HD TV questions

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  1. Jetstorm

    Jetstorm Wielder of the Keyblade

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    Ok, first of all, I did do a couple searches ("hd tv advice" and "hd tv questions") and couldn't find what I was looking for.

    So anyway, I've got a huge jar of coins that's almost full, and I know it's got to have a couple hundred bucks in it, and I wanna get myself an HD TV (because the TV I have now is a piece of shit and if I'm gonna get a new TV, I might as well go HD). I was at Best Buy and they had some nice looking 26 inch or 32 inch TVs that were in the $500 range (I don't need a huge over-$1,000 TV :p  ) but before I jump in I need some questions asked.

    First of all, how does it work if I wanna play old games (yes that's right, I actually play old games... I'm just stuck in the past, I'll still whip out my Genesis from time to time :p  ) or even the systems that I don't have component cables for (like N64, Wii, original Xbox, PS2)? Am I screwed? Or even a standard DVD player with the red/white/yellow composite cables (I'm probably just gonna get a Blu-ray player, but I wanna know just in case)

    Is there a way to watch DVDs in full screen (don't worry, anything I own in full screen is in its original aspect ratio, like TV shows and older Disney movies lol) without them being stretched into widescreen?

    "LCD" is also HD right?

    That's all I can think of for now.
     
  2. Smasher

    Smasher HUNKY BEATS

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    At your price point look at Vizio and Insignia.
    LCD is also HD, but look at the floor model and make sure that the viewing angle is good for your set up.

    As far as watching DVDs and having them not be "stretched" there is an option for "format" on almost every TV.
    For a 4:3 DVD you would choose "Native" or something like that.
     
  3. Jetstorm

    Jetstorm Wielder of the Keyblade

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    Got myself a Samsung HDTV and a Samsung Blu-ray player today (I had $610.82 in my jar! O_O) and everything's totally awesome! I checked out different games and they all look fine (I played Sonic & Knuckles on Sonic Mega Collection on Wii, Ocarina of Time on the Master Quest disc on Wii, and The Force Unleashed on 360-- which looked absolutely gorgeous).

    And the broadcast TV looks fine in the "full screen" setting.

    w00t!
     
  4. ChldsPlay

    ChldsPlay Well-Known Member

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    Good call, I was going to suggest you get a Samsung, since I know I've seen a 32" recently at Target for somewhere around $400-500.
     
  5. Optimus Kharnal

    Optimus Kharnal Well-Known Member

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    sweet nice set up
     
  6. Noizemaze

    Noizemaze Ken

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    I'm partial to my Sharp Aquos, but Samsung is also good.
     
  7. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    The Boards must've answered your questions via psychic link, lol.

    I have been able this summer to play 16 bit consoles and up on my TV. there hasn't been a problem.
    looks decent.

    and if your DVD/Blu Ray player can't adjust the image, the tv certainly can.

    i got an RCA 32" and love it.
    it works great as my all around entertainment center.
    Congrats- Samsung tv's are sweet.
     

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