Do you own an HD TV

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  • Yes

    27 50.94%
  • No, but I'm going to get one

    4 7.55%
  • No, because I'm waiting for the price to come down more

    9 16.98%
  • No, and I have no intention of getting one

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    Do you own an HD TV

    I personally don't watch regular t.v that much, but I do like to watch movies. The tv's are still out of my price range though. I have a normal 19 inch standard def tv. You?


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    I voted yes, although our set is not technically an HD. It's an EDTV (enhanced definition) and I really struggle to see the difference between it and other HDs I've seen. It's a 42" Panasonic Plasma EDTV and I paid about $1,700 for it in 2005 which at the time was $1,000 cheaper than the actual HD version of the set. Talk about being a bit miffed this weekend when I saw a 58" Panasonic HD plasma at Costco for $2,200. Prices sure have come down recently. FWIW, I think Panasonics are by far the best value in terms of plasma televisions.
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    We went with a 42" Sony Vega. Purchased it back in 2005.

    Here is the catch. If you have Tivo be careful with your HD cable package. We got the HD cable box. I was having a blast watching YES in HD and NFL games. Then the wife started nagging me to hook up the Tivo after our move from Trumbull to Southbury. It turns out that our Series II Tivo will not work with an HD cable box. We would have to upgrade to a Series III Tivo. At the time they cost around $800. Since we paid for the iIvo service for the products lifetime I need to abuse this Tivo for the next 1 - 1.5 years before I consider upgrading. So we have an awesome HD TV but can't get use an HD cable box due to our Tivo. In the battle between HD and Tivo, Tivo won hands down. If there was a greater offering of HD channels it would have been a tougher battle.
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    50" Sony Rear-Projection LCD, a few years old. The 27" TV we had just looked way too small in my 16"x20" family room. Still haven't upgraded by Dish subscription to HDTV, though.

    I'm embarrassed at this point to say what it cost me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grassi21 View Post
    We went with a 42" Sony Vega. Purchased it back in 2005.

    Here is the catch. If you have Tivo be careful with your HD cable package. We got the HD cable box. I was having a blast watching YES in HD and NFL games. Then the wife started nagging me to hook up the Tivo after our move from Trumbull to Southbury. It turns out that our Series II Tivo will not work with an HD cable box. We would have to upgrade to a Series III Tivo. At the time they cost around $800. Since we paid for the iIvo service for the products lifetime I need to abuse this Tivo for the next 1 - 1.5 years before I consider upgrading. So we have an awesome HD TV but can't get use an HD cable box due to our Tivo. In the battle between HD and Tivo, Tivo won hands down. If there was a greater offering of HD channels it would have been a tougher battle.
    Similar boat here. We got DirectTV when we bought the set. At the time, Direct offered a Series 2 TiVo which we had until recently. Since that time, I believe Direct and TiVo parted ways, but I heard they may be offering an HD TiVo through Direct again. If you have a clear view of the SW sky, it might be worth looking into.

    In our case, our DirectTV signal was never consistent. We often times would lose local programming. Once our contract was up we went back to cable and got an HD DVR. TiVO is MILES ahead of the DVR in terms of functionality and usability, but we're just going to live with it for now. The new Series 3 TiVos are NICE though. They work with most cable systems and all you need is two HD descrambler cards. Nice set-up. When we had cable and TiVo in the old house we had two cable boxes and the TiVo all rigged together to be able to watch a show while another records. With the new Series 3, you can watch a recorded show while you record two others all through one unit, sort of like the way the DirecTivo worked, but it's HD. They're about $600. Still pricey; maybe a purchase for the holidays.

    Until then, the HD channels are great and it's nice to take full advantage of the set. SD on an HDTV is shit, especially with the wide-screen distortion and all that. I can't wait until HD is the norm.
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    Evil television...the bane of society. Big brother's way of controlling the masses and watching us too.

    A little paranoid? When it comes to TV, yes I am.

    My boss got new internet service here at work...4 cable boxes came with the deal. Sort of like free cocaine when you buy a bag of heroin.

    Now there's a TV in the lunch room. And instead of the lively chatter we used to have in there, now I get to see a bunch of drooling zombies watching the intelligence sucking box.

    Evil I tell you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    SD on an HDTV is shit, especially with the wide-screen distortion and all that. I can't wait until HD is the norm.
    It may not be the greatest, but I don't think it's too bad...maybe having a digital signal helps?

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    I have a 52 Hitachi Ultravision HDTV, which was the hot ticket 4 years ago.

    With Cablevisions high def package they have a tremendous number of high def stations, and recently included the Voom network that has lots of ski porn.

    I'll be looking at a 61-65 inch shortly, and the JVC D-ILA or Sony offerings will be among the finalists I think.

    I'm also looking for a new preamp that will do HDMI 1.3 switching.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimG. View Post
    Evil television...the bane of society. Big brother's way of controlling the masses and watching us too.

    A little paranoid? When it comes to TV, yes I am.

    My boss got new internet service here at work...4 cable boxes came with the deal. Sort of like free cocaine when you buy a bag of heroin.

    Now there's a TV in the lunch room. And instead of the lively chatter we used to have in there, now I get to see a bunch of drooling zombies watching the intelligence sucking box.

    Evil I tell you.
    Lighten up, gramps...

    Quote Originally Posted by hammer View Post
    It may not be the greatest, but I don't think it's too bad...maybe having a digital signal helps?
    Well, no, it's not that bad, but when watch something in HD, it's a bit shocking when you go back to SD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg View Post
    Well, no, it's not that bad, but when watch something in HD, it's a bit shocking when you go back to SD.
    Thanks...now I'm going to be thinking about making a call to Dish to upgrade my subscription...

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