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Advice - CRT or LCD !

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Adrian Hughes, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Adrian Hughes

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    Hi all,

    This is my 1st post on this forum and im really looking forward to the replies.

    My partner and myself have recently purchased our first house! and were looking for a nice new TV to go in it.

    We have limited space (corner of room ) 935cm long and we have been looking at a few sets.

    Here are a list of my choices and below them are my personal thoughts on the set etc.

    Philips 32PW9570/05 @ Dixons / Currys = £499 ( one store doing it at £350!!)
    - the set is at a great price and comes with a stand. Its not HD, but then again even when sky brings this HD out next year, there will be a extra charge for the service and im not sure if i want to keep paying more to watch TV.
    It will just about fit in the space im looking at.
    Some people have complained about the fake look to the images the pixel plus 2 produce and the lack of natural look on peoples faces etc.
    Not to expensive to get extra warranty.

    Samsung LE32R41BDX (LCD) @ Digi UK for £844
    - It has HD so its future proof. Will fit into the corner easy. It has no stand, and im not a glass stand person, so will be looking for stand to place it on.
    My one major concern is that how long do the lamps etc on the LCDs last for??.....and digi UK dont offer extended warranty - so what happens if it gets dammaged 3 years down the line on the screen?. Are these LCDs easy to dammage when the screen gets knocked . Many many times have i been to comet and currys and seen LCD screens dammaged due to customers touching them etc.

    Thanks guys

    Ade
     
  2. MAD ANDY

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    short and sweet, but LCD/plasma if you want a flat TV, CRT if you want the best quality! You can of course have similar CRT quality with a top end plasma, but expect to pay more than 10x the amount of the CRT!

    I recently had this same dilema, but as you, dont want to pay for HD as I'm sick of paying too much for Sky already (so much so I'm now on Sky's FreeSat with a cancelled contract) and it wont necessarilly be available for all channels etc, so I went for a Toshiba 36ZP46 TV - best pic I've ever seen on any screen! and all for £595!!!
     
  3. chriszzzzzz

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    Hi
    I took the plunge with the Samsung and don't regret it for one minute.
    Fantastic picture. I was wary about ditching crt but was pleasantly surprised at how well everything looks on it..
    Good luck with whatever you decide. :)
     
  4. cooleo_no1

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    This is MY opinion. It's not entirely fact, its pretty true though.

    LCD - Looks crap with terrestrial, freeview and some Sky channels. Looks good with DVD and amazing with HD quality stuff.

    CRT - Looks great with 90% of things. Not HD compatible though.

    Importance of HD:
    If you're willing to pay for Sky HD then that's great, LCD is probably the best thing for you, especially if you don't watch too much ordinary TV.

    If you're not willing to pay for Sky HD then how important are HD-DVDs to you? How often do you watch DVDs? If you only watch a DVD every month or less then I recommend CRT. It still looks great on a CRT but HD on a LCD has the edge.

    Also, are you willing to pay double the price of a good CRT for a medium range LCD. Especially considering the drop in quality. LCDs have to be used with the highest quality (e.g. HD or DVDs) otherwise they look terrible to reasonable - depending how much you pay for the screen.

    Size:
    No brainer - got room for a CRT?

    Price:
    Again, no brainer - can you afford a good LCD?

    That's about it really. The rest is your choice. Mine would be a CRT, I've got some muscles, why not put them to use? ;)

    As for LCDs they last pretty long, at least 5 years maybe up to 10+. Oh yeh, and LCDs can't be punched :).
     
  5. chriszzzzzz

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    Sorry I don't agree about Freeview looking crap on LCD. I don't know what LCD you are refering to or what your experience has been.
    However, on the new Samsung LE32R51 the picture is quality I certainly have no regrets moving from CRT to this LCD...Even the analogue looks good on it. :smashin:
    I'm not having a go, I just think the original poster deserves to make an informed choice based on a few different experiences.
     
  6. cooleo_no1

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    That's why I said it was all my opinion right at the beginning.

    In my experience LCDs look poor with terrestrial and freeview.

    The best advice the OP can have though is to go to a big department store or a TV specialist (if he/she's lucky enough to have one) and check them out for yourself. If LCD looks fine to you with freeview and analogue then buy buy buy, as long as you can afford the screen.
     
  7. TankTopLover

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    CRT.

    Beats LCD in the freeview/Analog picture quality anyway,also looks great through component progressive scan if you can get a crt THAT HAS IT.mY tOSH 32zp48 DOES AND I LOVE IT!

    I looked at over 40 LCD tv's,obviously when playing dvds lcds has a SLIGHT edge but not enough to spend the extra money IMO.

    If space is an issue then i suppose thats a reason to spend lots of money but i just cant see the point at the moment.


    Oh and my 32" Tosh takes up less room than my old 36" set,due to its space saving stand.I highly recommend the tosh ZP48 series,and all for around £500.

    CRT---->LCD
     

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