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    A friend of mine is thinking of buying a new TV, so he has offered his TV to me. He has a 36", CRT, Panasonic HDTV. It is not widescreen, and does not have an HD tuner. He said he'd probably sell it to me for $500 or so (he paid $1600, about two years ago). Does that sound reasonable, or too much? I don't like that it's not widescreen, but it will probably be a while before everything is widescreen anyway, so I'd have some time to let TV's come down in price more than they already have.

    Any thoughts?

    oh, and how cheap could I get an HD receiver? (used is fine)

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    Seems a tad high if you ask me.

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    High... with friends like that, who.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by tryrrthg
    oh, and how cheap could I get an HD receiver? (used is fine)

    Thanks for any help!
    If you use cable or satilite connection, then you don't need a HD reciever, since your STB (set top box) is the reciever/tuner. However, if you want to simply get OTA (over the air) HD channels, then you will need a tuner/reciever, plus an antenna...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIZILL
    High... with friends like that, who.....
    It's not that he's trying to rip me off, it's that neither of us know how much would be fair. now if it were audio equipment I'd have a much better idea of what the going rate is...

    Quote Originally Posted by Fallen Kell
    If you use cable or satilite connection, then you don't need a HD reciever, since your STB (set top box) is the reciever/tuner. However, if you want to simply get OTA (over the air) HD channels, then you will need a tuner/reciever, plus an antenna...
    I'd want an OTA receiver because I'm not ready to pay big bucks for a few channels of programming through cable.

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    checked on videogon, there was a 2 year old panasonic 32" HDTV that just went for $350...

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    A new Sony 36'' TV (not a widescreen) with built in HD Tuner is about $800 at CC. Usually the price difference between TVs with built in HD tuner and without one is about $250. So I would say a new 36'' HD TV monitor (without the HD Tuner) costs about $550. Now you decide how much you want to pay for it.

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    Sounds like a fair price for an 36" HDTV CRT monitor. Best of both worlds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PolkThug
    Sounds like a fair price for an 36" HDTV CRT monitor. Best of both worlds.
    $500 for a two year old TV that is not widescreen and with no ATSC tuner? I think $350 is about the right price.

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    without a HDTV tuner..i think it's a little high too. See if he'll knock off some more $. otherwise i'd pass. since you'll still need to purchase a tuner. for more $$ brining your deal back up to where? ...... $700> maybe?

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    IMO would get yourself a widescreen, although most of the stuff on TV is still natively 4:3, there is plenty of content on all the networks at night in HD. Once you go HD Widescreen you won't go back.

    As a matter of fact I have found that my viewing habits have dramatically changed over the past 4 years to only HD content.

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    $400 will be a fair deal...........no more....better less
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    $400 to $500 sounds about right....is he throwing in a stand too? I wouldnt worry about the widescreen too much. i have a sony 36" and usually watch standard definition, so it works well for both. But of course next year this time, im gonna be looking out for a 1080p widescreen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehaens@cox.ne
    IMO would get yourself a widescreen, although most of the stuff on TV is still natively 4:3, there is plenty of content on all the networks at night in HD. Once you go HD Widescreen you won't go back.

    As a matter of fact I have found that my viewing habits have dramatically changed over the past 4 years to only HD content.
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    Thanks everyone, I guess I'll do some more homework.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BIZILL
    here, here!

    right on, anytime I can I watch TV in HD and WS

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    Wow guess I am the odd ball, I would have thought this was low. The only 36in HD that I know of right now is the Sony XS955 and that goes for around $1499. As for 34in widescreen HDs you could go from around $1000 up to $1899.

    Last I checked a 36in 4:3 set would have about a 33in widescreen picture, so it would be very close to a 34in set in that respect. If you can get used to the bars you would be all set. The main thing I would be worried about is if you lose the resolution with the black bars, some tvs you will, some you wont.

    As for the HD tuner, most tvs I sell people never utilize the tuner. There are two main ways to use it, one is by hooking up a antena, and one is by using cable card, if the tv has it. Every person I have sold to that has used cable card has had problems with it, mainly because of the cable companies. Many times I have had customers call up to say they get no channels, because the card was never initialized.

    Most customers, and people I know, go with the HD box through their cable or satelite provider. They like having the box, they like having DVR capabilities in the box, and they like the onscreen menus.

    Well thats my $.02

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