The Home Ownership Thread

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by Douglas, Jan 31, 2012.

  1. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    My understand is that it is a different alloy than used in the past, and only rec'd for large gauge.
     


  2. anginaprinzmetal

    anginaprinzmetal Senior member

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    TV Question:

    I need (well, don't really need) to buy a new TV for our living room. I want a 75-80 inch set (large wall).

    The question is should I buy now an HD for ~3-3.5K or wait and get an UHD?. Right now the UHD (Samsung) I'd like to buy is ~5.5 K which is over my planned budget.

    We currently have a 47 inch Samsung but looks lost in the big room. The other part of the question is should I just buy an HD and wait a few years until the UHD are cheaper and content more prevalent?

    thx
     
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  3. Ataturk

    Ataturk Senior member

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    Remember how fast the prices of the last generation of "big" TVs fell? I'd wait.

    On the UHD front, as I understand it, if you have 20/20 vision you'd have to sit 10 feet away or closer from an 80" TV to be able to tell the difference. So they say, anyway.
     


  4. brokencycle

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    Turk is right. 10 feet is about the furthest away that UHD and HD are distinguishable. I would wait. In a year or two prices will have fallen significantly. We may also see OLED entering the market.
     


  5. otc

    otc Senior member

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    How far away is the seating? 80 inches is pretty huge if the seating also isn't proportionally far back. We recently put some 80" Samsungs in our conference rooms and they are comically large. Better than a projector for meetings but I would hesitate to use them in a home setting for general tv viewing (might be OK in a dedicated home theater for dimly lit movie viewing from ideal viewing angles).

    If the seating isn't that far away and the wall is just very big, perhaps some large art to fill the space?

    3800 will get you the 65" Sony X900B which is currently rated very highly everywhere and is recommended over 1080p models despite 4k not being worth it yet in most TV lines. 65 is still pretty big and since it puts the speakers on the side, it takes up a bit of extra wall space while providing better sound than most TVs (disregard if your are already running audio through a real stereo).
     


  6. Hannerhan

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    I made a self-imposed rule about 15 years ago that I'd never spend more than $2k on a TV, and it has served me very well. Right now sporting a decent 70 inch Vizio in the living room which was something like $1500 at Sam's earlier this year, and a TV like that is almost indistinguishable from something costing twice as much. Spend the extra dough on something that won't depreciate so rapidly.
     


  7. archetypal_yuppie

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    Pretty amazing how much TV you can get at Costco for $800 bucks these days.
     


  8. Medwed

    Medwed Senior member

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    The size and ugliness of modern TVs keep them in check for those who care about aesthetics of their living environment.
     
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  9. jbarwick

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    You can get something called a mirror tv where it looks like a mirror when the tv is not on. It is a cool concept but I cannot find costs anywhere on them.
     


  10. otc

    otc Senior member

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    just get a projector and a roll-up screen.

    A good screen will always be a good screen (can be fairly expensive)...and you can update to a 4k projector at some point in the future when it makes sense.

    keep some artwork (or a smaller TV for casual viewing) behind the roll-up screen.
     


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    My causin rejected roll-up in favor of special paint. He projects on free wall of his loft, painted specially to optimise the contrast.
     


  12. otc

    otc Senior member

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    There is a company that makes a wallpaper for like $300 that is almost as good as a $2000 screen (although not quite as good as the $200 screen that is also almost as good as the $2000 screen). Put it on the wall in the shape you want your screen to be, and they will even give you some felt tape to create a "frame around it.

    If course that means you still have to have a big blank screen space on the wall...whether or not it is a physical screen or a part of the wall...it still has to be big and blank...so your end up with a couch/chairs that inexplicably face a blank wall.

    I think my ideal (barring a separate theater) would be a retractable audio-transparent screen that rolls down in front of my smaller sized TV. Being audio transparent would allow the center channel to stay in the same place, but I wouldn't have to be burning expensive bulbs just to watch TV and I could use my TV from closer up (which it turns out I do fairly often when playing around with my HTPC or doing something that has me sitting on the floor in front of the couch).
     


  13. Find Finn

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    I got some pictures from a firm earlier, who specializes in end tech stuff, with hidden tv's lots of cool stuff.

    I wouldn't mind having a Beovision 10 hanging on the wall.
     


  14. Snoogz

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    This is my next setup I think. We have a 70 inch TV on a very large wall. The wall probably measures about 15 feet wide, by about 20 feet tall. The 70 fits nice, as the wall tappers up to its peak. But I'd love to have a projector screen roll down below the TV (mounted tv) to use for movies, games, or anytime you desire immediate extravagance.

    The Beovision 10 is great, but I always imagined its functionality and usefulness directed more towards tight spaced areas. Almost as if you are gracefully fitting in a TV in an area that usually would not welcome one.
     


  15. JohnGalt

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    Any suggestions on where to look for a dining room table? Just need something that sits 6-8 and hoping to spend <$3k (for the table itself).
     


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