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Lcd for a small room/ fairly close up viewing?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by softg1, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. softg1

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    Hello,
    my first post! I've been trying to gleen info from reading all the other threads but thought what the hell... I'll come right out with it in a new thread. Hope you don't mind another 'which Lcd?' question!

    The thing is, I'll be sitting about two, at most, two and a half meters from the screen.

    The space in which it will hang is about 900mm wide so I can't get anything too wide. (I like the Philips 32pf9986 but it won't fit)
    There is also a bay window adjacent so contrast is a factor.... but so are thicker curtains if needed!

    In terms of input signals, I'll be feeding the screen with sky+ mostly, followed by DVD, oh and my 5 year old insists on watching the same old vhs films over and over.

    My budget is about £1,600 (I'm spending no more than £1,000 as far as the missus is concerned... She'd make do with a 15" portable and we, er sorry I, can't have that!)

    I want a reasonably good quality picture (crt too big for the space-plus It needs to be wall mounted) and I don't know if a good Lcd computer screen or a Lcd tv is my best bet... let alone which make/model.

    Your advice is appreciated.
    Cheers
     
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    Do you want 16:9 or 4:3??

    I have the Logik 17" 4:3 in my small room, looks good and doubles up as a pc monitor
     
  3. softg1

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    Thanks for your reply.

    I think a 16:9 would suit more because we'll be using it to watch films and TV - however I don't want to rule out 4:3 just yet. (But I don't really need to hook up my computer)

    I guess the deciding factor will be how the picture will look with a sky+ feed whilst watching from about 2m away.

    I am trying to get a short list together ... I haven't been able to find a shop with a sky+ feed that are prepared to hook up different screens for me to scrutinise, so I am asking for your collective advice.

    Once I have narrowed it down a bit, I guess I can get a bit more fussy in a specialist shop, without wasting too much of their time and mine.

    Thanks
     
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    What about 26" sharp Aquos? either the LC26GA3E or LC26GA4E (the first won't be as wide if you are keeping the sharp speakers as they are placed at the bottom)

    I think they can be found for about £900 is you look around. Need to buy soon though as they are discontinued.
     
  5. BOUMSONG

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    Is that the LCX17LN2?

    I bought that the other day.

    I only have a small room and i have a big widescreen downstairs so it deffo does the job. Also, i think for that size 4:3 is better, particularly if you want to use it with the pc as well.

    My only gripes are that sometimes when watching footy on sky its a bit blurry. Also, come colours are a bit strong eg when watching Chelsea v Middleborough, Boros shirts were blinding my eyes! Maybe i need to alter the settings?

    Other than that the only thing is for some reason 60hz games on my xbox are in black and white. Oh yeah and my pc was blurry but i only tried S Video, i need another DVI connector and we will see then.

    Other than that i cant complain though :smashin:
     
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    Sounds like exactly the problem I had a couple of months ago - room too small for a large CRT and the alcove I wanted to put a TV in was 960mm wide which ruled out the phillips (amongst others).

    I eventually plumped for the Tosh 32WL48 (820mm). I'm viewing from about 2m and IMO you wouldn't want to be any closer either for the size of screen or the picture quality. The other option I considered was the Sharp LC32GA3E which is a similar size (though they're not so easy to get a hold of I believe).

    32" might seem big, but I got used to it in no time at all. When I visited my parents at xmas I was amazed how tiny their 26" looked and wonder how I ever lived with something that size.

    I'm happy with the Sky+ feed for the main channels where at least the source is OK. I have quite a good quality signal (80%+) and found the purchase of a good SCART to make a noticeable difference. I don't know about the VHS input though - haven't got one, but I would expect it to look pretty rough on any LCD as they're not tolerant of poor quality inputs.

    Hope this helps
     
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    On my upstairs LCD i use a tv link, anyway i can improve the signal?

    I cant really buy a better scart cable, that wouldn't help!
     
  8. softg1

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    Thanks for your reply ginger. Yes, you seem to know the problem that I am asking about.
    I'm having trouble finding suppliers who actually stock the Sharp LC32GA3E too!..But will check out the Tosh you recommend.

    Cheers
     

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