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I'm looking to buy an new tv, flat screen, HD-ready, built-in freeview, probably a Panasonic to match up with the rest of my gear, upto a maximum of about a grand.

 

Anyone with personal experience / expertise on whether lcd or plasma is the way to go?

 

What are the pros & cons of each format?

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Plasma is (a lot) cheaper IIRC but LCD is better

 

make sure your screen is properly HIDEF equipped - there are some snaky peices of kit that claim to be HIDEF & DIGITAL but botch an analog signal...................

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LCD has just about edged passed Plasma in terms of picture quality, personally in my opinion one of the best manufacturers is LG, I've been looking in Curry's and Comet this week and LG have been by far the best picture when running a HD demo.

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Funny you should say that Jimbo. Remember seeing somewhere recently that LG are considered world leaders in this technology and provide a lot of the screens for other manufactufers to build their sets around.

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I quite believe it.

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jimbo demands the highest quality when viewing his porn collection on his tv

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and a screen that wipes clean easily.

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I'm looking to buy an new tv, flat screen, HD-ready, built-in freeview, probably a Panasonic to match up with the rest of my gear, upto a maximum of about a grand.

 

Anyone with personal experience / expertise on whether lcd or plasma is the way to go?

 

What are the pros & cons of each format?

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heres a few things to consider

 

a 32" lcd will cost less than a 32" plasma. a 32" lcd set starts at around £500-£600 and a 32" plasma will set you back a minimum of around £800.

 

HD will of course set you back a little more. again, the lcd sets will be cheaper.

 

in order to watch a HD signal you will have to have a HD set top box (sky's is £300) and you will also have to subscribe to a HD service (sky's is £10 per month - on top of your normal subscription). you will also have to purchase a HD DVD player to watch your newly purchased HD dvds. HD games consoles are also available (xbox360 being the first £250 - £320).

 

you may also want to keep in mind that their are several competing technologies to plasma and lcd. these are OLED, SED and FLCD. . htese reportedly have a much higher definition than HD. there is also plans for HD crt's - samsung are reportedly very close to releasing their first set in the states.

 

for me - i decided that the extra expense of 'going HD' was too much and went for a standard definition lcd. cost me £555 ish and was inclusive of stand, wall bracket, and pc cable).

 

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theres av sockets on the side for my gamecube as well.

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Plasma isnt really that good. Neither is LCD.

 

In there standard formats on average they both fail to surpass a standard cathod ray tube. (normal telly)

 

But if your gonna pay big money id go for a panasonic or a sony.

 

if your gonna use a HDTV have something worth using one for eg. SKY HD / XBOX360

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So is CRT still worth considering too?

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well - sima is right. a crt will give you the best picture and you can get some big, big screens for very little outlay.

 

but basically, if you can afford to take advantage of HD, then do it.

 

but for me it just aint worth it at the mo. (new tv, new set top box, extra subscriptions and for what ? 8-10 HD channels ?? of repeats ????? no thank you).

 

my plan was to buy the SD lcd for use as the main tv now and then in a few years time upgrade again when finances allow and the lcd will become the bedroom tv.

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So is CRT still worth considering too?

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CRTs aren't exactly flat though, are they? So if it's aesthetics you're after, I'd avoid them.

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No, not really. I do like the picture quality you get on a CRT, but for a decent sized screen they take up half your living room.

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No, not really. I do like the picture quality you get on a CRT, but for a decent sized screen they take up half your living room.

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Sounds like you need to upgrade your living room first. :lol:

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No, not really. I do like the picture quality you get on a CRT, but for a decent sized screen they take up half your living room.

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Sounds like you need to upgrade your living room first. :lol:

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He needs a crib with a cinema room like HF.

 

Seriously though, my wide screen CRT takes up a fair bit of space, but worse, it weighs about 60Kg! I got it delivered, set up the stand, then almost broke my back lifting the bastard onto it!

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