BUYING New TV & Blu-ray, Need Advice, Please

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    Oct 10, 2010 10:11 PM GMT
    It's for our bedroom, can't be too big in order to fit in a closed armoire on a pedestal. Looks like a 40" diagonal widescreen is the best size, because the overall case width can't exceed 40" either.

    I want true 1080 HD, and all the best features, cost isn't a consideration. Looks like that puts us into 3D, though, and I'm not sure we're ready for that. Or if the 3D technology degrades the quality of a 2D image, which I think it might.

    We won't get a surround-sound system for the bedroom, but at least a self-powered subwoofer, as I've done before, and maybe a couple of auxiliary speakers. With our poor hearing we usually watch the TV muted with closed captions at night anyway, to spare our neighbors (and each other, if one falls asleep before the other).

    The current DVD player will be replaced with Blu-ray, I guess also with 3D if the TV has it, so I'd appreciate any thoughts on that, as well. We'll also be upgrading our satellite service to HD.

    My last HDTV was a Sony, which was good, a GRAND WEGA something, so I'm looking at their BRAVIA HX800 40" with LED backlight. We get Consumer Reports magazine, and read all these reviews, but I really just don't know.

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    Oct 10, 2010 10:28 PM GMT
    Don't bother with 3D. Why pay the premium for a passing fad? I'd rather spend the money on something else. Get the Bravia EX710 instead. For sound, you can always get a "sound bar". It's basically a slim speaker box with a separate sub-woofer that simulates surround sound. For Blu-ray, the PS3 used to be the best BD player on the market. But prices on stand-alone BD players have dropped big time. And a lot of them also come with integration with Netflix and other online content services. Pick the model based on how much you want to spend. I say keep it under $250. Anything more than that, you might as well buy a PS3.
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    Oct 10, 2010 10:34 PM GMT
    i have a sony bravia and a ps3, Yamaha receiver and Def tech 5.1 speakers. I say stay away from 3D there's very few films to pick from in true 3D and i'm not sure 3D will last
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    Oct 10, 2010 11:59 PM GMT
    I am inclined to agree with both of you, but it seems the premium TVs are 3D anyway. Drop the 3D feature and you also lose other features that I do want.

    I saw that Sony sound bar thing. Also, the Blu-ray players I'm looking at, and the TVs, all seem to work with multiple online services directly. I honestly don't know what it all means, but I suppose I can learn.

    Hell, I've got hundreds of satellite channels now that I can't keep track of, any more content and my head with explode! LOL! And they say I can integrate my computers with these TVs, and do all kinds of stuff, though I'm not sure why I would want that in the bedroom.

    I was looking online at the Sharp AQUOS, some nice features in the big models, but they kinda skimp on the 40/42-inch size I need to get. I think the Sony 40" has the better package of the top-line features I want.

    In fact, I spoke with Sony a little earlier on the phone, when I found I couldn't get their model I was considering at any local Florida retailers here. They're gonna phone me back tomorrow afternoon, hopefully can special ship me that model with a 2-day delivery, and give me $600 off. Plus they'll give me another unadvertised discount on the 3D active glasses you gotta buy, that require a special transmitter from the TV. To watch WHAT? I will likely pass on that, if I do take their TV offer.

    So I haven't finally decided yet, still interested in what you guys have to say. And thanks for your input so far. icon_biggrin.gif

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    Oct 11, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    josephga saidi have a sony bravia and a ps3, Yamaha receiver and Def tech 5.1 speakers. I say stay away from 3D there's very few films to pick from in true 3D and i'm not sure 3D will last

    My previous HDTV was a Sony, that I gave to my ex-BF when I moved down here to Florida. (I used to burden myself with moving vans full of my stuff, now I just give it all away whenever I relocate) And the subwoofer I paired with it was a Yamaha (as was the Clavinova electronic piano I also left with the ex, who can't even play the damn thing, a really lovely top-of-the-line instrument that's a full piece of furniture, not a keyboard with 4 legs)

    I've had good luck with Sony TVs, have had a number over the years. They give me a confident feeling like I get from owning Apple computers. But I've had good experiences with Panasonic products, too, and also Sharp.