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    The Official AM Audio/Video Thread.


    Thats right. As i venture into soon buying my first flat panel TV i think technology is moving very fast. Now i know most dont have the time like i do as well as others to research terms, reviews, comapnies, etc for buying new surround sound, recievers, TV, Stereos, Computer, etc..

    I hope this thread draws some of the inclined to share info and answer questions...my first one....

    I would like a 38" - 42" Flat panel.
    I know i want a 1080p

    I was eying 2 different Toshibas and a Sony, around $1,200 form Best Buy.

    My Q. is, when it lists a contrast ratio, does this just reference the amount of different shades the color is able to be displayed in? (i.e. 16,000:1 - 1,600,000:1 - 10,000:1)

    Thanks and i hope this thread goes well.

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    I used to work for Best Buy back in '03. Rest assured, you will get f'cked over by them.
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    costco ftw!. they up it to a 2yr warranty for free... prices are pretty competitive.

    Sears is pretty decent too... not sure if you know this or not.. but you can haggle prices at sears. right after x-mas, a friend of mine got a $1800 sharp lcd tv for around $1000. it was right after season so they were just trying to clear it, plus it helps she was a woman.

    i hate bestbuy.
    they have screwed me over a few times in the past. but ive gotten my $$'s worth by taking advantage of their extended warranty plan on a cell phone that I had 'accidentally' broken a handfull of times whenever a nicer one came out.
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    yea, not a big fan of best buy but i use them to look into TVs. I will check out Sears and Costco for sure....but besdies that....any ideas if the ones im looking into are ok?

    Thanks for stopping in.
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    WOW, just checked out Costco prices, for sure better than the others.
    Not as much selection but like above, 2 year warranty and still brand names...awesome.
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    compusa.com has some great deals.. free shipping too
    42 Inch LCD TV, 46 Inch LCD TV, 47 Inch LCD TV at CompUSA.com


    heres a good forum post about contrast ratio... apparantly there is no set test for contrast ratio, so its not an accurate number
    Importance of LCD TV Contrast Ratio - CNET Home audio & video Forums
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    Thanks for the info. Ill be checking out everywhere before i buy.
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    well this thread was a big hit....haha

    Anyways, i changed my mind and decided to go with a smaller TV, why...well my GF has a 40" in her room, roughly 11x12...yea its big and it gets kind of hot in there.

    I didnt realize hers was a 40" so i was looking at 47" and such, well my room is only 9x9 haha yea a bit of overkill but i always been a A/V junkie, go big.

    I decided to go 37" I just need a bit more help....

    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...IN#detailspecs



    If i get this one, i can also get it without the Wii but why not? Wii is fun!
    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...IN#detailspecs

    Also, i read many are saying Toshiba is one of the test companies out for LCDs so im leaning that way a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MentalTwitch View Post
    well this thread was a big hit....haha

    Anyways, i changed my mind and decided to go with a smaller TV, why...well my GF has a 40" in her room, roughly 11x12...yea its big and it gets kind of hot in there.

    I didnt realize hers was a 40" so i was looking at 47" and such, well my room is only 9x9 haha yea a bit of overkill but i always been a A/V junkie, go big.

    I decided to go 37" I just need a bit more help....

    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...IN#detailspecs



    If i get this one, i can also get it without the Wii but why not? Wii is fun!
    http://www.compusa.com/applications/...IN#detailspecs

    Also, i read many are saying Toshiba is one of the test companies out for LCDs so im leaning that way a bit.
    They usually have pretty good prices as they and tiger direct direct have become one. My company buys from them all the time, returns and exchanges always go flawless.
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