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Choosing my 32" LCD TV!

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by benmiles, Feb 9, 2005.

  1. benmiles

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    Hello Guys, :)

    I have been a lurker for a few days and the wealth of knowledge and friendly attitude has compelled me to register and join in on the fun. At the moment I have a 36" Toshiba Picture Frame CRT, which is a superb screen in every way.

    Unfortunately I am going to have to sell it, despite it being only 6 months old, and opt for a flat screen due to a house move. Suffice to say its bulk favoured against it in the eyes of my better half! I am thinking of scaling down to 32" and have quite exacting standards for my next purchase. Choosing the right one for me is proving to be a total minefield. One of the main ones I had been considering is the Toshiba 32WL48, though I would love to hear other recommendations.

    The following are absolute requirements:

    HDTV ready, either through DVI or HDMI
    Native resolution support with PC screens via DVI, ie not stretched to fit.
    Excellent picture quality
    RGB SCART (obviously)
    Attractive Bezel

    Would be nice but by no means necessary:

    Removable speakers
    Built in Digital tuner

    I know its a big ask to come straight in and start leaching knowledge, so hopefully you guys will be gentle!

    Thanks a lot

    Ben
     
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    Sharp 32GD1E - Does exactly what it says on the.....er, post above ?! :D

    DVI-I with HDCP
    1368x768 res can be used for linking with a PC (The Tv's native res is 1366x768 cutting 2 pixels)
    Picture quality is fantastic on good sources. Only beaten by the Philips 9986
    (I have my 32GA3 linked to a Freeview box and I'm happy with it)
    3 x Scart (2 are RGB), Component, S-Video, Composite
    Slim Titanium coloured bezel
    Detachable speakers
    External tuner box with digital tv

    Can be bought for £1900 from Crampton and Moore in Sheffield. Try Price matching it with John Lewis.

    Richie.
     
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    The one yoiu will see recommended most often is the Philips32pf 9986 or 9976.Personally I shall wait until sky release their hdtv sky box by which time there should be more models on the market and , maybe, at cheaper prices. Sharp do one- the LC32GD1E which also has a digital tuner which sells for about £2231 this may be your best bet.
     
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    Hi,

    from my research of the Tosh I didnt think it supported anywhere near natice for PC connectivity. Best it supported was as follows

    VGA: 640 x 480/60 Hz (VESA 480-60)
    SVGA: 800 x 600/60 Hz (VESA 600-60)
    XGA: 1024 x 768/60 Hz (VESA 768-60)


    you can find the owner manuals on the toshiba technical site url below

    http://tesc.toshiba.co.uk/Web/Website.nsf/ContentFrameSet?OpenFrameset
     
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    Thanks guys. I see the Tosh does 1280 x 720, but does it then stretch it to 1366x768? I am pretty sure this would look terrible with text as well as graphics. Do you know if the Toshiba will accept a 1366 x 768 PC signal and then fit it perfectly onto the screen, because that is what I am after really!
     
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    I don't think it does. The only one that does it near perfectly is the Sharp (2 pixels dropped).

    The Philips only display 720 through it's DVI port.
     
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    I am really liking the sharp a lot - the only problem is price. It is some 700+ more expensive than the Tosh :)
     
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    thats why I am waiting awhile. I'd suggest using your crt until prices drop further
     
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    I agree...I'd wait if you can.

    Panasonic, JVC, Hitachi, Sony all bringing out new models over the next 4 months...I am assuming that Sharp will also(?)
     
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    Hi all,

    Been trawling through some other threads and there is a lot of interest being generated by this TV.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=83120

    No proof that it is good with PC inputs, but the Video7 website states that it is HDCP enabled! This would make it the cheapest 32" HDCP set in Britain. Proper 16:9 screen with all sorts of tricks. Bad point seems to be poor Pixel Response time.Customer reviews are very positive.

    This is the first 'Budget Screen' I've found that is actually worth keeping an eye on.

    Jimmy
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, but im not really the "pays your monies and takes yours chances" kinda person - especially reading up on some of the Tiny Plasma screen horror stories. If I have to save another 3 months, then thats what I'll do. If anyone does have another quality (though slightly cheaper!) 32" LCD that can do 1:1 PC input with no scaling I'd love to hear from you :)
     
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    Your assuming tyhast the videoseven is another Tiny horror story. This might be the first realistically priced 32" on the market. Only time will tell whether its any good. :clap:
     
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    Indeed, I am just not the person to find that out :p
     
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    Which is why its probably worth waiting to see how things pan out.Having said that a regular brand is probably a lot easier to get serviced should the need arrise.
     

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