma some time ago and with the new LED stuff blows it away...

It's hooked into a surround sound system which I never use any more so I'm selling off the speakers (front floor standers, sub woofer and centre channel) which are the B&W 600 series but I am keeping the rears (also B&W) which I just set up as studio monitors for my Mac via its optical out and a receiver.

Jonas McFeely
11-23-09, 06:32 AM
A 32" Toshiba circa 1998. PIP and all of that jazz. Has served and is currently serving me well.

AMGoff
11-23-09, 07:03 AM
Sorry to say but I think LCD matched plasma some time ago and with the new LED stuff blows it away...


Not quite.... Like I said, in terms of color reproduction, depth, and saturation, LCDs have come a long way and are pretty evenly matched with plasmas these days - with many of those advancements due in no small part to their incorporation of LED backlighting vs the old CCFLs. Also, advancements in display engine refresh rates have narrowed the gap in motion lag considerably as well.

However, in the areas of contrast (specially regarding blacks) and even more importantly with the issue viewing angles - LCDs still fall well short of matching plasmas. Granted, LED technology has helped with regard to light seepage and its effect on contrast, but it has almost zero effect on what I still consider to be an LCD's greatest drawback - viewing angle.... All of those advancements made with LCDs are completely negated unless one is smack-dab center upon viewing the screen. It's a limitation inherent to the technology.

In that respect... The fact of the matter is that LCDs, even LED backlit models will never totally blow away, nor surpass plasmas in terms of overall picture quality - nor will they cause their demise in the marketplace for one very important reason... That being, the biggest threat to plasma TV technology is also the LCDs biggest threat - OLED technology.

Stingroo
11-23-09, 08:56 AM
My only gripe with plasma (and I don't even know if this is true or not, it's just what I've heard) is the screen burn thing. I have a (really bad) habit of playing video games, pausing them, and walking away for hours at a time until I get back to them. I just wouldn't want to take the risk of ruining something as expensive as a TV for such a stupid, and downright lazy reason. So CRT all the way for now.

Though, if that stuff is a myth (I kind of hope it is lololol) someday I'd love to get a bigger, flat panel set that would be lighter than what I have now.

96Fleetwood
11-23-09, 09:10 AM
We just bought a 46 inch Samsung LED 7000.... AWESOME TV. :thumbsup:

Submariner409
11-23-09, 09:38 AM
Did anyone see where California is trying to ban (larger than 26") flat screen TV's ??? Seems they use up to twice as much power as a CRT set. Leave it to California.

Sevillian273
11-23-09, 10:03 AM
tv: 27" RCA made in 1994. Computer: 21" CRT made in 1997.

NightWolf, I love the bucket sofa!

V-Eight
11-23-09, 10:27 AM
What's that 1080p or 1080i mean?

i = interlaced
p = progressive scan

Not sure how each works, but there's the difference.

Stingroo
11-23-09, 11:19 AM
Hahaha so glad I don't live in California. Absolutely stupid.

thebigjimsho
11-23-09, 01:03 PM
i = interlaced
p = progressive scan

Not sure how each works, but there's the difference.
Interlaced means half your pixels are mirrored. Progressive means each pixel is original.

Yeqon
11-23-09, 01:10 PM
A 57" and 48" Mitsubishi HLP in living room and basement. Then 32" and 27" Sony's in the bedrooms. I really would like to go LED as they look amazing but can't justify it as the 57" is only a year old.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-23-09, 01:30 PM
At my Mom's we have a 27" JVC that's as old as I am. It works just fine so no need to replace it.

My Dad's house has a 58" rear projection TV thats like 6 years old. Its HD and still looks great, even by today's standards.

c5 rv
11-23-09, 01:34 PM
Sammy 50" DLP, 720P (I believe) in the great room, almost 6 years old with no problems. My wife says she gets a headache after watching it too long. She may be sensitive to the color wheel flicker.

Sammy 32" LCD, 1080P in the den, about a year old, the main set I view. The small den gets quite warm with the computer, cable box, and TV.

Toshiba 27" Cinema Series CRT in the bedroom, about 11 years old with no problems, seldom used.

iowasevillests
11-23-09, 02:32 PM
Did anyone see where California is trying to ban (larger than 26") flat screen TV's ??? Seems they use up to twice as much power as a CRT set. Leave it to California.

Yep, If I recall correctly starting in 2011 they were gonna ban the sale of any new tv smaller than 58" that used more than 180 watts, which some on the market currently meet, then in 2013 they were going to ban the sale of any new models using more than 130 watts I think which will take more work to meet. Below are a couple links regarding the subject

WSJ Article (http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20091118-711554.html)

Wired Magazine's Take (http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2009/03/california-tv/)

Now back to the OP's topic, I've got 1 tv in my humble abode...which works well since I'm the only one living there. 37" Olevia LCD 1080i model, bought in the fall of '06 when I was in college and hasn't failed me yet. The box is starting to get a little ragged as I've moved that tv about 6 or 7 times, but it still works just as good now as the day I got it. Thinking that maybe end of next year will be time to upgrade to a 47 or 52" LCD or plasma and then wait it out after that until OLED's get to the point where they are competitive in price/capabilities.

Mark0101
11-23-09, 02:39 PM
We have a Samsung LCD 52"1080p in our living room and a optoma 720p projector.(154") Still doing the finishing touches on the projector.

iowasevillests
11-23-09, 02:51 PM
Nice projector! I keep thinking that at some point I would like to have one of those, but at this point I just can't justify it when I'm the only one living there and have so many other projects in the house that would add value to it.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-23-09, 02:58 PM
Interlaced means half your pixels are mirrored. Progressive means each pixel is original.

In an interlaced picture the odd lines are all drawn on the screen and are then the even lines. If you have a tv picture that is 30 frames per second then the set has to refresh the picture twice as fast as that (ie it refreshes the screen 60 times a second, displaying the odd lines of frame one, then the even lines of frame 1, then the odds lines of frame 2 etc all the way for 30 frames).
This means you get some flicker and you are never looking at all the lines that make up the picture at any one times, only the odd ones or the even ones.

In a progressive scan signal all the lines are drawn (odd and even) one by one, in order, from the top of the screen. This is how almost all computer monitors have worked for years.

So a 1080p picture looks better than a 1080i picture.

However...

Just buying a 1080p LCD tv does not necessarily mean you are getting a better picture than a 1080i tv. Why? Because if the source you are watching it only outputting 720p then the 1080i tv (which is 720p native) will look better than the 1080p which has to make up lines to fill the gaps to match the number of pixels on the panel.

slk230mb
11-23-09, 05:20 PM
We have a 60" Pioneer Kuro, I love it.

Stingroo
11-23-09, 05:25 PM
Are all 1080i TV's 720p native display? If I were to change my Xbox to 720p resolution would I get a better picture than 1080i? Or am I confused? Damn you TV acronyms!

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-23-09, 05:55 PM
All 1080i TV's are native 720p.

They have 720 rows of pixels so display 720p HD natively, and can display 1080i HD (as the interlacing makes up for them being 360 rows short).

1080p TV's are native 1080P, they have 1080 rows of pixels. They can also display 1080i and 720p (but the 720p is not their native res so they have to make up the lines which means the image won't be quite as crisp as a 720p tv).


Whether you get a better picture using 1080i or 720p will depend on your eyesight (some people hate the flicker of interlaced images), what type of game you are playing (ie if the whole screen image is moving around quickly like in say a first person shooter) and whether you need the extra pixels of detail in 1080i vs the smoother less artifacted motion in 720p.

dkozloski
11-23-09, 06:23 PM
I've got a 47" Philips LCD over the fireplace in the living room. I like the way it automatically adjusts to what comes out of the Motorola DVR/cable box as the content changes.

There's a 36" RCA LCD in the back bedroom.

I had a 42" Gateway plasma in the living room and it finally had so much burned into the background that I couldn't stand to look at it.

orconn
11-23-09, 06:56 PM
Whatever they were selling "Open Box Sale" at the local mass merchandiser on the day I needed a new TV. I just can't get excited about televisions and as a result only replace one when it goes "kaput." As a result I am always at least five years behind the times. While Fios delivers high definition TV it will be awhile until I break down and buy something that would benefit from the technology

Stingroo
11-23-09, 07:02 PM
^ Welcome to my world. I don't care about having the 'biggest and best' TV available. If it works, it works. We had a console TV in my family until I turned about 10. The picture tube finally died, and after that we turned the cabinet into a display case.

I'll probably keep this TV I have in my dorm now for a long time too. lol

Jesda
11-23-09, 07:55 PM
I have a little Acer LCD monitor plugged into my AT&T DVR. Its also connected to my laptop so I can watch downloaded programs. For the longest time, I had a 55"+ Proscan rear projection CRT from 1999. I finally gave it to my brother. I also have an RCA and a Sony Trinitron from the early 90s.

I don't watch movies at home so I usually don't spend that much on televisions. The $164 I spent on the Acer still felt excessive.

MacMuse
11-24-09, 03:08 PM
We've had a 42" Panasonic Plasma for several years, which basically means we paid a lot of money for an early generation of technology. It's hooked into a Sony home theater setup with surround sound. Very nice for sporting events, action movies. Not so much for porn - eww, too much detail!! :duck:

Very interesting to see many of you 'car people' are not into TV. Alhthough I'm starting to understand the viewpoint with all the miles I enjoy logging in my STS.

Stingroo
11-24-09, 03:20 PM
Very nice for sporting events, action movies. Not so much for porn - eww, too much detail!! :duck:

You sir, have made my day. lol

And don't get me wrong, I like movies (I'm probably the only person my age I know with a Netflix subscription, and it gets used frequently around here), and I used to watch a lot of TV, but lately, it's all the same to me. It's some CSI/Cold Case/NCIS/Law & Order/Other criminal drama like 6 nights a week.

I own a TV for three reasons:
1. Family Guy on Sunday
2. NASCAR on Sunday
3. Video games whenever.

Otherwise? Eh.. not my thing anymore.

MacMuse
11-24-09, 06:15 PM
...It's some CSI/Cold Case/NCIS/Law & Order/Other criminal drama like 6 nights a week.

I believe you are ready to explore the world of Turner Classic Movies (available on most basic cable packages). Better yet, use Windows Media Center (or TIVO) to grab any Jimmy Stewart movies. Enjoy.

Stingroo
11-24-09, 07:00 PM
Any recommendations? I can get most movies from Netflix too.

And I don't think we get TCM on our cable here. I'll have to check it out after dinner... which is riiiiiiight... now. lol

c5 rv
11-24-09, 10:40 PM
Don't forget all the old TV programs on Hulu.com. My wife has been watching stuff like Bewitched, The Addams Family, and WKRP.

hueterm
11-24-09, 11:24 PM
My primary TV is a 720P 52" Toshiba RPTV, that looks great -- but will just NOT DIE (so I can get a new TV w/o feeling guilty :-) (And yes, keeping the convergence aligned is a PITA.) However, it does come in handy, as my center channel speaker rests nicely on top of the cabinet. I also have a 19" Panasonic flat screen CRT in the living room as well (for times where I don't want to turn on the big TV/HT system, etc.)

Office has a 24" Sony flat screen CRT and master has a 720P 32" Panasonic LCD mounted on the wall. Guest room has a 19" Panasonic CRT that is only hooked up to a DVD player.

When the Toshiba dies (assuming it's within the next 2-3 years), I want a 52-58" 1080P Panasonic plasma. If LEDs come WAY down in that time, I'll consider -- but I like my blacks black -- regular LCD just isn't there yet for me. And I don't feel like spending $2-3K again on a TV (as w/the Tosh...).

orconn
11-24-09, 11:57 PM
Any recommendations? I can get most movies from Netflix too.

And I don't think we get TCM on our cable here. I'll have to check it out after dinner... which is riiiiiiight... now. lol

For a car and comedy treat get a copy of the original "The Italian Job" from 1969 with Michael Caine, Noel Coward and Benny Hill and a slew of great cars including a Lamborghini Miura (don't miss the opening credits), Astons, Jags, Fiat Dinos and a whole troup of Mini Cooper "S"s.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-25-09, 01:08 AM
(And yes, keeping the convergence aligned is a PITA.)

Mine adjusts itself automatically. I guess there is a camera in back somewhere that can see the picture. You just have to let the TV warm up for an hour or so and hit the button on the front. 15 seconds later and its all squared away.

hueterm
11-25-09, 02:14 AM
Mine has 9 zones, all which have to be aligned. My old 50" Sony RPTV (non-HD) only had one (and of course, it never goes out of alignment).

Go figure....

Submariner409
11-25-09, 10:53 AM
Ai haz a TV what shows pitchers on the front part.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-25-09, 10:58 AM
Baseball pitchers or pitchers of beer?

V-Eight
11-25-09, 12:31 PM
you just have to let the tv warm up for an hour or so

lol?

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
11-25-09, 02:17 PM
You have to let it warm up to adjust things. You don't have to let it warm up every time you use it.

cvettr/cts-v
11-25-09, 02:50 PM
I've got an old 1989 52" rear projection rca. still works great and has a great picture no need to replace. sure got my money's worth out of it.

MacMuse
11-25-09, 03:33 PM
Any recommendations? I can get most movies from Netflix too.


You can't go wrong with too many of these choices - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFI's_100_Years%E2%80%A6100_Movies Also check out the specific genre lists referenced on that page. The Musicals & Laughs genres list features movies of a style that rarely get made today.

Of particular note, I'd say

COMEDIES
It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World - it's like a 3-hour comedic car chase
MASH - the original movie
Harvey - one of Stewart's best

MUSICAL (music videos were invented LONG before 1980)
Singin' In The Rain
White Christmas

DRAMA
12 Angry Men (be patient, it just gets stronger and stronger)
Casablanca
The Dirty Dozen
Goldfinger (early James Bond)
Vertigo

These are all movies from a different era. Character development and plot intracies make them enjoyable and, for the most part, very uplifting.

Submariner409
11-25-09, 04:50 PM
.........and for additions:

Comedies:
The Great Race
Those Magnificent Men and Their Flying Machines

Musical:
The Music Man
FANTASIA (1939)

Drama:
Dr. No (not "early James Bond": the real James Bond)
The Great Escape
Psycho

Brett
11-25-09, 06:10 PM
Its high def, the picture looks amazing, and I swear that regular definition picture looks better than my friend's 42" Samsung LCD.

CRT is still better than LCD or Plasma in picture quality. But they have many downsides that make them very unpopular currently.

orconn
11-25-09, 06:44 PM
If you haven't seen "Das Boot" rent a copy. "Flight of the Pheonix," "Castle Keep," "Day of the Jackel" and "Empire of the Sun" are all great movies well worth watching by a younger generation. If you are interested in "Cold War" espionage "Smiley's People" with Alec Guiness is a good portrayal of "The Game" during the sixties and seventies, it's a multi-part mini-series so be prepared for a long watch. If you haven't seen "Band of Brothers" you've missed a great WW II mini-series and one of the really great war movies.

Stingroo
11-25-09, 07:39 PM
I actually have "Das Boot" in my Instant Queue on Netflix. Maybe I'll watch it tonight.

Submariner409
11-25-09, 08:11 PM
Hey, Stingroo,

I served in USS SKIPJACK(SSN 585) in the 60's. She had primitive inertial navigation gear and us navigators went to school to learn it in Dam Neck, VA. (dkozloski was there, too). One of my classmates was a QM2 named Eric Sonnenburg. His dad was the last U-Boat skipper sunk in WW-II, at 22 years old. His mother and 3 children walked out of Germany in the winter. When he left on patrol he sent a message to his wife to get out of Germany because he was never coming back. Eric had the letter (in German, of course......).

Das Boot is a compilation of German war patrols. Their late WW-II submarines made ours look like toys by comparison, and the war trophies we captured changed our submarine development forever.

Does anyone remember that the German V-III rocket (under development at war's end) was fully capable of hitting NYC if launched from western France ???

V-Eight
11-25-09, 08:31 PM
I didn't know James Bond was drama, I thought it was more along the lines of action.

70eldo
11-26-09, 06:12 AM
I still have an old school Mitsubishi TV. No LCD, No LED, no Plasma. Not even flat screen nor 100Hz.
I am waiting out on laser-tv (not yet in Europe) and for now my oldy is still holding on.

Coincidently Mitsubishi is the first to come out with LaserVue

Rodya234
11-26-09, 10:52 AM
Das Boot is a compilation of German war patrols. Their late WW-II submarines made ours look like toys by comparison, and the war trophies we captured changed our submarine development forever.

Does anyone remember that the German V-III rocket (under development at war's end) was fully capable of hitting NYC if launched from western France ???

Yeah, the Germans submarine technology was no joke. Like the Type XXI U-boat, the first sub designed to actually dwell under the water rather then just retreat to it in times of trouble. It could run at nearly 18kn submerged, a hydraulic torpedo reloading system (that could reload six tubes in the time it usually took to do one), and a sonar system that allowed them to aim torpedoes without even raising the periscope.

The Type XXI was also the first ballistic missile submarine, capable of towing the equipment needed to launch a V-2. (This of course, was experimental.)

Yeah, I played a lot of Silent Hunter III a few years back lol :D




And if you're going to watch Das Boot, make sure to get the uncut 292 minute edition!

gary88
11-27-09, 06:46 PM
I went to Best Buy today and picked up a new TV, a Samsung LN32B530P7F. 32"/1080p/60Hz for only $497.99 before tax. I'm real happy I found one since they're sold out on the best buy website, the first store I went to was out of stock, and the second store only had one left which I snagged.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7250.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7254.jpg

Next to my old 23" Samsung which cost $800 about four years ago.
http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7255.jpg

And I also bought this to test out the new TV :alright:
http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7258.jpg

ryannel2003
11-27-09, 07:03 PM
How do you like it so far? I'm gonna get the 720p version of the same TV for Christmas (hopefully). Even compared to Sony, the Samsung TV's consistently had the best picture from what i've seen.

orconn
11-27-09, 07:22 PM
Looking for a great comedy, if you haven't seen it get "Some Like It Hot" with Toni Curtis, Jack Lemon and Marilyn Monroe.

After much praise on my part, my son and I rented the movie "Mash." I was very disappointed as I remembered it being very funny at the time of its' release, but found it to be very sophmoric and not very funny viewing it in the 1990's. The TV show was much better than the movie!

gary88
11-27-09, 07:38 PM
How do you like it so far? I'm gonna get the 720p version of the same TV for Christmas (hopefully). Even compared to Sony, the Samsung TV's consistently had the best picture from what i've seen.

I'm loving it so far. The speakers are awesome, it has a lot of different options for customizing the picture, and the picture quality itself is amazing. Later I'm going to see how it fares as a computer monitor too. Plus it makes a neat futuristic sounding tone when you turn it on and off :dance:

Gristle Boy
11-27-09, 07:55 PM
46" Sony 1080p LCD w/ Sony home theatre set-up in rec room & a 42" Sammy 720p LCD w/ Yamaha mini surround system in master B/R. Both great setups except the Yamaha system is getting pretty tired.

hardrockcamaro@mac.c
11-28-09, 09:38 AM
CRT is still better than LCD or Plasma in picture quality. But they have many downsides that make them very unpopular currently.

Colour gamut is better on CRT, but geometry is awful and sharpness is generally not as good.

Brett
11-28-09, 09:50 AM
Colour gamut is better on CRT, but geometry is awful and sharpness is generally not as good.

Any type of sporting event looks miles better on my HD CRT than it does on any of my friends plasmas or LCD's. It is definitely smaller in screen size though.

CIWS
11-28-09, 10:09 AM
Led ftw ! :D

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-28-09, 06:22 PM
I'm very envious Gary, I love Samsung TV's. :)

Aron9000
11-28-09, 11:51 PM
CRT is still better than LCD or Plasma in picture quality. But they have many downsides that make them very unpopular currently.

I remember when I bought my CRT HD about five years ago that the picture looked better than any LCD TV. The very expensive Plasma tv's were comparable, but they were like like $1,000-2,000 more than what I paid for my set.

Stingroo
11-29-09, 04:07 PM
Really, I'm curious as to what the downsides of CRT TV's are. Other than the most obvious one, the extreme difference in weight.

I personally don't like the way LCD TV's are. A TV is not a picture hung on the wall. It looks weird to me. lol

gary88
11-30-09, 08:37 PM
Yeah so... new TV again :alchi:

My roommate offered to give me $100 if I got a 40" for our place. So I returned my 32" I just bought a few days ago and picked up the 40". It cost $597, so in the end I'm getting it for the same exact price I paid for the 32" :alright:

It's the same class of TV, same menus and design, but the picture quality is noticeably better. Very impressive. Beforehand I checked online to see if they had it in the store, which they did, but when I got there and asked I found out it was only in stock in the backroom. No display models on the floor, so I'm even happier that I got this one.

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7274.jpg

http://i1005.photobucket.com/albums/af175/gheb882/IMG_7286.jpg

V-Eight
11-30-09, 08:41 PM
Mmmmmmmm....beer


Oh! Nice TV