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Old 10-08-2012, 08:47 PM
 
Location: The Berk in Denver, CO USA
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DVD player is 4 years old. Just has regular coaxial ports. Thanks
Buy a new DVD player
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Old 10-09-2012, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Cable box has HDMI port on the back. DVD player is 4 years old. Just has regular coaxial ports. Thanks
That DVD player is likely to have component video (three cables, usually labeled red/greed/blue). This produces a better picture than regular coax (RF) or s-video.

But I would buy a new DVD player, probably blu-ray. Less than $100.
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Old 11-07-2012, 10:10 PM
 
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I have had good luck with best buy's inhouse brand Insignia. Have a 32" and 42" 120hz purchased a year apart. 32 is coming up on 2 years old and the 42 a year old. 32 cost $400 and the 42 was 500. I think the sound from each of them is very good for TV sound. Both are 1080 full HD.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:59 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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I am also looking to buy a flat-screen, LCD TV.

Have decided on a Samsung but I found something interesting...

A 37" Samsung is listed on amazon.com at $497 and a bigger 40" Samsung is listed at only $477. Maybe the latter has less features?
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Old 11-12-2012, 04:47 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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What would the picture look like... running a videotape (VHS) on a VCR on a LCD TV?
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Old 11-13-2012, 12:11 PM
 
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I am also looking to buy a flat-screen, LCD TV.

Have decided on a Samsung but I found something interesting...

A 37" Samsung is listed on amazon.com at $497 and a bigger 40" Samsung is listed at only $477. Maybe the latter has less features?
Maybe. Or different resolution. Or it's a loss leader in its size. Or, or, or.

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What would the picture look like... running a videotape (VHS) on a VCR on a LCD TV?
Once the aspect ratio was adjusted so that the video tape was viewable in the correct format, you'd see how terribly awful VHS really is.
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Old 11-13-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Central Texas
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Once the aspect ratio was adjusted so that the video tape was viewable in the correct format, you'd see how terribly awful VHS really is.
I agree completely. Who watches VHS now?
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:31 PM
 
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I agree completely. Who watches VHS now?
I know people who do all the time. I cannot understand how they can, but they do. I guess it's like listening to low res MP3s on $3 earbuds, from a $10 MP3 player, and thinking the music sounds great. I can't do that either. For some people it is all about the content, not the quality. I'm not one of those people.
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Old 11-15-2012, 12:51 PM
 
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I would at some of the electronic magazine site forreviews .Also learn what terms mean and now it effects you pruchase verus price.In other words worth the price. Then just go shop.I never found Best buy any different from any other elctronics sotre.Just buy from cheapest store knowing basically what you want after researching.Your already way ahead in that you know your top pirce and size you want.
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Old 11-15-2012, 04:21 PM
 
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I agree completely. Who watches VHS now?
I had this thought while speaking with a client yesterday. I'm dragging him, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century with regards to TVs and listening to the radio. Since he bought his first HDTV earlier this year, he has called several times complaining about the TV, based on how his VHS tapes look. He cannot understand that it's not the TV or anything else but the tapes that are causing the poor picture quality. His comments range from "the tapes looked fine on my old TVs" to "HDTVs should make everything look good", although I've explained the issue, given him analogies, given him a resolution chart, etc. He's old school, and doesn't want to hear about new tech.

Monday we're going to discuss getting his FM radio stations from the internet to solve the issue of poor FM reception in his basement. That should be a fun conversation.
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