philips or sharp lcd

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  1. andyo

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    Hi all
    I am torn between buying either the philips 9986 or the sharp LC32GA3E. I cant find either of them in a local retailer to view and have not seen any reviews for the sharp yet.
    the philips is £250 more. Is it worth the extra money?
    I want to connect my pc, what would the quality be when using my pc as a dvd player? I e-mailed philips and they said vga to dvi would give the best picture available. Is this correct? better than progressive scan?

    does anyone have any experience with either of these two tvs and should i buy a seperate dvd player? I would appreciate any help. thanks
     
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    Sorry...the guys on here must be bored of me offering the same advice over and over.

    The Philips LCD is definitley the better one to go for and for £250 more you're getting a much better TV.

    S
     
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    Eyeball. What do you make that judgement on, what are the differences?

    -Ian
     
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    Well for start the 32PF9986 uses a Sharp display but the 32PF9986 has MUCH BETTER electronics to drive that display (Pixel Plus 2, Digital Natural Motion) than Sharp's tv. :cool:
     
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    I've seen the 32" Philips in Comet, Hayes and it is in a different league to ANY other display I've ever seen. Truly amazing. They had it hooked up to some cheapo DVD player and still the resulting picture was awesome. The picture was so clear and crisp that you felt there was an element of 3D there. Loved the "ambilight" feature too - seems like a gimmick but looks so cool when it's in action.

    I wanted to get the 42" version but couldn't stretch to the 4,600 price tag.
     
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    Has anyone seen the new 37" version of these screens yet?

    I've been waiting for Philips to launch it for months now and they said it will be available end of August.

    Any views on this would be great!
     
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    thanks for the advice. I will definately buy the philips.
    anyone have any experience of using a pc as a dvd player. For 60 quid i can get a pci card with freeview, harddrive recording+timeshift. would this give the the best picture quality available as philips customer care told me?
    i think i can use powerstip to display a resolution of 1366x768. (and ive just got the new radeon x800 so cant wait to play games on it)
     
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    The Philips will not accept native resolution at 1366x768. Philips recommend using [email protected] the full list of supported resolutions are:

    640/720 x 480p
    720 x 576p
    1920 x1080i
    1280 x 720p
    640 x 480 60 Hz
    800 x 600 60 Hz
    1024 x 768 60 Hz

    -Ian
     
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    bugger
     
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    I would go the Sharp IMHO the GD is better, but have you seed the Panny Veira? 32"??? Superb, Sharp Titanium has DVi-I so is very flexible!
     
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    Where did you get this info from? Seems to be incorrect.
    Flatdeal.com and comet.co.uk have both this info on their websites and quote a resolution of 1366x768.
     
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    Saw the 32" 9986 in a Curry's superstore - the display was not wall mounted.
    The salesman displayed the various coloured ambilight sequences to me but because the set was not wall mounted I could not see the point of the extra expense. Nothing was achieved.

    The process basically is light tubes vertically on the sides to the rear of the set covered by serrated plastic - various coloured light settings could then be selected.


    Mounted close to a white wall the reflected colours would obviously be seen, but otherwise to no avail.

    Anyway has anyone seen the 37" or 42" 9986 LCD
    it is now the end of August- they were promised much earlier
     
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    Its direct from the 9986 manual.
    1366x768 is the native panel resolution, but the set cannot receive an input at this resolution, only those mentioned.
    It is likely that the Sharp will have the same limitation.
     
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    Whats the point of that. If I buy a 1366x768 screen I want to be able to input at that resolution. I was thinking about buying one of these screens but will reconsider if I can't use the native resolution.
     
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    Have you considered the Sony KDL-L32MRX1? It got a favourable review compared with the Phillips in What Video and Widescreen TV. Despite the £4,300 rrp ( :suicide: ) it has already dropped to just over £2,600.

    Still a considerable outlay though. I'm going to wait a bit longer!
     
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    I'm also looking to by a Sharp so have looked at its manual (http://www.tradenet.sharp.co.uk/files/Consumer_Electronics/LCD_Television/LC32GA3E/LC32GA3E428.pdf) which says that it will support:

    640 x 400
    720 x 400
    640 x 480
    848 x 480
    800 x 600
    1024 x 768
    1280 x 720
    1280 x 768
    1280 x 1024
    640 x 480 MAC13"
    1024 x 768 MAC19"
    832 x 624 MAC16"
    1366 x 768

    It also has a mode to ensure dot for dot when displaying PC output.
     
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    If that is confirmed that is :clap:

    I hooked my DVD player with internal scaler today to an old DVI PC monitor with 1600x1024 screen as an experiment. I know this monitor will not accept native but will do [email protected] (had to put it into NTSC mode). Well, with auto resolution detection on it wanted to put out 1600x1024 which the monitor refused to synch with. Crazy that the EDID reports 1600x1024 but will not accept that input. Even so, im pretty convinced that the DVD player is going to allow me to scale to 1366x768, all I hope is that the Sharp will allow this at 50 and 60Hz.

    -Ian
     
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    Hello,

    I also need advice, I have the option (within my budget of under 1500UKP) to buy either set, I have read that the Philips is great with the pixel plus 1, but is the new sharp set inferior ?
    Is it worth the extra 400-500 for the philips 32PF9986 ? :lease:

    Thanks
    AV
     

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