LCD TVs.

#1
I am looking in to the purchase of one of these things in the near future....

But what should I look for? Any ideas for the perfect balance between cost and viewing pleasure? Or what most of the acronyms mean in real terms?
 
#3
plasma instead of LCD - better picture
 
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#4
The forums on this site are full of people who know what to look for, and what the best deals are at the moment on all things LCD and plasma - go to the forums, and look under the Video Component section.
 
#5
in_the_cheapseats said:
plasma instead of LCD - better picture

Not nessassarrily*.

(* that is not how you spell that word!)

It all depends on the logic circuits inside the set and how it handles and processes the info. Some are better at locking colour, others are better at fast moving pictures. It really depends on what you like and how much dosh you want to spend. Remember, there are only a couple of manufacturers who actually make the screens so most brands of TV will have the same screen but are a different price due to features and 'branding'.
 
#6
Can only report as follows....
we have a Sony BRAVIA 46 inch LCD and is the nuts! saved a packet at costco too!
 
#8
So... they're not a 1098 item then?
 
#9
in_the_cheapseats said:
plasma instead of LCD - better picture
And what do you base that on? It's commonly accepted that below 37", LCD is better than plasma.
 
#12
Also IF you want it for HD Make sure it has a HDMI connector fitted.If it only has a DMI connector then you will need a DMI to HDMI adaptor & a set of sound leads.SCART is no use with HD tho.
 
#13
Preferably you want 2 HDMI connections if you can get them.
 
#14
You also want HDMI 1.3 if you want your PS3 to work in HD mode.


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#15
the_matelot said:
in_the_cheapseats said:
plasma instead of LCD - better picture
And what do you base that on? It's commonly accepted that below 37", LCD is better than plasma.
Matelot - Perhaps I made a wrong assumption but I was talking about 42"+. I'm not really switched on by the current standard of picure for LCD particulaly for watching sport. For that reason, I make my choice.

I won't disagree with you on the smaller screens and would probably need to review before another buy as LCD tech is moving on fast. However if money and size aren't the object, right now for a big screen, I remain a plasma fan.
 
#16
the_matelot said:
in_the_cheapseats said:
plasma instead of LCD - better picture
And what do you base that on? It's commonly accepted that below 37", LCD is better than plasma.
What HiFi publishes a useful guide on calculating your ideal screen size given the size of your living room.

I bought a Pioneer plasma last year. The picture is superb but it's very susceptible to 'burn'. If a static image is left on screen for more than about 20 minutes a 'ghost' of the image will be visible for a while after you change channel. Channel logos and the 'Press i' logo used by the BBC are very bad for this. The burned image eventually fades but LCD screens don't suffer from burn.

Regarding a telly with a hard disc recorder, you could splash out on a media centre PC if you're feeling flush. It'll record multiple channels at the same time. You'll also be able to download, ahem, media from the Internet. Not that you'd be getting pirate copies of the latest films and CDs for free using bittorrent - 'cos that would be illegal 8)
 
#17
As a total novice in this modren televisual machinery business, what type of set/screen should I buy to be sort of future-proof?

I'd like High Definition - only partly so that I can count the hairs on the - ahem - "dancing girls'" legs . . . .

And can it, in a tight corner, also be made to run on steam?

Like my missus and the old set?
 

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