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Why do people buy (large) LCD TV sets ????????

dajg Avatar
7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
OK the TV blew up at the weekend so I went out and purchased a Panasonic TH37PX80 plasma, I'll post the HUKD thread in the follow up message - it illustrates a lot of the points I am trying to make.

Now my wife asked me why I had to have a plasma - I said they _CRUSH_ LCD TV sets on a number of issues - black depth, motion blur and SD content. However plasma's are only really available in sizes 37" and above (LG make a 32" plamsa but it has image retention problems) so if you want a small telly your pretty much stuck with LCD.

However as we looked around the shop everyone was buying LCD's even big LCD's - a man came in and said "I want the best telly you have" to the salesman he promptly pointed him to a Samsung LCD (naturally playing BBC HD preview channel).

My wife started to get worried and wondered if my praise of plasmas was misplaced however once we got the telly home and set it up and began to watch she was reassured by the stunning picture quality on both SD and HD and the complete lack of motion blur.

Now we happened to have a SKY HD box as a source and an HDMI cable (but not the subscription so only BBC and C4 HD for me) however the vast majority of the population connect their LCD TV up to their source using a SCART lead (or use the built in tuner) - so 1080p is straight out the window. Also even if you have the Sky HD subscription you still spend most of your time watching SD which on an LCD is horrible (IMO).

Now my tv only has a resolution of 1024*768 - less than any comparibly priced LCD but the image it produces is far superior especially when fed a SD source. So why is the whole country LCD and 1080p obsessed??
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7y, 11m agoPosted 7 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Its so they dont have to squint when they put their x-rated movies on :w00t:
#3
Gaming and HD content.

I agree SD on LCDs is pretty bad though..
#4
abomination
Gaming and HD content.


OK so if you game a lot fair enough, I understand this ... but why is your nan or the man in the street buying a 40" LCD to watch Corrie on??
#5
I believe people think back to when plasma's first came out and had screen burn etc and do not realise how much they have come on.

At work though we use plasmas and lcd's the plasma's have a 5yr life expectancy the lcd's 15 years this may be a reason why for me I would just buy the one that took my fancy and as long as 1080p and the picture looked good price would be the main factor

just buy what you think is right for you if we all liked the same thing it would be boring .suppose you have been looking round john lewis are usually good for 5 yr warrenties then go to sony or panasonic shop to match

:santa:
#6
my last tv was plasma when it died I went the lcd route i don't see much difference tbh.

blacks were slightly darker i guess but thts about all
#7
they buy a large tv because they are obviously sat across the road watching it from thier neighbours house....
#8
dajg
OK so if you game a lot fair enough, I understand this ... but why is your nan or the man in the street buying a 40" LCD to watch Corrie on??


Is it because Argos and Asda stock more LCD screens? :thinking:
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dajg
OK so if you game a lot fair enough, I understand this ... but why is your nan or the man in the street buying a 40" LCD to watch Corrie on??


My nan hasn't got a 40" LCD - if she did I'd pay a visit much more often.
#10
sound like youve bought the wrong tv , plasma only last a few years ,
#11
I rarely watch SD material on my TVs, mostly 720p games or 1080p films.

John
#12
nickleicester
sound like youve bought the wrong tv , plasma only last a few years ,


Are you a grandparent by any chance? :santa:
#13
I own a Sony 40v3000 LCD TV and run SD Sky+, Toshiba Upscaling DVD player, Popcornhour HD tank and an Xbox 360.

The picture quality on SD Sky is far superior to anything I ever got with a CRT TV.
#14
in the Currys shop I work at you'd think someone was goign round telling all our customers that plasma tvs have AIDS.

its unbelievable how some people still think that plasma tvs need to have their gas refilled every few years but I guarantee you I hear it at least once a day as the argument against LCD.

saying that, i kinda live in rednecksville
#15
people that say SD tele is bad on LCD's well you should watch SDTV on a Sony LCD HDTV D3000 the best LCD to show SD broadcasts on, Most of the time it looks like HD. GET IT!
#16
kiwinator
people that say SD tele is bad on LCD's well you should watch SDTV on a Sony LCD HDTV D3000 the best LCD to show SD broadcasts on, Most of the time it looks like HD. GET IT!


I got that TV - the 32" model. Cost me best part of £600 notes back in april/may.

Worth every darn penny. Such a great all-rounder.

The reviews of it are just fantastical.
#17
robtallica
I got that TV - the 32" model. Cost me best part of £600 notes back in april/may.

Worth every darn penny. Such a great all-rounder.

The reviews of it are just fantastical.
I bought mine same time too, paid same price i think too. Looks sweet with hd stuff too!
#18
kiwinator
I bought mine same time too, paid same price i think too. Looks sweet with hd stuff too!


Yeah mine was £630 at play.com, it was/is the top of the range Sony in it's screen size(maybe on the market competing with a Panasonic Vieira)

Had a 5% discount code and 4% Quidco too so saved me best part of £60.

I use mine with my PS3 every single day of the week - blu-ray, upscaling DVDs, PlayTV, games - Xbox 360 too.

I'm well thankful for the generous 3 HDMI slots - I have a wry smile when I see someone with just the 2 on their 40" flatscreen :lol:
#19
hutchir9
I believe people think back to when plasma's first came out and had screen burn etc and do not realise how much they have come on.

At work though we use plasmas and lcd's the plasma's have a 5yr life expectancy the lcd's 15 years this may be a reason why for me I would just buy the one that took my fancy and as long as 1080p and the picture looked good price would be the main factor

just buy what you think is right for you if we all liked the same thing it would be boring .suppose you have been looking round john lewis are usually good for 5 yr warrenties then go to sony or panasonic shop to match

:santa:


nickleicester
sound like youve bought the wrong tv , plasma only last a few years ,


Pure Rammell!! the only reason that a plasma tv would only last for 5 years is if you had it on 24/7 for the 5 year period, in this day and age there is little difference between the life expectancy of a plasma tv and an lcd tv, in my experiance I have known lcd's die after a period of only 2 years with normal use. Plasma is by far the producer of much greater picture quality on larger screens! thanks :whistling:
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dajg
OK so if you game a lot fair enough, I understand this ... but why is your nan or the man in the street buying a 40" LCD to watch Corrie on??


My pops is like this, last year he was determined to get some ridiculously priced 40" plasma. I did say "But papa leefal, you only have normal telly channels - not even freeview let alone Sky HD and a carppy 10 year old DVD player to boot. You do realise that with this 40" plasma you will not see the subtle strokes of David Willis as he creates those ethereal skies on Irish Paint Magic (TG4) You have no need for such a contraption!"
The response was "Silence child!" with a swift back of the hand.
Anyway he did buy the said 40" plasma tube from some local dealer for an insurmountable amount of money.
A few days later I get a phone call from him asking me to fix the aerial on the roof because the reception just hasn't been the same since he got the new telly.

*sigh*
#21
I think it all is down to the technology in the sets for SD transmission when it comes to LCD, it all is down to noise processing, our Philips Pixel Plus I find is fantastic for noise reduction on SD material.

Cheaper LCD TVs are more prone to poor display with SD material, as found in lots of magazine reviews going against a lot of peoples arguments that cheap tvs have the same panels as the more expensive brands.

Whilst cheap tvs may share the same panels (there are only 5 LCD panel manufacturers) its the other internals that count for noise reduction, Philips Pixel Plus, Sonys Bravia Engine, Toshibas Regza etc etc etc. I think this is why people go for LCD, on top of that they are lighter, have higher screen resolutions and (theoretically) are more reliable. LCD has come on leaps and bounds itself.
#22
leefal
My pops is like this, last year he was determined to get some ridiculously priced 40" plasma. I did say "But papa leefal, you only have normal telly channels - not even freeview let alone Sky HD and a carppy 10 year old DVD player to boot. You do realise that with this 40" plasma you will not see the subtle strokes of David Willis as he creates those ethereal skies on Irish Paint Magic (TG4) You have no need for such a contraption!"
The response was "Silence child!" with a swift back of the hand.
Anyway he did buy the said 40" plasma tube from some local dealer for an insurmountable amount of money.
A few days later I get a phone call from him asking me to fix the aerial on the roof because the reception just hasn't been the same since he got the new telly.

*sigh*


Rep added, for making your little story far more amusing than it should have been :-D
#23
slackrat77

saying that, i kinda live in rednecksville


Currys should blend in well there then. ;-)

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