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Papagolash

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Hey all, I'm currently looking to get a HDtv for my apartment. A 27 inch would be fine but I was thinking maybe pushing it(my money) to getting a 32 inch for down the road. I don't have much money and was looking to spend between $450 and $550. I've been browsing sites the last couple of days and one brand that keeps popping up was the Olevia brand. I was looking at this one. http://www.olevia.com/products/detail.aspx?pid=532H I was told by my friend Kevslider to avoid Olevia and go for Vizio though. Is Olevia a good brand, which brands should I look for? I haven't checked out the Westinghouse yet, but seen nothing of them making tv's in that size. Anyone know of any deals? Any help on what I should be looking for would be appreciated, especially if you can hook me up :icon_wink
 

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I got a 27" Insigna from Best Buy for $500. The salesman told me that it was Best Buy's own brand and made by Sharp, and not to even consider Westinghouse b/c half of them come back defective. I've had it for over a year and am very happy with the picture. I've seen the 32"+ 720p Insigna's going for around $500 now.
 

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I have the HLR5656C that I got from Costco 2 years ago.

I think it's 720p... not sure. I can't seem to find any specs for it online anymore. It looks perfect, but I'm wondering how much better a 1080 would be...
 

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It won't be any better if your source doesn't supply 1080... Most cable boxes do both 720p and 1080i. I've found 720p looks better. None that I am aware of do 1080p.

That Samsung is a nice looking unit. For that price, that's what I'd go for. A CRT is proven technology. Black shows up better on a CRT than anything else, and these new slim CRT's will fit most places where an LCD or plasma were the only options.

I have a Philips 30" CRT HDTV widescreen in our master bedroom. The picture is outstanding. I think it looks better than the 50" plasma we have downstairs in the family room.
 
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$EAR$ wa$ having a big $ale. 499 for a 36 incher
 

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i have that one and don't like it. bought it a little over a year ago and was a huge mistake not to get lcd. the picture is already blurry and almost not visible on both sides of the screen.
I know people who have samsungs and they all work fine. Maybe you just got a bad one.:icon_conf

It has a one year warranty, plus you can always get the bestbuy service plan for something like 3 years. If it goes bad, they will replace or fix it. I've never had trouble with the bestbuy plans.
 

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i have a 27in westinghouse, i didnt have the funds to get a proper hdtv(like over 1k), but its holding up fine, they make a 26in now, id go with either that, or an insignia or samsung
 

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i have that one and don't like it. bought it a little over a year ago and was a huge mistake not to get lcd. the picture is already blurry and almost not visible on both sides of the screen.
Sounds like burn-in to me. Were you watching alot of stuff in 4:3 format with the big black bars on the sides?
 

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At 27-32" get a 1080i/720p. Otherwise you'll be pissed watching native 720p sports content in 1080i. Motion looks a hundred times better in progressive over interlaced.
 
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I know people who have samsungs and they all work fine. Maybe you just got a bad one.:icon_conf

It has a one year warranty, plus you can always get the bestbuy service plan for something like 3 years. If it goes bad, they will replace or fix it. I've never had trouble with the bestbuy plans.
i got one with circuit city but i'm lazy and it's too heavy to move.
 
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At 27-32" get a 1080i/720p. Otherwise you'll be pissed watching native 720p sports content in 1080i. Motion looks a hundred times better in progressive over interlaced.
This guy speakth the truth.

- 1080 p is amazing, but there's not much in that format to really justify purchasing a 1080 P TV.

- Most broadcast is in 720 p. If you look closely, the p will look better than the i. No matter what the scan line count, it's just easier on the eye.

DVD = 480 p
Standard TV = 480 i
High Def TV = 720 p OR 1080 i
High Def playback (Blu Ray, HDDVD) = 1080 p (possible)

i = interlaced scan
p = progressive scan

If I put a 1080 i pic alongside a 720 pic, I could almost guarantee that you'd go for the lower resolution! Nevermind 1080 i vs. 1080 p for now.
 

Digital_Trauma

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I have a 27" Westinghouse and a 32" Olevia. I'm happy with both. I got the 27" about two years ago. I bought the 32" a few months ago for about $450 with an internet deal, pick up at the store with a rebate and instant discount, etc. So far it has worked well. There are some formulas about size. I think the one idea is to multiply the size of the screen by 2.5 and then sit that far away for best viewing, or something like that. One thing to check for is the input types. My Westinghouse doesn't have any HDMI ports and the Olevia only has one. Higher end TVs have multiple HDMI inputs, considered the best quality. Digital cable or satellite boxes will probably use HDMI. Newer DVD players also use HDMI. Component inputs and S-video work pretty well too, but there is a noticeable difference. The older DVI inputs aren't too bad, but the manufacturers seem to be moving away from them. I've tried to use both as a PC monitor, but without very good results. The resolution just isn't that great at 1366 x 768 unless you're really far away, and then what's the point? Shop around for cables. The retail stores charge a fortune for them. You can almost always find good online deals.
 

Papagolash

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I'm looking for a LCD to get, no crt. I hope to figure this stuff out by the weekend and finally order one. Thanks for the replys.

One thing that I've noticed with the Olevia's is they all seem to have only 1 HDMI input. I gotta have 2, for cable and eventually the x-box.
 

MrAbovePar

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This guy speakth the truth.

- 1080 p is amazing, but there's not much in that format to really justify purchasing a 1080 P TV.

- Most broadcast is in 720 p. If you look closely, the p will look better than the i. No matter what the scan line count, it's just easier on the eye.

DVD = 480 p
Standard TV = 480 i
High Def TV = 720 p OR 1080 i
High Def playback (Blu Ray, HDDVD) = 1080 p (possible)

i = interlaced scan
p = progressive scan

If I put a 1080 i pic alongside a 720 pic, I could almost guarantee that you'd go for the lower resolution! Nevermind 1080 i vs. 1080 p for now.
Well at around 27"-32" you won't see a major increase in 1080p Unless you're less than 4' from the screen.

Also, DVD afaik are encoded at 480/30i with progressive output systems just coverting it back to progressive. Also the ASTC standard allows for 1080p broadcasts but is not compatible so unless you had the bandwidth you'd need to cut out 1080i/720p and screw over those owners. So you'll never see it on OTA.
 

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I'll be picking up an HDTV over black friday, and I'm wondering what the pros and cons are of each variety (Plasma/CRT/LCD/DLP/etc) so that I can make an informed decision on what I should be looking for.

Thoughts?
 

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TheDrip

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cnet.com has a shitload of reviews for you to check out. Reading them helped me select my HDTV. Samsung 32' and I couldn't be happier. After reading the reviews, I jotted down the choices I liked and then went to best buy to see the quality first-hand. Needless to say, just like the reviews said, the Samsung blew away the Sony and HP that were also in the same catagory and at $500(for the HP) to $1000(Sony) less.
 

Papagolash

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Actually, I may go back and pick up the 232v. They seem identical, except teh 232v is a lil heavier and bigger, and doesn't come with a universal remote. Also it'd be cheaper for me to go pick it up now, instead of ordering which would make it more expensive than the store.

http://olevia.com/products/compare.aspx?pidFrom=532H&pidTo=232V
 

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Don't fully trust cnet. I've seen bad reviews on there. And if you look at their video reviews, you will see that most of the time it's a fat house cunt that is doing the reviews. They know nothing about the products they review.