Help Lobster with a TV

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Here's the set I'm looking at. Circuit City has it on sale for about $550. Will I need a receiver to watch cable TV on this, and/or play X360 in HD? Can anyone recommend for or against this? I've heard the screen is produced by a different company than the 27" version and is of higher quality. I'd be picking it up locally, but I hate dealing with Circuit City when I have problems (which, with them, is often). I'm also concerned about dead pixels. When I spend money I like the stuff I buy to be flawless, particularly when it comes to things like dead pixels.

If you buy a tv from a place like circuit city I think they generally have a "return it for whatever reason" policy for 14-30 days after purchase. When I was getting monitors from futureshop/staples/london drugs, I did a whole lotta returning. The only thing is you have to lug the bastard back to the store and wait in the returns line with the troglodytes.

Its hard to tell from the product info on that page what inputs the TV has. Based on one of the comments it at least has Component inputs (You'll want to find out if it has others like VGA, a secondary component input, DVI, HDMI etc to know if you'll need a receiver) but at the very least, if you have a cable box that has component output, you'd be able to go with just that.

If it doesnt at least have 2 sets of component or component + VGA, you'll want a switcher to be able to plug in your cable and 360 at the same time. If you have more than that, you might want a receiver to be able to switch between the various audio and video inputs and outputs you'll be stringing together.

You can get a decent home theater in a box (HTIB) for 200-400. I got a Sony 6 speaker setup for about 250 last year and the sound is great. It included a receiver that allows me to hook up cable, DVD, 360 and PC(audio only) and run all that to my display without much of a headache.

I've actually got a $20 switch that lets me operate 4 S-video devices on one S-video input. So I've got my cable box, X360, Xbox and PS2 all on that. I never even have to change channels on my TV.

You're going to have to upgrade your video switch to one that does component, DVI, or HDMI if you want to game in HD... S-video doesn't quite pull the load in that category...

If it says "HD Ready" that usually means it doesn't have a built-in HD tuner. If you're going to hook it up to a HD cable box that shouldn't be a problem.

TheWalt wrote:

You're going to have to upgrade your video switch to one that does component, DVI, or HDMI if you want to game in HD... S-video doesn't quite pull the load in that category...

As long as it has one S-video input and one HD, I'll be fine. I only have one HD device.

Don't really see the point of having cable and not going HD, odds are that non HD cable will look worse than your current set, especially judging by the comment from your link.

Now if you will only use it for gaming that might not be a concern.

In my experience with HDTV, its really most worth it for sports. If you're a sports fan, the 5-10 a month is worth it. If you're not, well, who needs to see Conan OBrien in HD?

I'm not a sports fan. I do have an extra monitor lying around but it's a little bit small for gaming, and I'd need a DVI one for HD anyway, right?

Im not sure what you're asking (Lobster). If the TV has a VGA input you can basically consider it a large (OK, giant) monitor. You can PC game that way. I know they make Component>VGA adaptors, not sure if they go the other way or not.

Mixolyde wrote:

Is this a good deal? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

153 pounds! Thats good if you have a few friends to help you move it and if you know you'll want it to stay put for a good long while. I'd have more questions on whether or not I could get it where I want it than anything else

Im not sure what they mean by 'up to 2 component' and 'up to 2 DVI' connectors'

Mixolyde wrote:

Is this a good deal? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

DLP sets suck. All the ones I've seen have bad viewing angles, only do 720p and really just aren't worth their prices. If you want a ginormous HDTV on the cheap, check out this.

Asz wrote:
Mixolyde wrote:

Is this a good deal? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...

DLP sets suck. All the ones I've seen have bad viewing angles, only do 720p and really just aren't worth their prices. If you want a ginormous HDTV on the cheap, check out this.

Who shot who with the what now?

Egads, are people actually recommending RCA TV's in here?

Never.. ever buy an RCA TV if you can help it.

You see, there's a very good reason they're found so cheaply so often. It's because they use crap components. They break. Often.

It's unfortunate because some of their sets do have a nice picture, but the odds of your TV lasting any significant amount of time are far far worse with RCA than with any number of other brands.

Back on the topic of the actual set you're looking at...

You won't need anything special to watch cable over your s-video. Your 360 would have to be hooked up with your component cables to play in HD.

As for problems with the TV like dead pixels.. just check it out the first night you have it. Display some solid color screens and look at it. If it's got stuck pixels, return it within their standard return policy. I'm almost positive they have no real way to stop your return if you show up within the two weeks or thirty days or whatever it is.

I actually got my own TV at Circuit City, but I haven't had any problems with it so far.

OH! And if you want to see the inputs and all, just check the pictures on amazon. It has DVI/HDCP, VGA, 2 Component, and 2 S-video.

Pretty fully featured for the price. Definitely seems like a pretty good deal.