Buying an LCD TV is confusing as hell !

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Buying an LCD TV is confusing as hell !

Post by maximus » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:03 pm

Well we finally decided it was high time we dragged ourselves into the 21st Century with regard to our TV viewing and have decided to buy a 32 or 37" HD LCD. Can't go bigger as we just don't have the room. Thing is, I decide on something only to then hear bad things about it and I'm back where I started :(

So far I have a shortlist consisting of :

Toshiba 37X3030DB
Toshiba C3030DB
Hitachi L37V01
And possibly a PS3 since it's the chapest way into BlueRay at the moment.

Any of you got any thoughts or suggestions ?


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Post by jthspace » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:24 pm

I have a Tosh and have a very "hummy" power supply in it. This is deemed normal and despite "fixes" still hums. Turning the contrast down helped!

I love LG and Samsung LCD panels - they are using the latest generation, I am told, and the quality with an HD demo is outstanding. Colours are crisper and brighter without being garish. Other panels look "grey" in comparison.

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Post by tomm » Tue Jul 24, 2007 5:49 pm

hi Maximus

I know what you mean about hearing the bad things ,ref a product .Then left wondering what to do.It does my head in at times.

Dont know if the following is any good to you (or probably /possibly you have already read it ) .I tend towards liking the review system on the link ,as the items are clearly marked with a star rating and total reviews , etc . So its a very quick visual indicator of an items popularity & so on. Reviews can be from the very techie down to basic laymans language .

http://tinyurl.com/24malv

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Post by maximus » Tue Jul 24, 2007 6:13 pm

Thanks guys. Sorted that link for your Tomm.

Well...i keep shifting backwards and forwards between sets. I'm pretty sure I'm going for the Toshiba...but then Jeff, this is a perfect example of what happens, you tell me about humming from the psu. Not the first I have heard about that by the way. So now I'm starting to wonder again. It's a complete minefield and seems it's totally luck of the draw as to what you get in terms of quality. Personally I don't want to shell out £700 + for a set that hums! My wife has the sort of hearing that governments would pay a lot of money for. I'm sure she could be of great benefit to the SETI project just by sticking her head out the door and listening upwards :lol: So...you can imagine, the slightest noise and she will hear it.

Well I'm off down to Comets to have another look....would never buy from there of course but not many places around here apart from Curry's in which to see all these sets in one place. Will post a follow up when I get back.
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Post by maximus » Tue Jul 24, 2007 8:23 pm

Well Jeff. You were spot on about the LG and Samsung's. Much brighter, crisper images and no motion blur that I could see. Wish places like Comet and Currys would stick a decent source through ALL the sets though...or perhaps thats done deliberatly to herd us into buying certain sets at certain times ? Getting real cynical in my old age.
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Post by bob » Tue Jul 24, 2007 10:59 pm

hi max
i have just been down the same route as you. In the end i ended up buying a samsung le37 r87bdx from go-electrical for £629:99 delevered, two weeks ago.

I am well pleased with this little no, good service from the dealer as well, delevered on time.

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Post by maximus » Tue Jul 24, 2007 11:25 pm

Hi Bob. Glad you came on. I was just reading a review of the Samsung LE32R87BD, which was sounding great until they mentioned the motion blur :(
Can't beleive manufacturers are still releasing new sets with this problem. If computer monitors can eliminate it then surely they can get rid of it from large screen tv's ? Anyway, have you noticed anything like that on your set ?
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Post by bob » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:41 am

NO I havent max, but saying that, I really only use it for tv, I have played a couple of dvd's and not noticed any blur, no problems on the wii either. I think I read the same article as you, so I went to my local currys and checked the blur prob and coudent see a problem on on their machine either, so took the plunge, but as you say reading that article there was a fairly big problem. please dont take my word as gospel, suck it and see for yourself. as for myself this is a big improvement on my last tv a 32" lg cheers bob

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Post by maximus » Wed Jul 25, 2007 10:53 am

Thanks Bob. I'm all over the place with this now. At the moment I'm thinking since the flat panel tv market is changing so rapidly I might just buy a cheaper 32" for now and see what's around in a year or two's time. Looking at 32" Sharp and Sanyo at the moment. I'm determined to make a decision one way or the other by the end of today....I hope...ha ha :)
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Post by bob » Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:16 pm

[/color]is it me, or is this off topic to say the least

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Post by maximus » Mon Aug 06, 2007 4:47 pm

I left the gate open :( closed now though :)
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Post by Buzz » Mon Aug 06, 2007 11:09 pm

Good......can do without that crap from Guests

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Post by jthspace » Tue Aug 07, 2007 8:55 am

Bugger, did I miss something interesting then? Many sites dont let Guests post, restrictive I know. We rarely get problems so it probably isnt worth imposing that kind of restriction.

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Post by maximus » Tue Aug 07, 2007 10:42 am

Well I would love it if guests could post and reply to messages, but If I remove that restriction I have to be sure there will be someone about to delete the spam that will inevitably follow. If you guys are up for it then I'll take the restriction off. Let me know.
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Post by Buzz » Tue Aug 07, 2007 3:29 pm

Sod the guests posting, if they are interested then they should register ;) You didn't miss much jeff, just some tosser posting porn links.......

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