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The cheapest "HD-ready" widescreen LCD TV in the UK...

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by Boring Brian, Mar 16, 2005.

  1. Boring Brian

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    Hi everyone

    Newbie here. Can anyone tell me, definitively, what is the cheapest high definition widescreen LCD TV on the market today? No ifs, no buts, no maybes, I just want to know the cheapest LCD TV which is DEFINITELY, 100%, sure as eggs is eggs, HD-Ready!

    Does anyone know the answer?

    Thx

    Brian
     
  2. Damian1978

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    The cheapest is Acer's 26" for sure (AL2671W). Currently on sale at Misco for £587.49 inc VAT.
     
  4. Damian1978

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    Good point. I was stuck in 32" mode :D
     
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    Thanks so far.

    Anyone know of an HDTV any cheaper than this?
     
  6. mickbarlow

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    acer or the video7 (if its hdcp enabled) are you best bet,

    you'll not find anything less than about £600 or 26" as far as im aware..
     
  7. ChrisAllenFiz

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    Of course nobody really knows, unless they have tested some HDCP content. I`m sure there will be some sets whose HDCP implementation will turn out to be less compatible than claimed.
     
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    I have the Widescreen Samsung 730 MW which has both Component & an HDCP Equipped DVI-D socket. This cost me £325 delivered from Ebuyer. However I have not seen it confirmed yet that it is OK at 50hz, can ayone confirm this? I know it works OK with my HTPC & DVHS Player but they are both at 60hz. Great telly !

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  9. mickbarlow

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    paulfoley, have you connected this to a pc?

    if so, whats the native display, as all i can find is 1280 x 1024 which would indicate non-square pixels?
     
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    ah, just found the manual and it says optimum resolution is SXGA 1280 x 768 @60Hz
     
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    I think the problem is that Samsung do a 16:9 & a 4:3 LCD TV & a lot of websites are reporting an incorrect resolution. The 730MW is definitely 1280 X 768 & comes with its own Driver CD. Mine is connected via the DVI-D connection & both games & DVD's (using Power DVD 6) are amazing. Most games even run in this format e.g. HL2. I also have some HDTV Clips which are incredible !!!!

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    reet im gettin one,

    anyone wanna buy my 6 week old Viewsonic vx715 with 16ms, DVI-D. its going on ebay in a minute...
     
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    This is a 17 incher right?
     
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    Yeah teeny 17" ;) Ok for close-up viewing I guess ...
     
  15. paulfoley

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    Like most 17 inchers its ideal for the bedroom ! :eek:

    Oh & it would be ideal for a dining room, kitchen & conservatory as well?
     
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    Ideal for bedroom? Oh god what would you call my 26" then :eek:

    I guess it cant be ideal then :thumbsdow :rotfl:

    Joking apart I had a 15" 4:3 lcd tv in my bedroom which is about the same height as a 17" WS and for my eyes it was too small....I'm not saying it wasn't watchable it's just no where near as enjoyable to watch as my 26" WSLCTV. to state the obvious. I hope you aren't doing a 'me' and telling everyone how great it is but deep down you really wanted something bigger?? Thats exactly how I felt and my 15" lasted 1 month ;) Also I guess a lot depends on what you get used to to some degree. I had a 21" crt in the bedroom before so I had a largeish tv to watch for a few years till now.

    Ps My girlfriend has just seen this post and laughed hysterically and muttered something about 'you boys and your precious inches!!' :rolleyes:
    I HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO IDEA WHAT SHE WAS ON ABOUT!! SILLY GIRL!! :confused: ;)
     
  17. paulfoley

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    Did you get O Level Maths ? Not being funny but a 17" Widescreen picture is way bigger than a 16:9 picture from a 15" 4:3 set.

    Seriously though I live in a newish house where the bedrooms are only about 10` x 10` - Its fine !

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    Hey you need to be a bit sharper than that to catch me out !!!
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    "I had a 15" 4:3 lcd tv in my bedroom which is about the same>> height<< as a 17" WS"

    I said HEIGHT !! :lesson: In fact the height/vertical screen size maybe more on a 15" 4x3 tv than a 17" widescreen. Anyhow thats besides the point...I was just trying to point out that overall there isnt a hell of a lot of difference between the two and to 'my mind' I felt it was just too teeny. Sorry :rolleyes: :devil:
     
  19. brain_stew

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    Can you, or anyone else, confirm that this telly can handle 720p? Its just I'm wanting a small HDTV for the Xbox 360 I'm going to buy and this TV seems by far the best deal, its just no specs list its outputs.
     
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    brain_stew.

    Note that all of the posts above date from March of this year. The prices of the LCDs have come down dramatically since then, so you need to shop around as most of the models quoted have been superceded (and/or reduced)
     
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    I've been looking at a 17" WS Philips LCD - the 17PF4310. Its £310 at Currys....
     
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    HDTV has a recommended minimum screen size of 26"
     
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    I am in the same boat as Boring Brian who started this thread, I am interested in the Phillips 17pf4310, but want to know if is HD ready, I have seen it claimed elsewhere on this forum that it is not. But on Currys website and on Phillips own website it says that it is, does anyone have a definate yes or no as to wether it is HD ready.
     
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    is this a joke?
     
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    Not really. From the the average viewing distance say 6-7 ft. its unlikely you will be able to tell the difference between SD and HDon a 26 inch set. Of course everyone is different and therefore some will be able to tell and otheres wont. Therefore I dont think that there are many LCD's under 26 inch that are HD ready.
     

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