We haven't had a proper TV in over a decade. I would like to have something other than my laptop to watch streaming media, DVDs, Netflix, etc. Can you explain how this works in 2013? I imagine we'd buy something like this Samsung LED HDTV
and some kind of speakers. Then what? Do we plug it into a laptop? What exactly is Apple TV and how does it stack up against Roku? This seems like it should be a simple question, but I feel like a caveman emerging from the dark, and am fairly bewildered at all of the options and variations out there. [more inside]
posted by barnone
on Feb 11, 2013 -
How can I set up my LCD monitor as a full-fledged TV for a digital tuner, DVD player, and Wii? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg
on Jul 21, 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 -
My current bedroom TV has decided it prefers to only do sound now. Not a big deal-it is old and was a hand-me-down. But, holymajoly, this TV buying thing is WAY more complicated than "I need a TV. OK, that one." [more inside]
posted by atomicstone
on Mar 31, 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 own a basic 42 inch LG LCD TV-- I believe 1080p and 60hz. The television is about two and half years old. Recently two vertical lines have appeared that run roughly in line with where the standard definition display would end on the left and right edges. It seems as if these lines are "burnt in" to the display. The lines are extremely visible under light to medium tones and are about 1 inch thick at their widest. Is the TV spent? Obviously no warranty is in effect at this point. Anyone have any solutions or recommendations?
posted by tdalton
on Oct 28, 2010 -
My TV keeps randomly switching to Channel 5 when I'm watching Channel 25. WHAT IS GOING ON AND HOW DO I MAKE IT STOP [more inside]
posted by olinerd
on Oct 3, 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 am shockingly uninformed about technology, but I am getting ready to buy an LCD TV, and I am wondering about connectivity issues with my old analog receiver/speakers, and the ability to connect my laptop and display things through the television screen. [more inside]
posted by wondershrew with a helping of potato salad
on Apr 20, 2010 -
I want to use a LCD monitor as a TV. What do I need to do to make this dream come true? [more inside]
posted by reenum
on Jan 21, 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 -
Including both big-brands and generic, what should I expect $500-600 to get me as far as LCD TVs go? 30-40 inches? Unreasonable? [more inside]
posted by AlbatrossJones
on May 29, 2009 -
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 -
Is there a dpreview-like site for LCD televisions and monitors? Alternatively, suggest a good LCD television or monitor. [more inside]
posted by odinsdream
on Feb 15, 2008 -
My wife wants to get a plasma/LCD TV and mount it over the fireplace. That just seems way too high to watch comfortably, though. Does anyone have any experience with a TV mounted that high? Will the kids be able to watch it if they're sitting on the floor? Does angling it help?
posted by adverb
on Nov 15, 2007 -
Our new digital television just started showing red highlights on dark colours. What's wrong? [more inside]
posted by jacalata
on Jun 13, 2007 -
I have a small LCD television hanging on the wall. I hung it in front of the power outlet in order to hide the cord, but it picks up a little bit of interference in that position. If I move it away from the outlet, the interference goes away, but you can see the cord. Is there a solution that will allow me to sheild the TV from the interference and keep it hanging where it is?
posted by spilon
on Jan 23, 2006 -
I've just bought a shiny new LCD television. It's very beautiful but there's a serious problem with audio and video synchronisation. Sounds come out, then the lips move. The effect is weird. It hadn't occurred to me that this was a problem but apparently it is
, a known one. Is there anything I can do? [more inside]
posted by grahamwell
on Nov 6, 2005 -
I'm looking to pick up a flat panel display, at least 20", and I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations or opinions based on LCDs they own currently? What are the salient things to look for, particular to LCDs? I doubt I'll be using the flat panel much for 3D gaming, but I want something that won't artifact at all? I'm looking for something in the mid-range, price-wise, but obviously the cheaper, the better. Thanks.
posted by Big Fat Tycoon
on May 17, 2004 -