: 46-49inch lcd .... what to buy ?


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nbreau
2008-01-14, 08:31 PM
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.

Nick.

hugh
2008-01-14, 08:55 PM
I like my 47" Philips

capp325
2008-01-15, 12:09 AM
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.

bigsteel15
2008-01-15, 10:45 AM
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.

hugh
2008-01-15, 10:52 AM
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?

capp325
2008-01-15, 02:35 PM
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?

stump14
2008-01-15, 05:24 PM
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!

Walter Dnes
2008-01-16, 03:54 AM
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.

Torontoblue
2008-01-16, 07:50 AM
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 :)

sleemo
2008-01-16, 08:56 AM
I second the Sony "W" series (46"). I'm very happy with mine, great picture!

dudler
2008-01-16, 11:49 AM
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!?

Zoo
2008-01-16, 03:35 PM
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").

nlitend1
2008-01-17, 03:18 AM
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.

Bammer
2008-01-18, 10:33 AM
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.

kgeorge78
2008-01-18, 10:55 AM
Sharp all the Way.

nbreau
2008-01-18, 01:42 PM
sharp LC42D72U and LC42D64U ?

Ren
2008-01-18, 01:58 PM
Try out the product comparison at futrueshop online, puts the 2 models side by side to see which one has the features you want.

hugh
2008-01-18, 02:02 PM
What Ren said. Or better yet, why not goto the manufacturers site and read the specs rather than asking others to do your homework?

Torontoblue
2008-01-18, 02:49 PM
What Ren said. Or better yet, why not goto the manufacturers site and read the specs rather than asking others to do your homework?

That's a bit harsh Hugh :confused: You can read as many spec sheets as you want and form an idea of what you want, but getting actual user/owner reviews is priceless. Can all spec sheets be believed? Don't they pad some stuff out like car manufacturers to make them seem better, ie, putting the Dynamic Contrast ratio as the main figure, when in reality the reall ratio is half of that?

First and foremost you should always try any set out in a store, see if you like the picture, menu system, look of the TV. Then see what others have to say on forums like this. Then form your opinion again, have another play, then buy one.

kgeorge78
2008-01-18, 03:00 PM
I have the D64 42". I'm telling you no other TV handles SD like sharp. I have a Pioneer Elite 60" and SD looks 1000x better on the sharp (Even at comparable sizes)

HD is a different matter alltogether