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Buy 32" Flatscreen TV now or wait?
Topic by: HOngchua
Posted: January 29, 2004 - 11:00 PM PST
Last Reply: August 4, 2004 - 7:43 AM PDT

author topic: Buy 32" Flatscreen TV now or wait?
HOngchua
post #1  on January 29, 2004 - 11:00 PM PST  
I'm tempted. Costco is offering this week a 32-inch flatscreen TV from Sharp (Model 32U-F510?) for just $400. It retails for $550 at BestBuy.

I don't need to upgrade now, but it seems like such a deal. Should I pass? Is something coming up on the horizon that I should be aware of? HDTV still seems so far away and I'm not an early adopter.
jstack
post #2  on January 30, 2004 - 6:09 AM PST  
Do what makes you happy, but a couple of things to keep in mind. I am sure some others may have more valuable info, but from somebody who has been contemplating on the best time to get an LCD TV here are my two (or three) cents...

The TV itself, does it suit your primary viewing habits? Do you general watch widescreen DVDs or do you prefer full frame? Here is a great article on the two.

While this is a great price, somebody will always have a good deal at one time or another. Costco has deals like this often enough for you to not feel too pressured.

Not to put down Sharp TVs or their products in general, but I have not had good luck with the quality of Sharp TVs in the past. This may just be me and somebody else may say differently. On the other hand I have had great luck with Toshiba, Panasonic, and Sony TVs.

How long are you planning on having this TV? If you are planning on this being your primary TV for many years, then you might want to at least consider HD or HD Ready TV for several reasons. Relative to the life of a TV, HDTV is really not that far off with more companies either beginning or preparing to broadcast HD streams of some more mainstream shows. Also, even though the debate is still raging between the best format for next generation DVD most of the major companies have split up to back one of the competing formats, and both are preparing for the consumer market within the next couple of years. You would not want to miss that right? BTW, here is a recent article from The Digital Bits about Blue Ray and HD-DVD from CES 2004.

Like I said above do what makes you happy. In the end it is you who must make the choice, but just take into consideration as many factors as you possibly can at this point. The worst thing that can happen is that in 6 months you look back and regret making the purchase that you are now stuck with.
hamano
post #3  on January 30, 2004 - 6:36 AM PST  
I haven't been too impressed with the quality of LCD flatscreens. I wouldn't get it unless I had the spare cash, and I had one PERFECT place to use it (next to my jacuzzi?). Paradoxically, the image quality of projection LCD TV's on the 46 to 55 inch size scale seems to have gotten MUCH better recently... did anyone else notice? I'd been salivating over plasma and DLP TVs for a year or two, but now I can imagine getting LCD projection... sigh.....
dh22
post #4  on January 30, 2004 - 7:44 AM PST  
I would pass. If you don't need to get a new TV, then don't. Wait until the need is there and they'll get something better. I also agree on the quality issue with Sharp. I would also pass on Toshiba and JVC, for other reasons.

I don't think it is neccessary to stretch for HDTV unless you have a projection TV, but it seems like all projection and flat panel TVs come standard with HDTV now anyway. I remember when HDTV first came out. It was ridiculously expensive. There were sets that cost upwards of 10 grand. Now it's a standard feature on big sets. In a few years flat panels will be way cheaper.

If you are getting a new tube TV, flat screen is the way to go. But, as I said, if you don't need it don't bother. If you end up waiting a year, or two, you'll end up with something better.
dpowers
post #5  on January 30, 2004 - 8:38 AM PST  
(i'm waiting for a nice big flat computer monitor. mount it on the wall, hook a computer up to it that has optical digital audio and a good DVD player, stick on a nice 5.1 or DTS setup... bang. people will say, "wow, that there is some mighty fine streaming video." "a-yup." 'course by then movies and music will be floating wirelessly around rich houses jus'bout everywhere.)
HOngchua
post #6  on January 30, 2004 - 2:30 PM PST  
Many thanks everyone for the advice and the links to the articles! I've thought it over and I'll wait for something better (even if it's a little pricier).
minh
post #7  on March 27, 2004 - 12:24 PM PST  
My hand-me-down TV in my room is 14 years old (the original remote broke 6 years ago). Although it doesn't have all the feature that I want, it suits me most of the time. I would wait too. Unless your TV breaks, don't get one. Organic LED also looks promsing in the near future.

http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/display/index.jhtml

BTW, Hello! I'm new here.
dwhudson
post #8  on March 27, 2004 - 2:18 PM PST  
Hi, minh - and welcome!
SonjaBlue
post #9  on March 28, 2004 - 12:34 AM PST  
There is a saying: Buy expensive and cry once. Buy cheap and cry often.
IronS
post #10  on March 28, 2004 - 3:59 PM PST  
> On March 27, 2004 - 12:24 PM PST minh wrote:
> BTW, Hello! I'm new here.

Hi, minh! There's also a welcome to GC thread which, as usual, veered off course to talk about food.
SonjaBlue
post #11  on March 28, 2004 - 5:32 PM PST  
> On March 28, 2004 - 3:59 PM PST IronS wrote:

> Hi, minh! There's also a welcome to GC thread which, as usual, veered off course to talk about food.
> ---------------------------------

But IronS, weren't you the one who started it? :P
IronS
post #12  on March 29, 2004 - 2:11 AM PST  
Okay, guilty as charged. :) I did mention an edible (chocolate) first.
dwhudson
post #13  on March 29, 2004 - 5:02 AM PST  
Did someone say chocolate?
artifex
post #14  on March 29, 2004 - 8:12 AM PST  
wait, seriously, unless you really have the space right now. And I don't just mean is there space on your stand, but do you really have enough space between you and the set?

I bought a 32 inch Toshiba a couple years ago, not just for the size but for the component and svideo inputs, etc. Well, it sort of fit in the den of my apartment, though it dominated the space, but it was heck moving it next time I had to move, and I really don't have a place to put it right now, so it sits on the floor in a spare room waiting for me to move to a larger place. Of course, by the time I move again, I'll probably be able to get a flat panel for what I paid for this.
jstack
post #15  on April 9, 2004 - 6:58 AM PDT  
> On March 27, 2004 - 12:24 PM PST minh wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> My hand-me-down TV in my room is 14 years old (the original remote broke 6 years ago). Although it doesn't have all the feature that I want, it suits me most of the time. I would wait too. Unless your TV breaks, don't get one. Organic LED also looks promsing in the near future.
>
> http://www.kodak.com/US/en/corp/display/index.jhtml
>
> BTW, Hello! I'm new here.
> ---------------------------------

Yes, OLED does look very interesting and the time to market for some products using this seems to be accelerating as well. We may have some decent sized TVs utilizing OLED in a few years.
mikeftrevino
post #16  on August 4, 2004 - 7:43 AM PDT  
Hong,

In a few days costco will be having a sale on a Philips 30" widescreen flat hdtv monitor.(Atleast in my area.) It's gonna be $600. I believe it's model 30PW850H, look it up. it sounds like a great deal. now I'm on the hunt for a Home theater system.

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