Without fail, every hotel I've been to in the past few years with an HDTV has most of their channels in the wrong aspect ratio and with many channels having poor reception. Worse, even the pay per view, new release Hollywood films are often shown in the wrong aspect. I can't be the first person to complain, and this seems so widespread to be a bigger problem, so I must ask, WHY!? WHY!? WHY!?
posted by Unsomnambulist
on Jan 17, 2014 -
I have an Olevia LCD TV bought in 2008. For about a week, it would have no sound on any input after being turned on but a quick power cycle would fix it. Now it's stone-cold dead. No glowing LED on the power button like normal and it is definitely plugged in properly to a live outlet. What should I do now? [more inside]
posted by 5ean
on Jul 22, 2012 -
I would like to buy a home entertainment system. I would like to listen to music, watch television, movies, and play videogames. I would like to have Netflix. I would like to stream media from my network or the cloud. I want great sound but I am not an audiophile, although I am not averse to spending a lot on speakers. I do not want to spend more than 8 hours doing research. I will spend up to $2500-$3000. How do I attack this problem? Can you recommend specific TV's, receivers, speakers, or stuff like a Roku box? Can you recommend sites that provide easy to understand, objective reviews of equipment like TelevisionInfo
? I do not want to hit the forums if I don't have to. Can you recommend specific configurations of equipment or point me to sites that supply this information. I feel like if I don't get pointed in the right direction, I am going to over analyze this and spend far too much time that I don't have. I just want a rocking home entertainment solution for my family that I won't want to upgrade a week later.
posted by jasondigitized
on Sep 9, 2011 -
I have a USA-standard Samsung LCD flatscreen TV (specifically this one
). I'm moving to the UK in a couple of months and would rather not have to replace it. What do I need to do to make it work in the UK? [more inside]
posted by TrashyRambo
on Jan 2, 2011 -
LED LCD HDTV? I'm looking to finally replace my 1998-vintage CRT with a Samsung 40" LED LCD @120 Hz (model #UN40C6300SF). It's on sale at Best Buy and the reviews have been very positive with a few complaints of bad panels and visible corner "flashlighting" in a dark room. Anyone have experience with LED TVs? I like their sexy slimness, but are they built to last? Should I wait another year for a comparably-priced 3D version?
posted by timnyc
on Nov 22, 2010 -
I want to upgrade my sound system for my television from nonexistent to sorta awesome. [more inside]
posted by King Bee
on Oct 2, 2010 -
I want to use an LCD monitor to receive over the air digital broadcast signals. How do I go about doing this, and what equipment do I need? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Sep 2, 2010 -
I'm looking for a 47-52" LCD TV to buy - but I want to buy USED - 2years old, for say, ca. $500ish. Recommendations of models and places to buy them please….. [more inside]
posted by lalochezia
on Jul 1, 2010 -
My sis wants to buy a flat-panel HDTV, but is not terribly familiar with either the nomenclature or the various technologies underlying current-gen panel TVs. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by killdevil
on Feb 9, 2010 -
Looking for a good flatscreen TV, 42" or thereabouts... and white. I haven't been able to find anything that size that isn't in industry-standard black. Any suggestions?
posted by Riki tiki
on Dec 2, 2009 -
My old tube television has died a terrible sputtering death. Help me get over my sense of loss by assisting me in replacing it with a new HD television and entertainment system. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef
on Nov 23, 2009 -
Can I watch television from my HD antenna and basic cable service together without much hassle? If not, how cheap is digital cable in Austin? [more inside]
posted by spamguy
on Feb 25, 2009 -
I just bought an HDTV. I have a computer with a TV Tuner card and beyond TV software. I do not have a standalone DVD player. I have a digital cable box (which may or may not stay, depending on your advice) and I have an HD box on the way. How should I set this all up? [more inside]
posted by If only I had a penguin...
on Dec 27, 2008 -
I am trying to compare the Toshiba 40RV525U and the 42RV535U. I don't see much difference except for two inches and almost $150. How much of Toshiba's spec sheet is marketing mumbo-jumbo and how much of it is real? (alternatively, recommend me a different HDTV in the $750-900 price range) [more inside]
posted by joshrholloway
on Dec 21, 2008 -
A couple months ago, I sold my old Sony Trinitron and gave up TV. It's been fantastic and I haven't really looked back.
But I *have* been missing watching movies on a screen bigger than my 15” laptop. I've also always wanted a bigger monitor for my laptop, so I can juggle more projects at once.
So I'm starting to look around for a large LCD monitor or sizable HDTV to serve these needs. I've had a couple co-workers at previous jobs tell me they use an LCD TV as a monitor and they swear by it for cost savings and multi-functionality. [more inside]
posted by jkl345
on Feb 18, 2008 -
I haven't owned a tv since 2004. Since then, I've been downloading my shows, at first at compressed HD quality, and then more recently 720p and 1080i/p. I don't want to watch broadcast TV that looks like YouTube, I want a beautiful picture. Should I wait until 2010 to get an HDTV and service? [more inside]
posted by stewiethegreat
on Dec 28, 2007 -
New-fangled technology question: how do I connect the video-out on my laptop to my LCD TV? [more inside]
posted by CRM114
on Sep 15, 2007 -
What would be my best source for HD content and the best PVR to capture that content? I just purchased a new HDTV. I have a Direct TV Tivo box that is only standard def. I figure as long as I have an HDTV though, I should try to get the most out of it. It seems my options are Direct TV with their HD PVR, a Direct TV HD receiver and an HD TiVo or MythTV set up, cable and one of their PVRs or cable and a Tivo or MythTV set up. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Apr 27, 2007 -
Is there anyplace that has a good television buyers guide? I'm familiar with AVS Forum
which seems like a good resource once you've narrowed it down to some choices, but I'm still a ways away from that point. I've also read some CNET articles which seem to suffer from the same kind of tunnel vision as I saw on AVS Forum, but of course it's possible I just didn't find the right article. [more inside]
posted by willnot
on Apr 17, 2007 -
Im looking to purchase a DLP or Rear Projection HDTV, which brand is the best?
posted by flipmiester99
on Oct 19, 2006 -
I'm finally going to get a new television! Looking for recommendations on a quality t.v. that will last me for a long while. [more inside]
posted by meta87
on Sep 23, 2005 -
Over the past several years, I have been burned by poor quality in home electronics from various manufacturers. I have purchased pieces by Sony (home stereo), Panasonic (theatre-in-a-box) and RCA (various pieces of junk), and all have given out in one way or another far too quickly for my liking. In a renewed attempt to build a proper home theatre system (DVD/CD, receiver, speakers, etc), and recognizing that I haven't the money for really high-end stuff but will avoid anything cheap, I seek outside opinions as to which manufacturers are making products that are of reasonable quality, and reasonably priced. Your experiences, please.
posted by danwalker
on Feb 4, 2005 -