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Can someone put my mind at rest ....

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by robe1101, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. robe1101

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    I have been readinmg these forums with great interest over the past few months and am on the verge of ordering a SHARP LC-32GD7E when they come out.

    One thing that is bothering me though (scaring me silly really) is the number of threads about rubbish piture quality on LCD TV's when watching digital terrestrial broadcasts. While I will be hooking up a HTPC to the screen as well I don't want to pay £1500 and have a worse picture than my current Sony CRT, the other half would linch me ....

    Can anyone put my mind at rest that it will be at least as good ..... please ....
     
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    This is something that is putting me off buying any hdtv atm tbh.I watch alot of sky tv,so spending £1000+ to have a worse picture than my standard tv is completely insane! Plasmas are the same apparently,so until a manufacturer sorts this problem i will wait before i take take the hd plunge.

    I read in 'what home cinema' that sharp have some sets that are PAL friendly and are focused on providing decent quality tv pictures...anyone had any experiences with these sets?

    Sharp LC-32P5OE<--- one of them
     
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    A lot of the problems are down to the bitrate of digital broadcasts whether they are terrestrial or satellite and have nothing to do with the panel. If the source is crap the picture will be as well. With a high bit rate, digital TV can, and does, look very good on a large plasma or LCD panel.

    John
     
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    So basically... im stuffed. :mad:
     
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    Thanks fellas

    I understand about the bitrate etc. but at the moment i get quite a good picture (even if the bitrate is crap) on my CRT using a freeview box, and like stuart69 syas I don't want to spend £1500 on a new screen for a worse TV picture just so I can watch the odd bit of HD content downloaded from the internet

    After all the screen will be mainly used for watching TV

    Can anyone running a similar setup comment.

    At the moment by freeview box says that the signal strength is about 65% with quality at 100% ..... is this enough to give me a good picture on a 32" LCD
     
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    Find a local specialist AV delaer and see if they can do a weekend loan - this will let you play around with the settings and see if it works for you or the missus.
     
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    Does anyone know of a retailer that will loan out equipemnt in the Nottinghamshire area ?

    How does this work? Do you have to buy the kit and get a refund or do they just let you take it !
     
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    Depends if you have a good relationship with a particular retailer as it tends to be the specialist dealers that will do home loans - you're not likely to get one from Dixons :D

    I've done it a couple of times with gear and usually I just sign a receipt to say I've taken the items and agree a date to take them back. When I've doen this and subsequently bought, I always return the borrowed item and get a new one ordered.

    John
     
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    Yell.co.uk or Yellow Pages is your friend - so too is google local.
    There's no set rules - it all depends on the dealer and how helpful he wants to be to get your business. But they're not daft and if they get a whiff of you using them before buying online, they'll show you the door quicker than you can blink.
     
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    The fundamental problem is that you're displaying low resolution content on a fixed high resolution display. The bigger the screen, the worse it will look.
    Your options are:
    - Get a lower resolution screen (ie. non-HD, like the Sharp PE50)
    - Get better input
    - Get a smaller screen (or sit further from the screen)
    - 'Improve' your input by running it through quality scalers (like FFDshow on a HTPC)
     

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