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what 28'' widescreen?

Discussion in 'TVs' started by phenom2003, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. phenom2003

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    i'm considering buying a new television for my bedroom. Does anybody know of a 28'' widescreen set with 3 scarts (2 rgb enabled) for under £500. 100hz,flatscreen would be nice but not essential.Thanks in advance
     
  2. martinthorn

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    I should be getting a Thomson 28WF45UG delivered from Empiredirect today sometime. This has three scarts(2 RGB), 100Hz, flatscreen and cost £450 with delivery. I'll let you know what I think when(if ?!) it arrives..

    Martin
     
  3. martinthorn

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    Well the 100Hz Thomson 28WF45UG arrived on time and I had it up and running in no time. Got to say I was impressed by the styling of the TV : looked better than in the photos. The auto tuning facility worked quickly and effectively on first switch-on with all channels found and put in the correct order.

    Immediately apparent was a worsening of the analogue reception compared to my old Sony 4:3 trinitron. Noise is now noticeable from a distance. Fortunately I am on NTL digital and pictures through the scarts(digital/DVD) look good for a budget TV. Some fiddling with the contrast/colour/brightness was needed to achieve a level of satisfaction as the set seems to have a tendency towards dimness : brightness setting had to be increased from standard. The sound is OK(virtual dolby apparently), but since I have external amp I'm not too bothered !

    So to sum up after one night (one film and some TV !)

    Picture : fine through scart, poor through RF (could be signal though..). Aspect ratio 'auto' setting a bit buggy, sometimes needs manual selection to force best fit-to-screen. A bit dim on standard settings, especially through scarts.

    Looks : pretty !

    Sound : not bad for a TV, though I intend to keep it switched off most of the time in favour of my 5.1 Receiver

    Other Notable Features : supplied handset can drive VCR, DVD,STB and Hi-Fi and has a backlight (all this surprised me !), came with a heavy stand, actual TV circuit values in the manual, easy on screen menu layout.

    Now I just have to find my way into the service menu to satisfy my curiousity !

    hope this helps your decision..

    Martin
     

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