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i havetn come across a good enough variety at most of the shops i been to lately to enquire abotu it and the sales ppl are too busy trying to sell my brand XXXX

if i got 4,000 to spend on a nice unit i can use fo rHD DVD and Blu ray and also a PC

what my best bet to look at. ( i will need a inbuilt HD tuner for the GF )

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G'day,

Even 2m would be pushing it.

50" 768p Panasonic plasma would be my choice or if you're viewing for from 2.5m+ and have room a 60" 1080p SXRD. Both are around 4K or even less.

I have a 50" Sony 3LCD 720p panel and at my normal viewing distance of just over 2.5m I reckon there's enough blockiness and jaggies (even on high-quality sources) that I sometimes wonder if I should have gone for a 42" panel instead. So I dunno if I would be recommend a 50" 768p plasma at closer than 2.5m.

But I was watching a 1080p Sony Bravia X 40" at around 2.5m the other day and the picture quality was stunning -- very crisp and very detailed. Much better than the 50" 3LCD 720 from a comparable distance. This was using the inbuilt HD tuner was well. The black levels were not as good (a bit of black crush going on) but the image looked much more life-like and with greater depth than other LCDs I have seen (including my own).

However it is a shade under $4000 so the picture quality oughta be good.

--Geoff

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In 1080p LCD sets u have a 40" Sony X series, Sharps new 42" 1080p model and samsung 40" 1080p model. Street proces should range from 3K (samsung) to 4-5K (sharp)

its slim pickings if u ask me. At COmdex this year they showed off a huge range of 1080p sets but very few have hit oz shores (as yet)

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yeah i am getting LCD because of 1) my HTPC nad 2) i can claim it on tax as a expennse. I beleive its VERY hard to claim plasma tvs

yes it is very slim pickings for 1080P at the moment. :blink:

is there anything new on teh horizon that would be worth waiting for ?

ive got until just before the end of financial year to do it.

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Samsung are relasing new 1080p TV's in Aus next month.

They are finally getting HD Tuners added, higher contrast ratios and 3x HDMI 1.3 Ports.

And from insider sources on these forums, they will be sold for the same price as the current 1080P screens in Aus.

Plus out of all the 1080P offerings in Aus, the samsung is the only one to support 1080P over VGA aswell as HDMI.

woooo.

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The Samsung LA46F71BX looks pretty damn good.

As with all 1080p sets displaying 576 lines of information means that you won't get a great SD picture but from all reviews it sounds bearable and acceptable. No worse then any other set greater then 720...

http://www.shopbot.com.au/p-33387.html shows the lowest price at $4100 but I'm sure with a bit of haggling you'd get it under your budget. Wait a month for the new Samsungs to come out and they'll start discounting this generation of sets.

and its 46inchs so yeah bonus. I've seen its 40inch younger brother on display and with 1080p stuff it looks incredible, the lower contrast ratio is barely noticeable. Better then the 1080p Sony's i saw. The colours on the Sony looked a little washed out and there wasn't as much detail.

Apart from the Sharps i'm thinking of getting this display

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i havetn come across a good enough variety at most of the shops i been to lately to enquire abotu it and the sales ppl are too busy trying to sell my brand XXXX

if i got 4,000 to spend on a nice unit i can use fo rHD DVD and Blu ray and also a PC

what my best bet to look at. ( i will need a inbuilt HD tuner for the GF )

If you are not fussed about the additional depth of a rear pro and you stand the unit so that eye level is near the horizontal centre axis of the screen, the 60" Sony r series SXRD will give you the best bang for your buck.

Don't know about claiming it on tax though, that might be stretching it.

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If we're going to split hairs, I didn't think there were any 42" LCDs? Aren't they usually 40" or 46"? :blink:

Well, LG has 42LC2D, but it isnt 1080p, and Sharp have the LC42GD7X & LC42PD7X which are both 1080p with HD tuner. Im not sure of many others.

And i wasnt having a go at anyone, it was just making me laugh.

Next time I need info a 60" plasma, i will just ask for info on a 32" LCD. HAHAHA

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drsmith: its perfectly legitimate. apart from using the TV for my movies ect i do my work on the LCD. just so happens i got a bloody big LCD :blink:

i view cad drawing of telstra plans of thier network for my job. a bigger screen and higher res allows me to see more of the plan on the screen at once so it is benificial. its mainly a bonus i can get this and get to use it for my moviers ect. when i have to look at the plan on my GF's notebook its so hard. low res + not much screen space gotta scroll around much more. so i can easy justify with straight face so to speak the large screen.

.now while it is sold as a TV an LCd regardless of the size is fundamentally a PC monitor

chugs: thanks very much for that information. I think i mighta just found the screen im after and if 46" even better :D im definatgly happy with that.

this probably explains why someone was willing to take $800 off for cash ( down to 3200 ) from $4000

this new samsung is looking really nice from checking it out on the internet to.

especially like the 1080P vga can use taht for the xbxo360 :P

cheers ,

Ant

Fun discussion on the merits of tax deduction Tvs here

Regards

Peter Gillespie

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drsmith: its perfectly legitimate. apart from using the TV for my movies ect i do my work on the LCD. just so happens i got a bloody big LCD :blink:

i view cad drawing of telstra plans of thier network for my job. a bigger screen and higher res allows me to see more of the plan on the screen at once so it is benificial. its mainly a bonus i can get this and get to use it for my moviers ect. when i have to look at the plan on my GF's notebook its so hard. low res + not much screen space gotta scroll around much more. so i can easy justify with straight face so to speak the large screen.

.now while it is sold as a TV an LCd regardless of the size is fundamentally a PC monitor

Given that you would be using it for both work and non-work related purposes you wiuld only be able to claim depreciation on a portion of it.

I went down the path of trying to find a suitable TV/PC monitor in one display last year. LCD is really the only canidiate for this if you are chasing top resolution, but I found LCD's unsuitable for video/TV in general, mainly because of poor black level. Another problem was finding an LCD TV which displayed with 1:1 pixel mapping from HDMI and no overscan. I'm not sure what the situation is now but 6 months ago the pickings satisfying the above criteria were very lean.

It may cost a little more but the best option as I see it would be to get two specific purpose displays and avoid the compromises involved with trying to do everything on one display.

A good high resolution PC monitor is the Dell 24" LCD. At 1920x1200 it is better than a 1920x1080 LCD TV. Can you get away with 1600x1200 on a 20" LCD monitor? This will reduce the cost of this component considerably.

Combine a 24" 1920x1200 LCD PC monitor with a 50" plasma and you will have the ideal setup for both work and play for under $5k. With a 42" high definition plasma you should be able to do the above under $4k.

As the LCD monitor is used for work purposes you would be able to claim it on tax.

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well I'm going to be claiming the PS3 on tax - (and the new LCD screen i get) - 50/50 (50 work 50 entertaintment)

I use my computer regularly for work and will be putting Linux on my PS3. Its offically classed as a computer (rather then a video game console).

the ole 360 though is definitely not a computer (hehehe)

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For HTPC I have to say the Sharp LC42PD7X discussed in this thread is awesome, I hooked up my lappy at 1920x1080 over *DVI-D* and it was crystal clear with 1:1 pixel mapping and no hassels setting it up :blink:. Also supported 1:1 over HDMI which was pretty good. I got JB down to $4260 for it, but I too am looking at spending only (lol) $4000.

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Thats interesting on the ps3 chugs.

im really diggin this samsung at the mo. if i can get it for 4k or less the sales person has emselves a deal

An LCD is great for a PC monitor but poor for “Home Theatre”.

It therefore depends on what you use a “HTPC for, PC use or Home Theatre. :blink:

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