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    TomaHawk
    Lackey

    Posts: 7
    From:San Jose, CA, USA
    Registered: May 2000

    posted 05-22-2000 07:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomaHawk   Click Here to Email TomaHawk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    I'm thinking about getting a new TV and am looking for recommendations.

    I'm looking for something with at least one component input. HDTV would be best. Those two options, alone, would mean a good quality TV - albeit expensive. Size and price don't matter right now. I just want to see what's out there. I can narrow the search parameters later.

    I was looking at plasma displays. However, a friend told me that, for the money, something like a projector would be of better quality. I'm not sure how a projector would work out in my place, but, as I said, I'm just looking for recommendations.

    Primary uses: Games and DVD movies

    Anyone have any thoughts?

    TomaHawk

    Edge
    Big Cheese

    Posts: 155
    From:Sunnyvale, CA
    Registered: Dec 99

    posted 05-26-2000 08:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Edge   Click Here to Email Edge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    A nice HDTV or high resolution front projector are both going to set you back bucks.

    The price can fluctuate radically.. so, sooner or later... price WILL be a factor.. and unless your familyroom is the size of a drive-in... size will also come into play.

    Perhaps you can narrow your parameters down a bit more so we can better lead you in the right direction.

    Forget plasma displays, from what I've seen ... the resolution is crap... then again, I may have seen only crap plasma displays.. but the ones I saw most certainly were crap.

    On another note (which may just be a reminder), games on a widescreen television will occupy only the center "4:3" portion of the screen with large black side bars. Of course - the screen will come in real handy for anamorphic presentations.

    - mf

    TomaHawk
    Lackey

    Posts: 7
    From:San Jose, CA, USA
    Registered: May 2000

    posted 05-29-2000 07:24 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomaHawk   Click Here to Email TomaHawk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    I understand about the games. I wouldn't expect them to take advantage of the 16:9 display. But having the bars on the top and bottom of a movie results in a smaller, overall, picture. Having them on the sides of a video game wouldn't do that. So I'm not worried about it.

    As Ruined said in the other thread, I'm trying to think into the future. That's why I said size doesn't matter. No, a super, huge TV wouldn't fit in my place right now. But, I won't be here forever. (Please, God, don't let me be here forever.) Plus, with a projector, I can rearrange the place to put the TV on the bigger wall.

    Price? Well, that's always a consideration. As for what I have now ... about $1K. If I need to, though, I can always get more. For instance, I could probably get $5K in a few weeks. I saw a decent TV at Good Guys yesterday for only $4K, but I want more. Besides, any place that sells expensive equipment should also offer financing. So, again, I'm not worried about the price right now.

    I've been thinking more and more about projectors. In fact, that would work out pretty well. I know almost nothing about the technology behind them, though. Maybe, if someone could explain some of the finer points, I could make a more informed decision.

    TomaHawk

    [This message has been edited by TomaHawk (edited 05-29-2000).]

    codestah
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    From:San Jose, California USA
    Registered: Dec 99

    posted 05-30-2000 10:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for codestah   Click Here to Email codestah     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Mmm.. correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the only thing "HDTV" good for actual HDTV...? Wouldn't you still be using normal component/s-video for things such as DVD & games? This leads me to, of course: wouldn't you want to save BIG bucks by getting some screen that is NOT necessarily HDTV, the primary application for whicn being games & DVD?

    TomaHawk
    Lackey

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    From:San Jose, CA, USA
    Registered: May 2000

    posted 06-07-2000 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TomaHawk   Click Here to Email TomaHawk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
    Really? Alright, no HDTV then. I'm still interested in a projector though.

    I have a wall that's about 8' tall and 12' wide. I don't want to fill the whole wall. I'd like to get about -2' in each direction (6x10). (I don't know how that would translate into the 16:9 aspect ratio.) I also want to be able to view this image in great detail, brightness, etc. from about 19' away.

    Does anyone here know enough about projector technology to educate me on what it would take to meet these requirements?

    TomaHawk

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