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I've got the Asda 26", what are the alternatives?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by DaveP, Jun 29, 2005.

  1. DaveP

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    I'm now very happy with the Asda Dual 26" but one nagging thought remains: The 15:9 aspect ratio.

    If I decided to take it back what would my options be to replace it?

    I still think 26" is the correct size (obviously 27" will do too). The next set must have a 16:9 res such as 1366x768 or 1280x720.

    What is available up to a maximum of £600?

    I'd also like component input, HDMI/HDCP would be a bonus.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    Dave
     
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    what about the 27WL55 from Pixmania for £499? Only downside of that is that it's a French model and if it breaks down, you have to ship it to France for repair at your own expense.
     
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    My first post on here, so Hi ! :D

    Anyways, are we sure it is actually 15x9? The hitachi model it's meant to be based on is up for grabs on empiredirect, and they reckon it's 16x9.....

    Why is it that much of a problem, the borders can't be that big can they, or is it a PC res problem?

    Tempted to go buy one today. Am I right in thinking Asda do a 28 day return thing?
     
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    yep, 28 days to return for a full refund, as long as you keep all the bits and original packaging. 1 year warranty will give you a refund option if it goes wrong too. Win-win situation really.
     
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    I thought about that one and it was the warranty issue that put me off.

    If I could find a UK model at that price I'd probably swap.

    Dave
     
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    Try the logik lcx27wn2 from Currys (27").... £459 I believe now. I got a free DVD recorder with mine worth £129!

    Componenet input, 16:9. no HD though.

    Its black and not tacky silver too! AND it has a great picture quality.

    Sound is rubbish but has a sub woofer out so not a problem at all.
     
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    Thanks, I'll have a look later.

    I'm also tempted to save up another ton and go for the Samsung LE26R41B

    Dave
     
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    It is 15:9, do the math 1280 divided by 15 = 85.33333. Multiply this by 9 and you get 768.

    It is only a problem when playing a 16:9 picture through the RGB, composite or s-video inputs. The image become sightly taller and thinner.

    When you use Media Center or PowerDVD etc in XP it shows a 1280x720 picture so you still get 1:1 pixel mapping but you get thin black bars across the top and the bottom of the screen.

    Dave
     
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    If it's anything like the 32" version I've got (I hear it is) I'd highly recommend Samsung's LE26R41B.

    It's just over £600 from Empire Direct when delivery costs are added on:

    http://empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/details/html/SAM-LE26R41B.htm

    It's a fantastic set for the price:

    800:1 Contrast ratio (3000:1 with the "dynamic contrast" but I'd recommend against it)
    500cd/m2 brightness
    12ms response time
    1366x768 Native res

    HDMI (will take DVI with an adapter)
    VGA "PC" input. (1360x768 from a PC, doesn't scale the last 6px)
    Component
    SCART (1x RGB)
    S-Video
    Component
     
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    Thanks Andrew, it's very tempting. Any idea how long before they get more stock?

    Dave
     
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    Well, I ordered my 32" when they said they were waiting on stock, and got it three days later. (would've had it the next day if they hadn't said it had freeview by mistake and called everyone to let them know)

    I'd give them a call and ask, although I'd imagine two weeks at the latest.
     
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    Web Electricals have it in stock at £599.95 with free delivery.

    I'm off to Asda on Saturday I think!

    Dave
     
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    Well I've just got back from a visit to the local retail park and it wasn't very rewarding!

    Currys have a leaflet on HD TVs which includes the Samsung 26" but none on display and none in stock.

    I had a look around and was taken by the pq of a Logik 27" LCD at £499. It somehow seemed smaller than my 26" by some considerable margine. Reading the small print revealed that it had a viewable size of 25.8". Even allowing for that, it still seemed small. Sadly I didn't have a tape measure with me.

    It had twin component and VGA along with the usual inputs. Strangely the 23" Logik was advertised at £599! Maybe they mixed up the sets with the wrong prices. They were too far apart to compare side by side.

    It was also frustrating that most of the cheaper sets were 1280x768, the 15:9 ratio I'm trying to get rid of.

    Anyway, the upshot of all this is that I now realise just what a good set this Dual from Asda is. Maybe I should consider keeping it after all. I've attached the Thomson Freeview box and I'm quite impressed with the pictures from the major channels. I'm sure if I didn't know that it cropped the sides I would never have noticed.

    Oddly I seem to get a better picture when connecting the Thomson by s-video than RGB.
     

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