I posted a similar topic in the Xbox forum but I think that may have been the wrong place to ask. Feel free to read through it.http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...=908007&page=2
Basically the issue is that I want an HDTV mainly for the Xbox 360, but I still want to be able to play several older game systems on it, without input lag. I am pretty sure that it is impossible to have NO lag, so my goal is to reduce it as much as possible, without buying any extravagant external devices. The last two days, I brought my Gamecube into both Best Buy and Circuit City, and tested several LCD TVs, as well as a couple plasmas. I have no laptop so a Gamecube with a precision game (I used Smash Bros. because I am very familiar with it) was the best test I could do. Also, the Gamecube can output both 480i and 480p, although I did almost all of my testing at 480i. There are many details I could share, but the gist of it is that the Toshiba seemed to have the lowest lag, with the Samsung almost tied, but not quite. Of course this is not scientific but I am pretty sure I am not too far off.
1. Toshiba 42HL67. This is a 42", 720p LCD for $1400 at Circuit City.
2. Samsung LNT4042H. This is a 40", 720p LCD for $1350 at Circuit City.
3. Samsung LNT4061F. This is a 40" 1080p LCD for $1800 at Best Buy.
The 3rd option is basically only for if I was going to get 1080p, but there is not a compelling reason for me to. Also, I am aware of a test done that claimed LG had the lowest lag, but the ones I tested did not seem that great, and I couldn't find their game mode. I heard once that the input had to be labelled "game". I tried this and it did not help.
I was hoping you experts could tell me which of these has the lowest lag. If people don't know, I suppose I would still like to hear which is "better". Also, if people know any good deals on these TV or at least TVs of the same model and performance, I would like to know.
Thanks a lot.
As a side note, a third, cheap TV also had really low lag, but unfortunately could not be switched into 4:3 mode. This was the Vizio VX37LHDTV10A. This is a 37", 720p LCD for $800 at Circuit City. If you are in the same boat as me and are on a limited budget, and also don't care about the 4:3 thing, I would recommend this, at least for lag-free gaming.