Found 23rd Feb 2008
Ok i was gunna get a samsung tv but have been put off it by a friend who says they arnt that amazing more ordinary

So now im faced with picking another friggin lcd having finalised my selection as the samsung LE37r87bd

So ive got around £550 to spend want a 37inch screen
Which make is the best - sony -toshiba - panasonic ??

Daniel

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sony bravia if you can get it

Try Evesham Technology they are brilliant

Theres no best brand as each brand has both good and bad tv's. But Sony, Samsung, Panasonic, Toshiba, Philips are all good. (Although dont get Philips if u plan to play games on the tv)

Samsung are actually one of the best makers of lcd tvs.

I've owned three Samsungs and a Sony Bravia and the Bravia has superior picture quality by a country mile although it cost me about £300 more than the equivalent Samsung.

Having said that, Samsung manufacture a lot of the screens for most of the LCD TV's on the market.

Whoever told you Samsung LCD's are no good is talking nonsense. In fact, Samsung TV's are among the best out there. I would probably say they are the best value too as they do tend to be cheaper than Sony or Panasonic.

The key is the actual model, not necessarily the make. Obviously a strange unknown Chinese branded TV, or maybe something from lesser companies like Venturer or Cello is not going to be even close to the best, even their most high end model.

Best thing to do is to check reviews of the particular model, not just the brand.

As those have said, Samsung, and also LG make the screens for most other high end TV brands which just goes to show they are nowhere near the bottom of the list. There are some same spec Samsung TV's that have proven to be better than a more expensive Sony model with the same spec (Like the Bravia for example, fantastic brand image, but the TV's themselves are not all generally miles better than others), again, just check the reviews of the models.

Samsung were using three different panels in some of their tvs. Some panels are better than others but the electronics within the tv also play an important role. For instance the Toshiba 32c3030db supposedly uses the same panel as the panasonic LMD70 which gets better reviews.

Personal opinions on TVs are very subjective. Your best bet is to look at magazine reviews which ars slightly less subjective.

£550 limits your choice and if you have your heart set on a 37" then the Samsung is probably the best one to go for.

Which make is the best - sony -toshiba - panasonic ?



Panasonic by far

harvie316;1624870

Panasonic by far



I agree but £550 isn't going to get Dandoc a 37" Panasonic

PS welcome to HotdealsUK Waxmechanic :thumbsup:

£550 will probably get him a decent Sammy.

prcdirect.co.uk/sho…BDX

37" R87 which is a very good model, not 1080p capable but to be honest the difference between 1080i and p is negligible.

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Ritchie 2;1624901

£550 will probably get him a decent … £550 will probably get him a decent Sammy.http://www.prcdirect.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=LE37R87BDX37" R87 which is a very good model, not 1080p capable but to be honest the difference between 1080i and p is negligible.



ok cheers i think the one i wanted is exactly the same bar a model number

Bang and Olusfsen or Tag Heur or Sony Bravia

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Why LCD and not Plasma?

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Ritchie 2;1624901

£550 will probably get him a decent … £550 will probably get him a decent Sammy.http://www.prcdirect.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=LE37R87BDX37" R87 which is a very good model, not 1080p capable but to be honest the difference between 1080i and p is negligible.



They price match and have found it for £455 plus 10% off of the differene mwoh hahha

Many reasons, the reason I chose LCD is that Plasma have a limited life, are more prone to screen burn from consoles, more prone to ghosting and LCD's generally have better connectivity options.

dandoc2;1625036

They price match and have found it for £455 plus 10% off of the differene … They price match and have found it for £455 plus 10% off of the differene mwoh hahha



Bonus, that leaves you enough for a decent 5.1 system!

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harvie316;1625016

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/149496/panasonic-th42px7b-42-inch-plasma-t/if you got an exta £50 lying about player



looks an alright tele but i dont live anywhere near any of the places where its sold

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Ritchie 2;1625041

Bonus, that leaves you enough for a decent 5.1 system!



oh i just realsed john lewis sell the exact same tv - so will price match it plus get 5 years warranty

Will john lewis price match online?

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Ritchie 2;1625090

Will john lewis price match online?



I thought they do online too
Oh well if they dont will get it off that other company

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dandoc2;1625121

I thought they do online tooOh well if they dont will get it off that … I thought they do online tooOh well if they dont will get it off that other company



They will match with online retaillers - providing they have stores that sell them and have them on display. I'm assuming The House of Fraser will? Anyway - this was the set I was going to suggest when I asked why LCD not Plasma.

Dont listen to the limited life nonsense (next you will hear about re-gassing no doubt!) Mine gets used with a console and dont have any screenburn either!

Ritchie 2;1625039

Many reasons, the reason I chose LCD is that Plasma have a limited life, … Many reasons, the reason I chose LCD is that Plasma have a limited life, are more prone to screen burn from consoles, more prone to ghosting and LCD's generally have better connectivity options.


...priceless, espescially the connectivity!!!

Dan, personally i'd go with the Pana Plasma option. A friend bought a high end Samsung LCD (N series) and it was pants on SKY and regular TV - real blocky and sports was out of the question! - If you do go for an LCD make sure the one you choose has a better than average response time so you will have a better chance of avoiding motion blur.

Without doubt, Plasmas have a much higher quality picture.

But they are expensive at 37". Screen burn, life expectancy etc shouldnt be a problem with the modern day plasma technology.

You have a £550 budget, you can get any of the top brands and they should all be good - just stay away from the likes of Hannspree, Digimate etc. I have seen and owned them and they are truely horrible in comparison, anyone that tells you otherwise wrong and lying to themselves.

jayhab;1625545

...priceless, espescially the connectivity!!!Dan, personally i'd go with … ...priceless, espescially the connectivity!!!Dan, personally i'd go with the Pana Plasma option. A friend bought a high end Samsung LCD (N series) and it was pants on SKY and regular TV - real blocky and sports was out of the question! - If you do go for an LCD make sure the one you choose has a better than average response time so you will have a better chance of avoiding motion blur.



At the time I bought my first LCD, almost no plasma screens under £1000 had HDMI or Component, everything was VGA or DVI which was unsuitable for upscaling DVD players and my PS3. Plasma's 'Do' have a limited screen life, although this issue is not a big problem now.

The Panasonic Viera Plasmas have an estimated lifespan of 60,000 hrs - at 10 hours use per day - that's about 16.5 years of use......

I doubt an LCD's backlight would last that long!
As for connectivity - it should definately be one of the deciding factors for choosing a screen - however, if this was an issue with the Plasma screens available when you chose your current LCD, you shouldn't really of listed it as an issue using the current tense, so your comment should have read:

the reason I chose LCD is that Plasmas had a limited life, were more … the reason I chose LCD is that Plasmas had a limited life, were more prone to screen burn from consoles, were more prone to ghosting, and LCD's generally had better connectivity options.


It makes a huge difference to someone trying to decide which to spend their hard-earned on!

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jayhab;1627224

The Panasonic Viera Plasmas have an estimated lifespan of 60,000 hrs - at … The Panasonic Viera Plasmas have an estimated lifespan of 60,000 hrs - at 10 hours use per day - that's about 16.5 years of use......I doubt an LCD's backlight would last that long!As for connectivity - it should definately be one of the deciding factors for choosing a screen - however, if this was an issue with the Plasma screens available when you chose your current LCD, you shouldn't really of listed it as an issue using the current tense, so your comment should have read:It makes a huge difference to someone trying to decide which to spend their hard-earned on!



Yeh exactly i dont want to spend like a months wages on a tv that will die

dandoc2;1625036

They price match and have found it for £455 plus 10% off of the differene … They price match and have found it for £455 plus 10% off of the differene mwoh hahha



You found this TV for this price? Details please!

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Deal4Me;1627275

You found this TV for this price? Details please!



well i found it as this price but the place its at is out of stock :oops:

zasdigital lol booo

i would have to say panasonic too, ive got a 26" and my mate has got the 32" both of us have the same model and they really are an amazing t.v and look smart too.

i have my ps3 hooked upto mine and it looks really good.

i got mine in asda for a bargain £349 as it is £499 everywhere else, never been haappier

So what have you decided on Dan? LCD or Plasma, Panasonic or Samsung?

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jayhab;1627661

So what have you decided on Dan? LCD or Plasma, Panasonic or Samsung?



Samsung lcd

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dandoc2;1628004

Samsung lcd



Make sure its a big screen though, so you can watch the King lift the cup!

If you can, get into a shop and have a demo of one -watching a variety of sources if possible - Sky, Freeview, DVD, Consoles and of course HD!
And as said previously, make sure it's got a better than average response time!!

Hi Dan

I'm getting the same tv as you

Is your best price at Dixons with code?

jayhab;1627224

The Panasonic Viera Plasmas have an estimated lifespan of 60,000 hrs - at … The Panasonic Viera Plasmas have an estimated lifespan of 60,000 hrs - at 10 hours use per day - that's about 16.5 years of use......I doubt an LCD's backlight would last that long!As for connectivity - it should definately be one of the deciding factors for choosing a screen - however, if this was an issue with the Plasma screens available when you chose your current LCD, you shouldn't really of listed it as an issue using the current tense, so your comment should have read:It makes a huge difference to someone trying to decide which to spend their hard-earned on!



In addition, at the time of buying, LCD's had an average lifespan of 50,000 hours versus the average Plasma coming in at around 20,000.

There are advantages/disadvantages of LCD's and Plasma, personally I would always choose LCD because my main application is HD console gaming. Things have changed a lot since I originally considered Plasma/LCD but my main issue was potential screen burn which Plasmas were and still are susceptible to although to a lesser extent.

Something else people should consider is power use, LCD's use around 30% less power of the equivalent size Plasma, something worth considering with todays high energy prices.

Ritchie - you're absolutely right about the power consumption!!
Strangely enough, whilst on the subject, I am right now trying to get rid of some image burn on my PC's monitor - top left hand corner - the darned explorer 'e'and the shadow of word shapes in the page's'title bar'.

So LCD isn't immune to screen burn either!

I love my LG LCD TV.

loving LG at the moment with everything to be honest, lol

I dont think any TV is immune to screen burn.

eggggzactly
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