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Any suggestions on LCD tvs?

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Melvil, 2 Jun 2008.

  1. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    SWMBO and I have regretfully realised that our telly is nearing the end of its useful life. Little things such as the colour of faces on the screen 'smearing' all the way to the side of it, and the occasional gaudy 'ghost' of an image suggests that the vacuum tube might be, to put it bluntly, screwed.

    However, we both know absolutely nothing about the brave new world of LCD tv (we want an 'adequate' sized one for the living room, not a home cinema or anything) and were wondering if anyone has bought one and can recommend it?

    Cheers!

    Mel
     
  2. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I recently bought a Sony Bravia KDL-40V3000. It is a great telly and very low power consumption. Fantastic picture, nice shiny HD broadcasts look amazing, SD is 'just' very good. You have to pay more for the 40W3000 which has the 100 Hz motion flow gizmo but to honest I don't regret paying a lot less for mine as you don't see any blurring of fast moving pictures except in a few isolated situations.

    If your current screen is a lot smaller than 40 inches don't worry you soon get used to it as long as you have a fairly decent sized room, it does't have to be the Albert Hall or anything.
     
  3. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Sounds great - how much, dare I ask, do one of those bad boys cost?
     
  4. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    £700+. Many mid-range 40-42" are in that price range. LG, samsung, panasonic.
     
  5. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    I paid £715 from "Sound and Vision Online", but they don't seem to have it in stock at the moment.

    Probably best to buy a few magazines and look at some up to date reviews wihc is what I did when I bought mine, but things move on very quickly in this field! :biggrin:
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    Cheers, guys, I shall investigate.

    Can I also ask why so many of the images on the TV's in the showroom look so 'pixelated' - is that normal? It seems up close the picture quality is a bit worse than a vacuum tube tv?
     
  7. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    If you want more stuff on your HD tv other than euro2008 (what better time could there be to buy a tv than a football competition?) the blu-ray players and PS3s have started to fall in price.
     
  8. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    That was my main fear too Melvil. I can only guess that it is something to do with the signal they send to the sets as mine does not do that, my signal comes from a Sky HD box via a HDMI cable and I'll bet the ones in the shops don't have anything like this quality.
     
  9. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Oh yes, I cannot recomend the PS3 highly enough, it is a revelation. It will transform what you use your TV for as it is so easy to stream music, movies and pictures direct to your new TV. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:
     
  10. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

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    Melvil in quite a few showrooms they show stuff in standard definition live BBC1/2 feed. Somewhere once I even saw e4 on a showroom telly, not the brightest thing to be showcasing as a channel it has one of the worst picture qualities. On other sets they've been showing stuff in HD but it's looked like they've not put it through HDMI or left some weird factory default settings on.

    If you look close enough there is pixelisation on broadcast stuff, particularly on live events. If for the simulcast stuff you flick between beeb 1 and BBC HD you notice it is vastly reduced. I'd do anything (don't watch it was just interested in pq) was not the beeb's finest hour. The FA Cup semi final was also a problem. Then again to really notice the pixelisation on HD you have to sit about 3ft away or have a tv much bigger than mine :biggrin:.

    To get no picture probs whatsoever there are a few things out there like Planet Earth, Ratatouille that are on blu-ray in AVC/VC1 and are fabulous quality.
     
  11. simonali

    simonali Über Member

    Location:
    Wiltshire
    Also in a showroom you're probably only a couple of feet away from the screen, something that wouldn't happen at home.

    Personally, I'd buy Panansonic. I've had 3 or 4 of their TVs and they're all still going strong.
     
  12. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Noone going to come along and suggest you get a radio and live in a yurt?
     
  13. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    On a serious note, have you considered renting, there are some good deals out there?
     
  14. Milo

    Milo Veteran

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    Melksham, Wilts
    Stick with crt miles better IMO.
     
  15. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    Slight correction. ;)