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Finally bought a TV

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Phoenix, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. Phoenix
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    After pretty much 8+ years without a DVD (whilst watching more TV in the form of DivX and DVDs than most) I caved and took the plunge

    I got a 42" HD Plasma (Samsung) very cheap at work (300+ off list) and married it up with an onkyo up scaling DVD player

    next month I will pick up the onkyo AV receiver, XBox 360 for Media centre extension capabilities and move my Creative GigaWorks onto the AV receiver


    OMG is it awesome, just watched Serenity upscaled to 1080 ubba ubba
    ill never watch DVDs on my PC again! :D
     
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  2. wagnerk
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    Mate, Serenity is a great movie on my old 28" TV and I have to agree that it's even better on a 42" (I got myself a LG one).

    Jewel Staite is, lets face it, very nice (yep, I'm going to get hit across the head by my wife when I get home) :)

    -ken
     
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  3. Phoenix
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    Firefly was an awesome series with amazing prospects put in to the hands of a shitty pathetic network
    oh well :(
     
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  4. Mitzs
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    It is hard for me to picture people with no TV because it has always been a major part of our family time. Mary does not own a TV either and it still blows my mind when I tell her to hurry and turn the channel to so and so and she can't. I would go crazy with out one:eek:
     
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    Very disappointed when it was cancelled, and only after 1 series (well 14 episodes which is about 2 series worth over here in the UK :) ). Not to mention but it sounds like they are doing the same thing to the game of Senerity :( A few poor reviews as it seems like they've rushed out the game.

    -Ken
     
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  6. Fergal1982

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    Ummm, can you get me a telly?

    Loved Firefly. Serenity was ok, but I'd have much prefered more in the series to be honest.
     
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  7. Raffaz

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    Just bought a samsung LCD myself, should be delivered this week hopefully. Its a LE37R87MDX, the picture looked excellent in the shop.:)
     
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  8. Tyler D

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    My hat goes off to you for managing that long without a TV. Are you upscaling to 1080i or 1080p ? Does the TV have 1080p capability?
     
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  9. Theprof

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    All this talk about TV really making want to get one, but a nice 42" plasma here is around $1k which in my mind is a lot for a tv. But if thats what it takes to get a good nice big tv then thats the price I have to pay.

    I think I'll wait a little before.
     
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    I'm still hoping to get enough after the xmas bonus to be able to buy a HD TV. I can tell you this though.. it seems most broadcasters are using Samsungs for HD monitoring (i should know having seen 3 sites and spoken to a few others). All in work are agreed that the Samsungs look nicer astectically (i know i cant spell) and teh picture quality is top notch. Problem is thier Plasmas are still way too expensive for a 42" or bigger being over £1k. But the LCD ones are starting hit my range at just under £900 fro 42" with full 1080p.

    And if you are getting a HD TV make sure you get a 1080P capable one, even though in 5 years we will begin to see UHD!

    Does any one see any problems when upsacaling though as i have heard there can be some aliasing seen with upscaling?
     
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    Nice :D

    Just be sure to keep the contrast below 50% for the first 100 hours or burn in can take efect, if you notice the contrast on plasma TVs is usually set very high to get the best picture which is good after the 1st 100 hours but can cause problems with a higher burn in rate before then as the phosphors are running really hot.

    I havent kept up with plasma technology latley so things could have moved on, but this is advice I always had to give to new customers when I worked as installation engineer.
     
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  12. Phoenix
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    I havn't gone for a 1080 one
    I got this one dirt cheap (circa £500) for a 42" 720 (and 1080i if i want) Plasma, I toyed with the 40" 1080p LCD which would of set me back 830 but for the difference I figured I would settle for 720 for now

    my 5 grands worth of DVDs are all SD, so upscaling to 720 or 1080i will be fine until I move into HD Disk territory which won't happen until they sort their shite out and decide on a standard (personally i'm all for HD DVD)

    the Upscaling works fine, haven't seen any problems yet, but have not really put it through the paces either :)
     
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  13. greenbrucelee
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    Yep HD DVD for me too, I can't see the justification for Blueray.
     
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  14. Bluerinse
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    Congrats on joining the world of big TVs Ryan.. hopefully i will be following in your footsteps in the not too distant :)
     
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    capacity, more space means more features, may not mean better quality images but why limit yourself to 20 odd gb when u can have 50 odd.

    i have the LG 42lc2d, great tv, everyone who sees it wishes they had one (and a few have relented and purchased one!!!)
     
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  16. ThomasMc

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    :blink are you mad get a ps3 if its a Media centre your after, nothing beats a Blue Ray in my book and you could have saved money on the upscaler as the ps3 does it to most video files you watch
     
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  17. ThomasMc

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    Last time i checked Blue-Ray where doing a 3:1 on HD DVD (Pre PS3 sales boom)

    Blu-ray support
    Warner Bros.
    Disney (Buena Vista)
    Fox
    Lionsgate
    MGM
    Sony Pictures

    HD-DVD support
    Warner Bros.
    Paramount
    Universal Studios

    and to top it off there is always this , this and my personal fav

     
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  18. BosonMichael
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    I cannot imagine a bigger waste of money than buying a PS3, either as a game console or as a glorified Blu-ray player.

    Sorry, mate... your "6 of 8" justification fails when the majority of big-name movies are released on the "3 of 8" that release to HD DVD.

    Further, with Sony's absolutely BRILLIANT track record (lack of PS3 backwards compatibility, few games on the PS3, XCP rootkits on Sony CDs, exploding Sony laptop batteries), Blu-ray is sure to fail.

    That said, I could care less about either standard... I just use normal DVDs.
     
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    You are intitled to an opinion only mines is formed by using both systems, what is yours formed by? Paramount will be back with Blue-Ray next year (and trying to shift the boxes of blue-rays they got in storage) and Uni is a lost cause thats like Sony releasing HD DVD, Anyways you stick to your DVD's if you want bud.
     
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  20. BosonMichael
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    Just saying that one can take the slanted, biased opinion of a fanboi... or the opinion of someone who has no vested interest in either standard.
     
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