Can anyone help me find a newsgroup with the following in mind.
I am in the market for a 46" LCD HDTV. I have identified the one I want. I
have checked it out at Best-Buy, H.H. Gregg, ShopNBC and various on line
vendors. Prices vary from $3000 (H.H. Gregg) to $2300 (Best-Buy) to $2000
(ShopNBC) to as low as $1500 online. I have used the exact model number in
all my queries. So what gives here? I need to find a newsgroup(s) where I
can get some advice re: this issue. Obviously I would welcome any advice I
receive from this NG.
"What kind of advice do you want?"
I have almost decided on the make/model of the HDTV. My questions are more
related to the digital service I shall receive. For example, if I obtain
digital cable service does this service go to all parts of my house or only
to one point. I.E. do I need a digital set top box for each TV, only one of
which is an HDTV? I already have basic cable TV and so-called Hi-Speed
internet service (Road Runner) so I am looking for the consequences of an
I have tried to get answers to this and similar questions from my service
supplier (Time Warner) without success; the phone lines are always busy.
As odd as it sounds, you might try posting this in another newsgroup:
People in that newgroup are serious wire geeks.
Another option would be to check your yellow pages (phone book) for a real
audio-video store where they know what they're talking about. You *might*
find a person like that at a place like Circuit City or Best Buy, but not
likely. Those companies usually fire competent people once they discover who
If you want digital service in each room, you need a digital cable box
at each TV, and a high def box at the HDTV location. If you don't
care about receiving the digital broadcast in those other rooms, you
can split it off and just hook it to the analog TV directly, but you
won't get pay/digital signals, so you MAY not be getting all of the
If you go satellite route, you must have a box at each TV location,
UNLESS you split the signal AFTER a box, which in that case the same
channel will be displayed in 2 or more locations.
I don't know of a newsgroup dealing with such matters, but if you are
wondering about the wide disparity in pricing, be sure to check what
warranty is offered in every case, whether the item is new or
refurbished, and shipping charges in the case of an internet purchase.
The cheapest deal may not be the best deal.
Just a warning to several online vendors who are outright ripoff
artists. Namely "Wisetronics.com". They offer prices WAY below
everybody else, but attempt a bait and switch after order. Google
them for more info.
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