Need to buy a HDTV...

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by LastLine, May 30, 2006.

  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

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    So yeah, I'm in the UK and looking to buy a HDTV at the minute, doesn't need to be big (20" would be perfect actually) but it should also ideally be able to hold a decent PC resolution as well (1280x1024 perhaps).

    Has anyone seen anything particularly "Bargainish" in the UK lately? I don't have a massive budget but need this :p Thoughts appreciated.
     
  2. Macer macrumors regular

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    The panasonic HD lcd tv look very nice, they also have 2 HDMI sockets for a HD DVD player or sat box or even an xbox. This is the way to go in my opinion as dvd palyer and games consoles will all need a high def connection
     
  3. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Any particular model? As I say :) On a budget here.
     
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  5. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's not badly priced I guess :) The 23" would be my absolute upper limit. It's got to fit near my PC :)
     
  6. Macer macrumors regular

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    If you looking for a futre proof HDTV i would defo go with the Panasonic or anyother brand that has at least two high definition inputs.
     
  7. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hm, well the reality comes that I won't be using it as a TV, purely as a screen for my Xbox 360 so future proofing not that important I suppose. I watch my TV through my iMac anyway
     
  8. Macer macrumors regular

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    What connection is the xbox 360, is it DVI or is it HDMI. I know you can get adaptors to convert DVI to HDMI and visa versa. But maybe you would be better off going with the cheapest HDTV with a HDMI socket for the xbox 360.
     
  9. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    HDMI, or Scart, or Component. Depending which you use. At the minute it runs on VGA through my PC monitor so anything's a step up :p
     
  10. Macer macrumors regular

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    The scart and composite will not produce a HD signal, only the HDMI on the xbox will produce the HD signal.
     
  11. andysmith macrumors 6502

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    I didn't think the Xbox 360 had a digital HD connection - just component?
     
  12. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    LG HDTV to plug into a Mac Mini

    Glad this is being discussed, because I have a related question on behalf of my brother.

    He's looking for a large-ish LCD HDTV, and has been looking at these:

    http://www.currys.co.uk:80/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0231331240.1148909128@@@@&BV_EngineID=cceeaddhllfglfmcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&sku=767687&fm=20&sm=0&tm=undefined&tabIndex=1

    http://www.dixons.co.uk:80/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0552065635.1148913637@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdaddhlhkkdhkcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&sku=673204&tabIndex=1

    http://www.dixons.co.uk:80/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1020386371.1148913608@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccckaddhlljlddlcflgceggdhhmdgmj.0&page=Product&sku=108185&tabIndex=1

    For now, he wants the TV to watch the World Cup on, etc (doesn't everybody?!). I'm thinking that he'd be well-served also getting a Mac Mini with Front Row like I have plugged into my LG.

    My question is, will any of these three TVs be driven by the integrated graphics in the new Mini?
     
  13. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I couldn't commnent on that but might I also suggest you check out PC World for LCD TV's? They often beat Curry's on price with those at the minute. Just a thought.
     
  14. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Actually I'm trying to steer him away from Dixons Stores Group *cough* Currys.Digital in general (and that includes PC World). I used to work for them, and even knowing exactly how all of the systems work, still managed to have a situation where they had my iBook for 10 weeks and didn't fix it under their coverplan/PC Performance.

    I've found out from first-hand experience that their PC Performance coverplan isn't worth the paper it's written on. I'd always kind-of known, but it's different when you're faced with the unbelievable shoddiness.

    My brother is thinking of some sort of getting some kind of extended cover for his TV, so I'm leaning towards suggesting he buys from John Lewis (where he'd get a five-year extended guarantee for "free", i.e. their mark-up) or from Richer Sounds (which is remarkably price-competitive on TVs at the moment, and where the cover doesn't cost an arm and a leg).
     
  15. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh I'm not saying they're great (I work for them currently) I was just commenting given that all your choices you posted came from DSG :p
     
  16. Macer macrumors regular

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    Do the search on ww.kelkoo.co.uk as i mentioned above.
     
  17. tristan macrumors 6502a

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    I dunno if it's available in the UK, but I was first on my block with an affordable HDTV thanks to the Philips Outlet Store. 30" Widescreen. (Not flat though.)
     
  18. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Understood :) . Thanks anyway.

    DSG is what happens if you let your younger brother loose on electronics purchases ;)

    Just a little off-topic:

    I don't know about you, Lastline, but I can't help but feel that PC World actually shouldn't be allowed to sell Macs in most circumstances.

    • PC Services for some reason seem incapable of servicing Macs - but are quite capable of dealing with Compaq/HP, Packard-Bell and other non-standard PCs (why the hell is that?!)

    • While I was in-store trying to get a resolution of my iBook, I heard a staff member talking some unbelievable ******** about how much faster a lower-clocked non-Mac laptop would be than a core due Mac Mini. Crap like that never changes in DSG.

    • The company desperately needs some management consultancy. Staffing levels are never high enough at the busy times and stuff like that. Many of the business processes are hopelessly disconnected from one another.

    I could go on, but I'm sure you know it all already
     
  19. miniConvert macrumors 68040

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    I just love the title of this thread... I can think of very few people who would need to buy a HDTV :p
     
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    I need mine to be delivered seeing as I'm now confirmed as one of 450 participants in the London-based HD Freeview trial :cool:
     
  22. gavd macrumors 6502a

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    I'd suggest buying from John Lewis but getting them to pricematch a cheaper competitor. Have a look at the LCD forums on the avforums website - there's a sticky called JL Price match which is a useful resource...
     
  23. Dunepilot macrumors 6502a

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    Awesome! Thanks for the advice. I'd forgotten about Never Knowingly Undersold
     
  24. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    I know you are ready to buy.

    However, if you can wait 6 months to a year, you might be surprised at what will be offered. Plus the prices should be coming down a bit.
     
  25. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, but it's like the ipod/imac/Macbook conundrum. Buy now when you want it, or wait and do the whole thing again in 6 months time ;) NAh, I'm game for now :)
     

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