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esieens

Standard Member
Hello All,

I've finally made my mind to go for a LCD or plasma screen - my selection is the following:
- Phillips 32pf9986
- Sony KLVL32M1
- Toshiba 32wl48
- Hitachi 32PD5200

More than connectivity or being future proof, I'm looking for the best picture with a freeview feed.

I've seen all these TVs in different shops and it looked like the Sony or Hitachi sets were the best to cope with that kind of signal.

What is your recommendation?
Thanks
 

jimsan

Established Member
Philips 9986 every time. Future proof too, unlike the Sony. Not sure about the Hitachi. If you can afford the 9986 it is the one. Loaded with fantastic features and best PQ.

Jimmy
 

richjthorpe

Established Member
esieens said:
- Phillips 32pf9986
- Sony KLVL32M1
- Toshiba 32wl48
- Hitachi 32PD5200

Philips is especially good with poor signals with it's PixelPlus 2 and is HDTV ready, but forget using a Prog Scan DVD player if you're using the DVI input on a Sky Hi Def feed next year. It's either one or the other.

Sony is apparently a very good picture although the reviews I've read say differently. Not HDTV ready !

Toshiba supporters are on here butthere are some issues with the HDMI connection.

Hitachi is a ALiS plasma panel and although boasts 1024x1024 the number of horizontal lines displayed is actually 512 doubled some how. Therefore not actually HDTV ready.

Other recommendations, either Sharp GA3/4 if you can find one or Sharp GD1E.

Richie.
 

neilmcl

Prominent Member
I would say the Sony provides the most natural picture whereas the Philips is a little too overprocessed for my liking.
 

jimsan

Established Member
neilmcl said:
I would say the Sony provides the most natural picture whereas the Philips is a little too overprocessed for my liking.

The processing on the Philips can be adjust to suit you own taste. Full PP2 is a very powerful processing feature, but is easily backed off for a more natural picture if thesource is good enough.

It is true that it cannot handle both HDTV and component inputs at the same time. This should be easily remedied by next year by the addition of DVI/HDMI switching. Nearly all currently available TV's that are HDCP compliant, will need some help with DVI switching sooner or later..

As with most situations, it's down to the Philips or the Sharp.

Jimmy
 

MickyGee

Established Member
Go for a Sharp if you can find one !
 

ianh64

Established Member
richjthorpe said:
Hitachi is a ALiS plasma panel and although boasts 1024x1024 the number of horizontal lines displayed is actually 512 doubled some how. Therefore not actually HDTV ready.
Its even worse with the 32". Its actually a 852 x 1024 ALiS panel which equates to 852 x 512. However, it gives a pretty good picture for SD sources, but not much good for progressive or 1080i. I was tempted once... just the once mind.
 

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