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26" to 32" LCD for Xbox

by WeeManFoo / August 11, 2005 11:44 AM PDT

I am currently in the market for an LCD TV that will be in a bedroom. Price from online retailers needs to be under $1,500. I currently don't receive HD programing so the TV will have to have good picture with SD quality basic cable. A built in HDTV tuner would be a nice addition, but is not completely necessary. The TV would primarily be used for SD cable and HD Xbox. The TV will need to have a high response rate for playing video games without smearing. Also, black levels should be better than average to get the full detail out of my games. PC connectivity, while not needed, would be a nice touch for an LCD TV. Sound quality is not an issue because the TV will be connected to external speakers. Size is an issue. The base of the TV can be no wider than 34 1/2". Brands and models I have looked at include most Sharp 26" LCD's including the GA5U, D5U, and D7U; Samsung LN-R268W, a 26" TV with great black levels; LG 26LX1, a 26" with a built in HDTV tuner, cable card slot, and optical audio outputs (I'm pretty sure about that); and the Syntax Olevia LT32HV and the recently announced LT26HVX, the 32" may be a problem with the size of the stand I am putting it on because of the width of the TV's base, also not sure of quality of the two sets. I have also heard rummers of a Hitachi 26" TV to hit the market soon that should meet my criteria. I would like to know which of these TV's would be best in my situation. Also if anyone has other ideas about wich TV I should get, go ahead and recommend them. I am ready for any suggestions for a TV. So far, the TV that stands out to me the most is the LG so if anyone has had any problems with the LG or can find a cheaper price, please leave a post. I would like to buy a TV as soon as possible but if prices will drop drastically after Christmas, I am willing to wait. Please respond.

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26" to 32" LCD for Xbox
by jcrobso / August 12, 2005 3:43 AM PDT

One other thing to keep mind with an LCD is responce time of the pannel. For gaming 16ms or less is good. John

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I'd add the Westinghouse
by Allin4greeN / August 13, 2005 9:15 AM PDT

LTV-32w1 (under $1500) and the due-out in September w3 (pricing unknown) to your list. I own the w1 and use it for XBox gaming, HD/SD reception, and upconverted DVD viewing. It has an 8ms response time among other nice features, good electronics, and the right price. The w3 adds an HDMI input, built-in ATSC tuner, and a few other new tricks. I'm very happy with the w1.

Good luck with your decision.

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by WeeManFoo / August 13, 2005 1:41 PM PDT

That sounds like a good choice. I will definately check it out. I'm trying to stay away from smaller name LCD TV's but the quallity gets better in thease cheap LCD's every year. Good advice.

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