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HDTVs [Aug. 19th, 2002|02:16 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

During my bike ride back from the Honda service center I hit four different A/V stores, looking at rear-projection HDTVs.

I made the mistake of also visiting Chelsea, an incredibly high-end local store, where I drooled over the Mitsubishi WS65908 Diamond Series. It's awesome, but it's also $4,000.

Problem is: now every other set pales in comparison.

(Sony had a cool one, too, but it was some different technology, very new, and thus priced way beyond reasonable up near $7,000. :P)

If I were to get one of these babies, I'd need a new progressive scan DVD player ... but those are only $100-$200 now. Shit, when I got my DVD player (with only 480i component out) it was $500.

Dream, dream, dream.

Back to work. My friend Dina was telling me a few months back: the primary reason she works a lot is just so she avoids spending money. So true.

[User Picture]From: jwz
2002-08-19 04:21 pm (UTC)
You'll pay less, get a bigger picture, and waste less floor if you get a front projector. I've got an InFocus LP435z that I've had for years, and I'm pretty happy with it. I've got it hanging from the ceiling, throwing a 100" picture on a screen on the opposite wall. It's 800 lumens, and at the time I bought it, cost around $2k. For the same price, you can get 2000 lumens today, which is bright enough to watch it with the blinds open. (Mine is pretty unusable unless the room is dark, but I only watch tv at night, so that's not a problem.)

BTW, you also pay less money if you buy a "conference room projector" instead of a "home theatre projector" even though they have exactly the same hardware inside. "Home theatre" is the code word for "more money than sense."

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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-19 05:13 pm (UTC)
Hmmm.... LP650 does look pretty sexy.

The Faroudja DCDi™ stuff is supposed to kick ass, from what I've read.

I'll have to go check one out.

The hard part would be wiring... running power & component video up to it.

And since my (couple year old) A/V receiver doesn't switch component video, I'd have to buy a new receiver, or run an absolute shitload of cable through my attic.

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From: alanj
2002-08-19 05:53 pm (UTC)
The Toshiba 65" seems to get better reviews than the Mitsubishi, and it's also $1000 less at Best Buy. Or you can get a 51" for $1000 less than that.

I want a new set, but it'd just be dumb for me to get one before I move west. I don't want to be carting around 250lb of electronics with delicate convergence across country.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2002-08-19 06:36 pm (UTC)
1) Good to know.

2) Wasn't even thinking of it. :)

3) Plasma's been out for quite awhile... how I ended up arranging furniture, I have a big wall begging for a big TV. How nice a discount? How much is delivery? (to Hillsboro! :P)
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