Posted 02 December 2004 - 03:40 PM
So many questions from someone whose brother graduated from Cornell.....more on that later.
Couple of things. HD is worth it. Yes, there are few programs now, but football games, Discovery, Sopranos, etc are great.
What technology you embrace depends on size of budget, and size of viewing area. Plasmas are wonderful for size (of the unit) and for the deepest blacks (picture). They no longer have burn in problems, but can still be quite pricey.
DLP's are great for the price, but won't be as thin. LCD's will probably surpass them all when they get the technology / price point up to speed. I think Samsung came out with a 40 LCD inch, which is the biggest to date, but it is listed at $10,000.
Lastly, you have standard direct view sets. Sony's XBR line has a 40 inch hi defintion set that is wonderful, but weighs 215 pounds. Yet, you can get it for under $2,000
Best place to start is with size and budget. Once you are there, your choices are narrowed down. If you don't have at least $3,800 for a plasma (including stand, mounting bracket, shipping and tax), I wouldn't get one. If you are in the sub $1,000 range they are many direct view options that go hi definition.
Last thing to remember is with margins so tight, and competition so rampant, you get what you pay for. Sure you will pay a 10% premium for a Fujitsu plasma or a 20% premium on a Sony television, but in my opinion, it is worth it.
Stay simple, do your research. Also, take note to all the people that bash my opinion.
I think you need two dishes to go HD for Direct TV, but I could be wrong.