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Discussion in 'Home Cinema, Hi-Fi and Gadgets' started by voorhees, Dec 27, 2007.
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All depends on how much you want to spend
The best pictures come from a 1080 pixel television (resolution) and 100Hz refresh rate
The best type is probably LCD ahead of plasma
The best make - probably Pioneer - and if you have room 60" to really finish it off
Of course that combo will probably cost £4000, up to you whether that's realistic or not!!!
According to the specialist TV mags LCDs are best up to 36ins screens
Plasmas better above 36ins.
I personally have a panasonic TH 42 PX plasma and am very happy with it got a 5* rating in one of the tv mags when I bought it April this year.Best thing to do buy a few TV mags and draw up a shortlist.
I also think it depends on what you watch, DVD or TV, have a look at www.avforums.com there is plenty of info on there. Having said that if money was no object I would go for Pioneer, next would be Panasonic. Screen size i'd look towards 36/37 or 42, anything else is too big for the average room.
As said above, it all depends on your video source. If you are watching low quality SD (Standard Definition) TV, then plasma should be better than LCD. If you are watching upscaled DVD's or HD (High Definition) video via sky/virgin/DVD players etc then LCD is excellent.
IF you are going very large, then the pioneer plasma is excellent. For 32/40 inch etc then LCD is very good.
I have a 32 inch Samsung LCD and I think its excellent, however I am using an upscalled TV source via HDMI cable.
What size are you looking for? What will you be watching?
As mentioned by SteveTDCi, have a look at avforums.com for some excellent advice.
Just got a Pioneer PDP428XD and have to say wow really good!
I bet your happy with that Dave? Where did you get it from out of interest?
plasma all the way LCD are to fake the picture is to generated! if that makes any sense... screen blur and fast moving items have shadows, when looking into plasma the others are right on the money Pioneer is VERY good but maybe over priced, Panasonic are almost as good on picture BUT a fair bit cheaper.. 1080p only any good if watching Blue ray or FULL HD ie not sky, but as quoted earlier 720P is still outstanding picture quality my panasonic though sky HD i set to 720P and looks GREAT.
screen size should be based on how far away from the set you will be viewing ie 42" no closer than 10ft
the only other thing to test is the sound quaity thats were a lot of tv differ............
HOPE tthat was helpfull rather than BOARING
Bought one of them going to be delivered sunday...thanks for the advice
No problem mate.Good time of year to be buying new TV with sales etc you could play the big boys like comet and currys off against each other.THEY will do a deal and throw bits and pieces in for free if you ask of course.Good luck with it.
got free delivery
I know I could of bought one off tinternet cheaper but if it goes tits up I can pop down to the store and have a go at them,just have to get rid of a perfectly good 28" panasonic quintrix now
I've got a 43" Pioneer (plasma obviously ), has been the best piece of kit i've owned and basically agree with Mitch with his statement. Mine is now about 3 years old, and looks stunning in gloss black.
Also own a small 19" Samsung lcd in the kitchen in white, which is quite funky, and this gives a lovely display, not sure what resolution this is, but may consider a 32 or 40" samsung lcd for the bedroom, as these come in at about £600.
i have a pioneer 50 inch, pdp 505 xd, and to be honest the quality is amazing, it has a timeless design, a thin gloss black frame, and it is controlled through a media box so doesnt have a million wires running to the tv (although i believe the newer models work withought a box).... pioneer have recently released a new style plasma called KURO, thats one to look out for, or if ur prepared to spend the reddies, they have a full hd 1080p 50 inch for about £4000! check em out, pioneer is the way forward, plasma over lcd!!!! the only thing to watch out for is screen burn!
Bought just before xmas a Sony KDL-40W2000 which is a 40" lcd with 1080p res. It won plenty of awards a year ago when it came out, but because its just been replaced with a newer model thats hardly any different they dropped in price. Picked up the tv & a Sony dvd/hdd recorder with 160gb hard drive for £999 from Empire Direct! They also were doing a further offer whereby you joined their members club thingy for £20 and get a free 3 year warranty on everything you bought!! Bargain if you ask me and very very very pleased with the whole set up!!
I have found a 65" Panny for 4,500 with stand. It says HD ready. Any one know the simple difference between HD ready and Full HD?
It is obviously in sale because there's a turbo version about to be launched, it's still a pretty good picture. Any advice would be appreciated.
Full HD is 1080p I think
aint got a clue about tvs but when window shopping (as you do) the sony and the samsung tend to have the best picture..
I think they're actually made in the same factory and have the same compoments inside...
We have a 43" Pioneer which is about 5 years old, we have just bought my dad a 42" Panasonic plasma for Chrimbo and my sister has a 40" Sony. I can say that the Panny and the Sony have the slightly better picture but the colour is a little overblown, the Sony suffers with fast moving images and our Pioneer is not showing any signs of screen burn(comparisons all made with Sky).
Thanks Stuart. There seems to be a debate on which is the best system, 1080p or 1080i? It's funny because so far at the stores I've visited no one can give me a simple answer to which is the best or any understandable info re the benefits of waiting for a full HD versus an HD ready.
It doesn't appear to be important now but I plan to keep the screen for at least 5 years during which HD will be in full swing.