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What up yall? Looking for a little advice. Trying to set up a home theater. Just can't decide on which boob tube to go with. Liking the 55" to 65" rear projection TV's w/ built in HDTV tuner & (slightly) under $3K. So far scoping out Toshiba, Sony, and Mitsubishi at Amazon, Buy, Best Buy, and Circuit City. Oh yeah, still gotta check out Fry's Electronics. Anyways, any experts out there or any personal preferences based on past experience. Also, one other thing, I'm pricing cabling looking for the best for component & optical hook ups, but Monster pretty damn expensive. Any suggestions on that greatly appreciated too! Thanks in advance. :)
 

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Monster Cables are expensive but they are worth it. I used to work at Circuit in the A/V section of the store and I have seen the differnce they make. If you don't use monster go with something of a similiar quality. As for the TVs, from what I know of the brands, all three are good brands but I personally feel that Sony is a bit overpriced for what you get.
 

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my dad just got a huge sony widescreen with HDTV with a bomb ass sound system, i think you'll be happy with either choice you make, HDTV is awesome.
 

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Whatever you decide stay away from screens having OLED's

Life is short on the blue color and will fade and the colors will shift.
 

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I got myself a Panansonic 52 HD RP for christman, and it's great. It's not a DLP, but it's fine for where I have it.

there is a lot to take in to concideration if you are going to be making this large of a purchase. I would recommend heading to www.avsforum.com and see what they say. That's where I got a lot of the info I needed.
Another piece of advice is that Monster Cables are overpriced. Notice I didn't say they weren't better than the other stuff carried at BB, and CC. There're cable out there that are better than monster, and cheaper.

FYI....I was the HD specialist/Home Theater Supervisor at Best Buy for nearly a year, a few years ago.

best of luck, and enjoy
 

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Radioshack has a HDTV package through Dish network. For $999 you can get the HDTV dish network reciver, and your choice of a 34" direct view monitor, or a 40" rear projection style..

And as far as cables, nothing beats Fusion cables from the Radioshack right now.. Due to some legalities by us using the Fusion name, we have got to get rid of the cables ASAP,.... and they are marked down DRAMATICLY.. as good if not better than Monster. Check by your local Radioshack to see if they have what your looking for, the new cables comming out are EXACTLY the same, other than a name change (Acurion or somthing like that is the new name) but they will be 3-4 times the cost of the Clearanced FUSION cables.
 

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DO NOT BUY A TV WITH HDTV TUNER BUILT IN!!! You dont want to be stuck with what ever standard they have. I have a 65 inch Hitachi SWX series and its sweet. Dont over look Hitachi, they are right up there with the best. In fact i rate them above Sony for rear projection and about on par with Mitsu. DLP has also been a fairly bid disapointment compared to the hype put out about the technology. Nice sets, just not as nice generally as the rear projection, especially for the money. Bettercables are decent, but since i got mine through accomodations i stuck with monster. I work at Circuit by the way, so i try and stay up on all the TV's. I did hear the Fusion cable werent bad either, although we never carried them.
 

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Hmmm..., this has given me plenty to think about. I was sold on the tuner being built in, but you got a good point. I think I'll go w/ the Mitsubishi WS-65413 (65" widescreen hdtv monitor $2520 shipped) and Sony DVP-CX985V (400 disc prog scan dvd changer $347 shipped) and Fusion cables (cheap on ebay). Now what'cha think?
 

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My buddy picked up 52" RCA HDTV Ready set and we were able to get the HiDef cable box and WWHHHOOOOOAAAAAA. SWEET. He got it as an open box special at circuit city for 900.00. They are on sale this week for 1300.00
Like Hitachi, don't sleep on RCA.
 

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I have that DVD player and i like it, but its slow when you scroll through the DVD's. I havent found a way to just enter a number but we have been too busy trying to catalog the collection to really mess with it. Mitsu is a good brand, we dont carry them at Circuit but they are the best competition to Hitachi.
 

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Elantra2.001 said:
I have that DVD player and i like it, but its slow when you scroll through the DVD's. I havent found a way to just enter a number but we have been too busy trying to catalog the collection to really mess with it. Mitsu is a good brand, we dont carry them at Circuit but they are the best competition to Hitachi.
I do hear that the dvd player is not the most user friendly. I was planning on simply entering the each slot # into my Access movie database & then punching in the #'s as opposed to searching for it using the player. Atleast that's the way I hear is the easiest anyway.
 
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