OhMrScottyTrav06 wrote:Okay, so what's the deal with the TV market? I want a new TV, but are prices going to drop soon for an LCD or HD TV? Does anyone know what's going to happen over the next couple months following XMas?
There are a number of televisions that fit certain criteria you should know. First, everything is HDTV capable now... if it's not, you're wasting your life buying it, even if you don't have HDTV cable yet. You have to plan ahead, TV's last for many years.
Then, the types. You have:
CRT is dead, this is your old TV... rounded screen, heavy, bulky. The flat tube is the newer wave of CRT televisions that are also heavy and bulky, but the screen itself isn't convex... it's flat. This is also outdated.
Old school projection is out dated. If you're not sitting directly in front of it, it's like watching TV in the desert.
LCD Projection is "not your father's projection." Viewing angles are better and the TV is light and relatively cheap for the size. HD is almost universally standard here.
LCD is the flat, hang on the wall televisions, but only go up to about 42" without killing your bank account. You have to get HD, and I'm not sure if they make any that aren't. $1000+ range here for 30" or more.
DLP is a misconception... it's just LCD with a patented technology by TI. Circuit City employees hock it as having "brighter colors" than LCD, and while this may be true, the difference i negligible and may not be worth added cost.
Plasma is basically LCD televisions that are bigger than 42" and are outrageously expensive. Then again, I could be wrong.
That's my run down.