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#278267 - 11/09/09 03:26 PM Bought a New TV
bigwill2 Offline
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Howdy folks! \:\)

My 60" Phillips HD finally broke. I was not as happy as I thought I would be. I guess the recession has effected my mood, if not my purchasing power.

Anyways, looked around at what's available (I have not been following TV stuff the past few years) and picked up a 50" plasma for $750! I remember when a TV like this would have been $5k! LOL

I'll post some pics of the new set-up later.

Still need a couple HDMI cables. It appears this place has become more tolerant of boutique wire aficionados?

I'm thinking of getting those $3 HDMI cables from the workers' paradise that is China. What do you think?

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#278271 - 11/09/09 03:39 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: bigwill2]
tomtuttle Offline
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MARK! Where have you been!?!?!

I don't think you can really get American made cables, so just go ahead and buy the ones from Monoprice.

Is that plasma 1080p?

Great surprise to hear from you!
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#278276 - 11/09/09 03:45 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: bigwill2]
pmbuko Offline
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I found this in a recent magazine:

Three people (on average) are harmed in the production of the typical HDMI cable in a typical Chinese factory. Since factory owners get government kickbacks per injury as part of their overpopulation initiative, any company that chooses to use Chinese factories with bad worker safety records has a competitive advantage over those who do not.

Ok, yeah. I totally made that up.

But seriously, Mark, any of us are going to come off as hypocrites if we care more about the source of our digital interconnects than we care about the source of our televisions, halloween costumes, toys, shoes, shirts, etc...

Welcome to the world economy.
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#278277 - 11/09/09 03:45 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: tomtuttle]
jakewash Offline
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Monoprice.com or BlueJeans cable for your HDMI needs. if the length of run is short, just about any HDMI cable will work.
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#278280 - 11/09/09 03:52 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: tomtuttle]
Riker Offline
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 Originally Posted By: tomtuttle
I don't think you can really get American made cables, so just go ahead and buy the ones from Monoprice.


I think that BlueJeans Cable now have a 100% USA sourced and made HDMI cable, including the connectors. And they are not expensive, more than monoprice (isn't everything ? ) but still very affordable.
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#278300 - 11/09/09 04:38 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: Riker]
bigwill2 Offline
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Thanks guys. I'll check out Monoprice (saw that using the search feature, but didn't know what it was).

Tom, the TV is 720p, but I don't have Blu-Ray, PS3, or any other use for 1080p at the moment.... I am enjoying HD cable sports now, though. \:\) Think I need 1080p capability?

And, more importantly, I've been enjoying some fine beers had at a very fine price. Been getting Affligem blond and Grimbergen dubbel at $7/sixer. Trois Pistoles at $3.49/750ml. Everybody's complaining about the rising cost of beer, but there's still deals around.

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#278301 - 11/09/09 04:47 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: bigwill2]
Wid Offline
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Howdy Mark.

What brand of TV did you buy?
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#278305 - 11/09/09 05:11 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: Wid]
jakewash Offline
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With a 50" TV 1080P would be noticeably better PQ from closer watching distances like 4-8' away, if you are farther away than that you wouldn't see much bifference.

You would still enjoy Blu Ray or the higher def gaming consoles at 720P, it is much easier on the eyes and looks cleaner crisper than 480i/p, just like your TV box output is 1080i or 720P is just that much nicer to look at than standard definition 480i.
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#278308 - 11/09/09 05:27 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: jakewash]
bigwill2 Offline
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Hey, wid!

LG from Costco. New item they just got in. 4-09 mfg date. Assembled in Mexico.

Had to build the stand, remove the old TV and stand, disconnect the cables, hang the TV, reconnect,... I'm sure you're familiar with the routine. \:\) So I haven't had any time to look at it, but HD local news looked real good. I went with the plasma for the better HD sports viewing and the price for a screen that size was just too good to pass up.

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#278309 - 11/09/09 05:29 PM Re: Bought a New TV [Re: jakewash]
ghost271 Offline
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I have a 50" RPTV and we sit between 10-12' away ( as you should with a screen that big or bigger). It is only a 720p but looks amazing ! There was a study done recently that said the majority of HDTV users sit too far away from their TVs to notice a difference between 720 and 1080p. You got a screaming deal at that price though for a 50".
I will be buying a 1080p projector next time around as the prices have dropped a lot and I have a 100" screen looking to go up to 120"

At 10-11 feet, viewing my screen you can notice a slight SDE with the 720. However if its just two of us watching and no other chairs are thrown in so others can watch, then you dont notice the SDE at all.
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