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Well, we survived for years and years (and still are surviving) with a good old fashioned tube-type analog television. My in-laws gave us their large old Toshiba analog TV years ago. It is heavy as a load of bricks and we have had it hooked up via our digital-to-analog converter box that we purchased during the digital over-the-air conversion period in 2009.

We still use our analog TV for over the air broadcasts (no cable or satellite monthly charges, nor do we want that added expense). My wife and I both watch NetFlix from time to time ($7.99 per month). Mostly for the older TV shows that are available.

So, her birthday is coming up and I'd like to get a low-end, decent digital flat screen TV to replace "THE TON OF BRICKS" tube TV that currently sits in our living room, on which the picture has slowly degraded over the past few months.

I've noticed that prices have come way down recently for digital flat screens. I don't have much in the budget, (I'd like to spend around $300). But I've seen some available for around that amount. I'm thinking something like a 32 inch or slightly bigger screen - we don't have that much space and I'd like to put it in the corner where the old tube TV is now located.

I sure could use some advice - for instance:

1. What brands to avoid? What brands are best?

2. Pretty sure that we can't get an LED or Plazma, it's probably an LCD, right?

3. Screen resolution - what to get 720p or 1080p or what?

4. Rear connections - what's important? We currently have a cheap $80 BluRay/DVD player (can use HDMI or RCA connectors), currently runs NetFlix for us also, plus I have an old stereo amplifier (1990's) that has RCA connectors on the rear that I can run audio through to my 1990's stereo speaker system (or do I need to do that?).

5.
What is the hertz rating - a lot of what I see on the low-end stuff is 60 Hz, is it necessary or that much better to go with something higher?

6. Any other features I should be looking for?

Thanks for any help all you TV-techies can offer!

Coffee

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SS, I've been very happy with Toshiba and LG TVs. We currently have five TVs in the house (pretty bad when you consider there are just the two of us). Two are Toshiba, one is a Samsung, the BIG one is a Sharp, and the other is an LG. Best resolution would be the 1080p; definitely want HDMI connections in the back. I have a couple of other suggestions which I'll PM you with.

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RE: Advice on Digital TV - help!
Actually, most of the newer TVs are LEDs. Plasma and LCD TVs are becoming rarer.

I was very impressed with the picture quality of the Sharp Aquos line of TVs.

You might want to check out the TV Forums.

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I don't really know... On a Greeters salary I'd never be able to afford one anyway!!!Laugh-a-lotDielaughingCoffee
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Thanks for the help everyone. Just got our property tax bill for this year and they increased it 40% over last year. So, unfortunately the TV purchase will have to take a back seat to the tax man. I'm hoping I can find better deals later this year perhaps.

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(04-11-2013 04:41 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote:  Well, we survived for years and years (and still are surviving) with a good old fashioned tube-type analog television. My in-laws gave us their large old Toshiba analog TV years ago. It is heavy as a load of bricks and we have had it hooked up via our digital-to-analog converter box that we purchased during the digital over-the-air conversion period in 2009.

We still use our analog TV for over the air broadcasts (no cable or satellite monthly charges, nor do we want that added expense). My wife and I both watch NetFlix from time to time ($7.99 per month). Mostly for the older TV shows that are available.

So, her birthday is coming up and I'd like to get a low-end, decent digital flat screen TV to replace "THE TON OF BRICKS" tube TV that currently sits in our living room, on which the picture has slowly degraded over the past few months.

I've noticed that prices have come way down recently for digital flat screens. I don't have much in the budget, (I'd like to spend around $300). But I've seen some available for around that amount. I'm thinking something like a 32 inch or slightly bigger screen - we don't have that much space and I'd like to put it in the corner where the old tube TV is now located.

I sure could use some advice - for instance:

1. What brands to avoid? What brands are best?

2. Pretty sure that we can't get an LED or Plazma, it's probably an LCD, right?

3. Screen resolution - what to get 720p or 1080p or what?

4. Rear connections - what's important? We currently have a cheap $80 BluRay/DVD player (can use HDMI or RCA connectors), currently runs NetFlix for us also, plus I have an old stereo amplifier (1990's) that has RCA connectors on the rear that I can run audio through to my 1990's stereo speaker system (or do I need to do that?).

5.
What is the hertz rating - a lot of what I see on the low-end stuff is 60 Hz, is it necessary or that much better to go with something higher?

6. Any other features I should be looking for?

Thanks for any help all you TV-techies can offer!

Hi,
I am not an expert, but you might try [link removed]. they have a different item every day and they occasionall have TVs. The prices are not bad and shipping is a flat $5.
LED TVs tend to be brighter than the others.
If you watch fast mooving stuff like NASCAR, etc, a lower hz will tend to give a choppiness to the picture when the cars are going arould the track. I would get the highest hz you can. Note that the smaller the screen, the less you will notice the choppiness.
As to brand, I don't know. I have a Sony and I am happy with it.

Hope this helps.

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