It's been about a year since I really studied the home theater market. Well, both Dad and Jennie are in the market for new sets, so it's time to dive right back in. Here are the sources I used:
- Home Theater Spot. I'm biased of course, but I really like Paul who runs it and he has some great advice
- Monster RPTV Face Off. This shows the Pioneer SD-643HD as first but most expensive at $5300 list and the Toshiba 57HX81 second.
- Plasma. These are the coolest but very expensive. Great reviews on the Pioneer Elite PRO-1000HD.
The 2002 Direct View Face Off. A good first cut. Basically, the Sony KV-34XBR800 and the Toshiba 34HDX82 are the most accurate. Hats off to Sony, I've had a KV-32XBR200 for six years now and it is still a beauty.
I’ve got a pioneer plasma and have been a little unhappy with the fan noise and hi-freq electrical whine that comes from it. after doing a lot of frequency analysis in the room and around the screen, we determined the noise was coming right thru the front of the screen. the only way to fix would be to put a plexi sheet in front of the plasma to create a sealed cabinet for the plasma, and then vent the cabinet out the back somehow. so just be aware of noise considerations.
Yuck. That’s a real problem. Last thing you want is a noisy television. Good to know. I think I’m going to buy my last CRT television then.
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