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Old 12-03-2008, 04:57 AM
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Hi guys (and girls), I will be around for the next few hours and if anyone has any questions about HDTV's, specific models or general questions, please let me know. I am feeling in a helpful mood tonight :-)

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Old 12-03-2008, 09:40 PM
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As for the digital transition, do not let any employee of any "Box" tell you that you have to buy an HD tv set. This is pure bunk. If you have cable you will be taken care of by your provider. If you don't have cable and are still using rabbit ears, you will need to buy an analog to digital converter, but you do not need an HD tv. Digital and HD are two different things. Buyer beware.
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Old 12-03-2008, 10:51 PM
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Hi guys (and girls), I will be around for the next few hours and if anyone has any questions about HDTV's, specific models or general questions, please let me know. I am feeling in a helpful mood tonight :-)

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I'm looking at 42" LCD's, what specific models do you recommend?
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on the subject of cables do NOT listen to anyone who says any expensive digital cable will improve the quality of the image over a cheaper cable. Basically in the old days when everything was analogue the type of cable used did have an effect on picture/sound quality however with digital as long as the signal is being recieved it won't make any difference what sort of cable you buy. Sadly people waste hundreds of pounds thinking the opposite because of salespeople leading them down the garden path.
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no if you ab a 10 scart to a 40-50 scart theres an imediately oticable difference.
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I'm looking at 42" LCD's, what specific models do you recommend?

In this size, I challenge you to find better picture quality than a Sharp Aquos.
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Old 12-04-2008, 11:29 AM
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no if you ab a 10 scart to a 40-50 scart theres an imediately oticable difference.
Well for someone who knows so much about the subject you clearly don't realise the difference between a DIGITAL and an ANALOGUE cable.
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Gruntersdad, you are absolutely right. If you have cable from any provider, no box ix necessary and you do NOT need an HDTV. Furthermore, the transition only effects those using rabbit ears to get their pictures.

Eddie, this is not ENTIRELY true. Here's why. With the digital realm of cables, you need to look at the bandwidth, which is usually measured in Gbps, or gigabites per second. To carry a 720P resolution with good color saturation, a cable needs to handle about 4 GBPS. Any HDMI cable on the market can do that. However, in order to handle 1080P, the cable needs to have a bandwidth of about 7GBPS. Most cables in the 40 - 70 USD price range are capable of this. For a TV that does 1080P and 120hz motion reproduction, you need at least 10Gbps speed. Only higher end cables from monster and a few store brands can do that.

A great HDMI cable for a reasonable price is the Rocketfish line from Best Buy. A 4f cable that can handle 1080P and the 120hz feature goes for around 60 USD. The equal from Monster is 130 USD. I am using rocketfish on my whole setup and it looks and sounds great.

Muckster, in 42" or 40" range, you should check out these models.

Samsung LN40A630
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1216424111160

Sony KDL40W4100
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1206142366426

Panasonic 42PZ80U
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1202650462402

These are all fantastic models that will give you great picture quality from reliable brands. I especially like the 42" panasonic plasma and the samsung LN40a630.

Please let me know if you have any more questions guys!!!
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Eddie, this is not ENTIRELY true. Here's why. With the digital realm of cables, you need to look at the bandwidth, which is usually measured in Gbps, or gigabites per second. To carry a 720P resolution with good color saturation, a cable needs to handle about 4 GBPS. Any HDMI cable on the market can do that. However, in order to handle 1080P, the cable needs to have a bandwidth of about 7GBPS. Most cables in the 40 - 70 USD price range are capable of this. For a TV that does 1080P and 120hz motion reproduction, you need at least 10Gbps speed. Only higher end cables from monster and a few store brands can do that.

A great HDMI cable for a reasonable price is the Rocketfish line from Best Buy. A 4f cable that can handle 1080P and the 120hz feature goes for around 60 USD. The equal from Monster is 130 USD. I am using rocketfish on my whole setup and it looks and sounds great.
Well that's what i'm talking about, a lot of people are going to be spending however much more on the monster cable when there's no point because as long as the cable is cabable of switching on and off quickly enough then there should be no problem.
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I have a 42 inch Samsung, 1080 that is absolutely great. I looked and looked and checked feature by feature and ended up with the Samsung. Great TV.
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Cant go wrong with that samsung, some of the best stuff out there comes from them, and they offer a lot of technology for a very reasonable price point. I usually turn to them first, followed by Panasonic, Sony, and LG.

I'm a big samsung fan though. Do you know off the top of your head what model you have?
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