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The Bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-02 11:16
Subject: On LCD TVs ... oooh, shiny!
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OK, so I've been doing a lot of overtime recently, and it's paid overtime. So it's time to spend some of it. What we're looking at is finally buying a nice large LCD TV, which we'll wall mount on a bracket so we can push it back out of the way when not required.

My eye is currently on the 42LG6000. It's a 42" panel, with 10-bit colour rather than 8, full 100Hz rather than 50, and it's got shed-loads of connectors round the back. It is, of course, full 1080p HD.

(I was looking at the 42LG5000, which was somewhat cheaper, but has now been made end-of-line. It's also good, but not quite as good.)

Anybody particularly enthused about something else in that general region?

ETA: My goodness, there's not a lot of info about this model out there yet. This post is already on page 3 of a Google for 42LG6000 + review.
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Nicolai The Hand Grenade of Courteous Debate: branch
User: _nicolai_
Date: 2008-05-02 11:42 (UTC)
Subject: Tosh
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I've got a Toshiba Regza 37X3030D 37" (biggest that would fit into my lounge :) ) and I love it.
I think it's worth going along to somewhere like Dixons and Comet to see their parade of TVs to get an idea of how they look, whether or not you buy from them.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2008-05-02 12:31 (UTC)
Subject: Re: Tosh
The Regza was one of the other ones I'd been thinking of.

Actually, the 42Z3030D looks pretty good, though (going from X to Z) it's in the same price range as the LG.
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aardvark179
User: aardvark179
Date: 2008-05-02 13:18 (UTC)
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I've got a Sony Bravia X series, which is very nice.

I'd ignore the 100/120Hz processing, it seems to cause more artefacting problems than it solves, in fact I'd suggest switching off most of the image processing, though the more expensive sets often do a better job of de-interlacing and scaling SD inputs.

Go for something with good contrast (generally ignoring dynamic contrast), enough inputs, and if you can find anybody who has had their set calibrated see how well that went. Getting the colour to something sensible rather than the normally hideous defaults will do more to improve your viewing experience than almost anything else.
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