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#315030 - 07/16/10 12:38 PM Budget TV / BD suggestions, please.
tomtuttle Offline
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I have a dear friend (seriously, a REAL one, not like you guys) who is not techie at all. She has a crappy, old 19" CRT as her primary display and has finally consented to improving her situation somewhat.

She wants to spend ~$700 on a flat screen TV. She also needs a new disc player (I'm assuming a cheap BD). I'm planning on a mount from Monoprice.

The only sources will be a Comcast cable box, the disc player and a Wii.

(sit down and breathe deeply...)

Audio isn't really a consideration. There's just no money for a receiver, speakers, etc. And even if there were, the UI would have to be absolutely foolproof (i.e. probably a universal remote or something).

Help?
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#315039 - 07/16/10 01:18 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: tomtuttle]
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Wow, going from a 19" CRT to (I'm guessing) a 32" or 37" 1080p is going to blow her mind. Looking forward to the results and reviews.

Oh, yeah, the helpful people should be along after a while.
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#315041 - 07/16/10 01:25 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: medic8r]
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OK, I couldn't resist trying to be helpful. How about this Sony Bravia 40" LCD at Costco? $699.99 with 20 watts (10W x 2) of smokin' stereo sound.
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#315042 - 07/16/10 01:26 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: medic8r]
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Well if ruling one out helps, I can't "in good consciousness" (as Ricky would say) recommend Samsungs BD-6500 for a BD Player. I'm still losing my center channel every time I use the skip buttons. I downloaded an update last night but it makes no reference to a fix. I should have returned the thing when it still would have been easy to do so.
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#315044 - 07/16/10 01:29 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: Murph]
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Panasonic BD60 as the Blu-ray player.
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#315046 - 07/16/10 01:31 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: medic8r]
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The Sony BDP-N460 is a pretty good BD player. It supports Profile 2.0, and has Netflix streaming. It's from the previous model year, so it can be had for about $150 in most places now instead of the $250 list.
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#315047 - 07/16/10 01:33 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: Murph]
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I'd definitely go 720p instead of 1080p, as long as it's under 40 inches.

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#315073 - 07/16/10 02:45 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: CatBrat]
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Thanks, guys.

I need to measure the viewing distance. There's still no substitute for "bigger", but it certainly does imply higher resolution, so there's a balance to be made there.

I really like the idea of getting a BD and TV from the same company - that could really help the remote/UI issue. Anybody know how the current generation Sony remotes are?

Excellent advice. Thank you very much.


Edited by tomtuttle (07/16/10 02:49 PM)
Edit Reason: had another thought
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#315112 - 07/16/10 08:16 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: tomtuttle]
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I'd look real hard at the oppo BD 80. Can't help with the TV. Try Craig's list. Lot's of 'new' TV's to be found there.

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#315115 - 07/16/10 08:38 PM Re: Budget TV / BD suggestions, please. [Re: michael_d]
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Thanks, Mike. Craigslist might be a good idea. The Oppo is way overkill (and too much$) for this installation. That Sony that Chris suggested or the Panasonic BD-60 are solid choices at $150, though. I can get a refurb of the Panny for even less, but have to make sure that my friend can/will use her Wii for the Netflix streaming.
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