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Choice of 3 32"LCDs.. Bit of advice required

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by groovyf, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. groovyf

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    I've been looking at:
    Hitachi 32LD7200
    Toshiba 32WL56
    Samsung LE32R41B

    Hitachi.. well out of stock everywhere. The Toshiba looks decent and seems to get favourable mentions in here (shame I can't find a review on homecinemachoice.com), and the Samsung favours highly too (can't find a manual on Samsung's site.. can't even find the model at all! Would appreciate a link if some has it.), and looks (appearance-wise) the best of the lot.

    I have a Topfield Freeview recorder (RGB connected at the moment) and a Panasonic DVD-S75 (RGB also, but has component), probably looking at HDMI DVD player in future, and definitely intend hooking up a PC via DVI (D-SUB if non-DVI)
    As I'm disregarding the Hitachi, would there be any real difference between the Tosh and Samsung models for my intended use?

    Cheers
     
  2. manzee

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    The Tosh has no dedicated component input, you have to go through VGA. The Samsung might have tearing problems.

    Decide which is the lesser of two evils I guess!
     
  3. groovyf

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    Hmm. According to the Tosh manual, only one of the 2 SCARTS is RGB :/
     
  4. andrewfee

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    Manzee; the Samsung tearing is no longer an issue; Samsung has a fix for it now, so that shouldn't affect groovyf's decision in any way.

    The Samsung is a fantastic screen, and looks exceptional when fed a good signal. Poorer signals look ok, but that's the case with most LCDs.

    You cannot get 1:1 mapping through the HDMI port on the Samsung, but the VGA looks amazing. You virtually cannot tell the difference between VGA and DVI/HDMI quality on it the VGA is so good. This also frees up your HDMI/DVI port for an upscaling player, rather than having to swap cables around all the time.

    I don't think you can go wrong with any of these screens, but I know from experience how good the Samsung looks with a good signal. (good quality freeview/ntl channel, DVDs, HD clips)

    Here's a shot I took of the "Madagascar" HD DivX clip on it:

    [​IMG]

    This shot is straight out of my camera; the only thing done to it was shrinking the size to go online.
     
  5. -=Sniper=-

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    andrewfee, is the samsung any good as a monitor?
     
  6. andrewfee

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    Fantastic as a monitor. The VGA input is better than I've seen on any "proper" LCD monitor.

    Very crisp when it's got 1360x768 sent to it.
     
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    ah, what graphics card you using? how about the gaming on it!

    currently considering the Dell 2405 but also want good HDTV support.

    thanks
     
  8. andrewfee

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    I've had mine hooked up to my Powerbook (ATi 9700) and two PCs; nVidia Geforce 4MX and ATi Radeon 8500.

    I've tried out the Doom 3 and HL2 demos, and they looked unbelievable.

    This will do a far better job as a "TV" than the Dell, and is just as sharp as a monitor. It's lower resolution though, so it may not be enough, depending on what you do. (if you just browse, email, chat etc it's fine)
     
  9. groovyf

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    Ta for the input andrewfee. Much appreciated.
     

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