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Sharp Aquos

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs Forum' started by Baer, Jul 27, 2005.

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  1. Baer

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    Hi Everyone in the UK

    I had researched a good bit on this site and Home Theater Forum and thought I had matched us to a Panny ED 42" set. The thought was we only watch DVDs - no cable, no HD sources - these days and thought we'd go low cost now and thought we'd upgrade to an HD set once blu-ray or HD-DVD comes out in quantities and there were more 1080p sets on the market.

    Then I did what everyone recommends we do: I went to look at the sets. I took my reference Pirates of the Carribean and watched the Panny, it didn't look great to me. I understand the set wasn't set up well, but I saw artifacts and the lines around some of the faces were squiggly...I watched it with 2 different DVD players, one with just native 480p and another with a scaler (although I'm not sure that should have made a difference).

    Then I watched the same scenes on the Sharp Aquos 45" 1080p LCD set...it was just amazing! It was the same DVD player feeding both sets - a $150 Sony that scaled the DVD up to 1080i on the Sharp. Really amazing picture, really amazing difference. Completely blew me away. No artifacts, no screen door, unbelievable detail, and really good blacks - better blacks than the Panny through my eyes.

    So, I've got two questions for your collective wisdom:

    1. Should I invest in a $5500 1080p set now as opposed to later? I wasn't going to because I didn't think it would do my 480p DVDs justice, but it does! I guess my question is once Blu-ray/HDDVD or whatever comes out will there be specific technologies required to watch them that no sets have today...

    2. What kind of DVD player should I buy to feed the native 1080p Sharp Aquos? I expect I need something with HDMI out and a scaler to make my 480p DVDs look great on the 1080p set.


    Thanks for your help!
    Baer in the US
     
  2. Llanowar

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    You got exactly the same reaction as i did when i switched from plasma to lcd, especially in brighter environments, lcd's beat plasma hands down, but even in the nights i still prefer my lcd, that extra resolution does so much!!

    On your sharp lcd...i would wait, wait till those 1980 panels get a bit cheaper, and that sharp isn't even supposed to be the best lcd around, it's a bit older too. Wanna spend all that money so see something when there will be new ones out soon at half that price. Just look at the new samsung 40 inch (not 1980 but still...) that's about 1/4th the price!
     
  3. asherpat

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    if you have many dvds, go for a good dlp projector. believe me, except for the issue of day-light during the summer, no lcd or plasma come close to it in terms of pic quality and of course not in terms of size, important to me as i like the "immersion effect".

    you can get a fantasic projector for the price of a large lcd these days.
     

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