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Member # 5566
 - posted September 18, 2006 09:10
Okay, so this might sound like a "guy" question, but are there any opinions on what brand HDTV LCD TV's out there that are considered "better" than other makes? I'm sort of shopping around for one...
Member # 2515
 - posted September 18, 2006 10:45
As I can't afford a HDTV myself and so have never bothered looking into the specs, I'm going with the Sony Bravia just for this advert [Smile]
Ugh, MightyClub
Member # 3112
 - posted September 19, 2006 10:10
I'm no expert either, but I've done a little research in hopes I might actually be able to afford one someday. I haven't made a brand allegiance yet, but last I looked the Sony units seemed overpriced for what you get. There is some decent general buying info to be had at c|net. I'm sure there is other (maybe even better?) info out there.

It's very important that you see the model you intend to buy in person. Check out the view from a wide angle (i.e., off to the side). Fiddle with the settings to make sure you can make the picture as bright or dark as you like -- I think most showrooms tend to keep brightness/contrast at max levels. Keep in mind that the light in the store is probably much brighter than what you'll view the TV in at home.

If possible bring in a DVD from home and convince a salesperson to play it on the TV(s) you are interested in. Make them use the input type you'll use at home (HDMI, component, etc). Bring in your own DVD player if you have to. Along those lines, make sure the TV has the right type and number of inputs for the devices you do or will own.

There are lots of techy things you can look at, like native resolution, digital filters, how non-HD input is scaled, etc.

Another thing to consider is whether a plasma set would be better for your intended use and screen size. If you'll be watching a lot of action/sports you might be happier with plasma.
Member # 1659
 - posted September 19, 2006 10:50
BooBooKitty_________________________________As far as I know there only three or four assemblers of the actual display. Then the screens are sold to the OEMS. On the note of plasma if you have some ham radio operators in your area they may force you to have noise filters attached to the set due to Ind. Can. spurious emissions rules. Most vendors can meet the rules but don't unless forced to.
Member # 1173
 - posted September 19, 2006 11:06
Sony units seemed overpriced for what you get.

Not to mention, Sony is the spawn of satan. [Smile]
Ugh, MightyClub
Member # 3112
 - posted September 19, 2006 12:19
Originally posted by GameMaster:
Sony units seemed overpriced for what you get.

Not to mention, Sony is the spawn of satan. [Smile]

Hey, back in the day Trinitron was the shizznit. These days a lot of Sony stuff seems to be just plain shizznit.

By the way, MoMan, Ind. Can. = Indecent Canadians??? Yeah, I wish I could filter them out, too [Wink] (Just kidding, BDs!)
Member # 5114
 - posted September 19, 2006 16:42
I say go with plasma 1024 p if you can afford it. Especialy if you have a little bit of a darker room and want to view the television at different angles.

If you still going with the LCD go with panasonic or samsung. They make good quality tv's which are better then any other brand. Also my advice is watch the numbers on the screen resolution /quality. Because sometimes when you walk into a store the sale person will confuse you with a ton of numbers especially if you don't know a lot about tv's to make it sound like your buying the best tv on the market.

have fun shopping around and make sure to do your homework.
Colonel Panic
Member # 1200
 - posted September 20, 2006 17:11
My, Boo-Boo, may I say you're looking fine today?

I'd been shopping HDTV for two years and was about to plunk down 3-large. USD for a 60" Sony XBR DLP, but while looking for a second, smaller LCD TV I was knocked out by the price-value ratio of the LG model 37LC2D. And bought it. I'm very happy with this set. It is a real knockout.

Very good picture, and retail was around $1,550 US, with a promotion to sign up for either cable or sattelite HD, I got another $200 US knocked off.

The picture really grabbed me in the store, excellent contrast for an LCD and very good black levels (two areas where they are weak against plasma), but this seems like an exceptional TV, contrast ratio is 1600 to 1 compared to 800 to1 for most. Refresh time is OK at 8ms -- something that may play a factor in 1080i sports broadcasts, where I get some odd artifacts on some background motion that I don't get in 720p.

Another stunner: display life is rated at a whopping 60,000 hours as opposed to 10,000 for most plasma sets (plasma's downfall)..

For a set this size, I don't see lacking the new 1080p standard is anything to miss. Plus there is no programming in that format. 1080p now is something that is upconverted. There are 1080p inputs, but until Blu-Ray or HD-DVD has enough titles I can't see anything being available in 1080p.

The reason here in the US is that the stations are using their bandwidth for additional channels. And the satelite and cable companies are compromising bandwidth for channels as well. In fact, I notice more compression from the DirecTV HD dish signal than I see from the over-the-air signals. Best HD picture right now is the bug porno on Chicago public TV, WTTW.

For comparing signals, the other day I was able to switch from OTA HD broadcast of Finding Nemo to DirecTV HD to an upcoverted 480p DVD and found the DirecTV HD signal the worst looking. What they put in resolution they lost in compression -- the background colors were very "blocky."

LG is an up and coming appliance manufacturer from Korea. They are one reason that the US Federal Trade Commission approved the merger between Maytag and Whirlpool. One of LGs tactics when they enter a new category is to gain market share by dumping product at low prices. They make a very good set at an unbeatable price.

The biggest downside of my set is that it only has one HDMI input. Not a biggie when I see I can get a 4-output remote-controlled HDMI breakout box for $165 US.

For a bit less money, the 32" version of this set is also highly regarded. Its smaller size may make it more appropriate for a bedroom or a living room.

One thing I noticed after first viewing the set, is that I did not see as many negative comments on consumer review sights for this set as I have for many other brands. That was unusual.

I think it is a great set, and it really has performed well for the last month. Here are some discussions on an HDTV forum:


Anybody tell you lately, you're a pretty cool engineer?

Colonel Panic
Member # 1261
 - posted September 21, 2006 02:51
For the aussies, today's zazz <http://zazz.com.au/> was a 32" lcd. ooh. zazz makes a great marketing example ;-)

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