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Help needed please ! Looking for a new TV

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  1. S3 Paul
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    S3 Paul Well-Known Member Regional Rep

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    [Feb 2, 2009]
    Hi all,
    Well as above, I am finaly moving out from my folks house, Im looking for a flat screen, Plazma? LCD ? around the 40inch mark ,
    I watch films like matrix and blade and sports ... i also have a PS3 that i use for online fun like Grid and COD4/5
    Im not able to go mad on the price to be honest,
    Looking for around £500 to £600
    I bought a mag today in the hope it would help me with my choise but it just raised more questions than it answered !
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  3. dantdi
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    Dont know much about them, but i know Plazmas screens can burn. So if using ps3 think LCD would be better,

    Ive got Panasonic 34inch and using PS3 with it, its great!
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    Panasonic FTW. One of my mates is really into his AV stuff and he says there are only 2 TV brands he will buy Panasonic and Pioneer.
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  5. Nilz
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    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)

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    Panasonic and Pioneer are very good, Sony are up there as well.

    What do you prefer, LCD or Plasma??

    Plasmas are quite power draining, but do have a very good pic on them, also depending on how far you are going to sit from it, eg viewing distance, if you are sitting fairly close, do you really want a 40" as it wont look as good dude..
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    I have a samsung 40" and I am very impressed I spent weeks looking searching and plumped for the Samsung

    Try AVForums.com it may help
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    got a brand new tosh 42ZV555D with 4yr warranty up for grabs, latest top range lcd from them just released, I paid £839 plus 4yr warranty which was what about £150 on top so if interested around the £800 mark, selling cause ended up with 2 tv's through someone's mistake
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    Phillips get some of the best ratings out there at decent prices..

    But personally i cant tell much difference with a decent HD (sky/xbox/ps3) feed with HDMI.

    I went for a 32" (720p) samsung for my room as i think they are the best looking tv's and got a 46" (1080p) for my dad and both are amazing.

    anyhting 32" and smaller its not worth going for 1080p, thats what ive read on all review sites.
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    Pioneer and secondly Panasonic....but to be honest my mate has just got the latest Samsung and I have to say games on it are excellent....if I knew that before we had the Panasonic I would of had one.
    My telly switches off to prevent any burning of the Plasma screen :p when not in use.
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    Samsung 40 inch you can`t go wrong.
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    Agreed. Also i got mine from richer sounds, really good service and you can get then to setup what you want to see different feeds.. they also do a really good 5 year warranty which i dont usually go for but it was only £35 ish
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    Another vote for the Samsung!

    Although Sony and Panasonic are also excellent but will cost a little more.
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    if above 46", it is recommended to get a Plasma.

    the Sony 40V4000 is a good deal and impressive picture quality.

    or the 40W4500 which is also impressive but is almost twice the price of the 40V4000.

    it's also a matter of personal taste regarding styling :)

    take a look here and read some reviews.: http://whathifi.com/Reviews/TVs-Reviews/TVs-Reviews/Rule-Screen-size-37-40in/

    Whathifi gave a 5 star for the 2 Sony mentioned above, in it's 2008 awards

    and register on AVforums for more exntended and in-depth opinions
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    samsung's are the daddy :)
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    At that price I don't think you'll get a decent Panasonic or Pioneer.

    I have a Samsung 6 series LCD which came out very highly in reviews. I compared it to a three other LCDs in JL and it was miles ahead in picture quality. One of the others was a highish end Bravia but I can't remember the exact model.

    What you will notice with a LCD over plasma is that the plasma is better on blacks and whites. With the LCD I sometimes lose detail on dark scenes as the screen cannot display them as well. Part of this is down to setup but I can't be bothered changing the setup individually for each movie I watch.

    As far as I'm aware, LCDs don't suffer from burn-in in the same way that plasmas do so that may also affect your decision.
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    I've just gone down the plasma rout, better picture than LCD and a much better viewing angle. Mines a 37" Panasonic and I paid £499 if you want a no frills TV its great. Very good with SD (much better than our Samsung) enough HDMI sockets and the sound isn't bad by flat screen standards
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    We have a JVC, but the point of my post is to tell you where we got it from. John lewis offer a price match guarantee and also a five year warranty. They will price match from any online retailer with a walk in shop. Our JVC was for sale at £999 but we got it for £670 with this price match deal including the five year warranty.

    You might have to push them but it's worth it IMO.
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    Pioneer if you can afford it which judging by your budget you wont be able too, go for a panasonic viera, anything over 32" and it has to be a plasma, LCD's suffer from serious motion blur, Watch the Matrix on LCD and Plasma and you will pick plasma everytime.
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    Was just going to echo what James said JL is the place to get it from, price match and a 5yr warranty, you cant go wrong!!!

    Oh and my uncle got a samsung 40" LCD 1080p and he has it connected to a V+ box and we were watching the golf on it last year, and all i can say is the pic was STUNNING!!!
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    [Feb 4, 2009]
    Got my Gran a 42" Toshiba from Empiredirect just before they went bust, cost £640 absolute bargain, shame they went into liquidation...
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    i got my samsung when flat screens were new on the market and it still going strong today (touch wood) best tv ive ever bought
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    [Feb 5, 2009]
    got myself a 48 inch pioneer plasma. exellent my mate reviewed loads for months. cost me 2.5k 6 mths later it was avail for 1500. bitches !!!!!!!!
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