26" - Samsung, LG or other?

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  1. gdbutcher

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    Hello

    I've just been paid so want to upgrade my archaic little 15" CRT TV to something a bit more fitting. As you can imagine its a nightmare to play games atm!

    I'm after a 26" screen for use mainly with my Xbox.
    Price range: £300 ish

    Im being drawn to the Samsung and LG models atm. Which of the two can people suggest? Or would another make be better?

    Can anyone enlighten me as to the difference between the Samsung models:
    LE26A456 and LE26A457?
    I can only guess the higher the number the better?

    The LG I've been looking at is the 26LG3000.

    Thanks
    Graham
     
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    The two Samsungs are the same, just depends where you get it from. The LG3000s are basic models and not great. Look at this Sharp - probably a better option than the others and a good price Sharp LC-26D44 Sharp LC26D44EBK- £299
     
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    Thanks vickster

    My order has been made.

    The slightly better refresh rate is quite appealing :)

    Having looked over the forums a little more this one has been suggested quite a few times. The Samsung seems to have been shunned due to alot of smearing. So ill take my chances with this one.
     
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    Another vote for the Sharp LC26D44. Please let us know your opinion of this set when you get it up and running.
     
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    Can anyone confirm if there's a way to switch off overscan on the D44 (say over HDMI)? I had a quick look in a shop and couldn't find an option. This would bug me, as I'm mainly interested in a 26 incher for Xbox use.
     
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    The TV has been dispached, I've also ordered a cheap HDMI cable from ebay for use with my Xbox so I'll happily answer that if I can.

    Im a bit new where TV's are concerned tho. What exactly do you mean by overscan?

    EDIT: Scrap that after a few searches I know know what you mean by overscan. I also found this on the Sharp website:

    I will let you know if I find a way around it in the menu's tho.
     
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    Hey all just a little update on my nice shiny new TV

    Its awesome as far as im concerned. You have to remember ive gone from somethin tiny and old to this so anythin was a huge step up but..

    Im currently using the component cables that come with the 360 and so far dont have any problems at all picture goes from edge to edge and there are no smear problems i can see. It was all easy to setup.

    I am still waiting on a cheap HDMI cable I ordered off ebay to try out..
    Im also planning on getting a cable to connect the PC up for.. well.. erm... just because I can.. it might be useful for iPlayer or 4oD or somethin..

    Im happy to answer any questions anyone has..

    Graham
     
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    so a different model number is the same tv but sold by different places ?

    i'm already confused enough by model numbers !

    we're also looking for a 26" and the Sharp is on the list as a possible along with looking at Samsungs and maybe a Panasonic.
     
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    the best 26" around at the moment is probably the sony kdl26v4500,
    the sammy for around 300 quid gets good reviews too, ive seen a few bad write ups about some sharps but i dont know what models.

    im having same problem, i wanted either the sony 4000 or 4500, the 4500 came 2nd to the sammy in a what hifi test, but that was more down to the sammy being 200 cheaper, the actual test results had the kdl26v4500 as 1st.

    problem with the 26" models there arn't enough choices and all do pretty much same job, if like me your a bit tight splashing the cash just go with the sammy, i will end up with the sony because my audio setup will be sony and i'd rather keep it same make.

    plus if you do go with a cheaper tv, i would get from john lewis, you pay a tad more but get 5 year guarantee, and i've read a lot of good on this site about john lewis.
     

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