or Connect
AVS › AVS Forum › Display Devices › Flat Panels General and OLED Technology › Want- QUALITY - 40-50 inch 1080p HDTV - Modest Budget?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Want- QUALITY - 40-50 inch 1080p HDTV - Modest Budget?

post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
I'm looking for a true 1080p display to act as both a computer monitor and HDTV to use for PS3/Blu Ray and PC computer games/Vista at 1080p.

Anyone know the best quality display I can get that is at least 40 inches or preferrably larger (Quality more important than size) for around $2500 street? Not sure who can display the best 1080p picture quality in that price range...

Thanks,

Chris
post #2 of 22
Off the cuff, at that price range and size 1080P, you are, most likely, going to be limited to an LCD panel. Therefore, you would probably be able to get more information by checking out the 1080P LCD threads. You might also post your inquiry on the gaming and PC forums, since you will at least be contacting sources who may have similar usage patterns to yours. Good luck.
post #3 of 22
for 40" 1080p, you have these two choices:

SONY KDL40V2500
Samsung KDL-4095d

I picked Samsung because they can do 1080p over vga. I am not sure if Sony can do 1080p over vga.
post #4 of 22
Its a touch more than your stated price (approximately 250 more), but the real big popular warehouse store now has the Sony 46V251L1 (46V2500). This is the TV I am considering getting. It works great for all the uses you mentioned and has a lot of tweaking you can do. One of the kickers for me is the ability to select which colorspace you are using (16-235 or 0-255). This is very nice to have.

Check it out.
post #5 of 22
Wait until 2007. All the electronics companies will be introducing new 1080P tv's and in the mix will in all liklihood be more to choose from including more plasmas in the size you're looking for.
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 
Hmmmm... Froogle actually does a great job on this model number... Thanks for the tip. I'm headed to San Fran for two months and don't like the available notebooks from Dell... I want the Dell 2010, but the screen resolution is terrible, much lower than their nice 17 inch. So my plan is to take my PS3 out to San Fran and buy a TV there and then I'll take it back with me and put it in the guest room. Then that will be the last of my SDTV's as well.

I've had the PS3 60 sitting here for a week and haven't turned it on yet... Apparently I can use it as a computer, so I'll use that in San Fran. (Been playing with a new computer I assembled: Quad Core, dual 8800 GTX in SLI running 2560x1600 on the Dell 30 inch.... I'll have to try out Superman Returns on the PS3 tomorrow).
post #7 of 22
check out samsung and sharp brands for 1080p
post #8 of 22
i would read up on the latest westinghouse 47 1080p as well. they've had some problems with the older firmware but was corrected with the newer sets (i believe)

and i've seen it for much less than your max price, much much less.

don't let the price fool you though it's a great 1080p set.

you just have to hook it up to a good source in the store to get the real performance out of it. for some reason best buy always hooks up the westinhouse sets to poor sources. i think they are afraid it will kill all competition.
post #9 of 22
I have a Sceptre 42" LCD I got from Costco, and use it at 1920 x 1200 resolution (typing this). I liked it so much, and with the price drop and what I saved over comparable 1080p sets with built-in tuners, I bought 2 more for my Daughters for Christmas. I got it sight unseen, but I read a lot about it and heard Costco was great on returns, so I tried it and liked it.
post #10 of 22
Best bang for your $$ is the 42" Westinghouse 1080P LCD, it can do 1080P over vga, the unit flat out rox, but has no built in tuner but easily has the most inputs of any set out currently.

Personally there is no reason to spend more for a name brand. The Sceptre as mentioned is decent I found the Westy to be a bit better after playing with the Sceptre at a Costco in US. I paid the equal of $1285 US for mine at a BB using coupons and F&F savings

There is a huge thread on this set, I have firmware v 1.00 and no issues at all.

Just my 2 cents, check it out, if I had more spare cash I would have gone the 47 Westy
post #11 of 22
Also check out the new 47" 1080P Vizio at Costco. I just got mine today and am very pleased so far. Especially considering that I saved 1100 bucks over the 46" Sony.
post #12 of 22
Does Vizio now have a 1080p model?
post #13 of 22
Nope. Not yet.. But they're coming out with a 47" 1080p in time for the Superbowl.

-Joel

*Am I a true supergeek now that I answered my own post?*
post #14 of 22
The Vizio is out now...in case you didn't see my post above.

I have one in my hot little hands!
post #15 of 22
Then I fully admit that I'm a dufus. Who can't read in context. And who apparently can't find it anywhere online.

-Joel
post #16 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by DaJoel View Post

Then I fully admit that I'm a dufus. Who can't read in context. And who apparently can't find it anywhere online.

-Joel

Not a dufus...it's not even listed on the Vizio website yet. Not sure why they haven't listed it yet, especially since its already available at several Costco stores (B&M stores, not costco.com)
post #17 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobn4burton View Post

Also check out the new 47" 1080P Vizio at Costco. I just got mine today and am very pleased so far. Especially considering that I saved 1100 bucks over the 46" Sony.

If it is possible could you hook up a pc or xbox 360 through the vga port and see if you can get full 1080p through it? I just read somewhere online that a vizio rep stated that the vga port is still capped at 768p. This would suck if considering upgrading to this set for xbox 360 hd dvd which can only produce 1080p through vga. No HDMI cables out for it yet.
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gmaxx View Post

If it is possible could you hook up a pc or xbox 360 through the vga port and see if you can get full 1080p through it? I just read somewhere online that a vizio rep stated that the vga port is still capped at 768p. This would suck if considering upgrading to this set for xbox 360 hd dvd which can only produce 1080p through vga. No HDMI cables out for it yet.

I've read one user report no luck with xbox360+VGA+1080P. However one user has reported to successfully get 1920x1080 from his PC; however, he had to lower the refresh rate to 30Hz in order for it to display. Not sure why they wouldn't have a 'normal' vga input that would accept the native resolution. It can't be that expensive of a part--I mean every cheapo monitor out there has one.
post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by bobn4burton View Post

Not a dufus...it's not even listed on the Vizio website yet. Not sure why they haven't listed it yet, especially since its already available at several Costco stores (B&M stores, not costco.com)

Bob, please post pics and a small review.

Thanks,
Cree
post #20 of 22
The Mitsu 46131 is in your price range at Fry's now.
post #21 of 22
Thread Starter 
I ended up buying the Westinghouse 47 inch 1080p LCD... From what I have read, the price vs performance makes this unit a great deal. As usual, I'm buying sight unseen after reading plenty of reviews on this forum. I don't see a reason to pay more... I hope the Westy 47 inch is a good choice.

They wanted me to buy a 4 years extened warranty for $250.00... I decided not to get it... Not sure if I should or not. I usually replace things every 4 years or so anyway. Then again, I'm not sure how reliable Westy units are.... Sony products always seem to last a while (>5 yrs) before having any problem....
post #22 of 22
when you get it i would check it completely to make sure you don't have problems down the road. check the firmware to be sure it is up to date.
check for banding and dead pixels. check all inputs.

after that you should be fine.


keep in mind if you need to have firmware updated it will be a long and hard road to do it. i've called for it on my 42" months ago and have heard nothing yet.

support from westinghouse is close to nil.


congrats on that purchase. the westinghouse unit spits out a great pic.
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
AVS › AVS Forum › Display Devices › Flat Panels General and OLED Technology › Want- QUALITY - 40-50 inch 1080p HDTV - Modest Budget?