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Buying decision help (please)

10-19-2007, 05:30 PM

I am new to the forum, but have been lurking for a few weeks. Thanks to all of you who post, as your information has been very helpful.

I am going to buy my first HD tv any day now. I figured out I can fit a 46" or 47" tv, but not any bigger. I will be sitting 10-11 feet away or so from the screen. I have chosen an LCD because I didn't like the changing viewing angle issues on the RPTV's and plasmas don't seem to come in 46", and I don't want to go smaller than I have to.

I didn't want to spend a fortune, so I am limiting myself to TV's under $2000.00. I would like your opinion on which of the three TV's I have looked at I should choose. They all appear to have a nice picture, and the reviews I've read on different boards that I've seen have been mostly positive. Here they are:

Philips 47PFL7432d (47" LCD, 3 Hdmi's 5500:1 conrast ratio $1899 at Best Buy)

LG 47LC7DF (47" LCD, 3 Hdmi's 6000:1 conrast ratio for $1799 at Best Buy)

Sony Bravia KDL46V25L1 (46" LCD 2 which I think is the 46V2500) ( 2 Hdmi's 7000:1 conrast ratio) for $1999 at my local BJ's wholesale Club store.

I plan to watch DirectTV HD when I get the TV, and some movies, and probaly a lot of SDTV as some shows I watch are not in HD. SD picture quality is pretty important. Not a big console gamer, but I will get a Wii for Chrismas.

Can any one offer any opions, personal experiences or guidance? Are three HDMI's really necessary? Thank you for any input.


10-19-2007, 05:50 PM
Sony Bravia KDL46V25L1

10-19-2007, 06:59 PM
Maybe Toshiba REGZA 46RF350U Super Narrow 46".

take a look at it (I think it's $1,750 at Amazon).

10-20-2007, 07:11 PM
November 2007 issue of Consumer Reports, reviewed 58 HDTV sets. Sure helped me make a decision.

10-20-2007, 07:23 PM
November 2007 issue of Consumer Reports, reviewed 58 HDTV sets. Sure helped me make a decision.
CR is one of the most inept publications - web or print - to recommend an HD set. My opinion, of course (with many others). :)
Don't rep them anymore - but LG has really come a long way in '07. That 47" is a fantastic set. The panel they use is one of the best, and internal components too. LG is one of a few that make their set totally.The remote (as I have found with my 42" LG PDP) is great, and the menu is easy to understand and intuitive. Great PQ too!