Lcd Television Help????

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by surajnangia, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. surajnangia macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2006

    I am planning to buy an LCD tv for my room'

    Plz could anyone help me which one is the better one out of these

    Sony Bravia 40 inch
    Samsung Bordeux 40 inch
    Sharp Aquas 37 inch

  2. Unspeaked macrumors 68020


    Dec 29, 2003
    West Coast
    The Sony seems to have excellent online reviews, but I'd suggest going to a large BestBuy or CircuitCity and checking them out in the showroom...

  3. whawhat macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2006
    i have had a 37" sharp for the past 3 years and it was perhaps the best tv i've ever owned. the new bravia has gotten excellent reviews (as the post above states) so go w/ either one you like best. once you see the HD content on these LCD's you'll wonder how you lived w/out it. :p whatever you do, make sure it's 1080p.
  4. thedude110 macrumors 68020


    Jun 13, 2005
    Have a 32" Samsung and absolutely love it. Picture quality is wonderful and sound is good.

    Damn sexy, too.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    I too opted for a Samsung (40" LN-S4051D 720p) and love it.

  6. surajnangia thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2006
    i saw that the contrast ratio in sharp is like 800 : 1
    while samsung has it as 5000:1

    How does that make a difference...
    i already have 1 samsung Bordeux 40 inch and its good but i am looking to buy a different one////
  7. levitynyc macrumors 65816

    Aug 19, 2006
    Sony does not make their own LCD screens...they buy them from Samsung.

    I have a 32" Samsung and I love it!
  8. surajnangia thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2006
    so most of the guys vouch for samsung bordeux????
  9. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    You don't mention the actual model numbers of the TV's you're looking at. For instance, there are several different Sony Bravia models at the 40" size. There's the XBR1, the XBR2, the XBR3, the S2000, the S2010, and the V2500. Which one are you looking at? The XBR2, XBR3, and V2500 are 1080p, and therefore more costly than the 768p models.

    Same thing goes for Sharp and Sammy. They have several models at the size you're listing.

    Regarding the Contrast Ratio, it's pretty much a useless number to go by when comparing different manufacturers. This is because there are several ways to measure CR and depending on the method used, the numbers will be different. When you see CRs of 5000:1, and higher, for LCDs, they are using Dynamic CR. In the old days, they measured using Static CR and typically, the CR's were around 800:1. And even then, one manufacturer may measure Static CR different from another manufacturer so it's really confusing. It's mainly a marketing number these days.

    As far as 1080p goes, it's nice to have, but not entirely necessary. We bought a 46" Sharp 1080p TV recently and we love it. I mainly wanted 1080p because I plan on hooking up a Mac mini to it and wanted the extra resolution. For a 40"/37" LCD, you're probably not going to notice the difference between 1080p and 768p displays, all else being equal, when watching TV and movies. If you hook a computer up to it, you'd notice.

    Also, in response to the Sony/Samsung comment. Sony does not buy their panels from Samsung. They are both invested in a LCD plant and therefore they use the same panels. The electronics will be different, so there could be some premiums paid there. Also, smaller sized panels are becoming a commodity and may be outsourced to one of the Taiwanese/Chinese manufacturers. Right now, sizes under 46" are quickly becoming outsourced. I know that Sharp outsource many of their TV's under 46". You have to be careful, but the outsourced TVs are usually their lower tier lines and are priced accordingly. I don't know if Sony or Sammy outsource panels/TVs.


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