We finally did it. We’re going to replace our 10-plus-year-old bargain-basement Quasar (got it refurbed over at the Panasonic outlet when they were still in business here) with HDTV. We’re getting this 32-incher HDTV from Costco. I put the order in last night.
I’ll be honest: the purchase had more than a little to do with the AppleTV timing but we’ve also been looking for a better TV for a few years now. For my shopping list, it had to have a built-in ATSC and QAM tuner. It had to have 720p and 1080i. It had to have HDMI and component inputs. (As a bonus, this one also has VGA and composite-in.)
Of course, larger might have been better, but this unit kind of hit the sweet spot of what we could afford versus size. It also had lots of happy reviews, free shipping and Costco’s generous return policy.
So here are my questions to the readers: are there any requirements we’ve messed up on or totally missed? (Just want to make sure before the thing actually ships!) I’m planning to hook up my Intel mini to it directly and use VLC, and later switch over to the AppleTV when it ships in February. Other than the HDMI cable, what else will I need to buy? We’re not going to wall mount the thing (at least for now) because it’s going to sit on an existing side table.
Any thoughts or insights or even “you bought what!!!??”’s will be greatly appreciated, especially from those of you who are using your minis as media centers.