Buying an LCD TV


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I bought myself a cheepo 32 inch LCD tv (Envision 1080i).

I saw it in the store alongside the samsungs and sonys, and I couldn't see a difference in color or clarity.  Then again, 160 bit mp3s are fine for my ears too :)  So take that for what it is.  If you're an audiophile or videophile, maybe you can see/hear the differences.  These days i'd imagine the quality of any of these LCDs is 'good enough'

The only stat I did pay attention to at the time was the responste rate.  I made sure to get one thats 8m/s at least.  I haven't noticed any ghosting and I have played games on my tv.

That said, afew of the things I'd suggest you look at outside of the 'specs'

1.  input.  My cheepo LCD has loads of input and are all conveniently placed.  HDMI, VGA, component...  Its quick and easy to hookup a PC or gaming system as it has some of the inputs along the side of the tv...others at the back.

2.  on screen menu:  I've come to be annoyed at the fact my tv doesn't have a clock!  I would never have thought of that...i always thought it was a given.  Also the font is too small on the on screen menu.  Little things like this matter a heck of a lot more than a bit of extra resolution or what not IMHO.

 

 

 

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I got a budget priced LCD TV as well. Actually, it's not even technically a "TV" since it lacks a tuner. Considering everything is done through the rogers box the tuner is totally unnecessary. While I AM happy with the set and have no regrets at all, I do appreciate the benefits of more expensive sets.

When I'm watching a movie with dark scenes and see a lot of grey, and no detail in the shadows I would like something more. Would I spend $500-$1000 more? hellz no!

I'd say 2008 will be THE year to jump into High-Def where by the holidays you'll be able to buy a set for under $1000 that is very good quality. Things like 120Hz, and those fancy-shmancy premium features aren't necessary for most people so the things that matter: image quality, size, etc will be at an high level for a relatively affordable price.

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what is 1080i ?

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I read a few reviews on several LCD TV's to find the best one for good-value but also with excellent quality. I reached the conclusion that the Panasonic Viera TX-32LZD80F must be the one. It fulfills pretty much all reqirements and £550 for a LCD TV is not bad. With a screen size of 32" it's not made for a proper cinema feeling but instead of this it guarantees a sharp picture. The reviews show a 9 out of 10 and therefore I would suggest the Pana.

 

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