New TV-what to buy?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Spario, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Spario macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2005
    I've been thinking of buying a new television. I have a few specs it needs to be widescreen, flat, and good sound(14watt would be good enough) also under $1k. i was thinking about Dell's W2606C 26" LCD, though, i've never seen one up close and would be taking a chance on it. Would anyone please suggest something with the mentioned specs! thanks ~Spario
  2. generik macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2005
  3. x86isslow macrumors 6502a

    Aug 10, 2003
    I'm smitten with the Sharp Aquos. I'll be getting one soon, fwiw. Good hunting!
  4. Chundles macrumors G4


    Jul 4, 2005
    Dad got himself a 42" Panasonic Viera plasma TV. It looks damned nice.
  5. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    I have actually seen a Dell 26" in person, and with the appropriate grain of salt (not knowing the source of the video), I was disappointed with the quality of the picture. It appeared grainy and blocky, with inconsistent color intensity. Based on that experience, I would stay away.

    LCD TVs in general tend to be much more expensive than DLP projection TVs, for a depth savings of about 8" in the end. If you're not going to be wall-mounting it or anything, I'd highly recommend a nice HDTV set that uses projection technology. Just recently I saw a Magnavox advertised for $949 (51" DLP HDTV set supporting 720p). I wasn't able to find a TV on display for less than $3000 that did 1080, but I was just browsing casually.
  6. SmurfBoxMasta macrumors 65816


    Nov 24, 2005
    I'm only really here at night.
    DO NOT buy any TV without being able to see it in person!!!! That is the #1 WORST mistake you could make.

    All tv's (&monitors) look different to different people, and in different environments.....

    Go store shopping, see them up close, get the prices & exact model numbers, THEN go online, check the reviews, and find the best deals :)
  7. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

    May 20, 2004
    Ditto. I had a 45 inch version in my office for a month or so as part of an evaluation for a new training center we're building and it kicked a$$. Fabulous video quality, inputs for everything imaginable. (I had the commercial version that even included the RS-232 port.)

    It was tough to leave it at the end of each day.
  8. starnox macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2005
    We have an old 43" Pioneer Plasma, and I have to say I am extremely happy with it. When you hook it up to a PC the quality just shines through :D
  9. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816


    Sep 6, 2005
    I actually have the Dell LCD TV 19"

    I used it as my computer moniter, although I really like the PIP so I can watch a semi-transparent television window wherever I want on my screen...

    It has decent quality, although the sheer number of connections is what pushed me to purchase this screen - plus, it was QUITE affordable :)
  10. Redskin macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2005
    Dude don't buy a Dell!

    Why would you buy a Dell TV? Especially without being able to see it. The only thing Dell ever had going for them was the price. This isn't the case anymore. You can buy the highest level Panasonic TV's for less then the Dell's. I suggest you look at them.
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    You get what you pay for. For something as important as a TV, don't buy a Dell just to save a few bucks. Not worth it - buy something quality instead.
  12. DMPDX macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2005
    This true, in some cases. With just a cable line using the built in tuner of the tv, the picture would turn out very bad. With an lcd, if youre going to spend the money get an hdtv tuner or a digital set top box. It will improve the picture dramaticly. I picked up a sone 32" lcd yesterday, picked up the set top box today, BIG DIFFERENCE.

    [/QUOTE]Just recently I saw a Magnavox advertised for $949 (51" DLP HDTV set supporting 720p). I wasn't able to find a TV on display for less than $3000 that did 1080...[/QUOTE]
    Not true. I have a samsung dlp projection tv 50". It is an hdtv m,onitor with an hd set top box from comcast. It supports 720i 720p 1080i and 1080p, it was also 2700, not above 3000. You can find BIG dlp's at bestbuy for well under 2500. ex. if you dont need a flat panel, go with a flat tube.
  13. Zman5225 macrumors 6502a

    May 15, 2005
    Tacoma WA
    Take a look at the Sharp Aquos lines for that size. They tend to be a tad bit on the pricey side but they look excellent. I'll be adding a 26" aquos to my gaming room very soon myself. The new models are coming out in March though, so you can either get the current line for a little less now, or pay the extra 400 they are going to go up in MSRP.
  14. N10248 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2004
    Essex, U.K.
    I am very happy with my 26" Samsung L26R41BD (click on the link in my signature to see it)

    It has tons of connections ; componant, vga, hdmi, scart, s-video and built in digital tuner.

    Perfect colour too, a while ago i pluged my old blue & white powermac G3 into it and the image and colours were as good as my 20" imac.

    not the cheapest, but this model is getting cheaper lately

  15. matticus008 macrumors 68040


    Jan 16, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    Yeah, they may just not have listed 1080 on the information cards, and like I said I was just browsing to waste time, not actually shopping for a TV. But the lower-cost HDTV panels that the OP is looking for are probably not going to do 1080...because I've never seen one even close to his price range that has that kind of resolution.

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