Samsung F series or Sony W series?

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  1. sukhy5

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    After spending many hours reading both dedicated threads on the respective sets, I have come down to these two sets. I have a budget of about £1600-1700, and would like to purchase a 40".
    My uses are Sky HD, Xbox 360, HD-DVD add on, Wii, and in March (fingers crossed) PS3.

    Got to be honest that I am leaning towards a Samsung due to 1080p over all inputs, HDMI 1.3 (please don't flame me for this), £100 cheaper (when buying from Robert Whyte) and the overscan issue being sorted out via a firmware update. But does the Sony have a better pic when viewing Sky HD? Do I get the Sony hoping that Microsoft release the HDMI lead?? Or do I save up £300 more and get the 40" X-series?

    Any help would be appreciated!!!
     
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    They are both great sets, but my main criteria would be the amount of HDMI inputs you require to support all those items you are going to plug into this new set?
     
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    Sky HD will always be plugged in - HDMI
    Xbox 360 will always be connected - Composite/VGA or HDMI (in the future)
    Wii - Composite
    PS3 - HDMI only
     
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    That is 3 HDMI inputs you are looking for, and please do not use the worst type of connection, COMPOSITE or do you really mean Component.
     
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    Lol...I did mean to write component.
    Ahh... the good old days when composite was the next best thing.
     
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    Same here, not sure which one to choose from.

    As I understand it the Sony has slightly better image quality but lacks proper VGA support (only supports up to 1366x768 according to the manual). I'm pretty sure it supports up to 1920x1080 through DVI/HDMI though.

    The Samsung has full support for all kinds of resolutions and even has support for 1080p over component (for the Xbox 360).

    Anyone disagree/agree?
     
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    That is why I am more likely to go for the Samsung as it is ideal for the Xbox360.
     
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    The Samsung can be had for under £1500 at http://www.homecinematv.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=SAM-LE40F71BX although you don't get the 5 year warranty.
     
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    Wait for the new Sharps! Yeah, I know, you could die waiting!
     
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    Cheers for the link mparter. But how reliable is that store? Any guarantee? Bear in mind that Empire direct are offering 3 years guarantee whereas Robert Whyte are offering 5 years.
     
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    New Sharp does look lovely. But I would conder the new Sharp or the new Sony (whatever and whenever that may be) for the living room. The Samsung is a serious contender for the bedroom.
     
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    F series no question.:smashin:
     
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    I found the F-series frame to be really shiny in the showroom, is that a problem in a home setting? With lamps shining on it?
     
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    found the image quality of the Sony to be noticeably better ! (yes we used a spider to calibrate both LCDs)

    We are using them for video conferencing at work, and convinced the reseller let us evaluate the Sony and the Samsung as we planned to buy one for each office (serious outlay requires evaluations)

    The Sony works fine at full res to a PC (1920x1080) using PC video card, we tried some games (being techies) and were very pleased with the Sony, absolutely brilliant for presentations as well (due to Full HD res).

    We all thought the Sony offered deeper blacks and better contrast.

    Even the MD thought the Sony was sufficiently better to warrant premium price over the Samsung and signed the PO for 7 W40 LCDs.
     
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    I bought my current LCD (see sig) from them Oct 05 and service was excellent. I plan to buy my next (Samsung 40" F Series) from them aswell.

    They claim to be the online division of a longstanding major electrical retailer. Whoever that may be!!
     
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    Was this through a DVI->HDMI or VGA connection?
     
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    I've been in stores today lookng at the Philips range trying to find a 32/37PF9731D. I saw the Samsung LE40F7 with bluray and was very very impressed.
    I have now ruled out the Sony W & X as I am concerned by the number of issues I have seen posted about light bleed and other issues, in some case people having 3 or 4 sets.
    The question is how is the LE40F7 with SD signals and standard DVD.
    (I have Sky+ soon to be HD and a Denon DVD-2200) Has any one got a Samsung that can answer the question?? :)
     
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    I too would like to know what the Samsung is like with a SD source. Oh I am soooo close to ordering this set!!!!
     
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    Though admittedly SONY do apply their own engineering and technology to their LCD televisions, let's not forget that they use Samsung LCD panels. Bear that in mind when deciding between SONY and Samsung and when considering the difference in cost (and budget). :)
     
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    after reading this thread i am still undecided

    Do i go for better PQ (and freeview-which i what i want) or better connectivity?

    aghhhhhh!!! :suicide:

    can someone confirm if the sonyW can do 1080p over vga? (for both 360 and pc)
     
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    They can show 1080p for the xbox 360 just by connecting it up and can using a PC but you will need to use Powerstrip and be prepared to fiddle.
     
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    I was under the impression it doesn't show full 1080p over VGA, only 1366*768

    Strange this is, my search is nearly down to these 2 panels as well. Watching with interest.
     
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    I've got the Samsung F-series and I love it.

    But the Sony is supposed to have slightly better pic quality. But...if you order it will your set suffer from backlight bleed??
     
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    Think of it this way.

    Picture quality is something that is unique of the set and will never change. You buy the set and you will get the same picture quality from it until it dies.

    Connectivity is something which you can upgrade, either with HDMI switches (they're getting cheap now) to add HDMI ports, and so on.

    I will always go for the picture quality option first, since i can always add more connections if i ever need them in the future.
     

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