Advice on the purchase of 42/46 lcd

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  1. Shonte

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    Hi guys,

    I have searched through the forums, read magazines and online reviews and I still dont have a clue what kind of TV I should be looking for.

    I will be sat around 4.2 metres from my set which I believe means I need a 42inch+ set. I think 46 would be perfect.

    I don't want to spend more than 2k.

    I will be using Sky HD and PS3 mainly.

    Can anyone give me their opinion on what sets I should be looking at? I dont mind spending the cash on a very good set, I just cant work out which one is the best.

    The Samsungs and Sony's seem very good as do the some of the Plasma sets.

    Any thoughts greatly appreciated.
     
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    IMO at 4.2m I'd be looking at a 50" set...
    I'm 3.2m away and I'm boarderline 42"-46"...
     
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    Thanks for the reply Lutz. I have read differing opinions on that. What Hifi magazine reckons that a 42 is fine at 4m. I was thinking that 46 would cover it as 50 inch sets just look massive in the shops. I'd get a 50 inch if that what I need, I just dont want to go OTT and end up having something that looks hideous.
     
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    There are many calculators on the 'net that will give you a different recommended size depending on what you're watching.

    The thing that I think puts people off, is that they go into Comet/Currys and the like and stand 2 feet away from 37" + TV's. Unless said TV's are showing HD material (which in Comet/Currys is highly unlikely), then the picture will look atrocious anyway. You can even pick faults in HD material at that distance - which I'm sure a lot do. Standing at that distance also makes the TV itself look massive. I do agree it's hard to visualise what it will look like in your own house.

    I would definately recommend thinking long and hard about what size you want based on what material you intend to feed it, because I was happy with my 32" until I go into HD-DVD, now I want a bigger 1080p screen!
     
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    Ok, lets say I decide on a 50 inch. There are so many out there with differing reviews from site to site. I want one that will be great for movies, sport and gaming. I am willing to pay for it. Can anyone reccomend me a really good 50 inch set?
     
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    What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision magazine has a review of 50 inch HD TVs this month. Might be worth your while picking it up? :)
     
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    Something else that may sway your decision, Sharp are giving a free Blu-Ray player away with their 46 and 52" models...

    Good review on * too.
     
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    I have this months What Hi-Fi. The review a few sets and a couple of them look good. Was just wondering what people on here knowledge and experience's are.

    Thanks for all the replys so far guys.
     
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    I'm looking at 46" for my room and I'll only be 2.5m-3.0m away. Even in the shops with rubbish source, the HD looks fine for me at that distance. Freeview will not look great, but I am going on freesatHD to get the "main" channels on HD, so am not worried. :)

    At 4.2m I'd definitely have a 52", but everyones eyes are different :rolleyes:

    For around £2K I'd be looking at the Sony KDL52W3000 at £1900 and Samsung LE52F96 at £2,200. The flagship Sony KDL52X3500 is out of your range at £2,700.

    Hope that helps.
     
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    Cheers Eddie, I'll take a look at those sets. :)

    I think I am starting to sway to 50". All the advice and calculaters are saying 50+.
     
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    No problem, it's a mine-field, but reading the threads here definitely helps (it also helps put you off buying a TV at all :)

    From memory I think the KDL52W3000 has just won the current WhatHiFi magazine review, but it wasn't up against the Samsung F96 (they used a Samsung plasma). Personally I would struggle to decide between these two.

    I got the prices from http://www.robertwhyteltd.co.uk/ which others have used in these forums.
     

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