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Good 26/30 inch HDTV?

StitchJones
03-02-2006, 10:07 PM
I'm looking to buy either a 26 or 30 inch widescreen HDTV that I'll use for watching DVDs and playing the XBox 360. These are the four models that I'm looking at :

26"
Toshiba 26HF85
Panasonic CT26WX15

30"
Toshiba 30HF85
Panasonic CT30WX15

Can anyone recommend or have any comments about these 4 models? Thanks!

anselmo1
03-04-2006, 06:23 PM
Go with the Panasonic models. According to Consumer Reports Magazine, the Toshiba models you have listed are very troublesome.

dader3457
03-04-2006, 09:38 PM
I owned the toshiba 26" and it was horrible at best.Took it back after two days.look into sony or samsung 30"you can thank me later.

godson
03-04-2006, 09:56 PM
Either way go with the 30",that 4 inches will be big as I assure yoy will grow tired of the 26' FAST.

StitchJones
03-04-2006, 11:47 PM
All right, thanks y'all. Yeah, I looked in the Consumer Reports and they didn't like the Toshibas at all. They didn't have the Panasonics rated, but on the side bar it says they're very good and very reliable.

CatManDoo
03-05-2006, 12:39 AM
I'm looking to buy either a 26 or 30 inch widescreen HDTV that I'll use for watching DVDs and playing the XBox 360. These are the four models that I'm looking at :

26"
Toshiba 26HF85
Panasonic CT26WX15

30"
Toshiba 30HF85
Panasonic CT30WX15

Can anyone recommend or have any comments about these 4 models? Thanks!Do you have room for a 34" ? They are worth the extra Benjamins. They're not much deeper, but they are a bit wider and a LOT heavier.

p.s. The only thing I like about the Samsungs is that they have two "slimfit" models that are only 16" deep. However, the picture was very unimpressive.

godson
03-05-2006, 12:25 PM
Do you have room for a 34" ? They are worth the extra Benjamins. They're not much deeper, but they are a bit wider and a LOT heavier.

p.s. The only thing I like about the Samsungs is that they have two "slimfit" models that are only 16" deep. However, the picture was very unimpressive.

AGREED! I bought the 26 first,about 2 weeks was unhappy and went and exchanged for the 30".Now of course I wish I had got the 34".Also agree I looked at the slim fit and I didnt like the picture at all.

Porcupine
03-06-2006, 05:27 PM
The Samsungs are the worst TV of all just because they cannot turn off Velocity Scan Modulation. Worse than the Toshiba! ;)

I've been looking for a Panasonic 30" for a long time but have never ever seen one here in Hawaii. There are lots of Panasonic 26" here though, both in Circuit City and a certain local store. That local store sells them new for $300, which is a bargain. But with my eyes I only counted 400 lines of horizontal resolution on the Panasonic 26". That's not HDTV. That's unacceptable, if I counted correctly. I'm hoping the Panasonic 30" has a bit more (since it is bigger), but even then I have to find one first.

mikerossi
03-15-2006, 02:41 PM
I'm pretty sure you can turn off VSM in the service menu for Samsungs. In my opinion, you might want to try the 30PW850H TV from Philips. Some people love it, others hate it. I am very happy with mine, but I am upgrading. The Philips displays HD really good, and SD is pretty good. If you try to fix the very minor geometry problems on this set though (It has a little overscan problem when displaying 1080i) my suggestion is don't fiddle with the SAM without writing down your original values. I don't know much about the models you listed, but I have heard the 30HF85's have problems, but again it's the same thing as with the Philips, some people love it, others hate it.

CC TV GUY
03-15-2006, 04:02 PM
The Samsungs are the worst TV of all just because they cannot turn off Velocity Scan Modulation. Worse than the Toshiba! ;)

I've been looking for a Panasonic 30" for a long time but have never ever seen one here in Hawaii. There are lots of Panasonic 26" here though, both in Circuit City and a certain local store. That local store sells them new for $300, which is a bargain. But with my eyes I only counted 400 lines of horizontal resolution on the Panasonic 26". That's not HDTV. That's unacceptable, if I counted correctly. I'm hoping the Panasonic 30" has a bit more (since it is bigger), but even then I have to find one first.
have you tried counting all 2,073,600 pixels on the 1080P tv's I have been wondering if they are all there ;)