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Sharp LC-37GA3E from Empire Direct

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Xelon, Nov 16, 2004.

  1. Xelon

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    I have pretty much narrowed down the Sharp LC-37GA3E as the best value large screen LCD at the moment, especially since Empire Direct have this model @ £1933 + delivery, at the moment. Has anyone ordered one of these from Empire Direct? If so how long did you have to wait, as the website says they will only tell you how long after the order has been placed. Also has anbody got one of these models, opinions welcome before I take the plunge, hoping to connect a HTPC and use with Microsoft XP Media Centre Edition 2005.
     
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    Hi Xelon,
    I'm in the same boat as you at the mo and was hoping as well as your questions what people with this type of screen (32'/37') thought the two pixel overscan was that noticable, coz i've just finished building my MCE2005 HTPC and am aware that all popular G/Cards (ATI/Nvidia) are only capable of a res of 1368x768 w/powerstrip when the screens native res is 1366x768.

    Oh! and do you think I would be mad using this screen as mainly a PC monitor with a viewing distance of 1.5m :D

    Apologies for kinda hijackin' your thread Xelon. :beer:

    Regards,
     
  3. Xelon

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    Oasis,

    Just got through to Empire Direct, they expect delivery to be at least 2/3 weeks with no Guarantee for Christmas! I too was deciding on a 32"/37" but now the 37" is now £1933 (a 32" Sony LCD in Currys is £3499) I may go for it. The only thing missing I can see is a HDMI input, but it seems you have to opt for either DVI or HDMI have yet to see a model that has both. Did you say you built the HTPC yourself? As MCE 2005 PC's are sold as a one complete unit, if so what hardware did you use, as microsoft does not give this info on their website, I have a valid copy of MCE 2005 which I intend to install on a SFF Shuttle with an ATI All in Wonder 9800 pro which I have.
     
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    Hi Xelon, I just installed my OEM MCE2005 (w/MS remote control) onto a HP d530 (business desktop) Ultra Slim Desktop system without problems. I had read people making their own MCE PC's were having problems with driver support, but i found as long as you install a recent XP driver for whatever h/ware it should workfine. My current system is as follows:

    -P4 2.6GHz HT
    -256MB RAM (will upgrade to 1GB asap)
    -40GB HDD
    -Intel integrated Extreme2 GPU (as this system has no AGP slot I've had to get a Nvidia FX5700LE G/card to handle 3D games)

    And all for £450ish :smashin: EDIT: Oh! and thats including the £120 i paid for MCE2005 & the MS remote!

    Regards,
     
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    Has anybody got this 37" LCD, would appreciate some opinions before commiting, especially on PQ.
     
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    hi im also after this model but i just cant see empire getting them in at that price,also there is only 1 dvi input and no vga so i would have to by a converter of some sort im seriously considering getting one from the states,far more connections than on the uk models and my collection is ntsc anyway,ill see what feedback there is before i buy
     
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    I've got one on order at the moment too... they said 2 to 3 weeks about a week ago...
     
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    I'm also sceptical but I hope they can deliver because I want one as well!
     
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    Same here - one on order
    I notice that RGB direct have now reduced the price of this also (not as low as empiredirect) down to £2234.99

    Just noticed on empiredirect the lc37ga3e is no longer listed :eek:
     
  10. Xelon

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    Can Confirm the Sharp LC-37GA3E is no longer listed on Empire Direct, so looks like I've missed the boat will have to save my £2K for now unless anybody can find this panel for the same price elsewhere.
     
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    i new this would happen any way im ordering one from hong kong and saving myself a lot of cash :)
     
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    I just rang EmpireDirect now and they are still processing the existing orders as they told me they had 12 on order for people and I was 3rd in queue. They are meant to be calling me back in 24 to 48 hours with an update on when to expect it. Glad I placed my order when I did!
     
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    first off,

    lcds will be even cheaper early next year, after Christmas.

    So you could either: 1)wait and put the money in a savings account and get it cheaper in January, or 2) grab it during the christmas month of december.

    Good luck

    The trend for lcd prices are the opposite of house prices : downward. Sure, there are spikes due to supply and demand, acts of god (factory flooded etc), acts of man (tax increase etc) - but it'll still be downward and its going exponentially since July 04 and should continue in 2005

    Just my 2p


    Alex
     
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    I do realise that computer components are getting cheaper but have you any grounds to say that LCD screens will be cheaper early next year ? Have you heard something on the grapevine or are you just going on the fact that it'll be the January sales ?!
     
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    He's probably just assuming they will, because they've been dropping for months and months now. Being a new year, and after Christmas, prices probably will keep dropping.
     
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    I'm not assuming skiny, richjthorpe, not for the next few months (bar Christmas period)

    There is an oversupply of LCD screens - manufacturers are trying to get rid of them not quickly enough. Also yields has improved for bigger screens (26,32 especially)

    Also, China is entering the market with many production plants.

    You can actually get a DVD player for 25 quid now. Guess whose fault is that?

    I have basis in my research, there are probably news web pages that shows it, but I don't have them.

    Ask yourself this: why would I lie/mislead you? And no, it's not rumours.

    Alex
     
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    Yea, I agree with you. I've been putting off ordering a new LCD TV because of this, and can't decide when the right time to buy is. I know prices will never stop falling, but there has to be a point they reach where they don't fall quite so quickly.

    It looks like I'll be waiting until Jan 2005 now.
     
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    The final resting place for LCD prices is the resting place of CRT type TVs. The thing to judge is when will that be. :rolleyes:
     
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    Alex,

    I didn't mean to offend, it was just that you stated the LCD's would drop in price without saying why. What you say makes sense and I certainly didn't know about the oversupply.

    Think I'll be with Skiny and wait until Jan/Feb for an LCD.
     
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    I too have decided to wait until after Christmas, until a 37" LCD with HDMI input, falls below £2K, incidentally the Sharp 37" panels come out of there brand new latest generation (either 4th or 5th not sure) manufacturing plant, Samsung are due to open there's soon, which will specialise in panels above 30", but can I wait that long?
     
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    There are a lot of new factories going up in the Far East for producing plasmas and lcd panels. This will see prices drop over the next 12 months to two years as the capacity will drastically increase.

    The 45" Sharp lcd tv should be out soon which should mean price drops on the current flagship models.

    I would definately wait until the January sales though at least.
     

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