another hdtv thread

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eyeballkid, Dec 30, 2007.

  1. eyeballkid

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    Is Samsung really the best. I think I want a 32 inch lcd flat screen for under or around 800 dollars. I demand high quality when watching movies, (I want black), and I play some games. Any help please? Thanks.
     
  2. ckhtiger

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    if I can just piggyback onto this thread, because I was going to ask a question. I only have regular dvds and an older trinitron, and I was wondering why dvds seemed to look horrible on my friend's high end set up. he was running them through his ps3 onto a really large, expensive tv, and he has hdmi cables and stuff. they looked all grainy, and I would never want that. I don't know if he was upscaling them or not, would that make a difference? should I just stay with my old tv, or is it possible to have standard dvds still look nice on a hdtv?

    sorry, don't mean to be highjacking ;) 
     
  3. eyeballkid

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    No prob! From my understanding, the better the TV resolution, the worse your DVDs will look, unless you have a progressive scan DVD player. You have to upgrade to (gulp) HD DVDs or Bluray.
     
  4. Gears

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    Samsung makes some of the better LCD TVs.
     
  5. Liege Prime

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    Well, I recently bought a 32" RCA Flatscreen HDLCD, which turned out to look amazing. I did research, but when it came down to it, going to the various stores, this TV just stood out, and I have had nothing but great experiences with RCA in the past. Games look amazing, DVD's spectacular. My only gripe is with older game systems without HD cables just look kinda muddled.
     
  6. WTF2005

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    Samsung is hands down the best in all the important areas but whether or not they're worth the premium is another thing. There are definitely comparable sets out there from other manufacturers that will suffice for those who aren't videophiles or whatever. It all boils down to cost versus quality and understanding that at the end of the day, it's the TV you have to put up with for years and years not the extra few hundred quid you did or did not spend getting what you want (be it Samsung or whatever). For $800, I don't know if you can really get the best unless there's a good sale going on. You really have to see the TVs before you make a decision and even then, displays models are rather crudely calibrated.

    On a personal note, I have a 32" Samsung and my friend has a 37" Olevia. Now, while I dislike my Samsung for various reasons - I didn't get one of their top of the line models (this is important). Meanwhile my friend's Olevia has (in my opinion) better/as good picture quality and superior functionality, but the screen has several stuck pixels (they will never turn black or anything near it) and Olevia's customer service is trash. Neither of them come close to true black. We both regret our purchases compared to what's available right now, but they're not horrible TVs for the money. If I had to buy a TV now, I'd almost definitely get a Samsung LNT5271F or thereabouts (I wish). :bowdown: 
     
  7. ckhtiger

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    and how is it that progressive scan dvd players make them look better? I've read simple descriptions, but still don't understand it.
     
  8. WTF2005

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    They don't make them "look" better, they just convert them to a format that an HDTV can display more nicely. See progressive scan (normal TVs are interlaced, HDTVs are progressive scan). PM me if you need more info or simpler wording.

    And upconverting DVD players are better than simple progressive scan players.
     
  9. eyeballkid

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    I really dont think that this (hdtv) revolution is fair to the average consumer. WAY too many options...next year TVs will be better and cheaper. Im just sick of watching my DVDs and video games in the old standard way of watching movies on an old TV. i.e. black bars. I want a TV that rivals what Nikon did with the D40.
     
  10. TonyzCustomz

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    The answer is no they are not, there are brands that none of us can afford and they are much better. :dunce  Really though don't buy something for the name or cause someone simply tells you they are the best, just look at each TV and compare them side by side if possible and base your decisionoff of what you and your family think, not ours. That is, in my opinion the best way to determine if you are satisfied with the black levels and and all that.
     
  11. Brawl

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    This is the one I have (BestBuy) and my wife and I love it. The picture is awesome when playing stuff in HD. The colors look amazing, the quality is top notch too. We looked at a couple others, but went with the Samsung.
     
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    The ps3 is an upconverting dvd player, your friend needs to make sure he has it configured properly(matches the resolution that the tv supports, and that the upconversion is actually enabled).
     
  13. eyeballkid

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    Way to much money. Good god, how much money are these companies making with this tech? These TVs are made in China and Mexico for christ sake!
     
  14. TonyzCustomz

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    LOL if you think that is bad check out how much mine cost Link The manufactures do make a killing off of tvs, hopefully they will go down like California's house prices.
     
  15. DevilzFan

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    Just make sure you go with an LCD.

    Only get a plasma if you plan on replacing the TV in 5 years, or possibly less.
     
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    If you can't afford a Sony Bravia then Lg or Samsung would be the way to go, best to go to a store and get them to put a few up side-by-side with the same signal though to be sure.
     
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    SAMSUNG ALL THE WAY.

    I have reccomended the Samsung to many people, all have purchased, none have complained.
     
  18. TonyzCustomz

    TonyzCustomz Am I doin it rite? TFW2005 Supporter

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    Any back up for your claim? No? Thought not. It is total bull that they only last that long, my folks have had one for going on like 6 or 7 and it still looks great.

    While you did not recommend it to me, I bought a samsung and if craped out after a little over a year, not to mention the off and on color tinging due to the speakers being to close to the screen and having an adverse reaction to the supposedly shielded magnets in the speakers .(after warranty no less) I then bought my sharp and have had no problems what so ever. Point is don't go by peoples recommendations solely, not many people even know that half the companies out there share components and if you were to open up a Phillips for example, you would find a Samsung screen and processor, and I'm not sure if anyone knows but phillips are definitely not the best quality TVs.
     
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    I just picked up a bottom of the barrel Sony 32" (M series), and despite the TV getting no love over on AVS, it's damn good, and I think it looks just as good as any other 32" TV out there. Then again, I got it very cheap ($525 USD), so my view might be a bit skewed.
     

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