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LCD guidance please

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Shonte, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Shonte

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    I no nothing about TV's and was wondering if someone can tell me if this is decent?

    http://www.electricaldiscountuk.co....36&PHPSESSID=712dd46bd26586ee2fce83b8427e64ef

    I have read through some of the FAQ and have pointed certain features out but would like confirmation from you guys thats its worth the cash...

    Basically I want a 21" ish LCD for the bedroom to wall mount. Has to be widescreen and HD ready.

    If anyone can recommend a better one then please do!
     
  2. Shonte

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    To be more specific,

    I want to use the TV for my Sky Digital box and PS2 console.

    The PS2 quality is very important to me!

    I have around a £600 budget and want to mount it on a swing arm.
     
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    Remember this is a 15:9 screen, not a 16:9!! Meaning you'll have to stretch/black bar 16:9 content...

    Personally I wouldn't opt for such a screen.
     
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    Right, thanks.

    Can you recommend a 16:9 to go for?
     
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    Shonte, that one looks terrible on the HD front. No component input, no HDMI. It looks like manufacturers are concentrating on their larger screens for HD ready-ness at the moment.
     
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    Cheers for that Andy,

    Does that mean that one is not HD ready then even though it says it is?
     
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    I bought a Sony KLV-L23M1S last week. The speakers are on the bottom so it means i can a 23 inch without it looking like 43!!! The picture is nice and the sound is very very good indeed. Not particulary loud but deffo enough for a bedroom. Unless your a Beckham or something!!
    It was £676.60 from digico.co.uk which luckily for me is 10 mile away so i collected. Shop price was £999!!!!!!
     
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    Cheers mate, I'll check it out now
     
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    Ahh its not HD ready...
     
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    Most 23" LCDs aren't HDTV-compliant though from what I've seen and although people can recommend TVs, at the end of the day, you're better off walking into a shop and taking a look at them for yourself as what one person thinks is excellent, is what someone else thinks is poor.

    From what I've discovered, most sub-26" LCD TVs seem to be 1280x768 resolution, 15:9 aspect ratio so if that puts you off you're limiting your options further.

    The Hyundai set looks decent in terms of features and price but I can't vouch for the image quality, which is surely the most important thing on an LCD.

    Unless borders bother you that much I'd take a look in a shop at the LG one you listed earlier and then if you like it, order it online.
     
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    Try the following link which allows you specify (flatscreen) TVs of a certain size, manufacturer, price, etc. etc. Once you've found a model you like the sound of, search the manufacturer's website for more detailed specs and then go from there.

    http://uk.shopping.com/xPP-flat_panel_televisions

    Both JVC and Panasonic do 23" HDTV-ready TVs that have a 1366x768 16:9 resolution. Check out the JVC LT-23C50 and Panasonic TX-23LXD50 sets. Be sure to double-check the specs on the manufacturer's website though because sometimes TVs that are listed as HDTV-ready actually aren't at all. TVs have to have component video (or component video-compatible VGA) and either HDCP-compliant DVI or HDMI.
     
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    Borders would bother me. There must be a decent 23-26" LCD out there!!

    Might have to just give the HD bit a miss
     
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    Check that link I posted above, Shonte! There seemed to be a few 23" HDTV-ready LCDs that were 1366x768 16:9 and from decent manufacturer's too. Don't give up yet!
     
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    Cheers again mate.

    Hows this?

    http://uk.shopping.com/xPC-Samsung_LE_26R41B
     
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    The samsung LE26A41B seems good.

    On the Samsung site is says 16:9 with DVI input.

    On most of the retail sites though it says 15:9 so god knows who is right!
     
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    I thought you were after a 21"-ish TV though otherwise I'd have recommended that TV since it's the one I own!!! :D

    It is deffo HDTV-compliant, has HDMI, VGA, component video, 2 x SCARTs (1 RGB), S-Video, composite, 1366x768 resolution, etc. Great picture in HD via HDMI and component, good-to-fair via RGB SCART, etc. i.e. Sky Digital and Freeview and console games.

    The only thing going against at the moment is that the picture "tears" mostly in 720p @ 60Hz using component and HDMI only. It doesn't particularly bother me since I mainly use 50Hz which doesn't tear at all. Just thought I'd better warn you about it.

    If that doesn't concern you then I'd recommend you take a look at it in a shop and see what you think of it before ordering it.

    Don't buy the LE-26A41B as it is an older model. Go for the newer ones with HDMI (unless you specifically want DVI). That includes the LE-26R51B(D) model as well which has a slightly different frame but is identical in all other respects since it shares the same manual as the 41B(D)! (D stands for built-in Freeview tuner by the way. The 41B doesn't have Freeview.)
     
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    Sounds good. I don't have a clue if that tearing will effect me or not...

    I will be using it for PS2 and watching TV. 60Hz is Pal isn't it? Doesn't that mean I will be heavily effected by it?
     
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    PAL is 50Hz and that doesn't tear at all. The TV only occasionally tears in 60Hz via component and HDMI so you'll be fine with TV and your PS2 games (via RGB SCART presumably?). Non-HD inputs like S-Video, RGB SCART and composite don't tear at all in PAL 50Hz nor do they in NTSC 60Hz.
     
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    Sounds good then! Cheers.

    So is the LE-26R51BD the one you reccomend? I dont really want freeview as I have sky+ so if i could get it cheaper without that I would.

    Also is this one definatley 16:9?
     
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    Does anyone know if the above TV is also wall mountable?

    It says it is but I want to be an arm bracket from curries so the TV can be adjusted.
     
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    Mountings should be VESA compliant, so as long as the arm and the rear panel's mounting pattern are VESA (100 or 110, IIRC), then you're laughing. Check the Samsung website - specs should say so. Or Curry's details on the arm - should list compatible screens.
     

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