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Old 17-11-2007, 07:56   #241
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Really tempted to get this Panasonic TX-32LXD70, but the one thing stopping me (well 2nd thing if you included the wife ) is this :


Now Im not sure if they are being very picky here, what they mean by "on par with any other LCD", or if this could be a big problem.

I've looked at TV's in Dixons, etc & have to say some pictures of LCD's using standard TV signal are just awful. Now this could be done to the fact that 9 times out of 10 these have been set up by Muppets, but Im still concerned that if I go for an LCD I could get a bad picture for SD (due to the fact that the HD LDC TV will highlight any faults in the picture).

So, should I expect a worse SD picture on a HD TV than I currently get on my crt TV, or should it be at least better
I've been living with a Panny TX-32LXD70 since June of this year.I ordered it from RGB HIFI & VIDEO,Ilford and paid £873 delivered,which included a 3 tier smoked glass and chrome shelf unit.It replaced a 32 inch flat-screen crt Panny (a lovley set but massive).
Connected to it is an Oppo DV-981HD multi-region DVD player which upscales the picture to 1080i/p,connected with a HDMI lead,and,as then,a Humax F2-FOX T freeview box,connected via scart.All sound is routed to a home cinema amp (Marantz).I set the Panny up with the Avia test disc.
Most of my viewing is done via DVD,so this is what I tried first.Tried 1080,but have settled for 720p as there is no noticable difference to be seen on a screen of this size.The picture quality was outstanding via DVD but via the Humax STB was very 'blocky' and smeared.As I don't watch a lot of 'telly' anyway,I put up with it for a month,then upgraded it to a Goodmans GDB 15HD,the only STB I could find that upscaled.It is also connected to the Panny via HDMI.What a difference!!!!! Picture quality equal to DVD.

So far,I am a very happy bunny.
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Old 17-02-2008, 19:41   #242
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I've just read professional and user reviews of Panasonic TX-32LXD70 at TestFreaks ( http://www.testfreaks.com/television...ic-tx-32lxd70/ ) and have to say that this is very nice choise. I think I will buy it for myself in near future
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Well I've been trying to decide between the Panny LXD70 or the Sony 32D3000.

Well, I've finally gone for the Sony. Mainly because it is 1080p/24fps. From what I've gathered from reading around they are both pretty much identical for SD and it looks like you can tweak the Sony a bit more (like turning 100Hz off if necessary), but freom all I've read it seems like there is little to choose between them, so the ability to take 1080p/24fps clinched it.
Oh and both were the same price at under £590.

The long wait for it to arrive begins...
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Old 19-02-2008, 19:11   #244
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I am looking to get a HD ready widescreen flat screen TV (my first) for the bedroom (15-19 inches) but am a bit baffled by what is out there!! Budget is around £200, can anyone recommend anything?

Just some of the ones I have been looking at as examples:

Samsung 19in SM932MW HD Ready LCD TV £199.99
Television Picture Quality


High Definition Ready.

19in (48.3cm) widescreen TV with 48.3cm visible screen size.

Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels.

Brightness 300 cd/m2.

Contrast ratio 1000:1.

Viewing angle 160 degrees.

I've just ordered that from Amazon.co.uk for the bedroom (£192) so I'll report back if it's good (or not!)
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Thinking about diving into the HD tv market and wondered if you good folk could answer a few questions.

LCD the best?
Bravia's the best?
Are there different types of HD or all the same?
What should i make sure it should have, inputs etc?
Only really appreciate it from a certain size etc?

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I've just ordered that from Amazon.co.uk for the bedroom (£192) so I'll report back if it's good (or not!)
Did you get the TV ?

Thinking of getting one each for the kids bedrooms, just wondering what you though.

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I too am about to dive into the HD TV world. I am not wanting a screen larger than 37" and I don't want to spend anymore than £600. What's the best I can get for that please? I've been looking at some LG ones so far but I know people here will be able to advice me of what's best!
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Old 07-05-2008, 09:01   #248
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Thinking about diving into the HD tv market and wondered if you good folk could answer a few questions.

LCD the best?
Bravia's the best?
Are there different types of HD or all the same?
What should i make sure it should have, inputs etc?
Only really appreciate it from a certain size etc?

Cheers
Jez,I am far from being an "expert" and stand to be corrected by anybody if I'm wrong,but seeing as no one has replied to your post,may I offer a few pointers I have gained over the past couple of years.
No matter what monitor/TV you use,whether it be Plasma or LCD,it must be set up correctly so that it can perform at it's best under the conditions that you want to use it.The Avia test disc (do a Google) is a must IMHO.

HD is 1080i or p.That's the best you're gonna get as long as you can feed your monitor/TV with it,via an HDMI connection lead.As far as HD is concerned,forget about Scart,those days are over.I know nothing about Sky HD or how it's delivered.To view HD via DVD you must have a Blu Ray player and Blu Ray discs (HD-DVD is dead.Don't even bother going down that road).But most Blu ray players,some DVD players and a few Set Top Boxes offer what's called "up-scaling" (sorry if I'm preaching to the converted).They convert a non HD picture (ordinary DVD and telly) to,as near as dam it,HD.Some monitors/tv's have built-in up-scaling on board.I am told that any display over 40 inches needs 1080,where as those under 36 inches can get away with 720.I can't see the difference on my 32 inch Panny between an upscaled 720 or 1080 picture.I'm waiting for the 2nd or maybe 3rd generation Blu ray player before I totally commit to HD DVD.

Regarding inputs,my Panny has 2 HDMI sockets but,as you may have worked out,I need 3.One for the DVD player,one for the Set Top Box and one for the laptop/computer,so untill someone invents an automatic HDMI switching box,I have to swap plugs (what a pain!!!!!!!!!!!).The only other solution is to upgrade the home cinema amp to one that accepts loadsa HDMI inputs and route them all through 1 output to the monitor.I'll ask my bank manager if I can afford that route.
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............. untill someone invents an automatic HDMI switching box,I have to swap plugs (what a pain!!!!!!!!!!!).
Have a look here.
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Old 09-05-2008, 13:36   #250
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I think I have decided on my TV....unless anyone can find better for the money:

http://www.1staudiovisual.co.uk/cata...ch-p-2311.html
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Have a look here.
Thanks Monkey Boy,some heafty prices there,so decided to look around.Finally settled on an OPPO HM-31.Why? Because it's made buy the same folks as my DVD player (OPPO-981HD,which is a great piece of kit).The HM-31 cost me £68 delivered,from CRT Projectors.
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OK....the saga continues. The wife has seen the TV in the flesh (in a shop) and says she doesn't like the glossy black surrounds on the TV. My budget is the same but I'm struggling to find any decent 37" TV's without a glossy black surround. Help please!
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Can anyone offer any comment on the Samsung LE32A559P4F? I'm quite interested but don't have a massive amount of space in my gaff so don't really want to go for anything bigger than 32"
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OK....the saga continues. The wife has seen the TV in the flesh (in a shop) and says she doesn't like the glossy black surrounds on the TV. My budget is the same but I'm struggling to find any decent 37" TV's without a glossy black surround. Help please!
I had similar problems, but the Hitachi L37VO1 had quite a nice retro feel to it, with the silver strip underneath.

http://www.ebuylounge.com/products?s...g=hitachi%20hd

As for the TV, very happy with it.
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Cheers for that bit of info. Also never heard of ebuylounge.org so will check them out.
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Ended up getting the Panasonic 37PX8B . It's a nice plasma for the money and Mrs Monkey was happy with the surround/frame. Not actually had chance to set it up yet as our front room isn't finished. New carpet down today so will start getting things put back in v.soon.
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I just bought a Panasonic TX-32LZD80. SD DVD is amazing compared to my old 28" crt but Freeview is appauling - colours are rich and vivid but flesh tones sometimes look like something off 'A Scanner Darkly'. Also, Xbox (not 360) games such as PGR2 look sharper and more detailed but the outline of the cars is jaggedy/pixelated.

So is the tv showing up the SD source or is the unit at fault? It's going back anyway cos it has developed a humming from the rear pannel. Gonna upgrade to 37" I think.
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I believe the effect you are referring is called "banding". It'd definitely be worth doing some Googling to make sure whatever set you replace it with doesn't exhibit banding problems with SD Television content - I think it's a fairly common problem with lower-end HDTVs.
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I'm looking for a new TV. I'm staying in an apartment during the week that is close to where I currently work and it comes 'equipped' with a rather wonderful 20" Aiwa TV and Video combo. While I do watch the occasional bit of terrestrial TV most of my 'viewing' evolves either a PS3 for gaming or a Mac with a DVI port for Movies, neither of which will work with the ancient Aiwa.

I've used a projector at home for the last two years and before that I had a 32" Sony CRT so I have no idea what to look for with modern Plasma/LCD TV's. What I do know is that I'm looking for a 37" or 42" set, it must have multiple HDMI connectors (and a VGA connector would be nice, but definitely not a deal breaker), an Optical Audio in might be nice but as I don't know the best way to connect a PS3 or Mac to it this may not be a practical requirement or even an option. As most of my viewing is not actually HD it must have decent SD performance, I'm not sure about the whole 720p vs 1080i/p issue either, and it should be capable of coping with the odd Rugby match on TV as well. I'm flexible on price but I'd rather not spend more than £700, and obviously less is better.

There are so many options and places to buy, so I'm looking for a few recommendations as to what I should be looking at, and where I should be thinking of buying it from.
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Go for these brands---> sony/samsung/ philips

And make sure to take extendended warranty 3 year cover.
Also u didnt say how much u looking to spend?

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I'm looking for a new TV. I'm staying in an apartment during the week that is close to where I currently work and it comes 'equipped' with a rather wonderful 20" Aiwa TV and Video combo. While I do watch the occasional bit of terrestrial TV most of my 'viewing' evolves either a PS3 for gaming or a Mac with a DVI port for Movies, neither of which will work with the ancient Aiwa.

I've used a projector at home for the last two years and before that I had a 32" Sony CRT so I have no idea what to look for with modern Plasma/LCD TV's. What I do know is that I'm looking for a 37" or 42" set, it must have multiple HDMI connectors (and a VGA connector would be nice, but definitely not a deal breaker), an Optical Audio in might be nice but as I don't know the best way to connect a PS3 or Mac to it this may not be a practical requirement or even an option. As most of my viewing is not actually HD it must have decent SD performance, I'm not sure about the whole 720p vs 1080i/p issue either, and it should be capable of coping with the odd Rugby match on TV as well. I'm flexible on price but I'd rather not spend more than £700, and obviously less is better.

There are so many options and places to buy, so I'm looking for a few recommendations as to what I should be looking at, and where I should be thinking of buying it from.
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