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I have just noticed that you asked, which TV I would recommend and the only one at this moment in time would be the Sony 1080p ones for example Sony KDL-40V2500 (USA) or more advanced versions; Sony 40 Bravia XBR LCD Flat Panel HDTV KDL-40XBR2 (USA) or Sony 40 Bravia XBR LCD Flat Panel HDTV KDL-40XBR3
It appears to be a completely new generation of LCD, without the defects of any other LCDs in the world.
The Philips 42PF9831D, probably comes a close second but Sony's picture quality using digital sources appears to be the best in the 40"-42" TV range, but it is claimed that the TV Aerial - external over-the-air antenna picture source is weak.
Based on what I have read the Sony 1080p in standard definition standard is worst then some 40"-42" TVs.
From what I have read between the lines of, What Hi-Fi, Sound and Vision November 2006 magazine Sony 1080p TV probably provides the best picture quality in the 40"-42" range of TVs in the world.
Therefore, to obtain an excellent standard quality picture:-
1) It may not have anything to do with the Sony TV
A) I agree that even with CRTs that some TVs produce
better quality pictures with TV Aerial -
external over-the-air antenna picture than others.
B) What most people don't realize
(neither did I until I was told by a competent TV
aerial professional person)
is that when a person gets a larger TV for example
in my case a 28" Widescreen, the TV requires more
power from the TV aerial.
I live in a more signal area so I purchased a
powerful 24 elements aerial - most powerful.
There is a mathematical formula of what power aerial
is required for what size TV, but I have forgotten,
because I had my TV aerial together with a radio
aerial for my Denon AVR-2802 (tuner/radio) years ago.
BUT! You can ask a competent professional TV aerial
person who would confirm what I am telling you.
Therefore, a 40" TV would require a lot of power.
I would advise to buy a 40" because that is what so
many experts has recommended as being the smallest
size to mazimise the HD picture affect.
Digital TV tuner requires a more powerful aerial than
an analogue tuner.
Use a TV aerial rigger (fitter) who uses a meter to
test the signal if you are going to use a professional. Otherwise, go to the aerial shop and ask them for advice and buy the most powerful aerial to fit.
You would also need to make sure that you fit excellent cables, which also makes a significant difference to the picture and sound quality and relatively expensive, but experts say that as a guide line should always allow I think it is about 10% of for example TV costs to be spent on cabling.
1) QED Quinex HDMI-P (UK) - Best digital video cable
in awards 2005. Awesome detail - for HDMI.
2) Merling Chopin(UK)best stereo interconnect > 50 GB
sterling in awards 2005 (What Hi-Fi?) should be
better than the one, which I purchased in 1999, Van
den Hul The Bay C5 - Analogue Interconnects Phono,
which still scores 5/5 since 1999.
3) QED P2110 (UK)- Best Scart cable in 2004
4) Ixos XHD-608-100 - Best digital audio cable in
Awards 2005 - Digital Interconnects.
5) QED Sqart AV4110 (RGB) Best Buy in Awards 2001
Video (picture) only require 5) below also!
6) QED Quinex P-CV1 Component - Best component video
cable in Awards 2005. Images full of life & detail.
NB! I cannot remember the reasons why, but it is
probably best to use the Optical instead of Coaxial
BUT Ixos XHD-608-100 (Coaxial), Best digital audio
cable in Awards 2005 - buy it for sound if using
RGB Scart, and especially whenusing a DVD player
and AVR (Audio Vidio Recorder).
NB! Other disadvantages with the Sony 1080p:
1) I don't think that there are any Picture-in-Picture
(PIP) but I shall enclose Sony's webpages:
See Sony UK's website:
See Sony USA's website:
2) KDL-40XBR2 and
Sony should have excellent compatibility,because Sony appears to be one of the prinicipal companies involved with HD (Cameras, Laptops, PCs, possibly BLU-ray DVD) products already marketed and working with SKY:
Seeing a TV in a store must be treated as a guide because sales people, or stores will get more money by selling particular brands.
CNET claims it appears that TV experts donot use testing machines to test TVs, which raises the issue who does CNET think actually buys expensive TV's testing equipment?
Do they think manufacturers employed untrained people to carryout all their testing on TVs?
Ask the majority of sales persons to use proper equipment to properly set a TV and most would have to admit that they haven't been trained to do so, which is one of the reasons why it is difficult to compare different televisons in stores.
On one CNET page, CNET and some plasma supporters claim that Plasma is best.
When ask them to support their claims they then refuse! I have aske them to compare the latest Sony 1080p with which ever plasma TVs they are support and they refuse. Until they prove their case ignore them.
To find out which one is the best it is necessary to:-
1)Listen to what the experts say; read magazines in stores, TV experts, online experts.
2) Make sure that as far as possible information as been supported by evidence objective facts.
3) The people and information, will probably fall into
A) Information in favour
B) Information against
C) Independent information
4) Properly examing the information, which will reduce
the information, which can be trusted.
5) By systematically asking the correct questions for
example sales people use, 'close statements', which
is one of the things to do, to stop people from
waffling and get to the truth.
If I had to buy a TV urgently for example if my TV broke down and had to be replaced this is what I would do:
1) I would continue with my, 'Feasibility Study'
2) I would ignore people who are arguing about the
debate between; plasma versus LCD.
3) This is because I am only concerned with, which is
the best model to buy.
4) People who support plasma are implying at least
that the first generation of Plasma is still
superior than the best LCDs; Sony 1080p and Philips
1080p, which is complete nonsense!
5) I am sure that; Sony 1080p LCDs and Philips 1080p
LCDs have solved some of its weaknesses, and are
superior to plasma TVs now, which probably about a
month ago plasma would still be stronger!
6) There are some problems which nodoubt; Panasonic
and Pioneer have substantially reduced but people
are trating it that after probably; Sony's and
Pioneer sevengeneration of TVs and Panasonic ninth
generation of TVs that they have not solved any
problems from the first generations of TVs, which
is obviously complete balderdash (nonsense)!
7) I have asked plasma supporters for proof and I
still have received any.
8) My attitude is if they had any proof then they
would have supplied it instead of initiating their
dirty tricks campaign.
9) Therefore, my short list of TVs would include the
following and, which I would expect Sony 1080p to
10)If plasma gets burn-in it is not temporary but
permanently damages the screen.
I am certain well you can contact plasma companies
to see how many of them would consistently repair
or replace a damaged plasma burn-in TV exspecially
when out of warranty.
11)Looking at a burn-in TV would completely annoy me
and I would not like to take the risk.
12)It appears that far too many plasma TVs are
damaged whilst being manufacture, which worries me.
13) To install a plasma on to a wall it would probably
carry a professional because it is so fragile,
14)When numerous people who boast about plasma TVs
being the best have to admit that for the first
100Hrs to 200Hrs that the brightness control should
be turned down and that they shouldn't be watching
certain programmes, worries me.
15)This is because if it was excellent and had no
problems then why is it so fragile?
16) CNET supports plasma instead of LCDs and, even
they ... I have just carried out a search for you
17)I already know that users think that it is almost
perfect but I want to get proof of what CNET
18)This is, because I know that even they think that
it is excellent but best value 1080p are usually
substituted with an inferior Sony TV used instead.
19) At the bottom of the web page below to quote,
'CNET editors' take
for Sony KDL-40V2500
By: David Katzmaier
Post date: 6/1/2006
...On the flip side, 1080p resolution will definitely appeal to many videophiles, and plasma doesn't come close in that department yet. Whether enough people will want to pay the premium remains to be seen.
20)I am sure that on either the USA's or UK's website
it stated that Philips 42PF9831D was the best LCD.
21) Before I forget, although Samsung makes Sony TVs the Sony TVs are made to an higher standard than the Samsung's Tv, which is a disappointment.
22)Otherwise, the Samsung's would be an excellent
value for money.
23)The Samsung arguably is the best looking TV in the
world, but I buy televisions based on their picture
quality within a particular price range.
24) I have to recommend the Sony KDL-40V2500, and since it appears to be perfect in digital mode (DVD, HD, and if you are using especially digital cable the picture quality should be excellent because resolution should be much higher than standard TV definition).
25) The standard definition shouldnot be a problem if you select the best External TV aerial and select the relevant TV cables.
26)Contact your nearest specialist TV shop or company who will verified that what I have said is one hundred percent correct.
27) If you are thinking what whoud happen if I placed the Philips 42PF9831D, which probably has a better standard definition picture to the new; aerial and cables would you get a better picture than the Sony probably not.
28) This is because if the external aerial is powerful enough then even if you had the best 40"-42" TV, which could produce the best standard definition picture than the it probably would be impossible to tell the difference, which a competent professional TV aerial person will tell you.
29)You can telephone 5 or 6 if you like they will tell you the same thing.
30) I must search the cables for you to make sure that there are American versions and tell you what they are.
31) I could not find QED on an American website.
32) There must be Hi-fi and Video magazines in the USA with a large index at the back with tables of best buys, which you can look at and buy if any good.
33) If you can buy What Hi-fi? Sound and Vision then buy the latest version.
34) Just to reiterate, buy the Sony KDL-40V2500 (should have the best compatibility and picture quality).
35)If you have to buy a TV, but preferably don't buy a TV until it has:-
1) HHDMI 1.3
4) If possible
A) Twin Digital Tuners
B) Dolby True HD Sound & Dolby Digital Plus
C) Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
D) PC Input
E) It is strange that Sony CRTs usually have one of
the best standard definition pictures.
F) PVR (Pause, Video and Recorder)
G) Hard Disk Drive size 1 Terabyte or an extra
spare socket to store HD data / information.
H) Hopefully, resolution will be significantly
higher than 1920x1080P.
I) If LoCos marketed should significantly increase
performance,picture resolution and reduce prices
significantly. Possibly make LCD redundant.
J) Minimum of three HDMIs, because AACS future is
K) PC connections: Firewall, USB, Bluetooth, Wifi
L) Extra analogue sockets.
M) Voice recognition controls
L) Refresh Rate should be increased to at least 75%
but perferably 100%, which people have forgotten
N) Be able to attach wireless devices to the TV
without any wires and obviously no signal
interference also with digital cable boxes.
NB! Due to the compatibility problem donot buy a TV unless you have to and if you do at least most of my advice you should follow.
Before, I forget you should compare Samsung and Sharp's 1080p TVs but Sony should give the best picture. It probably would be impossible to create any other TV's digital (DVD, Cable, and HD)mode to Sony's 1080p mode, especially if it does provide the best picture in the world for 40"-42" range.