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Old 12-26-2005, 12:02 PM   #1
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Default Sony 60" SXRD vs. 57" Hitachi Ultravision CRT?

These two TVs are in completely different classes, I know.

The Sony is rediculously great, expensive, and cutting edge in all of its 1080p goodness:

Sony Grand WEGA KDS-R60XBR1 60" HDTV (LCOS, 16:9 - $3500)

The Hitachi is a good value, has been around awhile and one of the best CRT RPTV HDTVs out there

Hitachi Utravision 57F710S 57" HDTV (CRT, 16:9 - $1620)

The choice is a TV for my folks, who are building a huge addition w/ a living/theater room. There are windows on this room, and the TV will be watched for movies, cable (eventually HD, but not yet), DVDs, and some old VHS tapes. I predict about 25% DVD and up quality feed, and 75% NTSC until the HD cable happens. Then, it'll be 80+% DVD and better.

I've got the sound end picked out...Denon AVR-3805, Magnapan Magnaplanar MMG W and MMG C surround system(link), Outlaw Audio LFM-1 Subwoofer, that DVD player that all the OTters are freaking out about (I forget the name).

The Sony is expensive and great, but I'm unsure of how it will look with sub-par feeds. The Hitachi is a value champion, and will look good with lower quality feeds and still look great with high qual feeds...and its "cheap".

So if you were them, which would you prefer to spend your money on?

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Old 12-26-2005, 12:07 PM   #2
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Oh...and honerable mention for the 61" Samsung DLP @ $3300 (link)

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Old 12-26-2005, 12:11 PM   #3
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I just replaced my 13 year old Hitachi 50XU with the 57F7 (The chroma pack died on the old one and I had ballpark estimates of $500 to replace it) - I couldn't be happier. When I went to circuit city to look at their displays it was by far the best looking CRT in the store.

Non HD channels are good, but they were good on the old Hitachi. DVDs are excellent

I also really dug the fact that it has a built in HD Tuner so while I was waiting for comcast to install their HD DVR box I was able to pick up 5 OTA HD Channels
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:40 PM   #4
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I just replaced my 13 year old Hitachi 50XU with the 57F7 (The chroma pack died on the old one and I had ballpark estimates of $500 to replace it) - I couldn't be happier. When I went to circuit city to look at their displays it was by far the best looking CRT in the store.

Non HD channels are good, but they were good on the old Hitachi. DVDs are excellent

I also really dug the fact that it has a built in HD Tuner so while I was waiting for comcast to install their HD DVR box I was able to pick up 5 OTA HD Channels
Yeah...I'm thinking that the Hitachi is such a great deal, at basically a third of the price of the new-fangled SXRD, and the picture quality won't be 3x better on the SXRD for them. Hell...tube TVs used to go for so much 5-7 years ago. In 5-7 years, when they upgrade, 1080p will be (more) mainstream, and much cheaper...

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Old 12-26-2005, 12:52 PM   #5
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actually when i worked at circuit the best tv was still the tube hd xbr as far as picture. i would say that for what they are using unless thier is alot of sunlight to wash the picture out the hitachi would be fine.
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Thanks.

I strongly considered the Hitachi (at your suggestion), but it's simply too large. I have short ceilings (7.5'), so I'm looking for something a little less imposing.
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Thanks.

I strongly considered the Hitachi (at your suggestion), but it's simply too large. I have short ceilings (7.5'), so I'm looking for something a little less imposing.
Okay...N/M my suggestion in the other thread than
I suggest this TV all the time...I forget who I've mentioned it to

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Okay...N/M my suggestion in the other thread than
I suggest this TV all the time...I forget who I've mentioned it to

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Old 12-27-2005, 02:20 PM   #10
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To be quite honest, this is just m opinion. Id go with the Hatachi first, then the Samsung, followed by the sony.
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