Sd On Hd Lcd!

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  1. gingerchris90

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    Hi,

    I know there is lots of moans about HD LCD's not displaying SD to a high standard. I need an HD LCD that can also display a high quality SD picture as I don't intend to ever buy Sky HD. Can anyone recommend a specific screen for this?

    I had been considering the latest Samsungs and Toshibas if anyone has specific knowledge of these.
     
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    Not sure what you mean about moans on HD LCDs doing poor SD pictures. My Sony 40" HDTV does a superb SD picture as I'm sure most of the other ones do. Especially on some of the excellent high bitrate Channel 5 US programs such as CSI etc.
     
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    In that case why on earth do you need an HD LCD? your looking at this the wrong way what you want is a display that does X costs Y and is size Z forget what tech it uses i think your would be far better off with a plasma than an LCD as i yet to see an LCD with anything like acceptable SD perfromance
     
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    Whilts i agree LCD has below par SD performance , I find my 9830 is very acceptable.
     
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    Acceptable is very subjective, some people just have different standards...
     
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    Of course , but i would'nt accept a rubbish picture , or a picture full of noise , pixellation , washed out colours/blacks.
    Just to clarify
     
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    As above, if you've no intention of watching any HD (or using an XBOX360, PS3, HD-DVD or Blu-ray) then get yourself a nice SD screen or lower res plasma.
     
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    HI
    Have heard the new Samsung LE40R88BD is a good TV, for the price. Anyone here know much about it?:lease: :lease: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:
     
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    Neither would i but you have perfectly described every LCD i have seen
     
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    Gingerchris - there's something important missing from your original post. You need to tell us what size of screen you are aiming to buy.

    LCDs can give an acceptable SD picture, but the bigger the screen, the worse it gets, as the technology isn't quite there yet to scale up SD material to large panel sizes.

    Plasma isn't fantastic either, but it's much better than LCD.

    Over 37", you definitely want plasma.
     
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    In your opinion.
    Not everyone scrutinises for the tiniest of flaws.
    I bought an LCD , knowing what i was buying/wanting.
     
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    come on guys, I also need some help :)

    There are quite a few of us with the same problem. I want a large TV (40 or 42")
    and it has to be a LCD because I cannot stand the reflections of Plasma(I live in Spain and my living room has quite a few windows)

    I will connect a HTPC to it (so I need 1:1 pixel mapping ) to view downloaded stuff (mainly 720p MPEG4 AVC) but TV is broadcasted with SD so I need the best SD perfoming LCD. I don't care if it's 1080p or not ....

    Any suggestions? Which is the best LCD for SD?:lease:
     
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    This is exactly where I came to a dead end.

    If it helps you where I left off, I found that the cheaper sets and the likes of the R88 R87 from Samsung were very poor in this respect. A few exampleas stood out to me as getting towards acceptable though - but each of these have their own flaws! This is just as far as SD broadcast goes and none are what I would call fabulous...

    Samsung M88/M87
    Sharp Aquos XD1E
    Toshiba 37X3030D

    But, there ya go, some that aren't completely crap, but still not fab in a typical LCD kinda way. To be expected I think now.
     
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    thanks merlinski,
    in fact I also had my eye on the Toshiba X series but I'm still waiting for them to be sold in Spain
     
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    Firstly I rate Sony LCD as one of the worst of the top brands at displaying SD. I have had a lot of experience tryiing them at friends at specialist dealers etc. I also watch 5 40" Sony Sky fed panels 4 days out of 7 for 90 minutes in my gym. They are dreadful!! When I queried the set up with the management i was told they were set up by Sony.

    Secondly AFAIK Channel 5 US is a low bitrate channel, what it is showing does not decide the maximum bitrate. ( I asume you are referring to Freeview DVB-T?)
     
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    excuse me, where is the most excellent store in which to purchase a non-HD lcd tv - with freeview ideally.

    I want a 20-26 incher, with a slim girth.

    All places sell hd tvs so the samsung LE26R74BDX is approx £380 but if i can get a nice sd screen for significantly less, i'll ave it!

    no dvd - no xbox 360 - just freeview!
     
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    THANKS everyone for your input into this. I picked up a few things.

    For those of you who asked...

    *The reason I have to go for an LCD over a Plasma is that I spend a significant amount of time on a 360, so I dont want energy bars burnt into a brand new plasma screen.

    *I was looking ideally at a screen somewhere around the 37-40inch mark.

    Thanks again.
     
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    Agree with the Ch5US comment - looks great !

    Is there anywhere I can get hold of a list containing the bit rates all channels are broadcast at ?
     
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    Sharp P series is the one to go for if you can find one P55 or P70, some were in asda recently
     

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