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by Fishfingers » Mon Sep 15, 2008 2:48 am

Alpha eX wrote:Is this TV any good? I don't want a plasma as it will generate too much heat.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Toshiba-32XV505 ... 6GFDG3Q1FB


I'm going to Comet/Currys to buy that very TV in the morning. It's slightly more expensive at £499 but I don't care. It has good reviews and is better than my current Samsung in that it has THREE HDMIs.

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by consolegaming » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:12 pm

Okay, whats the best 26 inch hdtv to go for right now with everything included for under £700, I am getting frustrated at the crapness of the sdtv on my samsung when compared to crt tvs!

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by Fishfingers » Mon Sep 15, 2008 4:36 pm

Okay so I didn't buy the Toshiba. I went in to Currys today and it looked like utter gooseberry fool. Really cheap looking plastic and truly awful SDTV performance.

So I plumped down £549 and bought a Sharp 1080p 32 incher instead. It looks amazing and works really well too:

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They even included a full size screwdriver in the box! How awesome of them:

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by Alpha eX » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:09 pm

FishFingers wrote:Okay so I didn't buy the Toshiba. I went in to Currys today and it looked like utter gooseberry fool. Really cheap looking plastic and truly awful SDTV performance.


Is it really that bad? I never trust the pictures on TV in Currys because they run all the tv's from the same box or something so the signal is reduced.

I might go down and have a look for myself to see if it's that bad.

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by Fishfingers » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:39 pm

Well the Sharp which was sitting right next to it looked MILES better even though they were both showing the same image. Defintely worth the extra £50 to me.

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by Alpha eX » Mon Sep 15, 2008 5:43 pm

FishFingers wrote:Well the Sharp which was sitting right next to it looked MILES better even though they were both showing the same image. Defintely worth the extra £50 to me.

Was it the Full HD one that you was looking at, I didn't know Currys even had those sets.

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by Fishfingers » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:24 pm

Alpha eX wrote:
FishFingers wrote:Well the Sharp which was sitting right next to it looked MILES better even though they were both showing the same image. Defintely worth the extra £50 to me.

Was it the Full HD one that you was looking at, I didn't know Currys even had those sets.


Yes. I bought it for £549.

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by Alpha eX » Mon Sep 15, 2008 7:54 pm

FishFingers wrote:
Alpha eX wrote:
FishFingers wrote:Well the Sharp which was sitting right next to it looked MILES better even though they were both showing the same image. Defintely worth the extra £50 to me.

Was it the Full HD one that you was looking at, I didn't know Currys even had those sets.


Yes. I bought it for £549.


I'm talking about the one you didn't buy, I know there is another Toshiba 32" that looks similar but it's not full HD.

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by Fishfingers » Mon Sep 15, 2008 9:00 pm

Alpha eX wrote:
FishFingers wrote:
Alpha eX wrote:
FishFingers wrote:Well the Sharp which was sitting right next to it looked MILES better even though they were both showing the same image. Defintely worth the extra £50 to me.

Was it the Full HD one that you was looking at, I didn't know Currys even had those sets.


Yes. I bought it for £549.


I'm talking about the one you didn't buy, I know there is another Toshiba 32" that looks similar but it's not full HD.


Yes, I compared them both side by side, both had 1080p on their little tickets and both looked like the images from the internet. Except the Toshiba looked like gooseberry fool.

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by Sarge » Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:53 pm

Well the time has finally come, I've decided to buy a small HDTV for the bedroom but as I don't know anything about which ones are good/crap, I need some feedback on the following sets...

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 199303.htm

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http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/ ... ntySection


I'll also consider any/all recommendations. (I'm not really looking to spend more than £250 though, mainly because it's for the bedroom & won't get that much use apart from when I play the 360)

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by consolegaming » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:44 pm

Sarge wrote:Well the time has finally come, I've decided to buy a small HDTV for the bedroom but as I don't know anything about which ones are good/crap, I need some feedback on the following sets...

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 199303.htm

&

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/ ... ntySection


I'll also consider any/all recommendations. (I'm not really looking to spend more than £250 though, mainly because it's for the bedroom & won't get that much use apart from when I play the 360)


TBH I would not go for either based on the fact that both are 16:10 screens and therefore not considered to be true widescreen, which is 16:9. This is the problem I had when I got my first 360, I had to manually stretch the image via my vga cable when I noticed the ball in pes6 was not round!

IMO go for a 20 inch sony for around £250, it will be worth it in the long run.

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by Sarge » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:53 pm

consolegaming wrote:IMO go for a 20 inch sony for around £250, it will be worth it in the long run.


Can you recommend one? (can you also provide a link)

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by consolegaming » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:57 pm

Sarge wrote:
consolegaming wrote:IMO go for a 20 inch sony for around £250, it will be worth it in the long run.


Can you recommend one? (can you also provide a link)


The sony kdl20s3000 is a stunning tv, a bit above your budget, but you should be able to get it for less from other retailers imo.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-KDL-20S300 ... 299&sr=8-1

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by Sarge » Tue Sep 16, 2008 2:58 pm

consolegaming wrote:
Sarge wrote:
consolegaming wrote:IMO go for a 20 inch sony for around £250, it will be worth it in the long run.


Can you recommend one? (can you also provide a link)


The sony kdl20s3000 is a stunning tv, a bit above your budget, but you should be able to get it for less from other retailers imo.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-KDL-20S300 ... 299&sr=8-1


Cheers. :)

Does anyone else have any recommendations?

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by KK » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:22 pm

Sony are bringing out their first OLED TV next year - I wonder how much it's going to cost?

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  • Unbelievably thin (3mm) display panel and slim stand weighs only 2kg
  • Thanks to OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) technology, individual pixels can be turned off completely when reproducing black resulting in an astonishing dynamic contrast ratio of over 1,000,000:1
  • Watch fast-moving images with incredibly smooth and natural motion thanks to OLED's rapid panel response in a micro second - over 1000 times faster than conventional LCD TVs
  • Light-emitting organic material and patented “Super Top Emission” structure achieve high brightness and colour levels and also reduces ambient reflected light for a superior viewing experience
  • With the wide viewing angle you can enjoy the crisp picture quality from almost anywhere
  • See the most vivid colours thanks to the XEL-1's combination of colour filters and micro-cavity structure
  • No more confusing menu screens thanks to our easy-to-navigate XrossMediaBar™ to browse all your TV functions
  • Two HDMI™ inputs (on rear, with CEC) make it simple to connect to High Definition sources such as Blu-ray Disc™ and PLAYSTATION®3
  • It's easy to use your TV screen to view your digital photographs with USB Photo Viewer
  • Watch digital TV with the integrated standard definition digital terrestrial tuner (MPEG-2, also receives analogue)
  • Watch cable TV with the integrated digital cable tuner (subject to country and with supported operators only)
  • Available to buy from Early 2009

I wonder how much of an improvement it really is over LCD & Plasma, apart from the obvious thinness. Any idea of a retail price?

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by KK » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:30 pm

Anyone know why none of the big retailers are selling the Sony E4000? It's only available in Marks & Spencer (of all places).

I haven't seen one solitary review either, & the ones that are from users are like 3/10! Only problem being they're in German. Is there something drastically wrong with the TV or something?

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by abcd » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:41 pm

Two HDMI ports!!!!!


That's a selling feature nowadays?

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by KK » Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:44 pm

Look at the size of it!

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What's the bloody point? :lol:

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by Madness » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:16 pm

consolegaming wrote:
Sarge wrote:Well the time has finally come, I've decided to buy a small HDTV for the bedroom but as I don't know anything about which ones are good/crap, I need some feedback on the following sets...

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/p ... 199303.htm

&

http://www.pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/ ... ntySection


I'll also consider any/all recommendations. (I'm not really looking to spend more than £250 though, mainly because it's for the bedroom & won't get that much use apart from when I play the 360)


TBH I would not go for either based on the fact that both are 16:10 screens and therefore not considered to be true widescreen, which is 16:9. This is the problem I had when I got my first 360, I had to manually stretch the image via my vga cable when I noticed the ball in pes6 was not round!

IMO go for a 20 inch sony for around £250, it will be worth it in the long run.


Bloody hell consolegaming, theres nothing wrong with 16:10 through HDMI. You can letterbox, and the Samsungs don't stretch the image, they just cut the ends off. :fp: .

If you can justify the expense, Sarge, get a Sony. If you can't, get a 19" Samsung. They're really quite snazzy.

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PostRe: HDTV thread......coming soon
by KK » Tue Sep 16, 2008 8:22 pm

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The Sony KDL-26V4500 is supposed to be a fantastic TV. My Uncle is looking for a new TV, so I think he'll probably go with this one. It's only available in Sony Centre's & Sony Style, & it is expensive, but this really outshines the 26V4000 which is available in shops. I find it hilarious how Sony have launched an inferior TV (it only came out this month) to the masses, & kept the better one (which came out in June) to Sony stores.

The people on the AV forums seem to think it's great, & the reviews have been practically full marks. One of the best 26inch TVs available.

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