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Topic # 12531 22-Mar-2007 10:02
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Hello all

I'm a data geek not TV that said we just moved into a new home and are getting new furniture, drapes etc. The existing silver 2 year old 29" sharp crt TV in the corner just doesn't look good ascetically esp when the new sofas etc arrive. We considered a cabinet but they cost lots and then the TV then becomes a bigger 'feature'
so if I buy a flat screen what should I get ? - I read the consumer article but what basic recommendation basically we don't want to spend mega bucks. Note we currently play DVD and media from an old laptop connected via tv out rca to the TV basic but it works :)

Now with flat screens being all the range and free to air digital coming what should I get ?

Features wise what shouldn't I get and what should I look for in ?

Like many I want to spend as little as possible if possible

ps: everything I read says my CRT is better than LCD or plama :-o

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  Reply # 64636 22-Mar-2007 10:11
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ps: everything I read says my CRT is better than LCD or plama :-o

For viewing standard definition FTA TV this is certainly the case. This will change however in the not too distant future.

Whatever you get to future proof youself look for something HD capable (most new TV's are) that has HDMI and supports HDCP. Without these you could end up with something that can't display HD stuff in a few years time.

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  Reply # 64644 22-Mar-2007 10:43
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Appreciate your response, excuse me if I am uninformed

I did a quick look up of hdcp on wikipedia and to quote "HDCP's main target is to prevent transmission of non-encrypted high definition content" [or do they mean receive rather than transmit]

Why would I want to do that. wouldn't that be like getting an ISP connection that prevents bitttorrent ?!

So basically any flat screen with hdmi and maybe hdcp is ok, what about resolution or is that dependant on screen size ?


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