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100Hz or not for Freeview / SD footie


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I have about 5 days left to make a decision on LCD for my newly extended lounge. My old faithful 28" CRT looks lost in it!
Main use at present will be freeview via aerial--do not intend to get freesat or Sky / NTL anytime soon. The gurny kids may hook their 360 & Wii when their mates are round but they already have a Samsung LE26R74 (with Games mode) in the other room for these.
The boss will need a PVR but we don`t tend to rent in many DVDs.
I had swung to Sammy LE46F86 for its 100Hz & motion system for watching footie etc but I looked at (famous threaded) LE46M86 in Currys today beside a 46 Sony Bravia -both on SD --& it looked great but no sport showing at time. I got the PFY to turn the volume up & that was also acceptable--obviously the Gurnykids want a £350 sound system but the builder didn`t leave me much spare after his butty & I already have trouble with the neighbours !
I see peeps in here giving the Philips 47PFL & Tosh42 good credits & I am fairly open to educated comment. Any LG fans?
I accept that I may not need the 100Hz system for most of my viewing so comments on sport viewing on alternatives very welcome, and the £££ saved would be useful for other toys (360 steering wheel or Pyramat sound rocker!) or a nicer furniture stand !
Budget for screen £1400 ish.
Minimum viewing distance 6ft--max 20ft normally 10--13ft.
I think a 50" will be TOOOO big / gawdy in the room.

I would prefer (no particular merit)
LCD not plasma
46"ish to 40"
Good built-in sound
Better than acceptable 360 & Wii play
Watchable Freeview SD footie / sport.
Pleasing on the eye.

I am also still trying to figure which Sammy LCDs have anti glare?

Thanks in anticipation


Established Member
Any reason why you won't go plasma? Given your usage, I'd say that's the way to go as no 46" LCD is going to match, say a PX60 or Pioneer with SD material. Not to mention you'd save a lot of cash if you bought a PX60 instead. It seems foolish to right off this option given that it looks to suit your needs best, a 1080p LCD seems like a poor investment for a freeview telly.

BTW this is coming from someone who's just placed an order for a 1080P LCD, but that's because HD performance is much more important for me. I've just helpmed my dad buy a TV and since he's basically 100% SDTV and loves watching football he went with a Samsung plasma.


Distinguished Member
With such budget,you have to celect 40" or 46" first to suggest the best


Standard Member
Ta Brain_Stew.
I had read in here that plasma was not that good for gamers--I know 360 not top of list but I got the impression that plasma was now on the way out--sure I can get a BIG plasma for less dosh but with everything moving towards "higher" def I don`t want to buy into old technology. Kids would not respect burn in issues so plasma would probably get abused !
My main concern is probably smooth display of footie etc. Does plasma handle this well?


Standard Member
it`s a bit cart / horse-- chicken / egg !! I think!
I`v seen Sammy LE46F86 on DABs £1384 & 46M £1100 so I could get decent 46" in budget.
I know if I push the spec up I may only get 40" for same money--my query probably is what features get me the acceptable sports viewing without buying into other complications I won`t have much use for--almost a KISS scenario.
I think 46" is right for the room size but do I really need the Sony X3500 / Sammy "F" (or whoever) clever (& expensive) motion versions to achieve smooth viewing?



Distinguished Member
Hmmm,but some F86 disable 100Hz because it causes more motion problems though!Anyway I agree that with your viewing distance ideal is 46",so 46F86 or Sony KDL-46W3000 for slightly more

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