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Tom's Hardware reviews 32" LCDs

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs Forum' started by alefsin, May 23, 2005.

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    Finally, the respected Tom's Hardware Guide has published an English version of their review of 32" LCD TVs (the French version of the review was online now for weeks).
    They have reviewed these TV sets:
    • LG RZ30LZ50
    • ViewSonic N3200W
    • IIYAMA L323W-S
    • Toshiba 32WL48G
    • Phocus LCD 30 WM S
    • Philips 30PF9946/12
    • Hyundai HQL320WR

    I really like their objective methodology in assessment of color and delay of the panels. Instead of just watching some movies and giving some obscure subjective measures of the quality, they have really measured these things with a very good approach. However, no review is complete. What I didn't like about this review was:
    • They didn't include the 32PF9986 as the flagship Philips TV
    • Their methodology about Video Quality was not very clear (which source and what connection they used?)
    • They didn't include the latest models (Isn't 32WL48G now discontinued?)
    • They didn't even touch the quality of the tuner and other features the separate a TV from a simple Monitor
    Overall, I feel they have reviewed the TVs more like a LCD monitor but agian, they have provided usefull insights into subjects like the quality of color reporduction of these TVs. For example I couldn't beleive Tosh 32WL48G has such a poor black level (take a look at some of their LCD monitors: some of ghe top LCD monitors have a black level down to 0.25, nearly an order of magnitude less than 32WL48G!) also I expected much better spatial uniformity in the more expensive TVs . All in all, a good review and is highly recommended.
     
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    ROFL! :rotfl:

    Let me guess, did the intel win? :rolleyes:
     
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    Well, I don't know why you think it is funny. They have one of the best methods to test LCD monitors and I'm happy they have made this review on LCD TVs. It has given me a much better idea how these screens perfom when it comes to color and latency.
     
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    Alefsin,

    Ignore Da Rude Baboon, he shows up from time to time just to confirm how apt his user name is...

    I've read through quite a few of Tom's reviews, and find them quite interesting. Problem is, of course, that these are reviews of Yank spec TV's which really do differ quite substantially from the Euro models. He confirms in this test, what we all already know, that SD broadcasts look worse the bigger the screen you have.

    However, the SD he'll be reviewing these sets with is the trully appalling NTSC broadcast quality they have to suffer over the pond. Our PAL quality is considerably better allowing safe use of 32" - 37" LCD's without too much problem.

    Of course, HiDef is where these babies will start to shine......

    Jimmy
     
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    Toms hardware guide is about as unbiased as the Labour party organising a postal ballot.
     
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    jimsan or is it mr phillips :) couldn't agree with you more

    ntsc = not the same colour twice :D
     
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    Excuse me! My name is not Mr Phillips! It's Philips! I wish people would get the name of my gramps' company right!

    Jimmy
     
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    That spellins no ma best subject mr jimsan philips :D

    Cheers wee Jimmy :)
     
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    The reviewer was "benoit@tomshardware.fr" so I assume he was using a SECAM SD source.

    Regards

    Dave
     
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    My best guess is that for the color and response time tests, they use digital connections or a VGA connector to control the screen through a computer. This way the discussion about PAL/SECAM/NTCS is mute.
    About the actual TV models,I'm pretty sure they have used the european models. Why? Besides the fact that the review first appeared in their french site, they have reviewd Philips 30PF9946/12 where I think 12 stands for the european model.
     
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    The review also makes reference to SCART sockets which are not on US TV equipment.

    (They also refer to them as Peritel which I thought was pretty much only used in France.)
     

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