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TVs & DVDs


EricBall

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Yesterday I bought an LG 55LM6400 (pick it up Tuesday) for C$1300. It's a 55" passive 3D HDTV. Again I declined the extended warranty - hopefully I won't have reason to second-guess that decision again. My buying decision started with passive 3D (which also implies LCD - but I would have gone with LCD over PWM flicker plasma anyway) as the glasses are cheaper, don't require batteries & give a more stable image to boot. Yes, there is some loss of vertical resolution, but I read some semi-independent testing which found it wasn't as bad as you might think. That cut the field of 55+" TVs down to a small number of makers (LG, Toshiba & Panasonic) & models. With the new models announced at CES, the current models are now on sale.

 

Buying a new TV has gotten me to thinking again about building/buying some kind of DVD library - a box with a HD containing rips of all of my DVDs which would then be connected to the TV. Unlike a lot of people, I'd rip the entire DVD so I still have all of the menus & extra content - not just a recompressed version of the movie. XBMC can do it (and more besides), but I'd prefer something smaller, cheaper & quieter than a HTPC. A Raspberry Pi can run XBMC, but the current release has problems with DVD menus.

 

But then again, it's not like I'm watching DVDs all that often - and how difficult is it to get up and put one in the PS3?

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I'd say just buy a cable so that you can hook up your computer to the television and watch your disc images that way. At least that's what I would do if I had one of those new fancy televisions.

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