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01 January 2003, 06:15 AM
Can anyone point me toward a good site for HDTV reviews or recommend a model themselves? I'm in the market for one, but not sure which brands are good etc.. I think i'm leaning toward a glass front model, not too keen on the protective plastic covering on the projection types. any info is appreciated. thanks.

01 January 2003, 06:47 AM

The big war going on right now is the new Sony Grand Wega II XBR (50" and 60" tri-panel LCD at 1366x768p) vs. the Samsung DLPs (50" and 61" at 1280x720p) with both of those going against tradition CRT based projection (with the Hitatchi's and the Pioneer Elites leading the charge in that area at the moment).

It is a _really_ tough time now with great advances coming almost monthly (e.g. the GWII is $4000 cheaper and much better than the GWI which was selling well just this past summer and early fall).

Make sure the set supports DVI-HDCP. Firewire in addition to DVI-HDCP is an added bonus.

There are a bunch of new DLPs coming based on the second generation TI chip. LCOS is still the vaporware that everyone wants but nobody can provide in volume or at a price below $10K.

CRT has too many issues (burn-in, convergence, focus, geometry distortion, size/weight, phosphor wear) for me.

I thought for sure I would go DLP but I got the 60" GWII for $4300 based on anti-glare coating, quality of screen shield, polish of TV solution, Sony's very good line-doubler (DRC-II), and HD/DVD picture quality. The 50" is about $3300. The Sammy 61" is about $4800 and the 50" is about $3300. The 61" Sammy is a much different TV than the 50" and has a better linedoubler. The 50" and 60" GWII's are the same.

01 January 2003, 08:41 AM
thanks man! I hadn't heard of the anti-glare coating. that sounds like a deciding factor to me. looks like i have tons of research to do. thanks once again.

01 January 2003, 02:55 PM
Do remember, that the accepted HDTV standard involves having a built in "internal" decoder. Any HDTV which uses an additional "bought" or "external" decoder will not fullfill the HDTV standard when it is finally fully implemented. (1-3 years)

Whats this mean? Buying an HDTV now, if it doesn't fullfill the requirements, makes its support of HDTV useless, when they change the standard to the internal decoders.

Why internal? So people can't use black boxes.

For more information.

(Do please correct me if I'm wrong. This being video related, falls a bit outta my expertise)

01 January 2003, 05:41 PM
A good point and I should clarify.

Most of what people are buying today are HD monitors (not "HDTV") that provide high-bandwidth analog and digital inputs which allow HD and full ATSC HDTV decoders/tuners to be connected to them.

It will be quite some time until standard-stable ATSC tuners and pure digital cable connections will be found in TVs, eliminating the need for external HD tunners or decoders. In addition, this will not address the requirements of DBS sat TV or PPV VOD via digicable. Anyway, by the time the built in tuner and basic digicable support gets resolved, you will be ready to replace what you bought today.

I would have no reservations in going out and getting a HD monitor at this point. I would avoid anything that is a real HDTV with a built in tuner as it probably isn't going to work with what you need beyond simple over-the-air broadcasts of your local networks.

01 January 2003, 03:09 AM

What about that model?? Theres so much jargon associated with these it's crazy. I'm trying to read up, but its gonna take some time :) I've read some pretty damn good reviews of that one. Think its a good starting point?

01 January 2003, 03:17 AM
have a look at Metz Tv's they are really good, my parents got the artos 82 16:9. Its a damn sweet tv, and im pretty sure its got hdtv capabilities. Well we are getting an additioinal component which is installed in the back of the tv which allows digital tv.

Metz TV's (

Hope this helps.

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