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Panny, Hitachi or JVC 32" decision needed!

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by benn_jii, Jul 29, 2005.

  1. benn_jii

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    :rolleyes:

    After reading these forums for about 4-5 weeks now, i think i`m nearer an informed decision :eek: I think?

    Panasonic TX32LXD500
    Hitachi 32LD7200
    JVC LT-32DS5

    In that order (i think), looks like stock levels all over the place are shot!! with these units.

    I`m a bit concerned regarding LCD life span, and paying another £400 for extra warranty?, is it really worth it?

    I am considering wall mounting the LCD, but unsure how to allow for future cable changes etc.. Dont really want to chase the wall out onw weekend and undo it the next due to cable changes etc.. any advice?

    cheers to all those who have participated in these forums, i`ve learned alot although i think a little knowledge can be dangerous..
     
  2. pjskel

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    For starters, my order would be 3,1/4,2 - 4 being Sharp's new GD7 Titanum in a few weeks time.
    The JVC is DS6, not 5.
    As for life expectancy - same as your LCD monitor on your computer - 5 years + easily. So, save the £400 or put it to good use next year when HD DVDRs start making appearances.
    In respect of cabling - nothing's likely to change unless you start adding new components. If you bank on HDMI from DVD to LCD, any DVD player/recorder should have another HDMI to daisy chain.
    Sky+ will be component, Xbox360/PS3 are not confirmed (IIRC), but HDMI/DVI soon after launch wouldn't be a bad guess.
    The option is to bury immediately or surface mount some form of conduit/trunking until you know and any potential purchases have been confirmed as to their connections.
    Ultimately, you could just throw in a stack of different ones in the hope of having enough redundancy, but it all depends on what timeframe you are thinking of covering - 1 year, 2, 5, 15 years?
     
  3. Howard Pitfield

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    I'd be a 1,3,2 - tough choice between the Panny and JVC. In the end the vote of 2 mags won it for me (Panny won 1st) and look of the set while off.

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  4. Ian964

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    I'd go 3, 1, 2 - and it's mainly appearance that puts the JVC ahead of the Panny, which has quite a wide black surround.
     
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    LCD lifespan is incredible. My Sharp is rated at 60000 hours, thats about 20 years at 8 hours a day !!!.
     
  6. Howard Pitfield

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    Ian - took partner to Currys today to look at Hitachi, Panny and JVC (no JVC there today). Partner liked the glossy black Humax HD ready - doh!

    Also saw a Sammy DLP with WMV HD clip playing - gasp! Now I know what other reviewers have said about the rainbow effect! Terrible picture - probably connected the PC up with 2 core electrical wire!

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    Going 2,1,3

    The Panny doesn't have DVI, nor adjustable backlight...
    The JVC doesn't do 1:1 Pixel Mapping on a PC

    Hitachi has it all, plus detachable speakers...
     
  8. Howard Pitfield

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    Panny has more than DVI - it has HDMI....

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    hitachi has both dvi and hdmi...

    Try connecting your pc and your hdmi dvd to the telly at the same time

    especially with the ever increasing list of appliances using the hdmi connector, it's nice to have the dvi open for pc or other...
     
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    JVC has HDMI ?
     
  11. Howard Pitfield

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    The JVC LT32Ds6 has HDMI

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    I have had the same 3 on my list for the last week.

    Factors considered:

    • Budget of £1400
    • Screen size of 32"
    • Resolution of 1366 x 768
    •*HDMI and component inputs
    • Integrated Freeview
    • Decent contrast (>800:1)
    • Decent pixel response rate (<16ms)

    I chose the JVC. The last 2 days I have been still trawling forums, reviews and comparisons so as to be 100% satisfied with my choice, and I have to say I am now ready to take the plunge. It certainly fulfills all my needs. Hopefully in a week or two I should have it up and running.
     
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    Ozzpot

    I think you've made a good choice and I'm sure you'll be happy with it. Let us know when you get it - there'll be plenty of people here to advise on settings and stuff. Have fun!
     
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    Hitachi has it all, plus detachable speakers...

    Wait.. Hitachi has detachable speakers?? that puts it back to my list then :) Probably at top until i have checked sony new v-series. Only reason i have panasonic on my list is because my old crt is panasonic and their plasma models seems popular :)
     
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    Had a loook at currys again at weekend (with the mrs!! :nono: )

    She actually like the look of the Hitachi!! and i have to agree - with the detachable speakers it gives you more options.

    The remote on the panasonic was very solid compared to the others..

    I keep going back to the prices (Panny - £1500, JVC - £1400 and Hitachi £1300) on the net (approx)... The 32" samsung is only £800!!, i have followed the massive thread but alot of people are using the TV as a gaming screen - i`m not interested in gaming just DVD, PC and TV. I could buy two Samsungs for £1600 including delivery.. The samsung doesnt look bad also?

    These forums can be a curse sometimes!! still no decision... :confused:

    Thanks - its great getting feed back and a little comforting that other people are in the same boat.. :thumbsup:
     
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    Was in the same predicament and after having different demos and reading reviews etc I've decided to plump for a JVC LT-32DS6.

    Hopefully it should arrive sometime next week.
     
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    what about the Tosh screen also which is not bad for £850 approx .....
     
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    There's a lot of people saying the Hitachi has it all, but it doesn't have integrated Freeview does it? This was important to me, and one of the reasond why the JVC won - the other factors being black levels and this "backlight buzz" issue that is frequently reported with this TV.
     
  19. knowley

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    Picked up a JVC 32" DS6 today, and its great. I am on a shared ariel with other flats so was expecting a less than perfect picture on Freeview/normal tv, but its actually very good. PC input works a treat, managed to play a bit of an FPS game off my laptop and it ran very very well, although you can't PinP with PC which is a shame and in my opinion the JVC set is much more appealing to the eye.

    The picture off my DVD player is amazing, I prefer it to my old cheap 28" Philips CRT and I have a cheapo philips dvd player.

    I doubt anyone would be disappointed with this set. :smashin:
     
  20. timdawe

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    knowley, what resolution did you get with your PC? I have been looking at the 37" version of the DS6, but I read here that it only supports 1024x768, which gets stretched vertically. Did you try a widescreen res?
     
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    1024x768 is all it seems to work with... however, its all gone a bit funny since installing and trying to run BF2 (think it booted the game up in 640x480). PC displayed on the tv is now all dark and had jumped off to one side even in normal windows, have realigned it using the ATI tools on my laptop but the poor quality dark screen is awful.

    I think its a problem with the laptop tbh. I've picked up an extra monitor in Device manager, and the ATI 9700 utilities have a stupid new profile. :oops:
     
  22. knowley

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    Yep, eventually found some new drivers for my laptop, reinstalled them and I am back to perfection on the JVC :clap:
     
  23. pjskel

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    Good news then. :smashin:
     
  24. RICK67

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    Been following this thread with interest as I’ve found myself in the same predicament over the past month……

    Do I go for the Panasonic TX32 LXD500 or JVC 32 DS6 (have discounted the Hitachi 32LD7200 as I need bottom mounted speakers). But I have also been looking at the Loewe A32. Specs are similar and I don’t need the freeview that is only an option on the Loewe anyway. Problem is comparing like against like as no dealers have all three for a straight comparison.

    Then there’s always the new Sony’s due out shortly, but there will always be a crop of new models on the horizon………

    Does anyone have any thoughts on the Loewe A32 versus the Panansonic or JVC models…….(budget is 2K, so price difference is not a problem)

    Many thanks…
     
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    Picture settings for these. When only name is mentioned there is numeric slider adjustment expect reset.

    Hitachi 32LD7200:
    Picture Menu (TV/Video mode):
    Picture mode dynamic,natural,cinema
    Contrast
    Brightness
    Sharpness
    Hue
    Color Temperature cool,neutral,warm,black/white
    Contrast Mode normal,auto,dynamic
    Back Light
    Reset
    YNR (picture signal noise reduction) off,low,high
    CNR (colour signal noise reduction) off,low,high
    Film Mode off,on
    PAL Comb Filter off,on
    LTI (sharpness of picture signal) off,low,middle,high
    CTI (sharpness of colour signal) off,low,middle,high
    Black Enhancement off,low,middle,high
    Color Temp. Adjustment off,on
    Amplitude red
    Amplitude green
    Amplitude blue
    Cut Off red
    Cut Off blue
    Cut Off green
    Color Management off,on
    magenta
    red
    yellow
    green
    cyan
    blue
    Color decoding rgb,r,g,b (red,green,colour,hue) per color

    Picture menu (RGB mode):
    Contrast
    Brightness
    Colour
    Hue
    Picture Enhancement off,low,middle,high
    Colour Temperature cool,normal,warm,black/white
    Colour Temp Adjust off,on
    Amplitude red
    Amplitude green
    Amplitude blue
    Cut Off red
    Cut Off blue
    Cut Off green
    Back Light
    Reset


    *************
    JVC LT-32S60
    Picture menu:
    Picture mode bright,standard,soft
    Bright-1 (Back Light)
    contrast
    Bright-2 (Brightness)
    Sharp
    Colour
    Hue
    Colour Temp warm,normal,cool
    Digital VNR Min,AUTO(Low),Auto(High),MAX
    Super DigiPure off,min,AUTO,MAX
    Movie Theatre off,on,AUTO
    Colour Management off,on
    Picture Management off,on
    Colour System PAL,secam,ntsc 3.58,ntsc 4.43,auto


    ************
    Panasonic TX-32LX500
    Picture menu
    View mode dynamic,normal,cinema,auto
    contrast
    brightness
    colour
    sharpness
    tint
    Colour balance cool,normal,warm
    Colour management off,on
    P-NR (picture noise reduction) off,on,auto
    mpeg nr (mpeg noise reduction) off,min,mid,max
    3D-COMB off,on

    PC mode picture menu:
    contrast
    brightness
    sharpness
    colour balance cool,normal,warm
    advanced setting off,access
    Red Gain
    Green Gain
    Blue Gain
    Gamma 2.0<->2.2<->2.5
     
  26. Ozzpot

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    I finally took the plunge and ordered my JVC LT32DS6. Actually, the model number is LT32DS6BJ. I don't know what the "BJ" stands for, but I have my fingers croosed. :devil: The stats and features seem the same as I remember anyway.

    It should be arriving Saturday. I'll let you all know what it's like when I've got it set up, with pictures. :)
     
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    Sadly Ozz, you'll be a trifle disappointed when you don't get the BJ you're hoping for!!
    What's you set-up at home - analog or digital Sky/NTL, or Freeview?
    Upscaling DVD player - à la Sammy 850/950?

    B for black, J for Japan built - the US version is built in Mexico.
     
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    The European versions are actually built in East Kilbride near Glasgow, not Japan.
     
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    I hope the black they refer to is just the 2" wide shiny border around the screen. he rest of it had better be silver, as in every picture I have ever seen of this TV, like this:

    [​IMG]
     
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    That picture is the JVC sat in front of me, but its not completely silver, the back half that you can't see is also black. I suppose the silver is actual a band of silver round the edge.
     

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