Here's the one I'm pinin' for:
That price direct from Sony is overinflated. I think I have seen it for
about $2,500. It's a lot of moolah I know. The thing about that one
specifically, and all the new ones coming out in general, is that they do
120hz scan, rather than the standard 60hz scan. It is supposed to smooth
out the blurriness that you sometimes see in action scenes or sports on LCD
TVs. It also is divisible by 24fps which is the standard that is used for
movies. So "supposedly" movies using the cinema standard (an option on blue
ray players now I believe) are supposed to look more like they do on the big
screen than they do on the old 60hz TVs.
But if you want to go cheaper, I've always liked any of the Bravia line or
XBR line from Sony. I've had my Sony tube TV for at least 5 years if not
longer, and haven't had any problems with it. Same with other Sony TVs I've
But of course the final say has to come from actually looking at one, and
living in the boonies might make it difficult. Next time you hit the city
try to stop in on some place that sells only big screens (the Big Screen
King or what have you) and have them show you their models with a Bluray
player running AND with standard definition source. Not only will you see
the difference, between sets, and between standard and high def (have them
show you a 120hz vs 60hz TV too and see if there is much difference), but
you'll also see how shitty ANY standard definition stuff is going to look on
any TV, and learn to live with it (the future is high def!).
Don't let any fool try and sell you an HD-DVD player for really really
cheap. The format is dead, completely and totally, which is why they are
selling them for cheap. Toshiba is not supporting the format any longer.
They caved to Bluray. The format wars are over, done, kaput...kapish?
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