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Is buying a new TV really worth it?

Discussion in 'Playstation Consoles' started by GypsyKid, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. GypsyKid

    GypsyKid WiiChat Member

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    As of right now I own this TV: http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-27AF44-27-Flat-MTS/dp/B0001CVBVE

    I am using component cables to hook up my PS3. I think my TV only goes up to 480i. However, everything does look good on it including standard cable and VHS. It's my understanding that standard cable looks horrible on HDTV and I will have to upgrade my service if I don't want to see TV programs looking absolutely horrible.

    I am considering getting an LCD that is capable of producing 1080p. I am wondering if it is truly worth it. $2000 plus is quite a bit of money for me at the moment, and its not like I really know what I'm missing if I don't get an HDTV. However, the idea of having my games look substantially better than they already do is really tempting.

    So will HDTV truly be worth it in most cases?
     
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    In most cases, HD is definitely the way to go (maybe all in fact)...if you can afford it. I upgraded to 480p from standard for Wii (and my favorite GC games too) and have no regrets with this rather small upgrade.
     
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    Yes, definitely get an HDTV. The difference is amazing. SD looks a little worse on them, but there isn't a huge difference. I wouldn't spend $2000 though. I got both of mine for $500. They aren't 1080p and they are only 32" though...
     
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    What do you guys suggest buying if I want 1080p? These are the ones I've been considering:

    http://www.thebrick.com/Application...38B2ED69,D9F2A952-F8A9-47F1-9965-DD1FB072C555

    http://www.thebrick.com/Application...38B2ED69,D9F2A952-F8A9-47F1-9965-DD1FB072C555

    http://www.thebrick.com/Application...38B2ED69,D9F2A952-F8A9-47F1-9965-DD1FB072C555

    BTW those are all different links. It doesn't look like it cause they got shortened.

    Here is a list of all the TV's from The Brick

    http://www.thebrick.com/Application...38B2ED69,D9F2A952-F8A9-47F1-9965-DD1FB072C555

    I have a Brick Card with a limit of $3300 so I guess that would be about the most I would spend.
     
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    im not really too sure i myself likes to play games at its fullest so i went out and bought a 52 inch tv just for my wii. best choice i ever made so you see if buying this tv will make you happy cuz not only will you use it for games, but movies will look nice too so upgrade my friend but... 2000 bucks i dont know about all that
     
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    well if you get 1080p you can use hdmi for ps3 which is a lot more convenient. plus at my friends house watching blu ray in 1080p looks so amazing that words cant describe it. i would suggest getting that 1500-2000 hdtv if you are going to use it for 7-10 years.
     
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    I think the first TV listed was a great choice. LCD/Plasma look like crap with low resolution games. Do you have any other consoles besides the PS3? Most true gamers keep a CRT TV around just for gaming.

    If you have the extra money get an HD CRT like the KV-36XBR800
     
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    Do you mean that Toshiba TV that I already own? I must admit after getting the component cables and calibrating my tv for a sharp image with little to no ghost-ness and setting the ps3 and the tv to 16:9 it looks pretty damn good.

    I own a Wii. I own a PS2 and an original Xbox which I don't play anymore and are not even hooked up.

    What's the advantages of a HD CRT?
     
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    all u can get on a hd crt is 480p. hey how do games look hooked up to a computer monitor via vga cable?
     
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    Really? Why is that? I was considering getting an LCD HDTV, but if that's the case, I'm not sure.
     
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    Thats strange. I just started watching Jay Leno in 1080i on my HD CRT. Must be magic :yikes:
     
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    oh my bad, sdtv are only 480p, i thought thats what you meant.
     
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    If you are only going to play the PS3 then an LCD/Plasma would be fine since it is outputting a resolution the display is better suited for. The Wii won't look as good as it would on a CRT of similar size (when possible).

    You should consider the Costco return policy and buy a TV from their and try the Wii.

    Thats strange. I just started watching Jay Leno in 1080i on my HD CRT. Must be magic :yikes:

    If you read the forums dedicated to retro gaming or home theater you will see many people unhappy with their HD sets because the older game consoles look pixelated. Usually it is a combination of problems - first the older consoles are low resolution (240 for systems prior to the PS) and the upconversion built into lesser expensive sets is not very good. Second because CRTs have built in antialiasing that an LCD/Plasma cannot recreate.
     
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    How are the DLP projection screens?
     
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    Better than LCD projection but any type of projection is going to suck compared to direct view. Don't be cheap!
     
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    i have a 60 inch dlp tv and it is nice, its not as deep as u think, about 1 and a half feet deep. it takes up quite a lot of space but costs a lot less than a lcd tv. mine can go up to 720p but about every 2 and half years i have to replace the lamp in the tv cuz it burns out. how do projections work? is it worth it if it displays 480p but at like 120 inchs?
     
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    But would an LCD HDTV be a step down in those particular games from a standard definition CRT? Right now I have a 19 inch CRT, and even if Wii games and older games aren't going to look any better, I think the LCD might still be worth it for better looking 360 games. However, if it's going to make Wii games look worse than they do on my current set, I'll probably wait until I can afford something better than an LCD...
     
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    120" at 480p would look like complete ****....
     
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    Lets say you had a Nintendo 64 connected to a 19 inch crt and a 19 inch LCD of equal quality. The CRT would look better. The LCD/Plasma has a native resolution and in order to get the low resolution video game to fit the entire screen it stretches the image. Inexpensive sets perform no processing of the image so it looks like trash when stretched.

    Since the 360 and PS3 can output higher resolutions they can look better on an HD LCD but only if the internal resolution of the game is high.

    On newer systems the games have an internal resolution and the resolution output by the system is customizable just like your computer. For example if you have a jpeg that is 640 by 480 stretched to full screen and your monitor is at 1600x1200 it won't make the picture look sharper.
     
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    seriously? how about 92 inch? i believe the exact resolution is 1024x768.
     

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