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best 37" TV

Hi there

 

I am looking to buy a 37" TV soon and have been looking at your magazine and site, very informative.

The Panasonix TX37PX 70 seems to receive rave reviews, and I think I was set on this. I have however seen  SHARP LC37XD10E which is full HD whereas the Pana is not. I will be getting Sky HD and will use TV for general use, mainly sport plus some game play. Are you able to proide any advice on which is the better TV or if there is another 37 that perhaps I should consider?

Does it matter that the pana is not full HD, will I notice the difference?

I look forward to hearing your comments, thanks 

 

 

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Re: best 37" TV

We have been distinctly unimpressed with Sharp's latest range - the HD Ready version of this set got a mere two stars, for example - so I wouldn't happily recommend the Full HD model.

I'd also not get too hung up re the Panasonic 'only' being HD Ready. In our 37in Supertest in the August issue, it outperformed all the Full HD sets in the test, and happily downscales 1080i/1080p content to suit its resolution.

The strengths it offers in terms of motion-handling, black depth and contrast will add to your enjoyment far more than a spec-sheet showing more pixels. Add to the fact that some people feel you need at least a 40in display to register Full HD's effect anyway, and i'd worry no longer - we haven't seen a better 37in set of any type than the Panasonic.

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I've been looking at the Panny as well. I've also read the great review in the August issue, the only problem I have is when I go to view the set, in store, the SD always looks pretty bad. Also the black levels always look grey compared to other sets? Seen as we'll all be watching SD for a while how does it shape up with a good freeview feed. What about DVD too, I have about 400 dvd's and would love to watch them again, will upscaled DVD's look good?

Also, I am currently sitting about 11ft away from my TV (28" JVC Crt) - will the 37" be ideal at this viewing distance?

Thanks

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user="Macmillsy" wrote:

Does it matter that the pana is not full HD, will I notice the difference?

The simple short answer is no.  Trust me on this when I say I think that this TV will be one of the best buys you ever do.  If you wanted a decent full HD plasma, you wont be getting much change out of a £2,500 note!  If you really want a full HD plasma I'd wait for at least a year and see what pops it head out from the likes of Panasonic or Pioneer (and maybe Hitachi).  Whatever you do though, do not be tempted by the full HD LCDs out there at the moment as they handle 1080P as good as Sven handles players transfers.  Not good.  You may want to go for the 42" as you can pick this up with pedastal for £800 or £975 with cabinet online.

You need roughly 2-3 metres space between yourself and the TV at 42".  There is one thing I'd say though, the TV does not handle SD that well.  My father-in-law has the TH42PX70CAB and has SKY.  When I was watching the picture just seemed "too real" if that makes sense (probably not!).  You need to do the calibration which you can buy dvds to show you how to do this and it makes a massive difference.  You should not get any GREY if you calibrate properly.

BUT put on an upscaled DVD and WOWEE!  Or play your PS3 and the sort of potential your new console has.  I would say this though, as on all plasma TVs make sure for the first 200 hours of your new TVs life that you do not over do it with games or anamorphic films as you do not want burn in.  Very rare but just in case.

Hope this helps in some way.

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Sorry, I also wanted to say that you should go to a shop which has experts in that you can talk to and you get to see the TV in the "flesh". I went into a Sevenoaks branch which is a very good shop.

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Thanks very much for all of your comments, very helpful. I will go and see one in the flesh but I think I am sold on the Panasonic.

 

Thanks

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