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Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by renkablue, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. chip_r

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    Sony KDL-26S3000 LCD. Used in a bedroom. All of the S3000 family seems to have excellent standard definition performance (read that as analog cable). I use it was a Series 2 w/lifetime plus I didn't want to throw more money at the cable co. for digital. Sonys aren't cheap but as Stevel points out, the CR article gives a good overview. Based on your purchase timeframe, you may want dig up a paper copy. It has a good plasma vs. LCD comparison and may point you in the direction you want to go. It's the November issue.
     
  2. stevel

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    CRT is no longer the king of RPTV. In fact, it has almost disappeared from the market except in the very low end. For RPTV, LcOS (Sony SXRD or JVC D-ILA) is the champ. Even in front projectors, CRT is disappearing rapidly and cannot compete on picture quality with much less expensive LcOS or 3-chip DLP.
     
  3. ehardman

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    Pioneer plasmas can not be beat.
     
  4. stevel

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    Pioneer plasmas are great for plasma sets, at least the Elite models. But there's no way I would buy any phosphor-based set. Note that 1080p plasma sets are VERY expensive, and LCD sets have very quickly advanced to become competitive in picture quality and price.

    My own HDTV set is a Sony KDS-R60XBR1 SXRD rear projector.
     
  5. SASmith

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    I've mounted 3 LCD's onto a wall and ran the appropriate wires. One at my business, one in my living room, and one in my bedroom. A bit of forethought about the wires to run through the walls is appropriate.

    Depending upon your knowledge of construction and electricity, this could be simple or it could be quite daunting.

    BTW: MAKE SURE YOU PRACTICE ALL SAFETY MEASURES. IE: TURN OFF POWER, WEAR SAFETY GLASSES...ETC.

    I found the 2 studs I wanted to mount the LCD bracket. I then examined the void between the studs from where the bracket was to be mounted down to the floor. Sometimes you will find a "fire block" between the studs. This is a horizontal piece of wood running between the studs. In my case there was no fire block between the area I wanted to mount the LCD down to the floor. This was great news! Another good piece of news is that I had a wall power outlet right at the floor exactly between the same studs the bracket would be mounted.

    I mounted the LCD bracket. In the middle of the bracket was ~4" hole. I used a drywall saw to cut out the hole. I then mounted a "remodel" 2 gang electrical box near the bracket. This is going to become power for the LCD.

    I removed the power outlet near the floor. I enlarged the hole to accept a much bigger remodel box.

    I ran 3 wires at this point. 2 HDMI cables and a length of electrical wire. The use of a unbent wire clothing hanger or other long flexible stiff wire will work fine. I taped all three wires to the end of the hanger. I started at the top and fished the wires down the wall.

    From here, I wired the electrical back to the original outlet. Made a nice face plate on the bottom with a 2" hole to let the HDMI cable to go through.

    At this point everything is ready to go. Mount the LCD, make the connections to your components.

    Very minor drywall work and it looks great.

    I've got framed art work near the LCD. The frames are pretty similar to the LCD bezel. Looks very contemporary and clean.
     
  6. renkablue

    renkablue New Member

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    WOW :up: :) You must know your way around "do it yourself" - that was like a Pro.
     
  7. fred2

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    SASmith had it a bit easier than me! I was dealing with 100 year old plaster and lath walls, a pocket door wall, flooring and subflooring and then the holes through about 25 joists in my basement. And yes, this ol' place has fireblocks but fortunately my wiring and mounting falls below those irritants!

    TV is on one side of a doorway (left) and the armoire holding the various components on the other side (right). TV is mounted over the pocket door void which provides more interior depth but can't interfere with sliding pocket door. Drilled using "hole drill" into plaster and lath. Drilled large hole into void from basement. Fished wires.

    Armoire is too heavy to move and is sitting on oak floor so can't slide (without severe marring). I just drilled through its rear and into the plaster and lath. Pulled 12 inch floor trim molding on reverse wall of armoire and drilled into basement. Fished more wires. But it seems to be working using IR extender to control tivo, hdmi switch, receiver and dvd inside solid oak armoire.

    Now, the next owner may not appreciate my skills but hopefully that will be a few years off....
     
  8. HDTiVo

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    Best picture I have ever seen. :up: Only passed by the XBR2; I have not seen this year's yet.

    I think the LCD XBR4s are still blown away by the SXRD XBR1.

    I am a 40XBR2 owner :cool: , amongst others.
     
  9. kantonburg

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    I have nothing to add other than you picked the best time to purchase a set. The weeks leading up to the Super Bowl is generally the best time to buy a new TV.
     
  10. tootal2

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    I bet my 48" crt rptv would blow them both away.
     
  11. stevel

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    I'd take that bet.
     
  12. renkablue

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    I hadn't even thought of the super bowl sales!
     
  13. ufo4sale

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    I was thinking about getting the Panasonic TH-58PZ700U and I wanted to know what you guys think before I make the plunge.
     
  14. HDTiVo

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    Wait, it could be a trick. Find out what he means by blow.
     
  15. renkablue

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    Samsung 40" LCD HDTV with Digital Tuner, LNT4032HX
    This item (online) at Walmart was for sale for $1298 plus shipping - Could be this is a great buy or should I wait?
     
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  17. renkablue

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    I went to the web link and read the article. Going to be an interesting evolution of plasma and LCD - The article indicated that it could be up to year 2009 - 2011 before some of the technology was affordable in stores. The 2009 date is important since the FCC has said all broadcasting will be digital and therefore forcing the consumers to give up their old sets for newer ones. That is another reason I had been looking into getting a HD set soon.
     
  18. Bernardski

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    A few weeks ago I purchased the Panasonic TH-42PX77U for under $900 at Sears of all places. At that time Circuit City had the same unit for $2200 and none of the internet places were lower. This unit has 2 HDMI inputs (one with optional audio inputs for DVI to HDMI), 2 composite video / audio inputs, 3 component inputs each with s video option, a coax input, 1 sd card slot, digital audio out, and 1 component audio/video output. This unit also has an anti glare coating that works well. It is in a room with 12 large windows.

    I really enjoy this HDTV. Going from a standard TV to any HDTV would be enjoyable.

    The prices just keep dropping while the displays keep getting bigger.
     
  19. renkablue

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    What a great post to my thread. I know about video/audio inputs, but my question is what are the differences between composite, component, s video, HDMI inputs?
    Are the outputs connected to a stereo receiver - or surround sound theater setup? :)
     
  20. RoyK

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    Good point. And don't forget that Sears will price match -- even online deals. I saved a bundle on my Sony Grand Vega because Sears matched an online price I found. (I just printed out the web page and took it with me.)

    I'm sure other stores will do the same thing but CC and BB aren't close to where I live.
     

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