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Old 05-26-2004, 12:49 PM   #1
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Default Attn Digital flat screen t.v. owners: Do I want one?

So I'm looking into getting a 27" digital flat screen tv to replace the little 13" thing I have propped up on a barstool in my room right now. I was looking into spending somewhere in the area code of $200-250, and was looking for some suggestions.


Sadly, looks like my best bet is *shudder* Walmart for a well priced one in my range.

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Old 05-26-2004, 12:52 PM   #2
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Do you mean flat panel or flat screen? Even the former would be hard to get in that price range, wouldn't it?
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Hummmm, can you even *get* a 27" digital flat screen TV for $250??? I would think in that price range you are looking at a pretty decent traditional tube style 27"
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:53 PM   #4
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Do you mean flat panel or flat screen? Even the former would be hard to get in that price range, wouldn't it?
Pretty sure I mean screen. It's one of those tv's that like, 2' deep.
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I take it back...Walmart does have some 27" flat screens in that price range: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...121791%3A91099
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Pretty sure I mean screen. It's one of those tv's that like, 2' deep.
Right. So, not like an LCD TV...just a regular CRT-based TV but with a flat front.
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:55 PM   #7
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Hummmm, can you even *get* a 27" digital flat screen TV for $250??? I would think in that price range you are looking at a pretty decent traditional tube style 27"
Oh sure. Check out Walmart's site.

A lot of places were selling APEX digital flat screens for $250, but I had more pressing things to pay off at the time.
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Pretty sure I mean screen. It's one of those tv's that like, 2' deep.
That's a flat panel. There are TV's (like mine) that use a picture tube but have a flat screen, hence the name.

Flat panels you can get in LCD or plasma, or for the same price you can get a projection TV, which is a bit deeper but much more shallow than a normal TV and it weighs almost nothing.
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Old 05-26-2004, 12:58 PM   #9
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Right. So, not like an LCD TV...just a regular CRT-based TV but with a flat front.
But they do have some advantages, being digital and all, right?
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He said 2' not 2", BAM.
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2' = 2 feet
2" = 2 inches

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Old 05-26-2004, 01:00 PM   #13
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2' = 2 feet
2" = 2 inches

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But they do have some advantages, being digital and all, right?
Answer! Please?
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:07 PM   #14
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When I bought my dad's RCA (mentioned over in the other TV thread), they had a very similar model but it was flat screen (and about 25% more $). All it really could pimp was the fact it didn't "distort the picture as much as" and "reflected less than" TVs with convex tubes.

In 31 years of watching TV, I've never really noticed/cared much about either one of those...but I'm sure one of the AV snobs will disagree.
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:10 PM   #15
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Oh and I don't know nuffin' bout no "digital" stuff. I thought that only applied to flat panel TVs...out of your price range by a factor of at least 2x.
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Kai:Answer! Please?

for an analog signal. not really. The answer is in the eye of the beholder, though. Every TV looks different and its hard to tell from store displays because some schmucks are always fooling with the settings on them.

I might help you out with a costco trip heh.
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Old 05-26-2004, 01:23 PM   #17
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for an analog signal. not really. The answer is in the eye of the beholder, though. Every TV looks different and its hard to tell from store displays because some schmucks are always fooling with the settings on them.

I might help you out with a costco trip heh.
Before I decide where to go, it seems like a bunch of places have different 27" digital flat screens for around the same price, but never matching tv's for matching prices. That means I'm doing most of my window shopping online, going from store site to store site seeing what they have.

Only problem is I'm not sure if I'm forgetting anything. I'd hate to go buy a one at Walmart and then find one at CostCo with more features for a better price.
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In the budget tv category you're pictures probably aren't going to vary that much. what you want is a tv that has all the inputs, s-video, etc, that you need for your game machines and stuff.
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In the budget tv category you're pictures probably aren't going to vary that much. what you want is a tv that has all the inputs, s-video, etc, that you need for your game machines and stuff.
Word.

Seeing as I now have a PS2 and a Xbox, I might like it if it had multiple input sources. If it doesn't, it's no big deal because I currently have an A/V switch box that has 3 channels of RCA inputs and outputs and a single coaxle master output. The dinky tv I have only has a single coaxle input, so I need this switchbox. If I got a TV w/ multiple RCA inputs, I don't have any idea what I would do w/ the switchbox.

Either way, I'm sure RCA video sends a better signal than coaxle, but I'm no electrical technician...
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All I can say is, stay the hell away from Apex. Seriously. I knew someone who bought one and the picture turned to complete crap in less than a year. On top of that, most remotes won't work with it either. From that link that Kaiser posted, I'd go with the Sanyo. It's at the upper range of the price you want to pay, but you'll be glad you did when the warranty is up a year later and the picture still looks good on it.
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Yeah, Sanyo seems to be pretty good when it comes to long-term quality (Consumer Reports is good for something ).

The el cheapo 25" Sanyo I bought 10 years ago still works, and the tube only recently starting going on it.
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I'll check it out when I get home. Almost every link posted in OT gives me this:

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I can't believe your company calls you "ghey!" How rude.
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Stupid american system.

I have a 32" (inch) flat screen Sony VEGA. The picture is great and I've had no problem in the 2 1/2 years of owning it. There is a small amount of white on the tops and bottom of the screen when it's black, but that's it - normal TV wear and tear.
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I agree the Sony's are nice, just a tad pricey.
I just picked up a 20" Panasonic (Tau? I dunno) flat screen TV for like $150 at Circuit City - it was on sale/clearance and was an open box by. I like it, GTA/GTA:VC look great on Xbox on there.
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