Yes, ladies and gents – size really does matter

Posted by: ST on June 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm

And the bigger the better.

Oh – did I mention I was talking about flat panel televisions? What did you think I was talking about? :-j

I’m in the middle of taking a brief break from the work I brought home with me to brag – sorta – about the fact that I’m finally “getting with the times.” Not only am I anxiously awaiting the delivery of my 32″ Vizio TV, but once it comes in, I’ll finally – at long last – have a way of watching DVDs on something other than my computer.

Yes, I’m one of the last remaining holdouts on the DVD thing. I’ve been clinging to my “classic” (sadly, that’s what they’re called now) movies on VHS. Fortunately, I don’t have a gigantic collection of VHS tapes, so purchasing them in the DVD format shouldn’t be too terribly expensive since most of them can be found in the bargain bin at Walmart (go ahead – laugh!). My current TV was/is one of those that doesn’t lend itself to me being able to hook up both a DVD and VCR to it at the same time, so I opted to continue on with the VCR.

About the TV: I had planned on getting a 22″ – one that had a DVD on it, but when I went into the local Best Buy I found that the 22″ was too small. Not wanting to go overboard in price, I decided at the time that when the moment arrived and I was ready to purchase a flat panel, that I’d get a 26″ one.

But then decided to go even bigger and snag a 32″. The price on the one I was looking at last week was only $50 more than the 26″ and the reviews on it were really good, so I decided “what the hell” and went for it. Didn’t want to get anything bigger than that, as my livingroom is small and I didn’t want the TV overwhelming it.

Frankly, I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a delivery to my house since the arrival of Chip, Jr, who I should note was bigger than Chip, Sr.

Such.A.Geek. (Super Geek, Super Geek!):-b

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12 Responses to “Yes, ladies and gents – size really does matter”


  1. John A says:


  2. Carlos says:

    Congrats, ST, but I hope you’re not one of the last holdouts. We haven’t had our dvd player hooked up til recently (son did it) and still have an old non-hd TV.

    But you’re right – WalMart does sell dvd’s cheap and it’s a reasonable selection (if you don’t have to have tomorrow’s movies yesterday).


  3. So, when’s movie night at the ST household? I’ll bring the popcorn. :d

  4. forest hunter says:

    Woo Hoo ST! That’s gonna be so cool!

    I’ve been watching NCIS on or some such thing since I killed the $400 dollar a year crap piper on the other tube. Only problem is that 72 minutes is all I get to watch before it shuts down and tells me to wait for 54 minutes……WTH is up with that?

  5. Severian says:

    Ah, size. I remember when I went from a 27 in tube to a 32 in tube, that seemed huge. Then I went to a 42 in plasma, that seemed enormous. Now I’m looking at it thinking “hmmm…there’s a 58 in plasma on sale this week.” :d It’s amazing how they shrink after you get them, after a few months they don’t seem so big!

    Congrats, I think you’ll enjoy it. I never go to the movies anymore, thanks to Netflix. BTW, connect your DVD player to the plasma using HDMI or component (3 cables for video instead of one as composite or S-video uses). The differences on a hi def panel are NOT subtle. If your DVD player has HDMI out, use that, only one wire between the player and TV.

    And don’t fall for the you have to have pricey cables, wire is wire.

    p.s. now that you have a widescreen set, avoid pan and scan movies like the plague. Pan and scan is evil, go for letterbox/widescreen. Watching some films, like Ben Hur, in pan and scan should be illegal.

  6. Lorica says:

    Woooo Hoooo I will be over Saturday Dear with my copy of “Secondhand Lions”. Anthony is bringing the popcorn, I will bring the sodas over also. If you want I will make chili. We will have a good time. =)) – Lorica

  7. Richard says:

    Hey, ST:

    Full disclosure: I DO NOT work for Columbia House…. BUT, if you want to build a collection relatively quickly and inexpensively, I’ve been buying from them for about 6 or 7 years. Once you fulfill your membership commitment, they are VERY generous about sending you special offers. The best deals are when they offer FREE shipping. You can save a lot of money that way. Also, they have a pretty decent selection–including a good selection of “classic” movies. You know–the ones they made where an actual plot mattered?

    Just throwing that out there.

  8. Severian says:

    Then there’s always this if you must have something a bit bigger…:d

    Panasonic Big Plasma!

  9. Severian says:

    BTW, I will be posting info for the new, non-prophet, Buy Sev a Huge Plasma NGO so you all can donate. I promise to trickle down my 42 incher to ST just as soon as I buy the big TV! Trust me! I’ll spread the wealth around! ;)

  10. Bachbone says:

    A local serviceman says Viziouses LGelectronics components, and they are one of the largest and best electronics manufacturers. I have a Vizio 47″ LCD HDTV and it’s great viewing. Mine is about 18 months old. Friends just bought the same model for $500 less than I paid. Prices are dropping faster than Obama’s chances of a second term.

  11. Thanks for the advice, ya’ll! LOL at you, Sev – that big 103″ TV could kill someone if it toppled over! ;)

  12. Severian says:

    ST, I think you’ll quickly decide to dump the tapes. Believe me, once you see VHS displayed on a larger, HDTV resolution panel, you’ll cringe. Especially compared to DVD, and true HD content. Ye gads, VHS looks bad. I used to have a ton of laser discs (remember them?). They looked so much better than VHS, and then I got the flat panel and even LDs looked blurry and weak compared to DVD.

    Man, DVD players have dropped in price (so have flat panels). I remember when both were very pricey. Heck, I’m even old enough to remember 2000 buck, first generation CD players that don’t sound as good as 30 buck portables these days.