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Do I really need an HD ready TV?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by louisroberto, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. louisroberto

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    I am looking to buy a replacement for my old Toshiba CRT.

    I do enjoy TV/DVD and appreciate quality but to a point.

    Do I really need an HDTV?
     
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    How about a trip down to your nearest Comet or Shop@Panasonic? Have a look at the HD demos and see if you're willing to splash the extra cash for the improved picture. If not, and you're happy with the quality achievable with current SD sets, then don't bother. If you've got the room for a conventional CRT TV, then buy a good quality one and enjoy your viewing.
     
  3. sbowler

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    do we really need a lot of things we buy. No but like just about everyone on this forum, you will be convinced you need to. besides isnt it the only reason for going to that boring job 40hrs a week. for all those shiny boys toys...
     
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    Well said that man!
     
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    As has been said, nobody is forcing you to buy anything.

    Just because one person buys and HDTV doesnt mean you have to.

    You dont have to be a lemming! :D

    You have to decide if YOU want one.
    If you dont really spend that much time in front of the TV then whats the point?

    However if you do, then there are a lot of benefits to having an HDTV.

    For one you can enjoy high definition. (Sky)
    You will be able to enjoy Blu Ray and HD DVD when they come out. As well as enjoy a new larger picture. (depnding on what size you buy)

    Also the PS3 and XBox 360 will require and HDTV to enjoy the best possible picture.

    Its up to you, but HDTVs will be standard in the future. Its not like its a fad thats gonna dissapear in a few years.
    Analog TV will stop broadcasting in so many years which means all TVs will be HDTVs.
     
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    A really good CRT (Conventional telly) is about the same price as a really poor LCD. You won't get a Plasma for the price of a CRT.

    Imagine that there is a start and a bottom price for each of the three types of product. Unless you can afford to pay for something that is about half way up the scale for that product then it probably isn't worth doing.

    Also bear in mind that early HD Customers will probably need to fork out quite a lot for the box from Sky and an additional monthly fee. Say - £400 plus £10pm?

    Finally - not everything will be in HD at first. Only limited output. It will move quite quickly - but then so will the prices. Sky estimate that 2M Flat Panels TV's (LCD's and Plasma's) will be sold by the end of 2006.

    If you need to buy now - then go for a good CRT. Or wait 2 to 3 years and buy then?

    Roger
     
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    if you're in the market for a new TV anyway then given the life-span of a TV it's certainly something you need to seriously consider. After all, if you buy an SD set then it'll last 5+ years you may find yourself missing out.
     
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    Indeed, that's the bottom line here.

    I mean, there's always new technology on the horizon, no matter when you buy it. In a few years time when 1920x1080 native sets hit a reasonable price, you'll get people raving about how these are the sets to consider, and you should dump your old set.

    It depends what size screen your looking for. I'd say if your getting something 32" or below, it's safe to consider one now, as the prices are right, and the screen is too small to really benefit from the additional detail in 1080-native sets anyway.
    If your considering a larger screen, you may wish to consider whether you need the set right now, or feel like waiting for 1080-native sets to drop in price.

    But certainly buying a non-HD set now as a long term purchase would be very short sighted.
     
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    :confused: Or standard IDTVs ?

    louisroberto,

    Not sure if you into digital cameras but don't forget with a high def TV and the right set up you can enjoy your photos in the (almost) full glory rather than on a small PC monitor or scaled down in low res on your SD TV.
     

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