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#79085 - 01/26/05 02:30 AM Taking the HD plunge
curtis Offline
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Got a deal I could not pass up on one of these:
http://www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/HomeEntertainment/hedetails.jsp?BV_UseBVCookie=yes&oid=-12464&category=



Now I have to choose who to get the HD signal from. I got time though.....going to take a few weeks.




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#79086 - 01/26/05 02:39 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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Looks good Curtis; just don't get that Hsu too close to it.
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#79087 - 01/26/05 07:13 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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Pretty Cool, Curtis! When did Epson get into HDTV's? Which size did you get?
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#79088 - 01/26/05 08:07 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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Curtis:
Congrats! That how I ended up buying my DLP as well and I never looked back.

I ended up using my cable provider for my HDTV... which initially I assumed would be my last choice. The problem for me is that Concord sits down in a little valley, so I couldn't get local HD via antenna, and all the satellite providers used rooftop antennas for local stations.

My cable company provides those affiliate local stations, plus INHD1 & 2, ESPN-HD, Discovery HD, and the HD flavor of whatever premium movie channels we have in our package for $7.95/month. There was absolutely a temptation to go with VOOM for the sheer number of HD channels they offer, but I came to the realization that most of what Joyce and I watch is either a broadcast network show or a movie on HBO, etc. Getting TNT in HiDef wasn't as important as CBS...etc... Now that I've been watching INHD1 & 2, I have to admit that I really like their mix of movies, documentories, concerts, and just "fun", show-off stuff...extreme sports, etc.

For $6 more per month, I got a two-tuner HD box with built-in HD DVR. How could I go wrong?
Plus, I was able to simply drive to my local cable office and swap my old box for the new DVR HD box, so I literally had HD in half an hour after the phone call, instead of waiting for installation of a satellite dish.

Normally, I kinda dislike the stranglehold that my cable company has over my television and internet, but this ended up an obvious choice and I'm very happy!
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#79089 - 01/26/05 09:09 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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curtis- thats a great looking TV. i have been toying with the idea of getting a 42" LCD, but i am waiting for the prices to come down a tad. i really like the 360 angle on the epson website. lets you get a good idea of the exact dimensions and shape of the TV. and, its cool to see the layout of the hook-ups in the back.

make sure and let us know how it performs once you get it home!!

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#79090 - 01/26/05 09:28 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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A TV that prints pictures too?

Hmmm...

Great looking set though...Congrats Curtis.

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#79091 - 01/26/05 11:46 AM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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Good deal, huh? They really get you on the ink cartridges, though.
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#79092 - 01/26/05 12:09 PM Re: Taking the HD plunge
curtis Offline
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hey...the printer in that thing is a dye-sub....cost of use is about 30-35cents a print.

It truely was a deal I could not pass up....moved my HD timetable up 8 months or so.

I got the 47".....my Parents went for the 57". Epson has been making LCD projectors for a while....but introduced RP LCD last year.

Beforehand....I checked out the picture at a local shop....looked great to me.....it was pretty much the deciding factor last evening.

Now choosing a provider is the hard part. I love DirecTV and my DirecTiVo......a DVR is a must for me now. Local cable, Adelphia, now offers Motorola's HD DVR with Moxi....very favorable reviews, and initial costs are low, a $12/mo rental fee. HD DirecTiVo is at least $800 for the box. Dish Networks' HD DVR is about $500. Monthy subsciption charges are all similar.

So it is boiling down to startup costs vs content. Any input is greatly appreciated.

When I get it up and running, I will have spiff come over for an honest critique with his IMAX eye. If he doesn't like it, I can just hit a couple of balls at him on the tennis court and I'll feel better.

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#79093 - 01/26/05 01:21 PM Re: Taking the HD plunge
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I was totally joking about the ink thing -- I didn't even realize the TV had a printer. Craaaaaaazy.
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#79094 - 01/26/05 01:32 PM Re: Taking the HD plunge
curtis Offline
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now that's funny!

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