I finally took the plunge today. I bought myself a 1080p capable HDTV. It was the model that I had been eyeing for a while – the 32LG53FR. This model has a RRP of about RM2,300 but most outlets have sold it for just under RM2,000 – making it the cheapest 1080p HDTV in the market. I had been waiting for the price to drop a little more before making the purchase.
I went shopping today and I checked out the recent prices. Carrefour was doing it for RM1,900. I then went to Harvey Norman who told me that they were all sold out and that the line had be discontinued. There weren’t any new units coming in. So, I went to Best, who were selling it at RM1,850. I got them to lower the price a little and settled at just under RM1,800. That was the price-point I was happy with.
So, I am now happily watching a DVD on my new HDTV.
Now, the next thing to do would be to buy myself a suitable HTPC platform. I had already tried out XBMC the other day and it seems to work okay. Obviously, it was slick as well. However, getting a suitable HTPC platform has not been as easy. I would preferably like to purchase it from a store that accepts credit card purchases without a surcharge. Not many of those around in Malaysia!