• Sign in to Neowin Faster!

    Create an account on Neowin to contribute and support the site.

Sign in to follow this  

Best 40-42" LCD/DLP/Plasma right now?

Recommended Posts

Vice    1,593

Well I'm in the Market for a new TV to replace my current 28" CRT television that has served me well for quite a few years + I want to go HD.

I live in the UK and we recently just got HD sets and HD Cable/Sat providers and I figure my ageing TV could do with a replacement. But I don't know anything about what is good/bad about HDTVs I just know the features they hold, I cant pick a good one from a bad one and a little help goes a long way :D

Specs I would like:

40 or 42"

LCD or Plasma or DLP whichever you think is best.

1xDVI or 1xHDMI connector with HDCP (Requirement)

Built in speakers (Optional)

1xScart (Requirement)

1080i resolution (Requirement. Preferably 1024/1440 or higher)

Component (Optional)

Freeview DVB-T Decoder (Not Needed/Not Required)

Cable-Card (Not needed/Not Required)

I want to spend between ?1000 and ?1,500 ($1,900-$2850 USD) for the TV I think that will be enough to get a decent one? I already have Surround Sound speakers but it would be nice for the TV to have some sort of built in ones just in case. I know it will be difficult for non-UK citizens to give advice on which TV to buy as not all are sold here yet but if you know of a good set please recommend it and I will try and hunt it down. I am happy to buy it online/overseas or in-store.

Also of note I plan to use the TV over a DVI connection from my Server for a MCE set-up it will also be hooked up-to a Satellite receiver through an RGB-SCART connection until I get Sky-HD from my Satellite provider at which point the TV will be connected solely to the Satellite receiver through a HDMI (With HDCP requirement) cable.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

None of the TV's you're looking for are going to have 1080i. They'll either be 720p or 1080p.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vice    1,593

1080p then

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ludeboy12    5

actually the Hitachi 42hds69 is a 1080i plasma that can be had for 2 grand. I bought it and i think its the best one out there for the price.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

actually the Hitachi 42hds69 is a 1080i plasma that can be had for 2 grand. I bought it and i think its the best one out there for the price.

I'd have to disagree with your opinion. My opinion of the sets is quite opposite. I despise the crappy black levels they offer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Vice    1,593

lol, guys I'm not really bothered about the 1080i/p I just thought 1080P was more difficult to get or at-least no one was broadcasting it. I really don't mind which it has. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
ludeboy12    5

I'd have to disagree with your opinion. My opinion of the sets is quite opposite. I despise the crappy black levels they offer.

i dunno i think the black levels look much better than an on panny. but whatever everyone has diff opinions.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Amel    0

is this one any good?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Joey992    0

Consumer Reports recommends the Sony Bravia KDL-40S2000 / 2010. It can be found for around $1600 here in the US. It is one of the best LCDs out there in my opinion and if you're going to be gaming that could be the way to go. If you want image quality and you won't be playing a lot of games or using the TV as a computer screen then go plasma and they think the Panasonic TH-42PX60U is the way to go. The only downside to that choice is the unnattractive silver bezel. It looks more like a fancy computer LCD screen than a high end TV. Check some of the reviews on pricegrabber or epinions and you will see these are highly rated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

Consumer Reports recommends the Sony Bravia KDL-40S2000 / 2010. It can be found for around $1600 here in the US. It is one of the best LCDs out there in my opinion and if you're going to be gaming that could be the way to go. If you want image quality and you won't be playing a lot of games or using the TV as a computer screen then go plasma and they think the Panasonic TH-42PX60U is the way to go. The only downside to that choice is the unnattractive silver bezel. It looks more like a fancy computer LCD screen than a high end TV. Check some of the reviews on pricegrabber or epinions and you will see these are highly rated.

Consumer Reports bases their decision too much on cost. I've lost my respect for them. That Sony they recommend has relatively poor black levels when compared to other LCD's on the market in the same price range.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Joey992    0

Consumer Reports bases their decision too much on cost. I've lost my respect for them. That Sony they recommend has relatively poor black levels when compared to other LCD's on the market in the same price range.

Can you make a suggestion for me then? I need a 40"+ LCD for $1800 or less that has the best bang for the buck. I don't really plan on buying until after Christmas when prices come down even more but any ideas would be appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Pink Floyd    15

My father-in-law just bought a 46" samsung panel link

I have never seen any better image in store than samsung. However, some other company offer some good technology. Sharp with their 2 pixel on pixel in case one burns, the other one works. Panasonic that will change your panel as soon as you have 1 dead px!

You need 1 square inch of dead pixel in the samsung to be able to replace it but oh well, the image is so darn hot!

I would recommand any of the samsung size panel.

ps: thanks for the tip Bangbang (Y)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
samg    2

head over to avforums.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Inertia    41

None of the TV's you're looking for are going to have 1080i. They'll either be 720p or 1080p.

Most 720p LCDS are capable of displaying a 1080i signal, I know mine is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

Most 720p LCDS are capable of displaying a 1080i signal, I know mine is.

But it doesn't display it as 1080i.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Joey992    0

I think I've decided on either the 42" or 46" Sony LCD Projection TV. I've seen it in action where I work and they are both available online for less than $1200 shipped. Even with a new lamp in 2 or 3 years it's still a better deal. Plus my cable is all digital around here so the picture quality should be very good.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

I'd go with the 42", just to be safe, if I were you. I find hat as you near that 50" mark, the screen door effect becomes more apparent.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Amel    0

so what is the best way to go

I am looking for the same

40 or 42 inch, I would like more a lcd but I wouldnt mind a plasma..

thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

That's a monitor and I'm not even sure it includes speakers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
bangbang023    31

I don't mind helping people out, but it would be nice to ask me to help instead of telling me to.

Either way, that Samsung is a very nice set. PinkFloyd just picked it up and loves the unit. I've always been an advocate of it, also.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Amel    0

I don't mind helping people out, but it would be nice to ask me to help instead of telling me to.

Either way, that Samsung is a very nice set. PinkFloyd just picked it up and loves the unit. I've always been an advocate of it, also.

Lol

ok, I think we are both old enough to appreciate any help of any side

anyways

please, can you help me out

and something else, this I believe does not support 1080i

what is so special about it?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.