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Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Greg Hook, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. Greg Hook

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    Hi

    Just looking to buy my first LCD TV and have a few questions probably which aren't relevant for a year or so but want this TV to be future proof.

    Read the FAQ so that has helped a lot, but a few things aren't there which I could do with answering.

    I will want to get a HD ready LCD TV. I have seen some sets with either DVI or HDMI connectiions, sometimes both, sometimes either. When buying a new HD LCD TV which of these connections should I ensure it has? Do they matter or is one better than the other?

    I understand HDMI does digital sound aswell, how would that work in practice when connecting to an amp? For example when the new sky box comes out next year would I connect the HDMI from that to TV then to amp etc??

    I won't be ever connecting the TV to my PC.

    Thanks
    Greg
     
  2. David Mackenzie

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    It doesn't really matter. HDMI carries digital sound as well, but if you're connecting the digital sound separately to an amp anyway, this doesn't matter.

    You could do that yes, or you could connect the HDMI cable from the Sky decoder to the amp, and then another HDMI cable from the amp to the TV.
     
  3. Greg Hook

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    Thanks Lyris, odd that I didn't get an email saying there was a reply to this thread, but never mind.

    Cheers for the replies, what I was getting at was if buy an HD LCD TV now which only has DVI or only has HDMI, when I get the Sky HD box or HD-DVD etc will it have both these connections on it.

    Don't want to buy it now and find I have chosen the wrong connection.

    Best Regards
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    DVI will disappear soon - it was really just a stop-gap. The SKY decoder will have HDMI out, and probably no DVI output.

    But don't worry, because HDMI carries the exact same video information as DVI did, just with added sound on the same cable, so you can easily use a very cheap HDMI-to-DVI (or DVI-to-HDMI) adapter or cable to solve any connectivity problems. There's no decrease in image quality.
     
  5. Greg Hook

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    Excellent, cheers Lyris.
     
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    Greg,

    What is on your short list so far?
     
  7. Greg Hook

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    Nothing really yet.

    I'm after a 32" with a maximum price of £1000. All the usual features plus PIP would be really cool too. Ideally 3 scart sockets with 2 RGB. Don't care what the sound is like as it will be going through an amp anyway.

    I saw a nice Samsung and Hyundai which I posted about in another thread for about £750 but got zero replies so I guess they were no good!

    What would you recommend?

    Thanks
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    It seems that currently the list to go for in the 32" range is:

    - Hitachi 32LD7200
    - JVC LT32DS6
    - Panasonic TX32LXD500
    - Samsung LE32R51(41)B(X) (but watch out for the tearing issue)
    - Toshiba 32WL56

    They all have their flaws and plusses... So check out the different threads, or just ask in this thread, I'll try to answer (cause I am looking to buy one too, and have read most of the threads of them)
     
  9. Greg Hook

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    Thanks for those Daxie but as mentioned in my post above my budget is £1000. Would love to go more but can't afford it.

    The cheapest I can find are these prices:

    Hitachi - £1200
    JVC - £1350
    Panasonic - £1400
    Samsung - £900
    Toshiba - £900

    Any more suggestions within my budget other than the Sammy and Tosh?

    Cheers
    Greg
     
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    Mmm, added a 0 too much to the JVC...

    I think one of the reasons you had little response I think is that most knowledge here is spread amongst the panels I mentioned (including some philips', but those are even pricier)...

    Don't really know any other recommendations other than those atm...
     
  11. Greg Hook

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    That Hitachi model is looking very favourable at the moment. I could probably stretch to £1250 I think, plus if ordered before the end of August you get a free portable DVD player which is a bonus.

    Also I noticed in the specs it has a motorised stand which you can swivel by using the remote. This is one of those gimicky addons that have just won me over to this TV. Can just imagine sitting there watching it playing with the swivel!

    Thanks
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    The Hitachi is definitely a very nice set; just one issue though = the buzzing back light.

    It gets rather annoying if you get one of these faulty sets.

    Ben
     
  13. Greg Hook

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    If you do get one with the buzzing back light fault, isn't that something that can be sorted out under warranty?
     
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    If you plan to stretch the budget to £1250, then hold off a few more months, prices should be down to their low level before next spring/summer's reductions, as they'll probably be superceeded by a new model this time next year.
    Then you have the option of the JVC, Panasonic DX500, and Sharp GA6.
     
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    which would be of no use since the hitachi would still beat them :p

    you can keeeep waiting, and prices will keep falling, and technology will keep improving...
     
  16. Greg Hook

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    Never been one to hold off to be honest. Sometimes think if you kept holding off just a few months for prices to come down, new ones to come out etc you would never buy anything.

    I think I am set on this Hitachi now anyway. Just got to find the best price for it now.

    Cheers for all the help
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    Yeah hitachi is good choice.. I read pdf version of one of those german reviews and it mainly won in PQ and picture processing apartment.

    Its own analog tuner is crap. Doesnt find all channels correctly and some other usability problems.
     
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    Well, AFAIK, there's nothing new coming on the display side this year or early next.
    We're talking of a couple of months - you've waited this long, a wee bit longer isn't going to make that much difference, and the Hitachi will still be around. It's not like it'll not be, is it?
    That way, you've the full gamut to choose from, and you might be glad you have.
    Set yourself a deadline - say end of October, by then you'll have seen pretty much everything that's on offer and can then grab the Hitachi, if it's your winner.
     
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    The thing is, one of us has had an engineer come out to view the set and the engineer claimed that this noise is "normal" and is present on all sets.

    That contradicts the reports from other owners who do not have a noise at all.

    I myself am not willing to risk paying £70 + VAT for an engineer to come out and patronize me with the phrase "that's normal". I've actually asked Hitachi themselves, but they've informed me that this set has no known faults. Very strange..

    That's of course, unless someone else can offer any advice.

    Ben
     
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    Everyone has different ears I guess so its difficult when trying to ask people to check their own LCD for noise. I guess some are pickier than others, others have different ambient room noises etc.

    Last year i returned two ipaqs to HP as they had a noisy headphone socket, which the engineers could never find a problem with.
     
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    My current Sony CRT has a buzzing noise anyway, so I probably wouldn't even notice it even if I was unlucky enough to get it.

    And pjskel I have only been thinking about getting a new TV for about a week now so not really waited at all. Thanks for your advice but once I have decided in my mind I am getting something waiting a few months is not possible! :eek: It's not in my nature to wait :D

    Also if I get the Hitachi before end of August, I get a free portable DVD player (probably crappy I know but better than nothing) and a few suppliers are doing buy now pay 12 months later, so I can shove the money in a savings account now and let it earn some interest before I have to pay for the TV next year.

    Cheers
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    Edit:

    May have to wait even though I don't want to. Just tried a few places and no one has any stock and quoted me mid september before delivery which is too late for the free DVD offer anyway.

    anyone know where these are in stock?

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    You tried www.av-euronics.co.uk?

    That's where I got mine from, but admittedly, it was about a month ago. Very nice people to deal with mind you, with 12months interest free finance and 3 year's warranty.

    Ben
     
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    Cheers Benwong. Out of stock unfortunately but they are expecting some in next week and have taken my name to call me when they are in. Which is better than mid september which I was quoted from Unbeatable!

    They are about £50 more expensive (£1300 delivered) but I think the 3 year warranty more than covers that extra cost.
     

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