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Newbie - advice 32" LCD

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by sasso62, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. sasso62

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    Hi guys,

    This is my situation: My 28" CRT broke down a few months ago, after lots of hassle and 'repairs' I have received £400 in vouchers from Currys/Dixons to buy a new TV. (apparently it needed a new tube after 1.5 years).

    I can add approx £1000 to this giving me a total budget of say £1500.

    I have briefly looked at the Sharp32GD1E - nice but out of my range.
    The (very) shortlist I have at the mo leaves me with the SamsungLW32A33W or the Philips 32pf9976.

    As my CRT was aPhilips my confidence has been knocked with regards to their longeivity.

    Usage will be to watch TV, Sky, DVD - a good quality LCD, with good picture and sound - hopefully it will have the new HDMI?? type connectivity for use with the new thingy sky are bringing out (excuse my non-technichal wording)

    Any suggestions or pointers is very much appreciated.

    Michael :hiya:
     
  2. jimsan

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    Michael,

    Both of the sets you have mentioned are ready for Skys new broadcasts, and both would do you proud,

    For ultimate Picture Quality the Philips probably has it. As you may know it's a very close relative to the Philips 9986 and performs to a very high standard. There seems to be very few reliability problems so far, but some of the 9986's have been causing grief due to a noisy backlight dimmer. This problem doesn't seem to have effected the 9976 so badly.

    The Samsung seems to be getting more popular and is certainly a very attractive TV. I'm not sure its PQ is quite up to the Philips level however. Can you get both of these at Currys? Price?

    Keep in touch...

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    Thanks for the replies guys,

    It doesn't look like the Toshiba is available from curry's.

    Both the Samsung and Philips are, and are both £1500.

    According to the spec on the Curry's web site the Samsung stresses a backlight life of 60000 whereas the Philips doesn't, has more pixels, more brightness but less contrast. The Samsung also has DVI input and pic in pic, whereas the philips has progressive scan.

    Apart from the above there is nothing to choose between them.
    Do any of these make that much difference or should I go for the Philips - because IMHO it looks amazing? :cool:

    Many thanks
     
  5. chris210972

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    i've heard quite a lot of bad things about the samsung lcd.

    get the philips mate, u won't regret it.
     
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    I think Chris is referring to my problems with the Samsung :D

    Its a good PC monitor but as far as Samsung and Currys are concerned mine is :censored:

    I'm getting a replacement on Monday but I expect now that this will be more of the same.

    Whilst having an excellent design, great digital connections and sound the picture ain't so hot with loads of blurring/digital noise.

    Might get the Philips myself if Currys stock it.
     
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    Damian, yep Curry's stock it.

    To be honest your experiences with the Samsung have put me off :eek:

    Are you getting it replaced with the same model on Monday? If so I will keep an eye out to see if there's any improvement - good luck :thumbsup:
     
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    Yep I have another coming on Monday.

    After living with it a few days and reckoning the picture is pretty good apart from the noise I think they will all be the same. Its not great but not awful enough for everyone to complain I guess.

    Who knows I may be suprised/shocked by the replacement.....but I doubt it and its too late to cancel it.
     

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