High Def Forum
Thank you for visiting. This is our website archive. Please visit our main website by clicking the logo above.

Trying to purchase 40" 1080p lcd, looking at a few, which is the best tv for my $...

12-08-2006, 08:49 AM
Ive been looking at these hdtvs:
Sony KDL40V2500
Samsung LN-S4095D
Toshiba 42LX196
Samsung LN-S4096D
Sharp LC-42D62U
Sony Bravia KDL - 40XBR2-this one might be alittle too expesive for me, but Im not sure, still thinking about it.
Westinghouse LVM-42W2- I was also looking at this tv and was almost a definite purchase before I did more research and found similar hdtvs in the same price range, but I heard its not that great of an hdtv for movies.

Ive been looking at prices on these sites (not sure if alot of them are trust worthy or worth it (customer service problems?), I would also appreciate help on where to purchase the hdtv:

I plan on using the hdtv mainly for gaming on my 360 which now displays in 1080p, eventually the ps3(maybe) and for movies (Ill eventually pick up the hddvd addon).

I was wondering if I should stay away from any of these lcds because of problems Im unaware of, which is the best tv for my money and how do I know that they are really 1080p hdtvs?

Im alittle tired right now because Ive been researching all week, and Im pretty sure I cut out all the tvs that dont display 1080p over vga (360 only displays 1080p over vga for hddvd), do any of these have problems with 1080p over vga that I might have missed? Im currently using a 27" sdtv as I have been for as long as I can remember and this will be the first hdtv I will buy. I decided on the 40" range because I thought anything bigger would be alittle too much going from 27". The only hdtvs Ive seen, Im pretty sure werent properly calibrated or were just bad hdtvs because they looked worse than my sdtv. Ive seen pics of many peoples setups and even through the resolution of these pictures I can tell its a pretty big jump to hd. I know this is alot but any help is greatly appreciated.

12-08-2006, 12:03 PM
Take a look at the Samsung lns4095,I seen it hooked up to a blueray dvd player,the PQ was unbelieveable, and about $500 less than the sony.

12-08-2006, 01:12 PM
I just grabbed the Sharp 42" 62U and really like it. The black levels are excellent and the overall PQ is really solid.

Looks nice sitting there too!

12-08-2006, 08:43 PM
Cool, Ill definitely look into those two when I go to some stores. Ive heard alot about black levels when it comes to lcds. I definitely one a good one since Ill be watching alot of movies on it.

Any of you order tvs from any of the sites listed on nextag.com or pricegrabber.com?


12-09-2006, 07:21 AM
For the money, JVC is the best.

12-09-2006, 10:09 AM
I just picked up a Toshibh 42LH196 and love it.

Different strokes for different folks...

12-09-2006, 02:33 PM
Toshiba IS excellent, I agree, I only said for the money..JVC is much less..

12-11-2006, 01:41 PM
the TVs i looked into for 1080P only displayed 1080P via HDMI, nothing else...but i stopped looking into 1080P since I don't have a need for it now...in 5 years, when someone is programming in 1080P, and the sets are under a grand, then i'll worry about it....be VERY careful...TVs that display 1080P, don't necessarily take 1080P input...mostly none do via component and as i said earlier, only via HDMI...look carefully