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Old 02-11-2008, 06:29 PM   #16
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It was not even a set, it was a Technology that David mentioned.

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Old 02-20-2008, 05:03 PM   #17
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I would not upgrade a CRT just for the sake of going to a different technology such as LCD.

An HD ready TV together with an ATSC HD set top box will on average get broadcasts just as well as a new TV with built in ATSC digital tuner. (At some point in the future Consumer Reports will do reviews on which fully equipped HDTV's and which set top boxes pull in more stations than others.)

If you subscribe to cable or satellite TV, you do not need a set top box tuner and will not be making use of a built in digital tuner.

If the old TV is starting to go bad, well, then you would have a reason to upgrade.

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Old 02-20-2008, 06:13 PM   #18
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As far as what david mentioned, I was working on one of the Sony 1080p sets when I made that post. It was a direct-view, and it had a great picture. Lets see, no model was mentioned, so I wasn't speaking of a set, but a type of set.

As far as the new technology goes, it will be great when they work out all the bugs, but for now, they can be VERY expensive to repair. I had a brand new Olivia 32" LCD set the other day. The set was still in warranty, and the customer could find no one else to work on it. The factory told him to send the set in, but that was going to cost him hundreds of dollars for the shipping there and back, so he brought it to me. The main board was bad, and the price on just the board was over $350., not counting the labor. By the time the set was repaired, he would have put almost as much into the repair, as what he bought the set for. Most of these sets are being made in China, and there does not appear to be any "quality" put into them.

If you want to have to replace the set every 2-5 years, go ahead and buy one. They will NEVER last the years that the older technology has, until they make some changes with their manufacturing.

Allen, I agree, there is NO reason to trash out your CRT set, as long as the picture tube is in good shape. I am using one of those converter boxes right now, and I get a great picture.
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Old 02-24-2008, 10:21 AM   #19
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My reply is going to be of little if any help in your decision, but the merry-go-round of electronics and video technology will make whatever you buy today obsolete within several months. So, if you enjoy your current TV set and don't have a problem watching DVD's on it, it might behoove you to wait until the excitement, anticipation, hoo-hah and aprehension dissipate post 2/2009 and the prices begin to fall on current models as the newer models are released. Wanting what we already have is always more difficult than having what we want. Good Luck in your decision and purchase!
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Nothing is obsolete. The current TV & VCR's that have NTSC tuners can adapt by having a ATSC or QAM tuner connected.
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Nothing is obsolete. The current TV & VCR's that have NTSC tuners can adapt by having a ATSC or QAM tuner connected.
Please allow me clarify what I mean by "obsolete".

Obsolete is applicable in the sense that the features and advertised benefits of the latest technology TV set one buys today will be eclipsed by those of interrelated technological advances and, as we are seeing, in very short order. Although the core of a TV set's technology may remain unchanged for several years, the features and benefits and expandability that surround the core don't.

The single greatest lament among electronics buyers today is pretty much that what they just purchased, within weeks of taking it home, is no longer "today", so to speak. Something a bit better, faster, smaller, sleeker or more feature-laden has already appeared on the market. Manufacturer's quickly abandon former models and the customer support on those "older" models beyond a year or two is becoming harder to find. Cell phones top the list. Digital cameras are a close second. TV's are not far behind. While the basic function or core technology of the item is not obsoleted, the manufacturers' current models that embody them are.

Hope that clarifies my earlier post.

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