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Video7 26" V7LTV26C, bargain or not??

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by swilt1, Feb 8, 2005.

  1. swilt1

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    Hi All,

    I have been looking for a LCD TV for some time now since but still can't make my mind up or bear to put more credit on the card. Anyway I keep getting drawn to the above model based on the online user reviews it has received both for the 26" model and the 32" model. There is a previous post on here regarding the 26" model but lacks a lot of detail.

    What I am wandering is has anybody on here actually got one or seen one working and how do they rate it? or can you offer any alternative around that price. I keep looking at Aldi's web site to see if they have the one at Christmas back in stock but no luck :mad:

    http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/prod...2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X292ZXJ2aWV3&product_uid=83114

    £630 in total.

    The bit that puts me off after reading other reviews is the 25ms Response Time but the reviews online at Ebuyer dont indicate any issues?

    Thanks in advance

    Specifications
    Panel Size 26" LCD Panel (66,04 cm)
    Viewable Size H x V 566.4 mm x 339.8 mm
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Pixel Pitch (HxV): 0.443 mm x 0.443 mm
    Contrast Ratio typ. 600:1
    Brightness typ. 600 cd/m²
    Response Time 25 ms
    Viewing Angle H/V 170°/170°
    Resolution 1280 x 768 (Wide XGA)
    Systems PAL/SECAM-B/G, D/K, I, L/L
    Power Consumption max. < 125 Watt
    Cable Tuner (Hyperband) Auto/Fine
    Programming
    Stereo (Virtual Surround)
    Sleep/On Timer
    PIP-Function (Picture-in-Picture)
    HDTV, Progressive Scan, Digital Combfilter
    Teletext (100 pages)
    Speakers 2x 14 Watt
    Features Silver Design, wallmountable (VESA 100 mm)
    User Control Multi Language OSD
    Video Input 15 pin D-Sub, VGA
    Input Antenna, 2x Scart, S-Video, DVI, Audio L/R, Component YUV (Y/Pb/Pr),
    PC Audio
    Supply User Manual, Remote Control, Batteries, Power Cord, Antenna Cable
    Dimensions WxHxD 662 mm x 510 mm x 245 mm incl. stand
    Weight 13 kg incl. stand
    Warranty 2 years Pick-Up Service
     
  2. jimsan

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    It's the same old thing I'm afraid, Swilt1,

    There are a lot of these, i'll call them 'Budget Screens', around now. Their performance will be just about OK, but nothing special.

    The screen says it's 16:9 but it's not. It's 15:9. The Pixel Response is poor, and the other speks are very average. It does have DVI input for a PC and it says it's HDTV ready, but I bet you it isn't! Unless it has HDCP lurking behind that DVI socket it WILL NOT show HDTV broadcasts from SKY. (It's that HDTV thing again!!! Argh..)

    HOWEVER! At that price, it'll do fine. Just don't expect too much.

    Jimmy
     
  3. eddie_talbot

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    After seeing the good reviews of the 32" inch of the Video7 model, a search of this forum revealed someone else of the opinion that these models are appearing as rebadged Goodmans models.

    After visiting Comet and seeing the 32" I'm of the opinion that they are in fact the same. The 32" is known as the LD3201 and the 26" you've been interested is the LD2601.

    You can see a picture of the LD2601 at :-
    http://www.cometgroup.co.uk/comet/html/cache/455_218880.html

    Look the same to me. In Comet I did see the 32" Goodmans model, and though it looked pretty good front-on, it had a fairly poor viewing angle.

    Moving my head further towards each side the picture turned a purple colour.

    FWIW, the best 26" I've seen is the Sharp Aquos GA4. My advice is to find your local Comet / Currys / John Lewis megastores and see the different TVs on offer.
     
  4. jon2099

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    The purple colour is characteristic of a panel using IPS (In-Plane Switching) technology, typically used in LG and Philips TVs, and some Toshiba ones too. These actually have pretty good black-to-grey response times and colour reproduction; the downside is the off-axis purple colour you mentioned.
     
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    Thanks for the response guys
     
  6. eddie_talbot

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    That rings true, I did indeed notice it a lot with the LG sets in the same store. Personally I don't think any of the LG LCDs are much cop.

    A few Philips sets did suffer from this problem although most of them didn't, perhaps they've been phasing them out.
     
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    The V7 website says the DVI is HDCP enabled for both the 26" and the 32" screens.
     
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    Still using them actually. In fact some of the smaller sets have started using S-IPS panels e.g. the 17PF8946 and 17PF9946 now use S-IPS whereas the older 17PF9945 used the cheaper TN+Film (and suffered a narrow viewing angle).
     
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    this screen is now just £600 inc vat and delivery on ebuyer! £500 ex vat (which i can get as my parents own a pub and can say it is for the pub :thumbsup: ),

    would the screen size be comparable to my 28" crt widescreen?

    also what is it with 15:9 ratio? will this distort dvds when the player is set to 16:9, or will the screen compensate for this and add/cut off black bars?

    if these questions are both answered yes, i will save up for one now!
     
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    The video 7 26" is as far as anyone can tell exactly the same as the Sonix one in sainsburys for £499
     
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    is that inc vat?
     
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    Yes :)
     
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    I have a Video7 32", and as far as I am concerned, the PQ is excellent. :smashin:
    Not too impressed by inbuilt tuner, but connected to a good video sourse, Free-view box, (Mine is an old Pace On-Digital box) or decent DVD player, I think it is hard to beat. It is equally as good as many of the big brand names costing 100's of pounds more!
    Also forget about this 15:9 Bo<<ocks, it is a 16:9 screen. The screen options are, 4:3, Zoom, Panorama, and 16:9, nothing about 15:9. anywhere on my set.
    I don't know where this 15:9 idea came from, I mean why would any manufacturer make a 15:9 set anyway, it makes no sense! :confused:
    I don't believe the TV is HDCP compatible, so if that is what you want, you need to look elsewhere.
    One negative is the sound quality, it's only mediocre, :thumbsdow so you may need a decent sound system. Also the set does not automatically switch between 4:3 and 16:9 picture sizes.
    Ebuyer price is now £590 plus carriage for the 26", and you also get a 2 year pick up and return warranty, but they don't have the best price for the 32".
     
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    Radio_Daze, AFAIK 32" screens are 16:9 as theyre 1366x768, but most if not all 26" are and 1280x768 and therefore 15:9
     
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    Even on the 15:9 sets (which the 26" ones are BTW) the screen options are still the same - 4:3, Zoom, Panorama, and 16:9 - just to confuse you even more :)
     

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