It's time we got a new TV. The old one, bless its heart, has had a long run. But onward and upward.
And I hope that's something my wife will remember: Onward (time for a new TV) and upward (because we're getting a way bigger TV).
I'd like to think a model like the one above in Times Square would work just fine for us. I know the men of the audience would surely agree; I know the main lady in my life would not (sigh). And for the record, the largest set Panasonic can offer me is a measly 65 inches. Puny. That beauty above is nearly 40 feet wide.
Even if I have to settle for something 12 times smaller, I'm still excited to be jumping into the HDTV era. But it's a little baffling and more than a little overwhelming.
Everyone has an opinion. And I'm not talking about shady websites, but real ones with a known reputation. Consumer Reports thinks LCDs aren't so bad; Panasonic thinks plasmas are far superior to LCDs (though I take their opinions with a grain of salt); many others seem to think plasma is overrated. CNet thinks something entirely different from PC Magazine.
For quite a while, I had my heart set on a DLP set. But after researching it, I found that only the biggest models (50" and up) come with 1080p, the best resolution. I was hoping to save some money on the TV to afford an external sound system too, but that probably won't happen if I had to dig in and buy a 50" Samsung.
This is way, way more complicated than buying an old tube set. With that, everything was pretty much the same; sure, some brands and models had better pictures, but it was all pretty much the same. Now, it seems like every set has very different pros and cons.
My frustration is compounded by the fact that I've not actually been out shopping yet, not in any serious manner anyway. I'm forced to rely on what I see and read online (on a CRT monitor, of course) and it feels like I'm reaching the point of paralysis by analysis.
I suppose it'll get figured out at some point. It has to. My birthday presents were monetary gifts largely circled around a new-TV fund, so I can't disappoint all of the family members who were kind enough to donate. (What will I have to show my father-in-law when he comes to visit?!)
So that's where I stand. I'm sure I'll have updates as we get closer to a purchase.
-- UPDATE ON POPS: My dad is doing much better, got released from the hospital last week. He's back home now, seeing different doctors for this and for that. The car wound up being totaled, so my mom never got the joy of chatting with Buddy.
My dad did tell me he's already thought about a new ride: a Brinks truck.