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Discussion in 'Televisions' started by markshark, Aug 28, 2005.

  1. markshark

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    Hi, I'm looking to finally sort myself out with a new flat panel tv in the next couple of months (don't really mind if it's early 2006). I'm looking to try and be as future proof as possible - HiDef, Freeview, HDMI, etc.

    To be honest, I have been looking at LCD. The reason for this was I've read alot of warnings about screen burn with video games and tv with banners e.g. most SKY programs, even with modern plasmas.

    However, the new Pioneer (436XDE) looks absolutely great! Also I've heard that fast moving images are generally much better on Plasma and I tend to watch lots of sport. How do the latest LCDs cope with fast movement?

    What do you think about the games console and banner issue with Plasmas?

    Also, I've read that you can't get a TRUE hidef image on any Plasma less than 50'? (http://www.hdtvexpert.com/pages/shopping.htm).

    Sorry for all the questions.
     
  2. gandalf72

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    I too am in a similar situation looking to get a new set and am totally confused about what to do. Just when you think you have got it sorted out and are going to go down one route something happens and you go no better not do that actually.

    Dont know about you but the more you read the worse it seems to get and for me if my understanding is right there are no true high defs yet that are native 50 htz?

    I was wanting to hook up pc to lcd and have it run along side a tv pic at same time or console at same time.

    From what I can gather there is no lcd that is capeable of doing that yet without making the screen look bad.

    my understanding is these current screens with the resolution 13something by 768 just dont seem to do the job very well (of course I could be wrong its being doing my head in trying to figure out what is what as I am a total noob at these things).

    The shops seem to not know anything high street wise although in saying that I popped into whytes in glasgow the other day and the manager seemed to know a fair bit about them.

    I think it maybe a good idea if there was a thread that could be created that was stickied for people like you and I and others in a same boat to help in our hour of need lol.
     
  3. markshark

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    I know what you mean! I can't imagine we are that unique and most people have similar connection needs to ours i.e. DVD player over RGB Scart, VHS player over RGB Scart, Sky over RGB Scart (I have an auto Scart switcher), Component for Xbox 360 when released, Freeview tuner as there's no point getting an analogue one these days, HDMI for future proofing. I also watch a fair bit of sport, so good handling of fast motion would be nice.

    Surely some of you learned people can suggest a current or forthcoming set that satisfies these requirements (and those of Gandalf)?
     
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    Oh dear, as someone who is pretty new to these forums as well, may I suggest you put an ad in your local paper that says "Lost, will to live, approx one month after I asked a question about which TV to buy".

    There are different categories of Hi Def, 720p (which most hi def plasmas can do ie ones that have 720 or more vertical lines), then 1080i (interlaced), which some can do and then something called 1080p, which may or may not ever happen.

    What does this mean to anone wanting to buy a telly?........very little, but basically unless you want a projector, you will get 720p if you buy a hi def plasma, whether some can scale up to 1080, I have no idea and would be too frightened to ask. (cue the sound of 1000 experts frantically keying away)

    Be clear, whatever telly you decide to buy, it is riddled, riddled I say, with faults, it will flicker, buzz, screen burn, it may even steal your soul if you look at it too long (which you won;t because the picture quality will be so bad and whoever you bought it from.......they are evil and will try and deny there is a fault, and will eventaully make you lose your house) so whatever you do, once you see a telly you like, go buy it, and don't look at these forums for at least 3 months.

    In short, get one hi def ready with 768 or more vertical lines, HDMI or DVI input, then leg it....................OR, wait.......then wait some more, for prices, they will a tumble and you can laugh at those who paid to be early adopters.

    I'm sorry, I should leave it to those who will tell you to research the market, and for gods sake go see a few screens with your favourite porn DVD (sure to make you popular in Comet and a real test of the sound system and fleshtones). :devil:
     
  5. Stephen Neal

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    There aren't many VCRs that support RGB SCART. There was a Philips S-VHS model with RGB in and out for connection to D/D2-MAC receivers in the late 80s/early 90s, and one or two of the 625/50 D-VHS models supported it, but most VCRs just use Composite or S-video SCART - NOT RGB SCART...
     
  6. markshark

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    It may well be S-Video rather than RGB then, not that I am particularly bothered which. It is an SVHS model though.........

    To be honest, I'd rather have some constructive advice than nit picking about my connection requirements though ;)
     
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    Alas 'nit picking' turns into constructive advice if it prevents a "why didn't somebody point that out to me?" when you find that you can't get a picture from one of your sources.

    If you can wait until next year then do so. We'll all know if Sky HD was worth the fuss and the technology will have moved on giving you greater bang for your buck. Also you'll have looked at more sets and know what you are after.
     
  8. markshark

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    Thanks. Yes I do agree that you need to be spot on with your connection requirements, but still......

    What I am really after is more info about the flat panel tvs that are due in the next 3-6 months?

    I really like the look of the next Pioneer (436?), although I have read that you really should avoid Plasmas for gaming and channels that have logos (i.e. most of the Sky lineup)?
     
  9. gandalf72

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    mark I was thinking same thing m8 about plasma, went into robert whytes in glasgow though and manager seemed to think that plasmas did not do that now which kind of goes against what some people were saying in the pv500 thread. I was originally going down that road then reading that thought about the new panel version of it that had hd which was the ph8d? but that is not due till next couple of weeks or so.

    I was then concerend to read about the burn issue and most people seemed to think in that thread u had to let it settle for about 200 hours and turn off dynamic mode or something like that.

    There seems to be 4 big companies releasing or released new lcds sony, toshiba and sharp / philips.

    The guy in robert whytes was telling me the new philips lcd would include a wireless network on the set which has got me intregued (excuse spelling) forget the model no at moment but sure someone out there will post it.

    It would be great like you said if there was a location that could tell us what was coming out and what to avoid at same time.

    I am so confused by all of this stuff but am trying hard to understand whats going on. I am not too sure about why you put one connection to either tv or amp etc gets a wee bit over my head.

    I am hoping though the more I read the more I will understand guess its the only way.

    I do wish though the moderators would do a sticky as we cant be the only ones in a similar type position.
     
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    Same here guys I'm in the market for a Plasma :confused: Lcd :confused: But when I start looking into it more and more I just get :confused: And P*** Off. Come on Mods lets get a sticky going so we have a good reference point... :rolleyes: I need HELP.........I can see it now once I have paid out £2000+ Everyone will come out and say :nono: Told you so you should have bought a....... :suicide:
     
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    Well the LCD and Plasma forum are both perhaps better and more informative for potential buyers than this generic HD forum:)

    Just have a good read of both, you'll pick up so much information you'll been even more confused but you will then at least know which question to ask:)
     
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    don't forget to check out the DLP forum as well. I had never heard of DLP before I started looking for an HD TV, I now think it's the best option. :smashin:

    PS: I have yet to take the plunge and buy.
     

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