Should I get a new TV?

Ok, another question.

I'm thinking of getting more bookshelves, in particular this one, so that I can still have a place in my frontroom for a TV. Problem is, I have one old school TV now, and the shelf isn't deep enough to hold it.

So, since the TV is old anyway (I bought it on clearance as the last of the low-def sets at Best Buy a few years ago), I was thinking of getting a new one, thus perfecting my reconquista of the room. (Maybe I'll stuff a Wii in there, too, but that's getting ahead of myself and of Nintendo's shipping!)

So I think the available space in the shelf for a TV is 40" wide and 27" tall (which I figured by measuring that many squares in the non-tv version of the shelf I already have.) There's at least a foot in depth to the shelf, too. Problem: I'm not too picky about picture quality, but I'd like better than I have, and I currently have a 34" 4:3 screen. I'd rather not have less screen for my GoW-addled eyes, if I can.

Suggestions? Should I just wait, since there's new technologies coming out? Is there ever a good time to buy a new TV?

There's always new technologies coming out, and everybody goes through this problem

Plasmas and LCDs have hit an all time low. I just bought a Plasma for $2200 that my father and brother in law paid $4000+ for one year ago. And LCDs are ridiculously cheap.

Don't worry too much about what's coming out a year, two, three, etc. High Def is here, it's glorious, and it's very affordable Plus, Gears will look KILLER!

Fine then. Does anyone have a suggestion of what will fit in my hole?

(sorry)

wordsmythe wrote:

Does anyone have a suggestion of what will fit in my hole?

sigged.

What's your budget for this endeavor? Do you have a surround sound or speaker setup? Do you need just a monitor or a TV w/ tuner and speakers? Some things to think about before you buy.

I would probably go with a LCD for that space.

I was thinking LCD. I do have a (kinda crappy) surround sound setup, thanks to my old CostCo binge days. Budget? Oh heck, I don't know. I don't want to spend more than, say $20, but I could afford to spend more like $1500.

Ick, it hurts just typing that number.

One should always buy a new TV.. I mean.. hey.. its a new TV.

I'm starting to feel like a Westinghouse plant, but they make a 1080P 37" with the following dimensions:

37.3" x 25.9" x 8.2" (with Base)

Pricegrabber shows the lowest price around $1120.

I've got the 22" widescreen for my desktop monitor and their 1080P 42" for my main TV and I love them both (in a technological sort of way)

Hemi, I might just do that.

I'll probably scope out what BB and CC want to sell me before I make a firm decision.

...A firm decision as to what I should stick in my whole, that is.

The CEJ Family plan is to get one of these installed in our master bedroom in the next couple of weeks.

Consumer Reports rated this the best 37" LCD 1080p TV in their tests.

CEJ wrote:

The CEJ Family plan is to get one of these installed in our master bedroom in the next couple of weeks.

Consumer Reports rated this the best 37" LCD 1080p TV in their tests.

According to wordsmythe, the Sharp is about a half inch too tall for his hole, if you use the stand.

I couldn't resist.

Hemidal wrote:
CEJ wrote:

The CEJ Family plan is to get one of these installed in our master bedroom in the next couple of weeks.

Consumer Reports rated this the best 37" LCD 1080p TV in their tests.

According to wordsmythe, the Sharp is about a half inch too tall for his hole, if you use the stand.

I couldn't resist.

Maybe if he used a wall mount and just stuck it in his hole.

Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?

Costco is a great place to get TVs. That is where I got my 42" LCD. Although it isn't 1080P. It is less then 1500 now. The same company is coming out with a 47" 1080p LCD this month that Costco will be selling for $1899. We just got a $250 coupon for it. The 42" may be going to the bedroom with the new 47" going in the family room.

I really don't think you should be putting anything Sharp inside your hole. I'm sure Sony would easily fit in your hole, though.

You don't need a new TV. But if you want one, buy one. If it doesn't fit in your hole, just jam it in there. Harder and harder, until it fits.

Funkenpants wrote:

You don't need a new TV. But if you want one, buy one. If it doesn't fit in your hole, just jam it in there. Harder and harder, until it fits.

Lube could help too.

you guys are giving me signature gold here

I try to keep things fun like that.

wordsmythe wrote:

I try to keep things fun like that.

Well, everything is more fun with lube.

At first I was going to say this wasn't what I expected from tech and help.
Then I realized it's GWJ, home of finger-->butt.
This thread delivers.

If you ever ask yourself the question "Should I get a new TV?" then you should definitely get a new TV.

wordsmythe wrote:

Is there ever a good time to buy a new TV?

IMO, the answer to that question is, "right now".

LCDs and plasmas have taken price free-falls in the past year, and I don't see the trend as sustainable. I think price drops going forward are going to be much more modest, and eventually prices will level off (can we really expect a 32" LCD to be significantly cheaper than the $699 I just paid for one? Probably not by much, at least not enough for regret to set in). Over the next year or two you'll probably see 1080p versions of TVs replace the older 720p ones at the same price point, but other than that it looks to be small incremental upgrades on the horizon, and even 1080p isn't necessarily a big deal in smaller TVs (for regular TV use, PC use can be a different story).

I'm saving up some cash for a 1080p lcd tv. It makes a good computer monitor as well as being future proof.

If you assume a 2 inch bezel around each side, you can squeeze in a 42" HDTV screen in your 40"x27" space, without a stand. The standard definition 4x3 picture on that will be roughly equivalent to your current 34", maybe a half inch bigger. However If you drop down to a 37" widescreen for space concerns, when watching SD content in a 4:3 picture that will be the equivalent of a 30" regular TV, so it would be smaller.

Your size constraints will make it hard to find a widescreen TV that is not a downgrade in 4:3 size, I would look for one that has a very small stand where the TV isn't vertically elevated much. By the looks of the picture you linked, I don't think you can use a wallmount anchor on that shelf, at least not out of the box.