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PANASONIC Viera TX-L26C20B 26" HD Ready LCD TV (compare to L26X20 at £349.99) at Currys.
PANASONIC Viera TX-L26C20B 26" HD Ready LCD TV (compare to L26X20 at £349.99) at Currys.

PANASONIC Viera TX-L26C20B 26" HD Ready LCD TV (compare to L26X20 at £349.99) at Currys.

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There are some terrific deals on larger TVs at the moment (32" and up) but if you need a smaller, high quality one prices are still high. Most 25"/26" sets are in the £300-£350 range. This includes the highly rated Panasonic TX-L26X20 at £349.99 most places.

However, Currys still have limited stock of the almost identical predecessor listed in this post at £249, or £10 less if you order on line (can reserve and collect). The only difference is a slightly different connector layout and 2xHDMI rather than 3x. Picture and sound are identical.

Don't forget Quidco for another 3% off!

This set has been highly praised in reviews. Averages over 9/10 for all aspects on Reevoo (via Currys link), including sound.

I did look at the LED backlit sets but there is a real problem with sound on these - they are so thin that they can't get decent speakers in them and you really need an external speaker set; that may be fine with your main large screen TV but is very inconvenient with a smaller, secondary one.

Before someone points out that it's not full 1080P HD, it really isn't necessary on a 26" set.

Hope it does someone else a favour.

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11.9cm deep? Is that right?? Seems chunky?

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mantamark

11.9cm deep? Is that right?? Seems chunky?



That's about 4.5" in old money - about typical for a LCD (ie not LED, as mentioned in post).

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"Before someone points out that it's not full 1080P HD, it really isn't necessary on a 26" set"

How do you determine that from the size of the set alone. Might be more important on a set which you sit a few feet from then a larger set that you sit several feet from.

Wish every TV post didn't have the "for" and "against" 1080p brigade stating snippets of information they've read as fact.

Voted hot as 26" is a relatively niche size which commands a premium. So irrelevant of resolution this is a good price for a branded 26".

I thought lcd's were thinner than plasma's? Just measured my 42 & 50" plasmas and both are less than 11cm. Just thought it was chunky for a little set i was going to put on the bedroom wall.

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mantamark

I thought lcd's were thinner than plasma's? Just measured my 42 & 50" … I thought lcd's were thinner than plasma's? Just measured my 42 & 50" plasmas and both are less than 11cm. Just thought it was chunky for a little set i was going to put on the bedroom wall.



Understood but you may find that your choice of wall bracket has more effect than a few millimetres on the TV. If you don't need tilt or swivel there is a good low profile one also at Currys for around £18. You can get cheaper on line but this is still better than the silly prices for many brackets; I suspect the profit on the bracket exceeds the profit on the TV in many cases!

If you want to go really thin (typically LCD) do listen to the sound before you make your choice. You probably don't want to be fitting an external speaker system into a bedroom.

mantamark

I thought lcd's were thinner than plasma's? Just measured my 42 & 50" … I thought lcd's were thinner than plasma's? Just measured my 42 & 50" plasmas and both are less than 11cm. Just thought it was chunky for a little set i was going to put on the bedroom wall.



Actually the smaller sets can often be chunkier from my observations. I need a thin TV for the Kitchen (due to the positioning) and have been looking at 22-32" sets. Even some of the LED sets are fatter then their 32"+ sibblings.

The other issue with the smaller sets is the positioning of the ports. So many of them are slim, yet have the ports facing back, which makes it difficult to flush wall mount

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Mentos

Actually the smaller sets can often be chunkier from my observations. I … Actually the smaller sets can often be chunkier from my observations. I need a thin TV for the Kitchen (due to the positioning) and have been looking at 22-32" sets. Even some of the LED sets are fatter then their 32"+ sibblings.The other issue with the smaller sets is the positioning of the ports. So many of them are slim, yet have the ports facing back, which makes it difficult to flush wall mount



Yes, I noticed that last issue too. There was just one set I saw (one of the big brands but not sure which) which had a more sensible arrangement of sockets/leads exiting parallel to the back of the TV (if that makes sense). Shop suggested it didn't matter as the bracket holds the set out from the wall but that's nonsense if you use a slim, fixed bracket. How do these big companies get it so wrong sometimes?

Besford

Yes, I noticed that last issue too. There was just one set I saw (one of … Yes, I noticed that last issue too. There was just one set I saw (one of the big brands but not sure which) which had a more sensible arrangement of sockets/leads exiting parallel to the back of the TV (if that makes sense). Shop suggested it didn't matter as the bracket holds the set out from the wall but that's nonsense if you use a slim, fixed bracket. How do these big companies get it so wrong sometimes?



Occaisionally it may be an oversight, however in most cases its a deliberate compromise IMO. On the smaller sets the PCB will be smaller and likely fragmented (to fit within the available nooks and crannies). This makes it harder to map traces and since via's and adding layers costs money, I would imagine they often just stick things in places to avoid using them.

It's only the Samsung LED sets which consistantly have the ports in a wall mount friendly location. The other manufacturers its a mixed bag, for example I saw two 22" sharps, one had the HDMI port at the back the other on both the back and side. Unfortunately the latter was still at full RRP

Mentos

The other issue with the smaller sets is the positioning of the ports. So … The other issue with the smaller sets is the positioning of the ports. So many of them are slim, yet have the ports facing back, which makes it difficult to flush wall mount



http://www.cable-trader.co.uk/images/items/CABLE-558_right_angled_hdmi.JPG

Not trying to be smart, but cable manufacturers did take that into consideration with cables like above!
Edited by: "pimpMe" 23rd Jan 2011

pimpMe

Not trying to be smart, but cable manufacturers did take that into … Not trying to be smart, but cable manufacturers did take that into consideration with cables like above!



Yeah the problem is my cables are burried in the wall and 15m long. Therefore I'd be taking a risk even using an L adapter.

Even if it did work I'd have to use a deeper bracket, as the L adapters still add more depth then the flush mounts you can get for LED TV's (not to mention the other cables, i.e. coax etc). Ultimately it somewhat defeats the point of paying extra to get a slim TV, then not be able to mount it flush without chopping holes in the wall to accomodate the stupid positioning of the ports.

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GOOD NEWS! I've just checked the back of the set in this post. The sockets are inset approx 3cm into the back of the cabinet so they should be fine for low profile wall mounting.
Edited by: "Besford" 24th Jan 2011
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