No TV and no beer make Gaald something something!

So the only TV we had in the apartment has been dying a slow and painful death. It started several months ago, we would turn on the TV and it would take 30 seconds for the picture to come up.

We knew this was a sign of worse things to come but we couldn't do anything about it at the time. My roomate and myself hoped (mainly I hoped) it would take us to the end of the TV season. Over the last several months the problem got worse. Just this past week it started taking anywhere from 15-20 minutes before you could get picture.

Today it finally died! Or at least we think it did. We left it on for like 2 hours and nothing. You could hear the sound fine but no picture! So being the crazy guy I am, and absolutely refusing to watch the Buffy finale on my 19 inch computer moniter through my capture card, my roomate and I bought a new TV together (we will see if the other TV is worth repairing and than decide who will pay for the other half on the brand new one later).

The TV kicks ass and I got it for a great deal! It came out to around 540.00 canadian, which includes a 3 year extended warranty and 14% in taxes (thank you, you gov't bastards). It isn't a ture flat screen or anything but it came with more than enough inputs and a very flat screen. It is a 27" screen which is a great size for my place, any bigger than that and it would have been stupid. Not that I wouldn't have gotten bigger if I could afford it

Here is the link if you want to check it out. Toshiba 27A43C

Looks like the latest model of the set I''ve got. Good choice!

Can''t go wrong with a toshiba. As soon as I buy my new house, I''m gonna plop one of these babies in there...

If you are looking at projection HD TVs, you should seriously consider Mitsubishis. I''ve spent way to much time and money on my system and I can wholeheartedly say that Mitsubishi and Pioneer Elite have the best picture quality you can buy. Their HD sets have even better picture quality than plasma screens. Of course, there are only two plasma screens worth buying, Pioneer Elite and Runco.

If anyone is looking to buy a great receiver, you can''t go wrong with Yamaha. Every receiver Yamaha makes, from their lest expensive to their most expensive, is absolutely excellent.

As for speakers, they really depend on your budget.

If anyone wants any advice on components, just give me an estimated budget and a list of what you need and I''ll give you my opinions.

If anyone is looking to buy a great receiver, you can''t go wrong with Yamaha. Every receiver Yamaha makes, from their lest expensive to their most expensive, is absolutely excellent.

I agree. If you''re not going high end Yamaha has some nice recievers out there, for some decent prices. I bought a Dolby surround reciever like 8-10 years ago and I still use it to this day.

I wish I had money I could just throw around because I would love to switch over to a digital reciever.