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Which 36" Widescreen?

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by blzbob, Mar 16, 2003.

  1. blzbob

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    I am starting to think about upgrading to widescreen in the near future and I am looking at 36" CRTs.

    With all the various letters after the names and proprietary features from each manufacturer I don't know where to start. Also reading the threads there seem to be reliability/quality issues at this size.

    I watch DVDs, Sky Digital (through SKY+ box soon) and play XBOX games (one of the reasons to get a big widescreen is for multiplayer).

    Main features I want are picture quality and reliability. I have surround so ideally I don't really want to waste money on a surround set. I will want to put my "boxes" in a closed stand(Xbox and sky+ both make some noise so I want to keep them "quiet" but with space to stop them overheating) but will probably get this separately.

    I won't be upgrading for a few months but if I know what I want I can sit back and look out for offers. I "could" go up to £2k but would prefer to get something around £1500 if not lower.

    So which tellys should I look out for, which ones should I avoid and what features should I look out for (are there any good websites for reviews?)

    Thanks
     
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    I have recently purchased the Panasonic TX-36PB50 which i have found to have a great picture with true depth and exceptional DVD reproduction. It has surround sound but you can just leave them in the box and it is available from around £1470 on the net which i got a local retailer to price match.

    I am very happy to recomend !!:smoke:
     
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    You can buy a Toshiba 42" Dolby Digital RPTV for less than £1500. 36" is too small!
    Or go for the 50hz Nicam only version, £1100- 42PW23P.
     
  4. blzbob

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    Nathan,

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    Size does matter, but I haven't been impressed by the rear projection sets I have seen (seem better for pubs where you aren't watching it constantly) or big rooms.
    My room isn't that big and I also need the space under the TV for my amp so I will stick with a standard CRT.

    I think 36" will have to do, until I get a plasma screen ;)

    Lemon,

    I assume the TX36-PL30 is the same thing without DD surround. So I will add this to my review list.

    Can anyone comment on the below models or if there are any more I should look at:

    Philips 36PW9607
    Sony KV-36FS76
    Toshiba 36ZP18
    HITACHI C36WF830N

    Thanks
     
  5. Manuman

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    I have the FS76 and it seems to fit all the criteria you require.

    Excellent picture quality.
     
  6. harrisuk

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    I know three people who have the Tosh 36". I can give an honest opinion on this set. I was so impressed with these sets that I almost bought one instead of the plasma screen I have now.

    I have seen a few 36" screens. This is easily the best I have seen.

    In fact I will go as far as saying it is about the best CRT set in terms of size and quality I have ever seen. 2 grand in curries / dixons / comet (All be it with VHS & DVD package)

    Can be had on Qed website for between 1400 - 1600.
     
  7. MattJB

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    :eek:

    DO NOT GET THE TOSH 36ZP18P!!!!!!!!!!!

    Search for a full history for the many problems!

    Get a Tosh 36ZD26P............


    Progressive scan & far better than the above!

    You won't be disappointed!
     
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    I have the Philips 36PW9607 now after returning a Toshiba 42WT29 RPTV, the Toshiba was a wonderful TV, fantastic features, Component in, Dolby Digital, 2 Digital Audio inputs, But ......... it had a pink bloom to the right of the screen that couldn't be repaired and the manual convergence wouldn't converge.

    The Philips 36PW9607 on the other hand has a most wonderful picture, by far the best I have seen. The TV's only drawback is a single Digital Audio in, in effect this means a single Dolby Digital Source, the Digital Audio in only works with Scart 1, so to change to another digital source means unplugging the Scart and also the Audio. Naturally enough I leave it on one source.

    However, do your own research as I gather from posts on here that if you manage to get a fault free Philips 36PW9607 you are in a minority. Guess I was lucky.

    Wayne
     

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