What LCD for £900 or thereabouts

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  1. Radiohead

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    Evening all

    Having just picked myself up from the floor when Mrs Radiohead expressed a desire to bin our CRT and buy an LCD I find myself plunging into the market.

    I currently have my eye on the Tosh 48/56/58 range, along with some others from Samsung, Sony, LG and Sharp but for you folk with the info, where should my money go?

    It should be 32" (I'm assuming that they're measured the same way as CRT's?), HD ready with HDMI, and good with Sky signals fed from RGB.

    Any advice gratefully received as I'm currently Confused of Basingstoke.
     
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    I am looking at a 32" Sharp 32GA6E for £810
    and the Samsung LE32R41BDX for about £840

    it's a tough choice as the sharp looks truly beautiful on the outside but I can't find any reviews on it and I've seen it in store but it's not being used properly wherever I go :(
     
  3. Radiohead

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    Thanks Harry - both of these are on my shortlist, and there seem to be a gaggle of contenders around the £800-900 price-point that offer a lot for your money.
     
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    well just update this thread with anything you learn about either of them as we are probably gonna buy at the same time as each other :)
     
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    Sharp over Samsung every time. Had a 32" GD1 (GD7's predecessor), and it was a stonking set. Pity it had to be returned once my time with it was up! Oh well, I'll console myself with the Loewe coming soon enough to look at.
     
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    why was the sharp better though?
    I saw the sharp yesterday and it was so hard to judge it because it was on a split connection yet the samsung was running a dvd and looked pretty good... but the shiny black plastic puts me off... looks tacky
     
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    I recently bought one of these:

    http://misco.co.uk/productinformation/~102335~WW~/ACER+AT3201W+32++LCD-TV.htm

    Read the link for specs.

    The screen is really good. Sky + through RGB on a cheap scart is ok (some channels are great - others crap). This cable is being replace today with a Profigold cable.

    Xbox through hi def component is fantastic. DVD (currently through scart until dvd player is upgraded) look really good.

    Only downside is the cooling fan on the back. Its only noticable when the audio is muted but is too loud in my opinion. I will be looking to change the fan for a quieter one soon.
     
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    Go for the samsung .. its a great peice of kit
     
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    if youc an afford it go for the new sony kdl-s26a12u - they are supposed to be fantastic - quite a few threads on here raving about this range....
     
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    any progress radio?
    Im now thinking it could be sensible to wait for some january sales so I can get this years 32 lcds for a bit less than they are now.. and the new ones will be out with 2 hdmi etc... so i could get maybe a high end set from this year cheap in the sales... only cus my pay cheque wasnt as fat as I thought :)
     
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    Samsung every time. It beats most of the others for pic quality.....Well mine does anyway..
     
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    Ditto - The back surround actually looks pretty stylish in a contemporary environment.
     
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    Panny LX52, Toshiba 58 or JVC DS6. Possibly Sony S series, don't know about the pricing on that. All about £1k

    IMO those would be better choices than the samsung, albeit for slightly more money. The Samsung is a great budget set but its getting a little old. The new one might be a good option, but again I don't know about pricing .
     
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    Well, after a couple of days trawling around demoing 4 LCD's that I was very keen on I didn't find one that I'd be happy with. These were all running Sky via RGB and DVD via component as I will be at home, and the downscaling just didn't vut it to my eyes. On the basis that a) I won't be shelling out for HD for a couple of years whilst it all settles down and more channels launch and b) better HD panels will be launched by then I elected to look at what was best with SD offerings. I really wanted to like LCD's for use today, but they just didn't do it for me.

    So, my choice is a Panasonic TH37PE50B 37" plasma for just over £1k (and including a DVD recorder). I gave this a lengthy demo today with the same inputs (Sky and DVD) and to my eyes, the plasma had the LCD's beat. Obviously not HD ready, but for th reasons gven above I'll get a couple of years out of this with SD fare and then move to HD with the benefit of 2 more years advances on LCD/plasma/SED panels.

    Should be ordering it tomorrow.
     
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    Did you not look at the Sharp P50 series - designed for SD feed, but can do HD only downscaled to 540p?
     
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    I certainly did, both the 37" and the 32" extensively yesterday and, whilst better than the full-on HD LCD's for SD viewing, I still didn't find it as good as I hoped or expected. For me the PE50 won the day on this occasion, both in terms of PQ and cost. I'm coming to the conclusion that my eyes just prefer the look of a plasma rather than LCD.
     
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    I'm just wondering if 3 years down the line you'd wish you had gone LCD?
     
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    that's a bit of a thread mine, mate
     

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