June 01, 2008

So, We Need a TV.

It should be a large-ish one: at least as big as the old one, which was enormous by my standards but quite modest among entertainment-industry people. As I recall, these things are measured on the diagonal, which would have made ours 4-5 feet. I think.

Any advice you have would be appreciated.

Naturally, we'd like a flat-ish screen, and HD capability. But we won't be hanging the thing on a wall: rather, we'll probably just place it on the entertainment center I got to hold my LP collection. It's shallow, but I like it. If we keep it, I'll probably have to get holes drilled in the back, and get one of those thingies installed: those doohickeys that allow a flat-screen to be angled in one direction or another. (If we have to get a new entertainment center, that's okay. Though I'd rather not. A the H likes glass, but A the H hasn't thought about how difficult it is to keep glass clean.)

We're retaining the old television so we can keep our VHS tapes, and so I can get back in the habit of watching television in one of the other rooms. Not the kitchen, though: we have to get the Charter Charmers [these guys are really, really nice--A the H is ready to write a letter to The Powers That Be about how great their techs are] back in order for me to watch TV in the kitchen. So it's the office, or the bedroom.

As you can imagine, with no media room and only one den/guest bedroom, we're going to have to coordinate much more closely about hours from now on. The touchy time is late at night before A the H has gone to bed--but while I'm starting to groove in "vampire" mode. If A the H is watching the big TV, I'll be in the den. If he's watching the small TV, I'll be in the living room. It's a matter of me not having to relocate when he goes to bed, because I'll be trying to unwind, too: it's just that I take 3-10 hours to do it.

But, yeah: when we're rich again, I might get a small telly for the kitchen so I can watch movies while I make soup or bread or whatever.

I'm starting to really like this place. Except for the piercing screams of children and the occasional yelling down on the street—or engine-gunning—by the local youts, it's not a lot more noisy. And there aren't all those fucking birds around here: just pigeons, and (yes!) hummingbirds.

I figure if I want to see birds, I can go hiking in Brand Park. Or I can go walk my old loop in Flintridge—it was 3.3 miles, and it took me an hour in my prime. It was more like an hour twenty, an hour fifteen, in the last year, but that route contains ungodly changes in elevation. If I don't stop off to check out any of the views, I can do it in an hour and ten. Not bad, considering.

Now I can start the loop any place I like, so I do the hike up front, rather than ending on the steepest climb, after I'm exhausted. Like hiking to the Rio Grande: expend all your energy up-front, going downhill. That way you can just fucking die on your way back to the trailhead, and as you pass the rangers, your face beet-red, your spouse can come up and give them a hearty "hi," so they don't attempt to try their first-aid skills on you.

Where the hell was I? Oh, yeah: advice on TVs, and on either repelling or attracting birds, depending on my mood. Please send. Thank you.

Posted by Attila Girl at June 1, 2008 11:37 PM | TrackBack

Newegg has a nice selection in the 40-49" range. Personally, I've seen a 42" LG TV similar to this one

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at June 2, 2008 05:03 AM

For the humming birds, put out some nectar. They'll love you for it. For the pigeons, I'd suggest something in 20 gauage, no. 8 shot.

Posted by: I R A Darth Aggie at June 2, 2008 05:07 AM

I like the performance of the DLP sets. I have a Samsung 45", but I found the 41" (maybe it was 42") to be quite adequate. The size you need is dictated by the distance from screen to your eyeballs.
Based on a quick search of Samsung's site, this 50 inch set is the smallest they now make.
You're still looking at spending about $1,200 (although one can find bargains here and there that may bring you under $1K).

If you want to do a little research with the aid of "experts, " I would suggest the AVS Forum, and especially the HDTV section.

Hope you'll soon start feeling settled in the new " Atilla Lair!"

Posted by: BobM at June 2, 2008 05:41 AM

Go to an electronic store with a HUGE selection.

Find a model you like, then search it by manufacturer/model number on the web. Don't forget to factor in shipping costs.

That being said, I suggest you add these two into your hunt.

Panasonic Viera TH-50PX80U Plasma(~$1300)
Toshiba REGZA 46" LCD

The Panasonic is 720P , but that makes it a bargain because everyone is looking for a 1080P. Watch this set with a Blu-ray DVD and I dare you to find any weakness.

Watch out for Circuit City. Their web prices can be $400 less, and they won't match them in the store. Bring along your laptop and order it for 10 minute pickup while you thumb your nose at your sales professional.

Posted by: Darrell at June 3, 2008 08:54 PM

I've been told that we need to educate ourselves, and narrow it down to a few models. Then we need to go to Costco and see if they happen to have any of the ones we like.

I still secretly want to get a bitty one for the kitchen. That's probably evil of me . . .

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 3, 2008 10:55 PM

Why not a small computer with a built in video card? The HP touch screen or an Apple comparable? I watch TV on my desktop via Media Center. The HP unit is self-contained http://h20219.www2.hp.com/hho/cache/447803-0-0-225-121.html

Posted by: Darrell at June 3, 2008 11:18 PM

That isn't a bad idea for the kitchen. I happen to like listening to my iTunes music while I wash dishes, for example. Or sometimes I'll listen to The Glenn and Helen Show for a while as I putter around.

It could be that all I really need is a set of speakers and a monitor.

Posted by: Attila Girl at June 4, 2008 01:09 AM

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