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Old 05-27-2007, 08:59 PM   #1  
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I will be purchasing an LCD in the next month and I don't know what to get. I first looked at the Toshiba but then I noticed all the great reviews on the Sony and Samsung. My list of contenders below. Any one know anything about the Toshiba's?

Samsung LNT4665F

Sony KDL-46V2500

Samsung LNT4661F

Samsung LNT4065F

Sony KDL-40v2500

Toshiba 42HL167

Toshiba 47HL167
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Old 05-27-2007, 10:15 PM   #2  
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any of these will be ok

Samsung LNT4665F if (room is not that bright, screen is some what reflective)

Sony KDL-46V2500 (bargain price as new model is coming)

Samsung LNT4661F (matte finish on screen PQ very good)
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If your budget and room supports a larger set...stick with the 46" 1080p models. Either the Sony or Samsung would be my choice.
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Thanks, any thoughts on the Toshiba?
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Ok I really like the price on the Samsung LNT4661F. Any reason I should not get this set? Is the technology up to par?
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Ok I really like the price on the Samsung LNT4661F. Any reason I should not get this set? Is the technology up to par?
It seems to be a very nice televison especially for a little over $1600 delivered from Abe's of Maine.

And Toshiba is very good brand of LCD with excellent build quality and picture quality(on par with Samsung and Sony) and you can get the 42LX196 Regza LCD for slightly less from www.pricemad.com and end up with a 42" instead of a 40" LCD.

Although if you step up to 46" or 47" it will only cost you around $700 to $1000 (depending on which one Samsung, Sony or Toshiba) more and you might get an even better benefit from the 1080p resolution, after all you will probably have the TV for quite some while and you don't want to wish you had gone bigger (just my ).

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Yeah I think the Samsung LNT4661F is the way to go. I thought I did enough research with my last set. And lets just say the Panasonic pt50lc14 didn't leave a good taste in my mouth. I will never touch another Panasonic product so help me god.
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Well, good luck and I hope you are very happy with it (I would have either that TV or the 42" Toshiba in the size and price range).
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Actually, just in case I know where you can purchase a "Factory refurbished" (what is called a Platinum Refurbished) Toshiba 47LX196 Regza 1080p LCD for $1798.00 including shipping and buy up to a 4 year extended national warranty for very little money (it's most likely an open box unit that has to be sold as refurbished, not because it had any defects) they then discount it and give it shorter warranty period so it doesn't conflict with the still boxed units.

So for the about the same price you can go to a 47" instead of a 40", I've bought some from them before and had no problems what so ever and added an extended warranty for less then $40.00.
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Thanks I will look into the refurb Toshiba's. It's going to be hard to steer me away from the Samsung with it's 10,000:1 Contrast Ratio
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Heh, I think you already know that it's not a lost if you do decide to go with the Samsung.
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Heh, I think you already know that it's not a lost if you do decide to go with the Samsung.
No, I did not mean the Samsung was not a great TV but, I just thought if he could get just as great a TV with the Toshiba (which it is), why not go larger for almost the same price (42" or 47")?

An also I hope he is not using the "contrast ratio" as a primary reason for buying a TV, that term and number that they post in their TV description is bandied around by companies so much it has become almost useless.

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Contrast Ratios are AT BEST, only a "guide" to compare. They should not be used to be the reason to go with one model over another alone. It only measures the difference between a completely white screen & a totally black screen. Mfg pump up those numbers using all kinds of different measures methods to get the CR rating they give them. There is no SET method to measure them for inclusion in the specs, but there should be as this gets abused by many mfg.

Samsung makes the best looking LCD panels from what I have seen so far, but that 10,000:1 ratio is BS. It is probably more like 300:1 if actually measued correctly.

The best thing to do is watch something in a lighting situation similar to what will be used at home and compare the PQ between models with your own eyes, not based on specs.
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The three LCDs I would probably choose from would be Sony, Samsung and Toshiba. From what I've seen they all are great TVs.

It would fall down to which one ended up being the better deal for the model and size.

And you are totally correct about the miss-use of the Contrast ratio numbers, it does nothing but really confuse the NOOB.
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I just bought a Vizio 47 inch from costco 1080p. Beautiful picture and looks great with my HD-A20. Sounds good with my new Onkyo receiver and speaker set up. If name brand is what u want then get it long as ur happy
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