My neighbor the Navy SEAL and his big, fat TV from outer space

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Direct, Dec 9, 2010.

  1. Direct macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    My neighbor is a young Navy SEAL in training who is just about ready to turn out, I think. This morning when it was pitch black outside at around 4AM I was standing outside and I caught a glimpse of my new neighbors TV. Until this morning I had never seen it before. His TV was on and I got a chance to take a long look at it, though from a distance. When I first laid eyes on it I was awestruck. The thing that struck me was that it's super huge! Lengthwise it was right around approximately 6 or 7 feet long. Ditto for the height. (Now I could be off a foot or two either way on the measurements but that's what I surmise.) Although it was tough to tell the screen hanging on his wall appeared to be a lot thinner than my Vizio LCD and like most LCD's my Vizio isn't the least bit fat.

    My neighbor lives on the second floor of a 4-story building. A few things here about our building... we both live in an apartment complex that's about 30-40 years old. It's a standard building that's not the least bit special. What I mean is that it's not like the Ritz Hotel or where John Lennon would have lived. My neighbors one bedroom apartment would not be considered the least bit large for a one bedroom. It's just an average 1 bedroom unit you'd find in Kansas or Alabama or anywhere in middle class America. His TV, from what I can see from the outside looking in, almost takes up his entire wall! And that's what blows me away!! Have you ever seen that crazy good movie from the 60's called 'Dr. Strangelove'? (If you haven't go rent it as it's a great flick about a potential U.S /Russian nuclear war.) My neighbors TV looks like the big board in the Pentagon's war room! How very fitting for a young Navy SEAL. Anyway I was wondering....

    1) What kind of TV do you think it is, a projection TV? Ya gotta ask cause you won't see a TV like that on display when you walk into any one electronics store, no way Jose. Please be specific so I can search engine it using the appropriate keywords.

    2) What do you think the lowest, rock bottom price would be for a unit that monolithic in size? Does a TV like that cost thousands of dollars? I would tend to think so.

    3) Along with millions of other Americans I (figuartively speaking) 'cut the cable' many months ago. I love not having to deal with my local cable companies bad customer service and their overpriced monthly fee. So could a person use old-school rabbit ears with the type of TV my SEAL neighbor has hanging on his wall?
  2. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    I think your neighbor's next purchase should be some window blinds.
  3. lewis82 macrumors 68000


    Aug 26, 2009
    Totalitarian Republic of Northlandia
    Are you sure it was a TV? Looks like a projector to me... you can get full HD 1080p projectors for a thousand bucks now.

    EDIT: to answer question number 3... yes, but without HD signals, it would be useless to have such a TV.
  4. coochiekuta macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2010
    here and there
  5. Designer Dale macrumors 68040

    Designer Dale

    Mar 25, 2009
    Folding space
    I know a dude with a ten foot TV, but he keeps it in his basement.

  6. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Probably a projection TV. The largest (commonly available) flat panel TVs are still quite a bit smaller than many projection systems.

    Rabbit ears on HDTVs are like hooking a Morse key to your cell phone: possible but pointless.
  7. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    That is what it sounds like to me.
  8. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    If you're talking strictly TV programming (excluding BluRay) OTA HD is less compressed than cable and even satellite HD. It simply looks better. Either way, a 10 foot TV is pointless in an apartment anyway with today's current HD resolutions. It might be worth it with 4K.
  9. The.316 macrumors 65816


    Jul 14, 2010
    25100 GR
    We still talking about the tv there? :D
  10. RawBert macrumors 68000


    Jan 19, 2010
    North Hollywood, CA
    It's definitely a projector. You can't fit a 7+ foot tv into a second story regular sized apartent. The hall wouldn't be wide enough.


    Why are you looking into your neighbor's window at 4 am? :D
    Was he watching porno?
  11. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Because the neighbour wants people to. ;)
  12. Antares macrumors 68000


    I use a rabbit ear antenna on my HDTV. I only watch over the air broadcasts on it (along with Blu-ray movies and games). The over the air broadcast signal actually looks better than the same broadcast on cable. I frequently compare it to another HDTV (same brand but newer model) which is connected to cable in another room.
  13. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    I had a HD projector at my old house and had it at about 150 inchs diaganol.

    A good friend of mine also has a 65 inch Panasonic that is ungodly big for a television. Maybe it's something around that size.
  14. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I'm with Tomorrow, window blinds are a must and what significance does him being a Seal have to do with this story? The ultra capitalization of the word screams man crush.
  15. Eldiablojoe macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2009
    West Koast
    I think the best thing to do is knock on his door and tell him you saw his TV on when it was dark outside and you were (pick one) walking the dog, loading your truck, getting ready to go hunting, etc.) when you noticed it was massive. Then proceed to ask him if he would tell you what kind/type/size/etc.

    Then you won't have to ask the world via the internets on a forum.
  16. CorvusCamenarum macrumors 65816


    Dec 16, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    Actually, SEAL is correct (stands for Sea, Air, and Land). A Seal balances a ball on its nose for fish treats.
  17. iJohnHenry macrumors P6


    Mar 22, 2008
    On tenterhooks
    Jessica knew this. She didn't just fall off a turnip truck. ;)
  18. Direct thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 23, 2009
    I kinda figured it was a projection TV but I wasn't sure. Doin' a check I see you can get several 1020 HD projectors for under 1K complete with HDMI inputs very nice.
  19. nobunaga209 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 13, 2009
    I honestly thought for a split second that this thread would be about a new show on CBS. :p

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