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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 2008-01-14, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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46-49inch lcd .... what to buy ?

I don't want to buy online, locally I've got access to a futureshop (which i hate, but may be my only option). Seems like Samsung, Panasonic, Sharp, Sony, LG are the ones I see the most, may have access to other more common brands. Looking to spend not too much more than 2000-2300 if possible...

suggestions ? I really dont see anything that sticks out, ie wow factor after visiting sony store, futureshop and another local shop.

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I like my 47" Philips
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IMO, go with Sony, Sharp, Samsung, or possibly Toshiba. Cheaper LCD brands like LG, Westinghouse, Olevia, etc. do not compare when it comes to picture quality. All of the top four makers have 46" 1080P 60 hz sets that fit in your price range. If you want 120 hz, you will either have to pay more or wait for the prices to come down.

It's difficult to recommend a partiuclar set because picture quality is very subjective. Some people like vibrant colors, while others prefer more realistic tones; some put great importance on image sharpness while others are willign to sacrifice some clarity for the sake of a smoother, less noisy output.
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I'm happy with my Sony 46" Bravia "W" and it is in your $ range.
Don'ty forget though, once you have the new TV, your be very disappointed without getting an HD box. That is another $2-300. And allow some $ for HDMI cables.
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Cheaper LCD brands like LG, Westinghouse, Olevia, etc. do not compare when it comes to picture quality.
But Olevia, Westinghouse panels are 100% outsourced to the many of the same companies that make Toshiba, Sony and Sharp panels so how can you say that?
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But Olevia, Westinghouse panels are 100% outsourced to the many of the same companies that make Toshiba, Sony and Sharp panels so how can you say that?
Not sure about Toshiba, but I was under the impression that Sharp and Sony manufactured their own LCD panels?
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I purchased a Sharp Aquos LC-46D82U on Boxing Day and am very happy with it but it is slighty more expensive.

My brother purchased a Sharp Aqous LC-46D64U and he loves it as well and is cheaper then the one I got.

Also neither of us have banding issues!
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I got a Panasonic TH50PX75 (50 inches) back in August and I am very happy with it. Can't be beat for contrast in dark scenes, and is currently approx $2000 at Futureshop. While it's actually 1366x768, you won't be able to tell it apart from a 1920x1080 unit, unless you're standing 3 feet away, playing a BlueRay or HD DVD movie... and you shouldn't do that.

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I like my 47" Philips
Gotta go with Hugh on this one. The Philips is a great LCD and at a very good price at the moment. You won't be disappointed

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I second the Sony "W" series (46"). I'm very happy with mine, great picture!
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post #11 of 25 (permalink) Old 2008-01-16, 10:49 AM
 
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i wouldn't go for too much of an off brand, but i love my daytek 46 inch.

i know this is certainly an "off brand" but by using this website and doing some research into it, i was able to understand it is a sharp panel, has a faroudja chip for sd channels, and is from costco.

so, while the tv was cheap, i knew it would be of somewhat good quality backed by a great return policy.

the downfall....is that 1080i. but as mentioned previously, it looks great unless you are inches from it using an extremely high resolution.

and, in five years, i am sure better tvs will be cheaper, so why get ahead of the curve too much!?
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I'm happy with my Sony 46" Bravia "W" and it is in your $ range.
Don'ty forget though, once you have the new TV, your be very disappointed without getting an HD box. That is another $2-300. And allow some $ for HDMI cables.
Don't go crazy getting expensive HDMI cables. You can get a great deal on them from Monoprice and they will ge to you in a few days.

Lots of great LCDs out there. Don't discount the "non-mainstream" stuff as some of these can be tweaked to put out an amazing picture. That being said I have had great success with my rear projection Sony LCD and my senior parents recently got a 40" "W" series SOny LCD that is amazing.

LCDs have come a long way in the past few years and my next set will be a 52" or 57" LCD (my RPLCD TV is 50").
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Samsung 4669

I originally had LG 42LB5D but couldn't stand the blur. Took back and bought lnt4669 Sammy. No comparison. Only tv I would consider above the Sam is 46xbr4 sony but alot of $$
I got my Sam for $2168
46" 120hz, swivle stand, 3 hdmi and twice as many options in the menu for custom tuning the picture as the LG.
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I have 32" Cineplus that I am very happy with. Happy enough to consider buying the 47" Cineplus (1080P, 60 Hz) available on sale at Leon's right now.
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Sharp all the Way.
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