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Phillips 37PF9986,NEC 42VR5 or NEC 42XR3?

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  1. Manic

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    After doing some research on the net i have narrowed it down to three choices ,i am considering buying either a Phillips 37PF9986 LCD or a NEC 42VR5 or NEC 42XR3 plasma.

    Could people with any of these please give me their thoughts on them,which is best for Sky+ especially sport(football/cricket)?

    Also does the NEC 42VR5 and NEC 42XR3 have the same generational screen?

    I read somewhere that the VR5 has a newer generational screen than the XR3.

    Are they both Sky HD compatible?
     
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    Both the NEC's are sky HD compatible, it must be stressed 'given their latest press release is correct' the VR5 is a 852x480 screen, the XR3 is 1024 x 768. You need to make your own decision re LCD versus plasma, Currently in this kind of size I think it's a no brainer, plasma all the way. But maybe that's just me.
     
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    The VM/R5 and XM/R3 ar using the same generation screen and processing.

    The NEC numbers are very odd and very confusing.

    The 50 XM3 is using the older screen and the 50 XM4 is using the same screen and processing as the VM5 and XM3.
     
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    Yes the numbers signify the generation of that specific panel - so were on 5th gen SD 42", 3rd gen HD 42" and 4th gen 50". All use the same processing.
     
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    Thanks everyone.

    I am leaning towards the NEC 42VR5 and NEC 42XR3 which i've found cheaper than the Phillips 37PF9986 and a bigger screensize.

    Could anyone please tell me their opinions of these two NEC models and the differences between them,which has the best PQ with DVD and Sky+?

    Is the XR3 worth the extra £600 or so?
     
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    Which model NEC 42VR5 or NEC 42XR3 has the best PQ with Sky?

    Anyone who owns either of these models please tell me their thoughts on it.
     
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    I would have thought that the SD res panel would give slightly sharper looking results with sky straight out the box, ie no scaler etc.

    Also I beleive the SD panel is around £1550 and the HD panel around £2550 so there is more than £600 difference, unless you know something I should know? :)
     
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    As Giz says, there is the odd scaling artefact on the HD screen in comparison to the way the same processing deals with the same signal on the lower res panel. (not sure I would use the word sharper for the SD panel, there just aren't many scaling artefacts) Exactly the same as with the Panasonic SD Vs HD. However the benefits of higher resolution highly outweigh the odd scaling artefact with a apparent sharpness to detail being higher on the higher resolution panel. Objects on screen look better defined with clearer edges - again as would any other higher resolution display compared to the lower res model. If this TV is intended for very long term use (as opposed to a couple of years before relogation to the bedroom/kitchen asthe next best technology takes over in the lounge) and the budget is comfortable to go up another £600 then I would recomend going higher res to get more from Sky HD and high resolution DVD formats.
     
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    Thanks giz and liam.

    Sorry that was £600 without VAT it is £1000 extra with VAT.

    Yes i plan on keeping it for 5 to 10 years,im not sure if the XR3 is worth the extra £1000,what do people recommend i do,buy the 42VR5 or the 42XR3?
     
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    I think if you're not sure and the extra £900 could be far better used elsewhere then get the SD panel. HDTV will still be stunning and from a long distance the extra resolution feels less apparent. But if you want that extra definition and can afford it, get the XGA and you will not be dissapointed!
     

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