I'm so happy to have low standards

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  1. richard plumb

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    I thought I was a fussy bugger, but apparantly nothing compared to some of you guys! :p


    Went around today looking for a new set to replace my non-HD ready, non-Xbox 360 720p compatible philips LCD.

    I was specifically looking for the panny 500, the two new Sonys and the samsung cheapy.


    I saw the samsung next to a philips 5720(?) running a sky HD promo via HDMI in Comet. Both looked pretty much identical. If I concentrated, the philips might have had slightly more contrast, but I hadn't checked the settings on either set. Suffice to say the samsung looked great.

    Then checked out the Sony V32 in Powerhouse, running Monsters inc via component (using a HDMI toshiba player, but no HDMI cables - duh!). Quite disappointed. Quite a lot of pixelation - sharp corners etc. Looked like bad scaling, which is the one thing the Wega engine is supposed to improve over the S32 isn't it?


    Then went to the local Sony store, John Lewis, Bentalls and Currys. Saw both Sonys and the samsung doing normal rubbish TV (either a badly distributed Sky feed, or analogue terrestrial). All the TVs looked bad close up, but to my eye, they looked pretty much of a muchness from a normal viewing distance.



    So this has taught me a couple of things.

    1) If I were to choose, I'd choose the S Sony over the V because I'm not convinced of the benefits of Wega engine on our bad digital broadcasts. (DVD I'd HDMI or project anyway)

    2) The samsung more than holds its own over the sonys IMO.

    The philips was impressive though, and I'm going to check out online prices to see how it compares to the Sony/Samsung.
     
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    It doeesn't sound like you have low standards, you're just going by what you've seen for yourself :). That's partly why everyone doesn't buy the same TV, opinion regarding picture quality is subjective.
     
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    I suppose. Luckily my own personal opinions are several hundred pounds cheaper than I'd expected :D


    Now to take the wife in to take a look, and for her to say 'I like that one, its got a shiny black frame'....
     
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    The Samsung beat the Sony, Panasonic Toshiba and phillips in the Home Cinema Choice tests `OCT issue out now. If thats any help.
     
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    O_O

    Those new sonys and the panny 500?

    Off to smiths now....
     
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    What is OCT?
     
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    october :smashin:
     
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    If i remember rightly, having read the article in Smiths, the emphasis of the review was value for money rather than necessarily outright best TV.
     
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    You know it

    It's true, there are a lot of unnecessarily fussy people here. I say unnecessarily, because the source (ie, broadcaster, or dvd manufacturer) makes the most difference to picture quality, and we can't do anything about it.
     
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    See October Home Cinema Choice. The sets compared are ... Panasonic TX-32LXD50 (Not 500), Philips 32PF5520 (not 9830), Sony KLV32M1 (not KDL-V32A12 "V" Series). So the Samgsung 32R41BD is not being compared with the best competition available right now. Also the Hitachi 7200 and Sharp GA6 need to be considered.
     
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    hmm. Sometimes having internet access is a pain in the backside, waiting for print to catch up.

    That group test is almost worthless (to me at least)

    Still, the samsung gets highly rated for HD, and SD to me is fine. Save the difference to upgrade my AE100
     

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