Looking for advice on a new TV set up - Pioneer PDP 4280xd or Samsung LE40A656?
I am looking to purchase a new plasma or LCD TV (ideally 40 - 42 inches) and blu ray dvd player. I'm looking to spend no more than £1800 in total and would appreciate some expert advice.I have been considering the Samsung LE40A656 which I have seen priced at £998.98 at Dixons (using codes BIG TV and SAM5L) or alternatively the Pioneer PDP 4280 XD priced at £1139.99 at Dixons (using code BIG TV). Is the Samsung a better deal because it is full HD and £140 less, or is the Pioneer Kuro still a better TV to go for? I will be using the television to view sports (football, rugby, tennis) and for movies. I currently have a large DVD collection and a Denon DHT-500SD home cinema system (although a dated but reliable Panasonic 100 hz CRT tv). I also have a Sky+ box but am considering upgrading to Sky HD. The family will also be watching a number of standard definition programmes.
I am also considering purchasing a new blu ray player and am interested in the Pansonic DMPBD30 (£299.99 at Empire Direct). Is this a good match with the Samsung or Pioneer TV's? Is it possible to connect the blu ray player to my existing denon dvd player so I can use the Denon surround sound speakers. Any recommendations on the best way of doing this or whether I would be better off investing in a new AV receiver and speaker set up.
Final question. I have two young children aged 5 and 3, and its not practical for me to wall mount the TV. Any tips on how resilient these TVs are to children (especially with sticky fingers). I have heard that the Pioneer Plasma screen can scratch quite easily.
I am a complete novice and would be most grateful for comments, recommendations and advice.