40"/42" for mainly HD/SD freeview


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Hi all,
My Phillips 32’ CRT has just died, and I need to replace with a 40’/42’ modern screen.

I was very happy with the CRT quality on SD and wouldn’t be replacing it if it hadn’t of died. I’m at a bit of a juncture on what to do next.

I’m tempted to go for a nice LG 1080 LED such as the LG42LS570T for £479 LG 42LS570T | 42 inch LED TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview HD | Richer Sounds

Or the Samsung UE40ES5500 for £529
Buy Samsung UE40ES5500 LED HD 1080p Smart TV, 40 Inch with Freeview HD online at JohnLewis.com

However is this LED worth going for when 90% of my watching will be in SD/Freeview HD? I’ve “heard” that plasmas are kinder on an SD signal than LED. I appreciate that SD is never gong to look stellar on a big screen, but some of the pictures I’ve seen in the shops look horrible. I have no intention of signing up to SKyHD or Virgin, so would a plasma be a better option?

My alternative thinking is the Panasonic Plasma TX-P42X50B for £369
Buy PANASONIC TX-P42X50B | 42" VIERA PLASMA TV - Plasma TVs | Comet

As a really cheap option there is a Samsung plasma at £279 at argos – surely this is a duff model?

Thanks in advance.

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