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Mega cheap HDTV; What's the catch?


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I just found this HDTV, it seems incredibly cheap for a 40" HDTV, can anyone see a catch of any sort, and do you think it's worth getting this over a much smaller TV but made by a more renown make (e.g. sony)

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well...it's a viewsonic...which probably contributes to it's price..i'm not good with all the tv specs but...it's probably not got the same image quality as some of the name brand tv's (concidering that none of the name brands share the same quality...even within the same price range)...it might be a good idea..if you can...to go and actually see the tv and make sure that the image quality is where you want it to be

i've got a 27 inch tv made by some off brand korean company...cost me 300 bucks like.....4 or 5 years ago when 27 inch tv's were still like 5 or 6...and i've still got it...absolutely no problems with it..except that i had to adjust the red saturation for a while when i first got it...but it's fine now
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I did a quick Google search:

viewsonic hdtv reviews

Also:

hdtv reviews

You could also try that specific viewsonic model - some of the reviews seemed detailed enough to help you make a decision.
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Something to watch is the difference between an HDTV ready TV and a dedicated HDTV Television

All Television Will Be HDTV in 2006

False.

The FCC has mandated that by May 2006 that all broadcasters broadcast DTV signals. This pertains to Over The Air transmissions and does not mean anything about DTV through Cable or Satellite companies. HDTV takes up a lot of bandwidth and it is up to the Cable and Satellite companies to move from sending you regular Analog to true DTV signals. This also means that broadcasters can send DTV signals that are of lower resolution then that of true HDTV. FOX, for instance, is currently broadcasting 480p in many areas and this meets the FCCs regulations.
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If you are UK head down to aldi they had a good 40" for 100 less its not a big brand but its got just the same stuff all these other brands they all usually use a handful of compnents in all the different TVs and brands.
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Something to watch is the difference between an HDTV ready TV and a dedicated HDTV Television


what exactly do you mean by that?
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well...it's a viewsonic...which probably contributes to it's price..i'm not good with all the tv specs but...it's probably not got the same image quality as some of the name brand tv's (concidering that none of the name brands share the same quality...even within the same price range)...it might be a good idea..if you can...to go and actually see the tv and make sure that the image quality is where you want it to be


well i was planning on going and checking it in-store to see it first - i wouldnt want to 'buy blind'

and also, the image quality seems to be the same as big brand tv's as far as i can see, same resolution etc.

it says it is 1 mega pixel, does anyone know how good this is in tv terms?
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A HD Ready tv means you may have to purchase an HD adapter to view HD signals. A dedicated HD tv will have it built in.

Thats about the extent of my knowledge.
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A HD Ready tv means you may have to purchase an HD adapter to view HD signals. A dedicated HD tv will have it built in.

Thats about the extent of my knowledge.


any idea what i would have to buy if this is the case, and how much it would cost?
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According to CDW it is all set as is. Now they are selling one for $1600 so it may come with it already. The best thing to do is call where you are ordering and ask them, they may give you a price discount if you order them both if you need too, or they may tell you that it is all set.

I was unable to find anything that said it was a converter for that tv.

I by no means am an expert, so if anyone knows anything else, they should jump in. :whistling:
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http://news.bbc.co.u...ent/4750761.stm

http://www.hdtvuk.tv...hdtv/index.html

:whistling: Philips demonstrates 3D HDTV :blink:

Philips seems all set to launch a "3D" high-definition TV in a few years time, according to Broadcasting and Cable magazine. Apparently a casino in Breda (60 miles away from this week's IBC conference in Amsterdam) has a 42-inch 3D HDTV on display.

What's new about this TV is that you don't have to wear those silly 3D glasses to appreciate it. The set, which was developed by Philips, is entertaining guests with 3D images of gaming action
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The phillips 3d technology is great but its a bit expensive you can buy 17" 3d displays from philips right now but they go for about $3000 a bit steep, the technology is really ingenious i have followed it for a while i think its toshiba also have a 3d panel system but its not really as effective or economical although it also has potential it relies on the position of viewers whereas the phillips is 3d to everyone everywhere or at least with a decent view.
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Got to be worth 3 big ones not to have to wear the glasses
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