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Top 5 Most Affordable But AMAZING HDTV's This Year (BXGS Exclusive)

 Top 5 Most Affordable But AMAZING HDTV's This Year (BXGS Exclusive)
topic by Jann - 12-18-2007, 07:00 PM - Boxden > BX GameSpot

Just had to read through tons of PM's and alot of them are about HDTV advice. Basically whats out there and affordable. So I said why not and I compiled a list of great HDTV's under 1500$. All of these sets Ive had personal experience with wether that be at work, home, friends home etc. etc.

These are the best BANG for buck purchases you can make within the current market right now. Meaning affordable sets with geniunly good picture quality. These sets are highly regarded within the A/V community and consumer digest reports. This is not me paying for something and automatically telling you it's amazing because I dropped the coin on it.

So with that out of the way lets start with number 5.

5. Westinghouse LVM-37W3 37" 1080p (MSRP 700$-1000$)

» HDTV monitor (no built-in TV tuner of any type)
» 37" flat-panel LCD screen (measured diagonally)
» 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio
» 1920 x 1080 pixels
» ultra-fast pixel response time (8 ms and 8 bit Super MVA panel made by Chi-Mei)
» 1000:1 contrast ratio
» 176°(H) x 176°(V) viewing angle
» Picture-in-Picture for 2 video sources (inset)
» built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2, plus a 10-watt woofer)
» remote control
» 6 A/V inputs, including:
• 1 composite video
• 1 S-video
• 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
• 2 DVI digital video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080p)
• 1 HDMI digital audio/video input (accepts signals up to 1080p)
» PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin — accepts signals up to 1080p)
» detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 23-1/8"W x 7-3/4"D)
» wall-mountable (bracket not included)

Information: I owned this set the problems you may come across is poor black evels and ghosting with interlaced content. Otherwise this set is a winner for what you pay. Ive seen this set for as low as 600$. It is definitly worth checking out. No built-in tuner so you will need a set top box to recieve any tpe of channels.

4. Sharp Aquos LC32GP1U (1000$-$1200)

32" (Diagonal) Advanced Super View/Black TFT LCD Panel, 1920 x 1080 Pixel Native Resolution
16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio
176-Degree Viewing Angles (Horizontal And Vertical)
1080p Inputs (HDMI 1 Side, 2 Rear/Component 1 Side, 1 Rear/DVI-I For PC)
Composite In (1 Side, 2 Rear), S-Video In (1 Rear), Audio In/Out (1 Side, 3 Rear/1 Rear)
Subwoofer Preout
Built-In, Detachable, Bottom-Mount Speakers (10 W + 10 W)
Table Stand Included, Wall Mounts Optional
Multi-Brand, Multi-Component Remote Control With Game Button
450 cd/m2 Brightness
60,000 Hour Lamp Life
ATSC/QAM/NTSC Digital Tuner
2,000:1 Native Contrast Ratio
10,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio
6 ms Quick Shoot Response Time
4-Wavelength Backlight System
165 W Power Consumption
Dimensions (With Stand/Speakers): 31.39" W x 20.92" (23.28") H x 3.83" (10.75") D
Weight (With Stand/Speakers): 36.4 (45.2) lbs

Information: This set was built with a gamers mind-set at heart. Really low response time to reduce input lag and included a DVI-I for PC video cards that support it. This set is not ideal for movie watching because of the size but can handle anything you throw at it. If your looking for PC monitor that is flexible then this is it.

3. Sony Bravia SXRD KDS-50A3000 (1400$-1500$)

Screen Size: 50" (Measured Diagonally)
Display Type: SXRD Rear Projection With Advanced Iris Function
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Lamp: Ultra-High Pressure, 120W
Progressive Features: CineMotion Reverse 3:2 Pulldown MotionFlow 120 Hz Frame Rate
Best Video Inputs: 3 HDMI v1.3, 2 HD Component
Other Inputs: S-Video, 3 Composite, Analog/Optical Digital Audio (5/1), PC Audio/Video, RF Connection
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixels
Video Processing: BRAVIA Engine EX/MotionFlow 120 Hz Black Insertion
Response Time: 2.5 ms (Rise And Fall)
Tuner: Integrated NTSC/ATSC/Clear QAM
Comb Filter: 3-D Digital
Digital Reality Creation: MultiFunction V1, Modes 1/2/CineMotion, Palette Presets Custom 1/2/3
Picture Modes: Vivid/Standard/Cinema/Photo/Custom
Wide Modes: Wide Zoom/Normal/Full/Zoom
Gamma Compensation: High/Medium/Low/Off
Color Temperature: Cool/Neutral/Warm
Game Mode: On/Off
Sound Mode: Dynamic/Standard/Custom
Detail Enhancer: High, Medium, Low, Off
Channel: Skip/Add/Jump/Label/Favorite/Auto Program
Outputs: Audio (Variable/Fixed)
Convenience Features: Picture Freeze/Speed Surf Channel Selection
Tone Control: Bass/Treble
Parental Control: V-Chip
Advanced Video Menu
Clock, Sleep Timer, 2 Timer Events
Dimensions: 45.38" W x 33.50" H x 14.38" D
Weight: 75.0 lbs

Information: The new SXRD comes with 120hz technology that is suppose to cut-down the judder when fast motion is happening. The verdict is still out but this set offers amazing size to price ratio. I would rate the SXRD over the LED DLP because of the reduced geometry issues with the SXRD. While the LED Samsung has a higher contrast ratio the SXRD provides better black levels and less of a chance of getting a unit with bowing.

2. Optoma HD72 720p DLP Home Theater Projector (1100$-1400$)

Product Features

* Device Type - DLP projector - High Definition
* Image Brightness - 1300 ANSI lumens
* Max Resolution - 1280 x 768
* Image Contrast Ratio - 5000:1
* 7.00 Lbs (WxLxH) 3.72" x 13.56" x 9.67"

Technical Details

* Resolution: WXGA (1280 x 768)
* Brightness: 1300 ANSI Lumens
* Contrast Ratio: 5000 : 1
* Uniformity: 90%
* No. of Colors: 16.7 million
* Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Native/5:4 - 4:3 Compatible
* Display Technology: DLP
* Data Signals: PC and Macintosh computers
* Data Signals: VGA (15-Pin D-Sub)
* Data Signals: XGA
* Data Signals: SVGA
* Data Signals: UXGA
* Data Signals: SXGA+
* Data Signals: VESA
* Data Signals: WXGA
* Video Signals: NTSC4.43
* Video Signals: HDTV (720p and 1080i)
* Video Signals: NTSCM
* Video Signals: NTSC3.58

Information: This is for the guy who wants to go REALLLY big for cheap. Ive seen this projector in person and it made me want to switch. Watching Pirates on a 100" screen is something to see. When setup properly this tiny little 720p projector will probably give you the most movie like experience. Better then anything on this list.

The drawbacks are that daytime viewing sucks, it's 720p and you have to setup your home around the projector rather then just putting up a TV were you please, but well worth the price of admission. Also this paticular projector offers amazing PQ out of the box with little to no calibration required.

1. Panasonic TH-42PZ700U ($1400-$1500$)

Screen Size: 42" (Measured Diagonally) With Anti-Reflective Coating
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (Widescreen)
Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080p Pixels, 29 Billion Displayable Colors, 4096 Gradation Shades
HDTV Compatibility: 480p/720p/1080i/1080p, Progressive Scan
Digital Video Inputs (Front/Rear): HDMI-HDCP (0 F/2 R)
Other Video Inputs (Front/Rear): Component (0 F/2R), S-Video (1 F/2 R), Composite (1 F/2 R), PC RGB-VGA (0 F/1 R)
Audio Enhancement: BBE ViVA HD3D Virtual Surround Sound
Built-In Speakers: 2 Woofers 55 Hz-350 Hz/2 Tweeters 350 Hz-17 kHz (10% THD, 31 Watts Total Output)
Mounting: Pedestal Stand Included, Wall Mounts Optional
Remote Control: Multibrand, Illuminated
Built-In Tuners: NTSC (Analog), ATSC/QAM (Broadcast HDTV/Unencrypted Digital Cable)
Panel Type: 10th Generation Plasma
Contrast Ratio: Up to 5,000:1
Digital Comb Filter: Motion Adaptive 3D-Y/C
Noise Reduction: Video, Motion Pattern
Aspect Control TV/AV Modes: 4:3, Zoom, Full, Just, H-Fill (PC: Normal, Full, Zoom)
Video Output (Front/Rear): Composite (0 F/1 R)
Audio In/Out (Front/Rear): Component In (0 F/2 R), In (1 F/2 R), HDMI Analog In (0 F/2 R), Out (0 F/1 R), Optical Digital Out (1)
PC Inputs: Video RBG/VGA (Mini D-Sub 15 Pin), Audio M3 Stereo Jack
Digital Media Input (Front): SD Memory Card Slot (JPEG Photo Viewer)
3-D Color Management: Color Purity Optimizer
EZ Sync HDAVI Control By HDMI
Picture-In-Picture: Split Screen Display (Two Sources)
Closed Caption Decoder: Built-In
Program Lockout: V-Chip
On-Screen Display Languages: English/Spanish/French
Timers: Sleep/On/Off
Video Input Labeling/Video Picture Memory
Sub-Pixel Controller
GalleryPlayer Ready To View (On SD Memory Cards)
Dimensions (With Stand): 42.50" W x 27.25" (29.88") H x 5.50" (14.63") D
Weight With Stand: 99.2 lbs

Information: Consumer digest rated this the best plasma on the market beating out even pioneer. This is the ultimate version of bang for your buck. We are talking black levels that are almost crt like, a very attractive estetic and THE best pound for pound picture quality on the market. Gamers also dont worry because this panel has pixel shifting which prevents image retention or burn-in. This set is the pinnacle of affordable yet good.

If you have the money do not think twice. Pioneer is the king of plasmas but they are not affordable. Panasonic has given buyers the option of affordability without sacrificing quality. This is the most affordable set of the year and when I say affordable I mean the set that blurs the line of "you get what you pay for".

That is my list. Hope you guys enjoy. My philosophy has always been don't buy anything that your going to regret or buy something that you have to pysch yourself into liking. If you don't have at least 1000$ for a HDTV my suggestion would be to stop looking for ultra-cheap crappy alternatives and save your money for something semi-decent. Something that will last for awhile.

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5 comments for "Top 5 Most Affordable But AMAZING HDTV's This Year (BXGS Exclusive)"

 12-18-2007, 09:20 PMaway - #2

$1,627 | 9366605
Good #### the list is legit ill take the sharp-
 12-18-2007, 09:59 PMaway - #3
Syringe|m 1 heat pts

$12,505 | POWERFUL
 12-18-2007, 10:07 PMaway - #4

$305 | 992934


Resolution 720p
Display type ? HDTV
HD tuner Yes
Projection technology LCD rear projection
Widescreen Yes
Processor 10-bit
Comb filter ? Info unavailable
3:2 film correction Yes
Audio enhancement ? Dolby® Digital audio decode
Variable audio output jacks ? Variable/Fixed
Auto volume correction ? No
Inputs and outputs
Composite inputs ? 3
S-video inputs ? 1
Component video inputs ? 3
DVI (Digital Video Interface) ? 0
HDMI inputs ? 2
VGA/SVGA input ? No
CableCard ? No
RF inputs ? 1
PC compatible Yes
Remote control ? Yes
Picture-in-picture ? No
General features
Screen size (diagonal) ? 37"
Cabinet color Black
UPC 027242709652
Manufacturer's part number KDF-37H1000
Height 26.1 inches
Width 35.4 inches
Depth 13.5 inches
Weight 44 lbs.


i want that for my grad gift lol

Last edited by The_Madvillain; 12-18-2007 at 11:04 PM..
 12-19-2007, 07:41 AMaway - #5
m3st 1 heat pts

good list. thanks for the info ... thinkin about gettin the westy, but the 42" version.

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