Please Help Me To Choose A TV




I am buying a new 42" TV with a budget of 2,000 euro. I will be connecting a DVD player, Sky digi box, and an XBox 360 to it.

I am unsure weather to buy a plasma or LCD. Not sure which would be best for gaming on the XBox.

Here are theFOUR that I thinking about getting

Philips 42" PLASMA 42PF5331/10 1024 x 1080i, 3000:1, HD-Ready

Product Description Philips 42PF5331 - plasma panel with TV tuner - 42"
Product Type Plasma panel with TV tuner
Diagonal Size 42" - widescreen
Dimensions (WxDxH) 124 cm x 28 cm x 72 cm - with stand
TV Type HD ready
Resolution 1024 x 768
PC Interface HDMI
HDCP Compatible Yes
Technology Plasma (PDP)
Progressive Scan Yes
Image Aspect Ratio 16:9
Tuner Qty 1
Multi-channel Preview Picture-in-picture (PIP)
Features Clock, video noise reduction, on-screen menu, colour temperature adjustment, Active control, Dynamic Contrast, Crystal Clear, 3:2 pulldown compensation, 2:2 pulldown compensation, sleep timer, Contrast Plus, Smart Picture Control, Smart Sound Control, Digital Crystal Clear, channel labeling
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Speaker System 2 speakers
Stereo Reception System NICAM
Remote Control Universal remote control - infrared
Power AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )

Philips 42" PLASMA 42PF5521D 1366x768, 10.000:1, 3ms, HD-Ready


High definition LCD WXGA display, resolution 1366 x 768p;
Integrated Digital Tuner for DVB-T reception;
HD ready for the highest quality display of HDTV signals;
Digital Crystal Clear provides vivid cinema-like images;
Dynamic contrast enhancer delivering rich black details;
Virtual Dolby Surround for a cinema-like audio experience;
Compact and slim design that fits in every room.

Productinformation Additional Information Reviews Manufacturer links E-mail a friend about this product Product Description Philips 42PF5521D - LCD TV - 42"
Product Type LCD TV
Diagonal Size 42" - widescreen
Weight 39.2 kg
Colour High-gloss black, silver frost
TV Type HD ready
PC Interface HDMI
Technology TFT active matrix
Progressive Scan Yes
Image Aspect Ratio 15:9
Digital TV Tuner DVB-T
Features 3:2 pulldown compensation, 2:2 pulldown compensation, Digital Crystal Clear, channel labeling
Sound Output Mode Stereo
Speaker System 2 speakers
Sound Effects Virtual Dolby Surround
Stereo Reception System NICAM
Remote Control Remote control - infrared

Samsung PS42C7HD
Resolution 1024 x 768
Brightness 1,300 cd/m2
Contrast 10,000:1
Colours 549 Billion
Grey Level 8192
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Pixel Pitch TBD
Viewing Angle 175°/175°


Tuner Integrated

DVB Digital Tuner
Tuning System
PLL synthesizer 100-position auto-search tuner

Broadcast Stereo Reception

Receiving System


Screen Size / Screen Aspect
42 inch (106 cm) diagonal

G9 Progressive HD Plasma Panel

Number of Pixels
786,432 (1,024 x 768) pixels

Applicable PC Signals
XGA (SXGA compressed)

Displayable Colours
Max. 29 billion equivalent colours for darker part

Contrast Ratio
Max. 10,000:1


Full-Range x 2

Audio Output
20 W (10 W x 2), 10 percent THD



Composite Video Input
AV4: RCA phono type x 1 (front)

S-Video Input
AV4: Mini DIN -4pin (front)

Audio Input (for Video)
AV4: RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set, front)

PC Input
Mini D-sub 15-pin x 1 (rear)

Component Video Input
RCA phono type x 3 [Y , PB, PR] (rear)

21-pin Input/Output
AV1: AV In, TV out, RGB In (rear), AV2: AV In/Out, S-Video In, Q-Link (rear), AV3: AV In/Out, S-Video/RGB In, Q-Link (rear)

Audio output
RCA phono type connectors (L, R) (1 set rear), Headphone jack (1 front)


Screen Saver
Side Panel Adjustment

Multi Window

Aspect Controls
Panasonic Auto/16:9 (Full)/14:9/4:3/Zoom


Power Supply
AC 220 - 240 V, 50/60Hz

Dimensions (W x H x D)
1020 x 705 x 95 mm

I am really confused about the resolution. Three of the TV's above have a resolution of 1024 x 768, yet the cheapest one has a resolution of 1366 x 768p. Surely 1366 x 768 will be a better TV than 1024 x 768?

Having a TV that will play XBOX 360 games well is very important. I have seen some 32" LCD televisions that have streaks on the screen whenever a character moves. I really dont want this.



Active Member
I am in the same position as you and there's two screens which you've not mentioned:
Hitachi 42PD9700 (using the same 1080 screen as your first choice)
Panasonic 42PHD8 (Just a screen not a full TV)

I wouls say from reading posts and replies I got from my thread these should be high on your list.
The PANASONIC Viera TH-42PV60 is also very good, but the PHD* should be better.
Hope this helps some.

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