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Old 10-26-05, 11:44 PM
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LCD TV Recommendations?

Looking to get a 26" or so LCD tv, don't want to spend more than $1200. Any good recommendations?
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Old 10-27-05, 01:42 AM
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Westinghouse 27" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat-Panel LCD TV with DVI and PC Inputs for $899


http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099396524530


Found these at Costco:
http://www.costco.com/Common/Categor...hse=BC&topnav=

Sharp 26" 16:9 HDTV-Ready LCD Television
Resolution: 1366 x 768
$1,099.99




Dell
26" LCD TV HDTV Ready w/ 2 Year Warranty
$999.99




Sceptre 32" 16:9
HDTV-Ready LCD TV
Resolution: 1366 x 768
$999.99




Maxent 32" 16:9
HDTV-Ready LCD TV
Resolution: 1366 x 768
$999.99




Viewsonic 27" 16:9 HDTV-Ready LCD Television
Resolution: 1280 x 720
$749.99




Sceptre 27" 16:9 HDTV-Ready LCD Television
Resolution: 1280 x 720
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I'm also looking, but I want it for my PC mainly. I'm looking for around a 26" (although, I've seen some lesser brand 32" for the same price)

Any reviews on using these on a PC?
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Old 10-27-05, 10:23 AM
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I'd up the price range ever so slightly and pick up a 42" Panasonic plasma for $1500. You can *never* have too big of a screen! Big improvement for just a few dollars more...
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[QUOTE=drmoze]I'd up the price range ever so slightly and pick up a 42" Panasonic plasma for $1500. You can *never* have too big of a

Is that EDTV though?
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Old 10-27-05, 11:47 AM
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I'm also looking for a similiar TV/PC monitor. I plan on getting mine at BestBuy (so I can use $300 worth of Best Buy Bucks), and I had the Westinghouse 27" in mind that was mentioned earlier.

My one concern is that it doesn't have HDMI inputs (it does have DVI though). Granted, I am a total newbie when it comes to HDTV (and HDMI is not covered in this site's FAQ), but isn't that an important feature?

What is the best resource for a beginner to learn about what features are most important?

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Old 10-27-05, 01:48 PM
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Not sure on a resource for that. But, here's a few I look at for LCDs:

Refresh rate. Should be at least 16ms, but faster is better. Most are 12 or better now.
Brightness. Probably should be at least 500 cd/m2 or nits.
Contrast. As high as possible. They look pretty good starting around 500:1, I think.
Viewing angle. Look for over 160 degrees.
Resolution. The 1366x768 models match with a PC better, the 1280x720 match TV better.

HDMI is preferable for simplicity since it can include audio, but DVI should be just as good for video. If it is only DVI, make sure it can handle HDCP over DVI.
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Old 10-27-05, 02:19 PM
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Thanks much, Spiky!
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Lovin' my Sony. And it came with a DVI cable, so hooking up the computer was easy.
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Thanks for the list Spiky....I may look into some of those CostCo TV's to use as my PC monitor....we'll see though.
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I have a Samsung 26 inch LCD that I love. Amazing picture
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Old 10-29-05, 11:49 AM
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I noticed Meijer has a Olevia 27" LCD for $699 this week. I wonder if it's any good. When do you think these will REALLY start to drop in price?
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I'm looking at the Sony V Series (KDLV-26/32/40-XBR1) for a friend's dad. From what I have read/seen - pretty damn good.
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[QUOTE=DJ_Longfellow]
Originally Posted by drmoze
I'd up the price range ever so slightly and pick up a 42" Panasonic plasma for $1500. You can *never* have too big of a

Is that EDTV though?
It is ED. But seriously, don't let that put you off without checking it out first. Seriously, you get "full" resolution on your DVDs, and it looks extremely sharp with an HD signal. I am well-accustomed to my 65" HD mitsu (tweaked) at home, and still think my friend's Panny ED looks great.

I also saw this same set side-by-side with a few HD plasmas at BB, and there's almost no difference. Seriously. I even liked the ED Panny picture better than a few nearby HD sets.
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Originally Posted by DJ_Longfellow
I noticed Meijer has a Olevia 27" LCD for $699 this week. I wonder if it's any good. When do you think these will REALLY start to drop in price?
I tried both and the both sux. HD look so bad and I mean bad I took them both back with in 12 hours of buying them.
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i have the Olevia LT-37HVS just got it yesterday, and while i dont get any HD channels, the set is amazing, i played halo2 for about 2 hours yesterday without any ghosting. and Watched Finding nemo, great colors and great tv for the price.
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