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Best Back projection TV Advice

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by Vectac, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Vectac

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    Hi,

    I've looked at a whole range of LCD/Plasma screens and am not convinced the time is right to invest just yet but I do need a new TV to go with my Denon 550sd (being delivered this week). So I 'm thinking about rear projection TVs as a low cost alternative that could be replaced next year. I'd appreciate any advice (I'm a numpty newbie) on what is the best 42"/44" out there and if you think I have a cunning plan or making a big mistake!

    Thanks
     
  2. Tight Git

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    Hello Vectac (Welcome to the Forum :) )

    If it's only a stop gap RPTV you're after, have you thought of secondhand?

    There are bargains to be had at present, as people upgrade to Plasma. :clap:

    (Did you guess? BARGAIN is TG's favourite word! :laugh: )
     
  3. Vectac

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    Thanks for the welcome and no, I hadn't considered 2nd hand - but it's a great idea. Are you aware of any websites that deal in 2nd hand kit?

    BTW, I share your love of the word bargain!
     
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    Actually "FREE" is an even better word, but that's too much to hope for! :laugh:

    Sorry, I'm not very clued up on websites but I'm sure someone can help.
     
  5. jamesvtidohc

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    have you thought about a projector instead?
     
  6. Laurel&Hardy

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    42WH36 would be my choice, only £950 if you look. But hurry - I just did a quick search and only a few on-ine retailers are selling it now so I guess there's not many left. And be warned - the WH46 is not the same telly - the picture quality is lacking and there's no component video input.
     
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    Is it worth £100 more than the WH46 ?
     
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    Oh yes, I'd say so. I'm sure I've seen on here that people have been told the WH46 is basically the same as the WH36. I would beg to differ after what I saw.

    The WH46 has no component video, no progressive, the picture isn't as good IMO and the 100Hz scanning is only the basic version, unlike the WH36 which has active, natural and progressive as well as basic 100Hz. Oh, and that menu system looks horrid compared to the WH36 - I'm glad I got mine when I did.

    I'd say the WH46 was a rather large backward step in view of the 100Hz PJ's Tosh has produced.
     
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    I have just had my first experience with progressive scan on my 42WH36 from a new SD240 DVD player which I was lucky enough to win, fed through a Mark Grant component cable bought off this forum. :smashin: WOW. It really does make a big difference from my SD220 through RGB scart. Put Shrek on and the colours were superb. Rich and full of detail.

    Its now got me thinking. How can I improve my SKY picture. If I got a progressive capable DVD recorder and fed the signal through that, would it up convert into the TV to give me a progressive picture on SKY?

    Sorry to hijack your thread, oh and by the way. Had my TV for 6 months now and still love it. Even more so now. If you can still get hold of one, get one. You'll love it.
    Cheers

    Paul
     
  12. Laurel&Hardy

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    No sadly it's not that simple. The progressive out from the DVD is just for the DVD player. Also the SCART on a DVD player is output only so no chance of using it as a converter. RGB is as good as SKY gets.
     
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    Cheers Laurel. I thought that if you connected sky box via RGB scart into say Panny or Sony DVD recorder which had component video outs and connect that to the TV, would it not up convert the RGB going in to component out? I'm sure I have read on here that this is possible.

    Cheers

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    Curry's now selling the 51" model for £999 including a free stand!!
     
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    At this price 44'' Sony, a steal

    http://www.unbeatable.co.uk/CatalogueItem_18779.html

    You're probably right with your asessment vectac, there will be a lot of movement in the DLP sector coming, as for the CRT RPTV's, their days are numbered, so this would be the time to get a real bargain.
     
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    Yep that's the WH46. I'm not sure what the picture on this one looks like but if it's anything like the 42" I saw I didn't like it one bit.

    Wouldn't be surprised to see the RPTV market get a lot smaller next year. With DLP coming in and flat panels getting ever cheaper (though not necessarily better) it's fair to say this format's days are numbered.
     
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    Just a quickie....
    Im keen on buying the 51WH46 from Currys for £999 it seems a very good price.
    I notice you have one.... my viewing distance is round 8.5 feet.... in your opinion is this TV viewable from this distance??.....
    and what is your honest opinion about picture quality..??

    Ive never seen a good performing one in the stores so its a case of getting info from people like you who own them.

    Many thanks in advance
    Kind regards John
     
  19. Laurel&Hardy

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    I'd say you were a bit too close for a 51".

    4.5 metres (14.5ft ish) is about the distance I am from mine and it makes real good sense from there. I have sat closer and you begin to see problems - especially broadcasting ones. It has to be said that the WH36 I have is pretty ruthless with poor quality sources. Because of this for instance I'll be ditching the Telewest Digital TV in favour of SKY because it looks horrid on fast moving scenes involving light changes - you can literally see squares! This is not the fault of the TV because the analogue signal looks fine apart from being a bit grainy.

    I know the WH46 is not up to the WH36 for picture quality (comparing the 42") so I doubt it's much different for the 51". Over the weekend I'll sit 8.5 ft away from mine and let you know my thoughts. For £999 the WH46 is a lot of telly though. I'm just not so sure if it's good quality telly, and that is what would stop me buying it.
     
  20. JohnC

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    Heart felt thanks for a super reply...
    Best Regards john
     

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