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Which LCD to buy

by GettinUglysSon / January 28, 2009 5:23 AM PST

If you had the choice between the following tv's, and all were basically the same price, which would you choose and why:

Sony 42" LCD 1080p (model number KDL-42V4100)

Phillips 42" LCD 1080p 120hz (model number 42PFL7403D-F7)

or

46" Sharp Aquos LCD 1080p (don't have model number)

I've never had an HDTV (I just discovered fire, so I'm progressing rapidly), and am wondering if the 120hz will be that noticeable for me, or if I should just go with the bigger tv.

Thanks for your help.

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Sony
by bearvp / January 28, 2009 5:48 AM PST
In reply to: Which LCD to buy

Out of those 3, Sony makes a better LCD HDTV. However, if I were you I'd look into Samsung too because you could get a larger screen than 42" in a Samsung for about the same price as the 42" Sony. Bigger is better in terms of HDTVs.

Basically, Sony and Samsung are the only LCD companies you should be considering in the world of LCD. I'd opt for one with 120Hz because it will help with the motion blur during sportscasts.

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Also consider Toshiba
by Dan Filice / January 28, 2009 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: Which LCD to buy

I own two Sony TVs so I am a huge fan of theirs. I needed a new TV for the bedroom and I planned on buying the "W" or "Z" series Sony because of the 120Hz and the 1080/24p capability. I would never buy a Philips. I did endless research for the new bedroom TV and after reading stellar reviews of the Toshiba 46XV540U, I purchased this set instead of the Sony. I bought it at Costco for $1199. Costco didn't have the 46" Sony, only 40", so this made me buy the Toshiba. Also, the Sony "Z" series that I wanted was abouit $800 more than the Toshiba. Well, after having the Toshiba for over a month and putting it through rigorous viewing, I can only say great things about this TV. No motion blur. No screen door effect. No pixel lag. Blacks are great (by CNET reviews, it matched Samsung), colors are excellent, looks really good when displaying SD content, blows me away when displaying Panasonic BD35 Blu-Ray content, does 1080p/24, does 120HZ beautifully (CNET and other reviewers said the Toshiba does 120Hz better than Sony or Samsung), and the list goes on. Take it from someone who is obsessive compulsive about TVs...The Toshiba is a great TV. Just because Toshiba still makes stupid TVs that have built-in DVD players, doesn't mean they make 2nd rate TVs. At work we have multiple rooms that each have 20 Samsung LCD panels that have all been calibrated, and they all look different. Some look really "iffy". Just because it says Samsung, doesn't mean it can't be bettered. You ask why did the company buy Samsung? Price, otherwise we would have had Sony.

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Thanks for the help
by GettinUglysSon / January 28, 2009 8:34 AM PST
In reply to: Also consider Toshiba

Thanks for the replies, greatly appreciated.

Costco actually has a 42" Toshiba on sale right now that I was looking at. It has the 120hz, and I think is $999.99. Maybe I'll go with that one instead of the Philips.

Thanks again.

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42" Toshiba
by Dan Filice / January 28, 2009 11:55 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks for the help

If you do get the Toshiba, let me know and I can send you the settings I have on my 46".

Dan

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Settings
by GettinUglysSon / January 31, 2009 10:28 AM PST
In reply to: 42" Toshiba

I bought the 42" Toshiba, would you please send me the settings you use on your 46"? Thanks.

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Toshiba Settings
by Dan Filice / February 2, 2009 2:25 AM PST
In reply to: Settings

Sorry, I've been out of town all Super Bowl weekend. Give me a day and I'll post the settings. But, the first thing you need to do is to take the TV off of the "DEMO" mode. When you first power-up your set, there is a menu that gives the option to do this, or look in the Manual to see how to do this.

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My Toshiba Settings
by Dan Filice / February 3, 2009 7:33 AM PST
In reply to: Settings

OK, I'm at work, so I can't check these settings with the TV on, but here is what I made notes on:

Contrast: 60
Backlight: 50
Dynalight: ON
Brightness: 58
Color: 57
Tint: +3
Sharpness: 50
Dynamic Contrast: Middle
Static Gamma: 0
Color Temp: Medium
Cinema Mode: FILM (Can only be selected when using 480i and 1080i sources, like standard DVD player or your cable box).
Clear Frame: ON
Film Stabilization: STANDARD

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Which LCD is the best????????
by lebloom / February 2, 2009 8:51 AM PST
In reply to: Which LCD to buy

I am also trying to figure out which 40" LCD to buy. I am mostly looking at the Sony models but have thought the Sharp Aquos also. With all of the different models out there its nerve racking. This is worse than looking for a new car. I want one that can be hooked to my PC and has 1080p not sure of the 120HZ since it seems they cost much more. If someone has a way to figure out which is the best I'd like to know. But I feel that the Sony models are the best but they are also the most expensive.

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