Advice required on 26" lcds

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  1. BOUMSONG

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    Hey up

    I'm looking at getting an lcd for my bedroom.

    I'm of the mindset that 32" would sadly be a bit big for my room as i will probably be viewing from 3-4 feet. I'm still not 100% on that though.

    For the moment though, i'm focusing on 26" sets and i'm open to any suggestions.

    My budget is pretty low. I'd probably pay £450max and ideally around £380-£420. A TV is an important investment though so i want to get a decent piece of kit.

    The tv will be mainly used for xbox 360, PC use (eg watching download ep's of Lost, Heroes etc) and Sky TV (football especially). So i want a set which best meets my needs.

    I've done some research and found two Samsung sets which seem to be very plausible options:

    http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/lcd/Samsungle26r74bdx.htm and

    http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/lcd/Samsung_le26r87bdx.htm

    As far as i'm aware the 87 is slightly newer but both have their different advantages.

    Can anyone enlighten me on which is the better option?

    I'm open to other suggestions too.

    thanks!
     
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    I have the 87 and use it for exactly the same as what you want it to do and I have to say, it excels!
     
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    Cool :smashin:

    So does it look quite big?

    Also, is the remote responsive and does it have generally a good interface?

    This may seem quite an odd question but i've seen lcd's before are unresponsive and have poor menus
     
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    It doesnt look big at all - it looks "right" if you know what I mean.

    My wife thought a 32" would be too big and in hindsight I would probbly agree.

    The remote is very easy to navigate and quite intuitive i thought
     
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    I have the LE26R88DB and I agree with all doopydug says.... once calibrated it's an excellent tv.

    Curly
     
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    Nice price, not heard of that particular store and warranties are never worth it till you need to use it, if your only planning of having the tv for a short while then stick with the manufacturers, if not then it may be worth it in the long term.

    Curly
     
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    Why not considering a 32"?At this viewing distance its more appropriate!!
     
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    doopydug, is the SD broadcast great too then? i am also looking for a lcd tv to perform the same functions as BOUMSONG but am worried that the SD is going to be awful. I've read so much on this forum my head is spinning as to what is a good choice! its panny this and sony that... while I appreciate these are the top end sets, just like BOUMSONG I want somethings that serves its purpous well without going OTT on the price paid, but then regretting not spending a bit more! DIFFICULT!!

    matt
     
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    Its not the absolute best for SD but at the money, I doubt you'll find better unless you go for, say a 2nd hand plasma?

    Its very watchable from a standard sky box at a distance of about 6 - 7 ft in my case.

    There are lots of adjustments to make the picture better and fiddle a bitm so dont expect it to be great out of the box.

    I actually started with blackbolts settings in the settings thread and tweaked from there
     
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    Cool, thanks.
    I was considering this unit first off as a friend has last years model and I was quite impressed, but when you get on here to find out what people are saying about their units and what is considered the best for the money it can become quite hard to make a decision; example, for another 90£ i've seen the sony 26T recommended over the samsung unit!! But where do you draw the line and say that the extra money really isn't worth the improvement?
    Without acutually auditioning the units yourself, which is hard, you come to rely on others experiences hence being on here!
    Thanks again!
    matt
     
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    Well I just did a quick measurement of my room and it's 3.66m x 3.3m. However, in the far corner of the room where the TV would go, the wall kind of slants and takes out a large chunk of the room, if that makes any sense :eek::confused:. So basically it's not a regular box room, one corner has a significant proportion taken out.

    So the room is actually a bit smaller than that.

    Would a 32" dwarf the room!?
     
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    Why not look up the dimensions of the tv in question and make a template out of cardboard or similar and see how it looks.

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    Right, I did that and the 32" does look rather big in the corner. However, the 26" also looks quite small.

    What I could do is mount a 32" to my side wall but it would get sunlight coming on to it - I suppose i could just keep the blinds shut?

    I think this could be a good idea though. The other problem, however, is it would create all sorts of cable issues. EG I have a surround sound setup connected to my xbox and pc which are beside each other. Moving my TV to the opposite wall would mean moving my Xbox. As a result you have to then have cables going over the floor or under the carpets. Hopefully they are long enough.

    ARGH it'#s never easy is it :eek:
     
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    LOL! cables are never long enough when you neeed them to be!
     
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    ok im back to probably getting the 26 sammy now.

    One last question, is sd good and in particular football?
     
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    I think it's very good for both, once you have calibrated it but it is source dependant. I was watching some football on BBC 1 which was excellent, hit the red button and could select same match and another and both were ropey. freeview channels are also dependent on the input but most are good.

    Curly
     

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