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26" LCD advice required

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Tenex, Oct 11, 2004.

  1. Tenex

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    I'm considering buying a 26" LCD after seeing one in a Sony display in a store can anyone comment on the which brand/model/website or store to buy it from?

    I'm looking primarily to a 26" 'cos of price/size - it seemed the smallest acceptable size viewed from a sofa at about 2-2.5m. Anyone think it's too small (I hope not I don't think I can afford a larger one at this time ;) ).

    Thanks
     
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    I was looking at 26" lcds in John Lewis at the weekend, they had the JVC, Samsung, LG, Toshiba and Sony models on display. I had been interested in the JVC primarily because I like the look of it, until I switched on the Sony and was gobsmacked by the picture quality. I don't know if the others just had poor input signals or what but the difference between them and the Sony was vast.
    Also I believe the Sony is the only one that is HDTV compatible unless anyone else knows different?
     
  4. Tenex

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    I was in John Lewis an hour ago and I have to say the Sony's plasma and LCD were streets ahead of all the others ... having said that the others had extremely variable picture quality and the aspect ratios were all messed up so it's probably not an entirely fair comparison.


    HDTV? Hmm don't really know anything about that, is it arriving soon?

    [and thanks jimg]
     
  5. Rob20

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    I have a 26" Toshiba WL46, which has a res of 1366 by 768, and is HDTV capable of both 720p, and 1080i. Though there's now a newer model, WL48, which has an HDMI input. The smallest screen is 32" which can be bought online for £1,300 or less.

    Interestingly enough, the Toshiba is one of the few lcd screens under 32" that has the proper 16:9 screen ratio rather than most of the competitions 15:9. Which i believe the sony 26" is.

    How much were you looking to spend?
     
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    There's already a very limited 1080i hi-def tv channel you can access via satellite dsh, (see hi-def forum area on this site). Sky has a hi-def service planned for 2006. Though no one knows much about it, whether it will be 720p or 1080i.
     
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    On current broadcasts there are 576 horizontal lines of picture data that are visible. High Definition Television will have anything from 720 to 1080 lines of data, which will result in super sharp crystal clear pictures. I haven't see it myself but I've read that once you've watched it you can never go back!!
    HDTV is already available in the US and Japan, and apparently Sky will be broadcasting it from 2006. In the meantime I would expect an increase in production for HD DVD players and TVs.
    I mentioned it because of the price of LCDs. personally I would consider it a bit of a waste of money to spend £1000 plus on a TV that wasn't compatible.
     
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    IMO, a proper hi-def tv would have a res of 1920 by 1080p at 60fps. Though the only sets I'm currently aware of having this spec are the upcoming Sharp 45" lcd, (£5,500 rrp), and an 80" Samsung Plasma, (£20k+ at a guess).
     
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    I'm very pleased with my Samsung. I nearly bought the Sharp Aquos LCD 26' tv, because it had a true 16:9 ratio. But the Samsung had a far nicer design (best design out of all LCDs, but that is a matter of personal taste) and I thought the picture looked slighty better
     
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  11. Tenex

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    thanks all couldn't reply y'day

    @Rob20
    I'm looking to pay £1000 or less (otherwise it would seem sensible to go with a Richer plasma deal).

    So is it correct that almost all are 15:9 rather than 16:9? I assume that would mean blcak bars top & bottom?

    Which 32" did you mean for £1300? Seems pretty cheap?
     
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    I have been looking at the Toshiba 26WL46 which can be picked up for £899. It has had some good reviews.

    It appears not to be the very best of the current crop of LCDs, but is also a good deal cheaper.
     
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    imho 15:9 or 16:9 makes no difference - the screen upscales the image to fit the native resolution of the panel. all film dvds will result in black bars above and below the picture whatever the ratio of the panel. digital tv pictures are stretched to fit the screen (ie no black bars). if you can tell the difference between the aspect ratio of a 15:9 and 16:9 panel then choose whichever you prefer. if not, then i wouldn't worry about it!

    i own a sony 32" mrx1 and i can say sony's new wega engine produces wonderful pictures. i'd recommend it every time.
     
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    Sharp Aquos LC30HV4E. Richer Sounds £1499 BARGAIN!! A little bigger than what you want but one of the best LCD's on the market. Good PC link up as well, my mate has one. works for games and television well.
     
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    What are you trying to do to me...(needs a smilee of someone sobbing uncontrolably), I paid £1,275 for mine less than 2 months ago. Thought it was a good deal as it's rrp was £2,000. :( :rolleyes:

    For christs sake, BUY ONE! at that price. Jesus. Well pleased with mine. 16:9, (1366/768), 720p/1080i. Great PQ and sound. Great connections. 2 component (dvd/console/future hi-def tv broadcasts). 2 RGB for whatever else. Another composite scart, svhs and more. :)
     
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    Toshiba has a new lcd range. WL48 (as opposed to the older WL46 which I have). Range starts with the 32" set for less than £1,300 on some sites. Has HDMI input but lower contrast. Personally I'd wait for a review of the 48, or go see it before buying one though.

    Most lcd's are 15:9 or 1280 by 720. I think it's a throwback to pc lcd resolutions or something. Though it seems that newer screens are now 16:9 (1366/768) these days.

    There aren't many lcd sets that are less than £1,000 to be honest. What size screen are you after?
     
  17. Tenex

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    I'll wait for a review as you suggest. £1300 isn't a problem it's just that for around ~£1600 the Richer Panny plasma comes into view.... and that seems tempting even though I don't really think 42" is necessary/comfortable with seating 2.5-3m away (am I wrong?).

    [and I'm keeping an eye on the Tosh 32" thread BTW ;) ]
     
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    I sit 4m from my 42PWD6 and that is fine.
     
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    I would suggest a 42" screen from just 3m would look ridiculus. Great for movies and games, but for everyday. normal tv viewing I reckon it's too big. I suppose it depends on how big the room is I guess. Personally I reckon a 37" screen would be the max, though 32" optimum. Though that's just my opinion. :)

    Go and have a look at how big a 42" screen is. I recently took a trip to a small Sony shop and from 2-3m range the tv looked enormous.
     
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    Try this page LCD TVs , should find something for your needs. :smashin:
     
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    Rob20

    The usual non-ideal room layout but essentially the smaller part of an L-shaped room. Although I have to admit there is a build in the planning phase and next year the space/layout will be completely different and 4m+ will not be a problem though for the moment 3m is more ralistic. The 42"'ers look great with a DVD playing but I'm not sure that TV viewing wouldn't be a bit exhausting.


    thanks for the pointer GrahamC
     
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    Just been looking at the JVC range and their 26" is also HDTV compatible at 1080i. This might be worth considering as you can get it for under £900 now.
     

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