no TV but hello XBox360

Went out to look at the TV I wanted at best buy and I noticed a problem with it that others were reporting and that’s some motion artifacts. From what I’ve read, the Sony is very picky about input signals. I know that Comcast doesn’t crank out great TV signals so I’m not confident that I won’t see the artifacts and that’s just not cool for $4000. After all my research I think that HDTV is not ready for primetime yet. At least not for me. As an ex video editor, I’m really picky about picture. I’ve loved my Sony Wega for the past 4-5 years precicely because of the amazing picture quality. Since I watch (and plan to watch) lots of non HDTV content, I’m just not ready to suffer any PQ losses. So, the hunt for HDTV is on hiatus for another 3-4 months.

While I was at Best Buy I did buy an XBOX360. I’d wanted one for a while now and I finally cracked and bought it. The Best Buy dicks tried really hard to sell me their extended warrantee even by telling me some lies. Just not cool.

The unit is pretty cool. What I like the best is that it is really integrated with the internet. There is a whole XBox Live service that is simply amazing. You can download other games, hang with friends, compare scores, play against each other, etc. It’s quite cool. I bought Madden 07 and it’s ok. Nothing amazing. I also bought a game called “Dead Rising” that was reccomended in last weeks Inky but I really don’t think I like it much. I should have bought “Prey” (I d/l and played the demo today) which is awesome. Oh.. I also downloaded a game called Geometry Wars that is amazingly simple and fun.
We’ll see.. if anyone has XBox, my gamer tag is “neodem”.. come find me.

3 thoughts on “no TV but hello XBox360

  1. Your comment about the best buy people trying to sell you the extended warranty..ugh..I hate that! Best buy and Circuit city both try that and it really pisses me off, especially when I’m so adamant that I want no part of it. And yes, they lie and treat the customer like they’re an idiot. Not cool at all.

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  2. I’ve had a sony 50″ HD TV for 2 years. It is a tough choice, the non-HD stations look worse. but the HD looks great. If you are a big NFL fan, HBO Series (Deadwood & Entourage) , or movie watcher I can’t imagine not having it. Sports are AMAZING in HD. I use comcast as my cable provider, it took a week for them to get my signal level strong enough for a clean picture. 99.9% of the time there is no signal problem. It would be hard for me to drop $4000-$5000 on a TV that only has a good picture for 50% of what I watch. I think it will still be a few years before there is enough HD programing. I have a non-HD monitor hooked up to TIVO (they don’t support HD recording) to view non-hd programing. My TV and stand came in at $1800. I figure I got 2 years out of it, and hope to get 4 more, by that time I hope that HD programing and tech. are further ahead, and will purchase a new HD monitor. I would not give up my HD set, I really enjoy it. Maybe go for a cheaper monitor? I bet it is great with the XBox.

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  3. Oh yeah I forgot, I did the Ciruit City/Best Buy thing, they are awful. I ordered my Set from Crutchfield http://www.crutchfield.com GREAT service, price matching, free shipping, easy returns, just pop it back in the original box and they arrange pick-up. Great customer support and service. The HD monitor was dropped off to my living room.

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