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Why do people need tvs larer then houses?

  1. Jun 26, 2005 #1

    Pengwuino

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    I went to my sisters house last night for some poker and she has the biggest TV ive ever seen in my life. It was almost taller then me. The stupid thing was however was that the quality was pretty crappy! (image quality). Why do pepole buy these things when they cant get good quality! Plus my sister is a single mom... so its not like these things should be top priorities...
     
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  3. Jun 26, 2005 #2

    Ivan Seeking

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    The new ones are pretty good, but with the older and low quality units, I don't think most people notice. But I can see the motivation for large screens. As with the IMAX theatres, people like the sense of immersion. I guess this could also be why kids often sit two feet away from the TV.


    ...just another step along the way to virtual reality?
     
  4. Jun 26, 2005 #3

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    It's one thing if you have a huge house and are setting up the in-home cinema thing, but I never understand it when someone buys some monster TV for a little living room (my parents did that and I keep asking if they expect people to sit outside to watch TV since it's awfully close to sit inside to watch that monstrous TV), or when they really can't afford it.
     
  5. Jun 26, 2005 #4
    when i was younger i babysat some kids who had a big screen tv. it took up the whole wall, and was kinda crummy quality too... but it sure was pretty awesome when i'd watch the sexy guys on television. it was really cute too, cause i baby sat girls, so we'd have kissing contests...
     
  6. Jun 26, 2005 #5
    The same reason people buy big cars.
     
  7. Jun 26, 2005 #6

    Ivan Seeking

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    So they feel safer in the event that they hit another TV?
     
  8. Jun 26, 2005 #7
    haha , no i mean its bout bragging sometimes. my TV is bigger than yours, B!**h. At least thats the impression i get sometimes.
     
  9. Jun 26, 2005 #8
    I met a guy just recently who has a projector dohicky so he can project the TV image onto the wall of his apartment. I thought that was pretty clever. It was also pretty cool to play a boxing video game called Fight Night with such a big image too.
    I'd never want to buy a large television myself.
     
  10. Jun 27, 2005 #9

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    I have friends who do that, but then they got the projector super-cheap on eBay or some such thing because it needed repairs (they didn't know if it was repairable until they got it). It was a bit much in their last apartment because it was a small room and hard to even take in the whole screen/wall at once, but now they have a nicer apartment and you can sit back and enjoy it a bit more.
     
  11. Jun 27, 2005 #10

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    for some people their possessions make them feel better about themselves

    like when someone buys an SUV or a pickup truck, and its not work related - they want to compensate for either their brain size or for the size of their genitalia


    did he just say genitalia
     
  12. Jun 27, 2005 #11
    It definitely seems like a better alternative. Doesn't take up too much room and I'm sure that not having a leviathan of entertainment technology sitting in your living room makes it easier to convince people to help you move.
     
  13. Jun 27, 2005 #12

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    :rofl: Yes, if you're going to invest in entertainment while living in an apartment, a projector is definitely easier to move! I've also seen houses where people have a roll down screen that mounts up by the ceiling. When you aren't watching, it rolls inconspicuously out of the way (such as for a party) and when you want to watch, you roll it down. It's good in a room where you either don't have a solid wall you can project toward (that was the case of the one where I saw it...they have a very open floor plan, so there's really no place to even stick a TV where you're not likely to stub a toe on an entertainment center, so the screen dropped down in the opening between two rooms), or want to be able to hang artwork or paint the wall, etc. If I were to invest in something that expensive, I think I'd prefer the projector approach rather than the wall-sized TV.
     
  14. Jun 27, 2005 #13
    Why do people need televisions at all, for that matter?
    The point being that people don't need television, they want it and what people want they want as much of it as they can get. Most of us are swine at heart.
     
  15. Jun 27, 2005 #14
    What else do you expect? ..TV's visible only through microscopes?
     
  16. Jun 27, 2005 #15

    cronxeh

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    Personally I'd get an HDTV projector.. saves space, essentially cheaper, and much easier to handle
     
  17. Jun 27, 2005 #16

    Astronuc

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    No one 'needs' a large TV. Some people simply 'want' a large TV. IMO, it's a waste of money. A large TV provides the same information as a small TV. But then, I seldom watch TV, since there are many more interesting matters to occupy my time. :biggrin: Besides, I don't like sitting still for long periods. :biggrin:
     
  18. Jun 27, 2005 #17

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    If those existed, I'd never get the students away from the microscopes, and I know they wouldn't be spending all those hours on them to get their work done either! :rolleyes:
     
  19. Jun 27, 2005 #18

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    telemicroscopy- the new microscopy research idea
     
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