Hello, HDTV

By Nathan Weinberg

I just pulled the trigger on what could be the best purchase I’ve ever made: A 51-inch Hitachi HDTV. Thanks to Best Buy’s early Thanksgiving specials, I was able to get this TV for just $700. Any New York-area bloggers interested in coming over for the Super Bowl or some Xbox 360, the invite is open :-)

The Hitachi 51F59 51″ CRT Rear-Projection HDTV weighs a whopping 151 pounds, but is only 21 1/2″ thick, making it barely double some smaller, cheap LCDs. It is only two inches thicker than my previous 20″ TV. Besides the 16:9 widescreen, it features 117 points of adjustment, perfect for guys like me who like to tinker with everything until it is perfect, a 24-watt speaker that can be used as the center channel in my 5.1 system, 1 HDMI input, 2 wideband component inputs, 3 S-Video inputs, 5 A/V inputs, and 1 fixed/variable audio output. It has a built-in HDTV tuner, important for me, and support 1080i resolution. It’s even my first TV with picture-in-picture.

The TV should be arriving Wednesday. Anyone have any tips or experience with it or similar models, let me know. It is still in stock at BestBuy.com with free shipping, and will be available at the $700 price in store tomorrow and Saturday.

A bit of warning: This TV looks atrocious instore, due to poor settings out of the box. I actually spent a few minutes changing the settings at Best Buy earlier this week, and it got a hell of a lot better.

Some other great Black Friday deals, available online right now:

30-gig iPod with video - $233 with free shipping
RCA 52-inch HDTV CRT (no tuner) - $700 after mail-in rebate
Polaroid 15-inch LCD HDTV (no HD tuner) - $130 after rebate
Westinghouse 19-inch LCD HDTV - $200 after rebate

TDavid links to a pretty useful site for aggregating all the various deals sites, Dealighted.com.

November 23, 2006 by Nathan Weinberg in:

One Response to “Hello, HDTV”

  1. Tim Says:

    Congrats! :-)

    Let us know about the contrast, I’ve heard rear-projection TVs aren’t too good with that part… I’m guessing that’s what you were mostly referring to when you spoke of the OOTB settings.

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