Greetings experts !
I am working through a problem with my TV which I think I have figured out but I thought I'd tap you guys for suggestions.
I have a Panasonic PT-53WX53 Rear Projection "HDTV-Ready" set. It's about 7-8 years old (I inherited it from someone who got a better TV). It's therefore not a real HD TV, it has a DVI input instead of an HDMI input.
I have been using it with my U Verse HD DVR via a HDMI-DVI cable but it just stopped working. I still get sound via the component cables but no picture. I tested things by connecting another set top box to the TV and still no picture, so I know it is not the box, it's either the TV or the cable.
Since Ebay has the cables for about $ 5 I figure it wouldn't be a bad idea to buy a new one just in case, but I suspect the DVI input on the TV has died.
So question one would be to ask for any advice on how to test and/or fix the problem. I've tried hooking up to the TV via component cables but then the HD picture is way too big (probably because the TV is not pure HD).
Second question deals with shopping. Although the current set is working, I figure that 1) it can't hurt to get a newer set, 2) I can more easily dispose of my current TV if it is still working (it's a big sucker and I'd love to have someone come and take it away) and 3) I deserve a new toy.
So what suggestions do you have for a new set ? I figure I'll need a TV, a new TV stand and possibly some speakers for surround sound. I would like to keep the package under $ 1,000 if possible.
I like the current set at 53 inches but that big of a size is not really a must, though I would like to have a decent sized set to experience HD.
Thanks in advance for any hints.
Feel free to also answer the questions I should have asked.