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Best 26" FTV?

Hi,

I expect there may well have already been a test on this, but I am looking into buying a 26" LCD TV and really not sure what is the best to buy.  I have had a look at a few options and am quite keen on getting a Sony TV.  One option I saw was advertised at Richer Sounds for £399 (Sony KDL26U2000U), but would really like to get some feedback from you fellow users on what are the best options out there.  I probably don't have much more than £400-£500 and am really going to want to use it for DVDs and TV.

Any advice would be very welcome.

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Re: Best 26" FTV?

Hi there,

Before I set off on a list of 26in sets, are you sure you want that size? You could get a good 32in set for that sort of money...

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Hi Clare,
I'd thank you if you provided that 26" list since my distance to tv is just 1.9m (6.23 ft).

Thanks in advance! 

Mart¡ 

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Hi Clare,

 Yes, I did initially did look at the 32" sets, but I think they will be too big for our quite small living room - and my girlfriend doesn't want the TV to be so big that it dominates the room!  Having looked at the size of the 32" TVs, I do think they are a bit too big for us.

 My preference, in terms of brand is Sony, but if there is anything out there that is better in terms of picture quality, I would consider it.  Just seems to be so much choice and such a range in prices - with 26" TVs from £300 to £650plus.  I probably will want one with in-built freeview, but this is not critical. 

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I'd opt for a model with a Freeview tuner if you can. The analogue-only sets around are typically old-generation and/or bargain-basement models that suffer from more woes that just lacking a digital TV tuner.

Searching through our test database, it seems many of the older 26in models have just been discontinued, but the new models are only just creeping onto the market. That leaves me with little to directly recommend at the moment, other than - at the premium end of the market - Hannspree's Hannslounge 26 (£699), which is a superb looking (and sounding) set, with excellent performance.

We've seen massive increases in performance with the new-generation sets, so i'd make sure whatever you buy is a 2007 model. I'd also still to the big brands, as - with the odd exception - they tend to be better in terms of true value. So i'd check out Sony, Panasonic, Philips and Toshiba for starters.

Sorry can't be of more help - i've put a 26in Group Test on the agenda as a matter of urgency....

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Thanks for your speedy response Clare.  I think the Hannspree set is a little out of my budget range.  What did you think of the Sony KDL26U2000U - this appears to be availalbe for £399 from Richer Sounds and has a freeview tuner included. I am a little confused as to whether this is a very old model - hence the' 'bargain' price, or if it is a genuine good offer?

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It's not an old model, but is from Sony's entry-level 'U' series, which are designed to offer bare-bones functionality.

We haven't tested one yet, i'm afraid, and - despite the fact we've never seen a bad Sony set - i'm wary of recommending it as it only has a single HDMI socket, which could limit your current and future options, and hints at it being an older-generation design.

I'd suggest at the very least you see the Sony in action, preferably against similarly priced models from Samsung and Toshiba, who seem to be setting the current cut-price TV standards at the moment.

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Hi Clare - everything I've seen on the Panasonic 26LXD70 points to it being a contender - do you know how it stacks up against the Hannspree's Hannslounge 26 ? (I see it only has 1 HDMI)

I'm in the same boat looking for a sub £700 26in LCD

Online the Panny is available for around the £560 mark, and boasts multiple HDMI sockets, 100hz refresh, Panasonic's V-Real II technology, and freeview among other goodies 

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Can't give you a definitive answer on the Pana yet, i'm afraid, as we haven't tested it.

However, we've yet to see a poor Panasonic TV from this generation, so despite the fact that different panel sizes can make a difference to performance, I doubt this is a howler.

In fact, we were only saying yesterday - when doing preliminary testing for our forthcoming 40-42in TV Supertest - that this year's flatscreens are a major leap forward all round. Even the average ones are at the level the best ones were a couple of years ago, so it pays to choose a next-gen model.

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