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Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by seabass069, Jan 31, 2006.
Is there a good widescreen HDTV around 30" or so for under $1200?
You didn't specify whether it has to be a flat-panel TV.
If a CRT is OK, then the answer is most definitely yes. Sony's 32" WEGA HDTV (flat-tube CRT TV) can be had for around $800, for example. This is a very nice TV (I just sold a very similar set) that can display almost anything you throw at it.
Now, if flat-panel's your game, then it's a whole other story... I doubt you'll find anything really GOOD in the 30" range for $1,200, but it's possible. Check out Circuit City, Best Buy, or Tweeter for a good idea of what's available.
FWIW. Costco seems to have a good selection of TVs in recent months.
I believe I saw the 32" Sony Bravia LCD for $1299 a few weeks ago. (not the XBR model).
As Clay points out there are also Samsung/Philips/... CRTs in this price range.
I got a Philips 36" widescreen CRT HDTV from Best Buy for $800 a year and a half ago. IMO, CRTs look better than flat panel tvs.
CRTs certainly have one advantage over LCDs and plasmas... no matter what resolution they're running at, they look equally good. LCDs and plasmas really need to run at (or above, if the TV has a downconverter) their native resolution in order to look their best... watching a 480p broadcast on a 1366 x 768 LCD is gonna result in some weird pixelization.