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OK, so thinking of buying our son a new TV for his room to replace the big fat CRT. Now, he plays his xbox on it and watches TV ( obviously). We want to put it on the wall too. Looking for roughly … Read More
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
OK, so thinking of buying our son a new TV for his room to replace the big fat CRT.
Now, he plays his xbox on it and watches TV ( obviously). We want to put it on the wall too. Looking for roughly a 32" or maybe a little smaller.
Not after specific makes or deals at the moment, but what specs should I be looking for? We have an LCD as a main TV, but Im confused about Plasma;s LCD and LED (?)
Any input would be appreciated, thanks
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Sorry I cant help you, but thanks for asking this question as I want to get my son one for christmas, but am not sure too, a smaller one though:thumbsup:
#2
LCD with built in dvd and freeview .... imo :thumbsup:
#3
NattyD
Sorry I cant help you, but thanks for asking this question as I want to get my son one for christmas, but am not sure too, a smaller one though:thumbsup:


lets hope we get some answers :thumbsup:
#4
Charlie Scene
LCD imo :thumbsup:


big help Charlie! Can I ask why LCD and what should I be looking for? getting confused with HZ and 480p ,576p, 1080i etc................WTF does it all mean?
#5
TBH it's subjective as LCD is a bit of a picture downgrade from a good CRT and even plasmas arent as good its just they support higher resolutions and have modern inputs and of course are far smaller!
#6
ryouga
TBH it's subjective as LCD is a bit of a picture downgrade from a good CRT and even plasmas arent as good its just they support higher resolutions and have modern inputs and of course are far smaller!


wooooooooooooooooosh to the last part :) The CRT is on its last legs TBH. def want the new one wall monted to save on space

and Carley, that is far too expensive!!!! EDIT........2nd one is far more like it :)
#7
Carley
This is the screen i use specifically for the PS3
28", £260... recommended. :thumbsup:
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51EY9C8khCL._SL500_AA280_.jpg


this sort of thing bitsey :thumbsup:
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You have three main choices

LCD, Plasma, LED.

LED would be a waste of money imo, so discount that.

Plasma would be best for Standard definition, so freeview and stuff. However i've only ever seen one 32" plasma, generally they start at 37", so probably go for an LCD

720p = HD ready
1080p = Full HD

On a 50", possibly a 42" you might be able to tell the difference between the two. I have a 37" plasma, which is HD ready, a Bluray looks amazing through it though.

So that being said i would go for a 32" LCD tv. 720p would be fine so don't worry about either figure. The bigger the contrast ratio the better (the difference between the darkest point and the highest point)

Other than that just go for one that you like the look of. John Lewis has a good selection in their store, then find it cheaper elsewhere and get them to pricematch!!

Just be aware that in currys, john lewis etc. they are all running off one aerial if it's a freeview picture, so it will be pretty poor. A BluRay going through them will look amazing, not much difference between the cheapest and most expensive to most people.

I quite like the look of LG LCD tvs
#9
thanks Carley, will bookmark that TV and show the OH when he gets back from the match, repped for your help x
#10
Carley
OK so that's LED out then, between plasma and LCD i would steer towards LCD, only because generally they use less power and last longer.


With ll due respect that's pants My plasma is rated for 80,000 hours, plenty of time!!

A better reason would be the one i pointed out, i.e it would be too big!
#11
sancho1983
You have three main choices

LCD, Plasma, LED.

LED would be a waste of money imo, so discount that.

Plasma would be best for Standard definition, so freeview and stuff. However i've only ever seen one 32" plasma, generally they start at 37", so probably go for an LCD

720p = HD ready
1080p = Full HD

On a 50", possibly a 42" you might be able to tell the difference between the two. I have a 37" plasma, which is HD ready, a Bluray looks amazing through it though.

So that being said i would go for a 32" LCD tv. 720p would be fine so don't worry about either figure. The bigger the contrast ratio the better (the difference between the darkest point and the highest point)

Other than that just go for one that you like the look of. John Lewis has a good selection in their store, then find it cheaper elsewhere and get them to pricematch!!

Just be aware that in currys, john lewis etc. they are all running off one aerial if it's a freeview picture, so it will be pretty poor. A BluRay going through them will look amazing, not much difference between the cheapest and most expensive to most people.

I quite like the look of LG LCD tvs


simple terms, I think I love you :) repped for your time and help :thumbsup:
#12
Carley
just be aware there is no aerial input on this model, i only use it for gaming.


oh, so that is no good for him watching TV then? :?
#13
Carley
depends on how you get your tv source.


thro an aeriel in the bedrooms :-D
#14
Wont work directly is what they mean, you would need like a tv card such as usb in a computer or PlayTV for the PS3 to get tv on that screen.
#15
Carley
Which is why i said generaly...
LCD Lifespan
LCD TVs are far and away the winners when compared to their rivals, the plasma TV. The LCD panel itself has a virtually infinite lifespan; thus, the actual lifespan of the LCD's light source determines the screen's longevity.

The pictures on LCD TVs are produced by powerful bulbs that, like any other bulb, will dim over time and with use. Because bulb life is virtually equivalent to LCD screen life, the lifespan of LCD televisions is 30,000 to 60,000 hours (with manufacturers even claiming 80,000). If the set you own can have its bulbs be replaced, then you can extend these hours. If you're watching six hours of TV per day (quite normal for a household), it'll be 28 years before the LCD TV's brightness begins to dim to half the original level.

Plasma TV Lifespan

Plasma TVs are inferior to their LCD counterparts with regard to lifespan. But some people also believe that plasma TVs, for all their razzle and dazzle, will last for less than 10 years. This is false!

If LCD panels have bulbs, plasma TVs use gases. Plasma gases decay over time. However, this wearing out is slow and gradual. Generally, the lifespan of plasma TVs is 20,000 to 30,000 hours (with manufacturers stating 60,000 hours under optimal, but highly unlikely, conditions). Right now, it's impossible to have the plasma gases replaced like LCD bulbs. If you're watching six hours of TV per day, it'll be 14 years before the plasma TV's brightness begins to fade to half the original level.

source


Most of that's true, it's good to have some perspective, like stated above, the plasma will still be working long after you get bored of it!!

Refilling the plasma gases, lol :p
#16
ryouga
Wont work directly is what they mean, you would need like a tv card such as usb in a computer or PlayTV for the PS3 to get tv on that screen.


that TV is out then,:-D

sooooooo, Im looking for an LCD up to 32" with 720p?
#17
Carley
no then, no good... is there a similar device that you can plug into the xbox to get tv? like the PlayTV for the ps3


OMG! dont start throwing more technology into the scenario! my head hurts as it is :)
#20
bitseylango
OMG! dont start throwing more technology into the scenario! my head hurts as it is :)


Mine too, is this any good for a 22inch one, only for the bedroom. Anyone?

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.207-7978.aspx:)
banned#21
bitseylango;6803098
big help Charlie! Can I ask why LCD and what should I be looking for? getting confused with HZ and 480p ,576p, 1080i etc................WTF does it all mean?

cos you wont get a 32" plasma and OLED are way too pricey (over £1000)

just get a decent brand (none of these Bush, technosonic rubbish).

and dont get a 1080P set as just not worth it on a 32" set unless he plans to sit within 2 foot of it! :w00t:

and forget about a built in dvd player as if thats plays up, then you lose your TV. Plus the 360 plays dvds anyway.
banned#22
Carley;6807139
£310 Samsung 32" HD Ready / Freeview / LCD TV @ Play.com

http://images.play.com/covers/8986397x.jpg

(Same TV available in John Lewis for £349 but comes with free 5 year warranty)

easily the best recommendation on here so far I reckon. :thumbsup:

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