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    New TV - £500 budget

    Looking for a new TV, £500 is my budget.

    I wanted this one but the price has shifted and I missed the offer!

    Was after similar specs - 1080p, 46", freeview HD. Might have to wait for another offer to come out...

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    Sharp LC-46X20E - 46" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Sharp 46" some of there displays are stunning quality (i would read a review of the one above first though)

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    Apologies @JoeBloggs for coming off topic slightly, I have been told by a friend who has an 42 inch LG, that he could not tell the difference between 1080 and 720 so he opted for the 720 in order to save some money. What do people think of this? If others agree then perhaps consider some 'cheaper' 720 models.

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    Well that would depend on a view different factors.

    Did your friend see the 1080p TV? Was it set up correctly? It's possible it's default was set up to 720p. Hence not seeing a difference. My own TV sets to 1080i as default, so have to set it to the correct setting.

    Also did they have a device what sends out 1080p on both TVs such as a blueray / ps3?

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    For example SkyHD & VirginHD are both 720p max. So if you have a 1080p and 720p TVs with the same SkyHD channel on, you won't notice the difference.

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    £515 inc. VAT + delivery, sold by Amazon themselves: LG 47LD450 47-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    I've not got that model, but I have got an LG TV, and I love it to bits.

    42" can be had for <£400 (LG 42LD450 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics - £360 inc. delivery & VAT, sold by Amazon themselves again) so you should consider very carefully how much those extra 4"/5" are worth to you. No naughty puns on that please!

    EDIT: bear in mind that the Sharp model listed above is a Used model... your call on how comfortable you are with that.
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    I think you will definitely see a difference between 1080p and 720p even on a 32" TV. Most HD is broadcast in 1080i, blu-ray is in 1080p, Games Consoles can be set to 1080p so why not buy a 1080p TV?

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    personally i can tell the difference between 1080p and 1080i but only when gaming on the PS3 or Xbox, there appears to be more tearing on 1080i(and i know these games play at 720p and are upscaled by the console).

    720p on a 28" or smaller is fine but in the bigger size range 32" and above definately need 1080p.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPS View Post
    Apologies @JoeBloggs for coming off topic slightly, I have been told by a friend who has an 42 inch LG, that he could not tell the difference between 1080 and 720 so he opted for the 720 in order to save some money. What do people think of this? If others agree then perhaps consider some 'cheaper' 720 models.
    I think it would depend on so many different things. The quality of the panel in the TV. The distance that you're viewing the TV from. The quality of the source. How observant a person is and how well they can see visual artifacts and other glitches. Hell, even the person's eyesight. There just isn't a definitive answer to a question like that, you have to suck it and see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    £515 inc. VAT + delivery, sold by Amazon themselves: LG 47LD450 47-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV with: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    I've not got that model, but I have got an LG TV, and I love it to bits.

    42" can be had for <£400 (LG 42LD450 42-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LCD TV: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics - £360 inc. delivery & VAT, sold by Amazon themselves again) so you should consider very carefully how much those extra 4"/5" are worth to you. No naughty puns on that please!

    EDIT: bear in mind that the Sharp model listed above is a Used model... your call on how comfortable you are with that.
    Neither of those models seem to have Freeview HD, just Freeview. The one I listed has full Freeview HD, but I couldn't spot one larger than 42" for that sort of price.

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    A few good questions I dont know the answers to. All I know is he was in the shop and both TVs were connected to Blu-Ray playing the same film.

    I have a 720 (32inch) and was thinking about upgrading as I have Blu-ray, but no other HD source, just wondered how likely I am going to notice an improvement?

    My parents have LG and I'm impressed with it, mine is Samsung and I would happily buy another one (it does fit nicely with my Samsung Blu-ray and Samsung DVD recorder).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPS View Post
    A few good questions I dont know the answers to. All I know is he was in the shop and both TVs were connected to Blu-Ray playing the same film.
    There would of been no difference in a setup like that as the film would of need to have been played at 720p to work on the 720p screen, so the 1080p screen would of been displaying 720p aswell >.< not a good comparision.

    anyway back on topic.

    have you thought about a plasma(better blacks, generally better for films)?

    £514 : LG 50PK350 50-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 600Hz: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    Neither of those models seem to have Freeview HD, just Freeview. The one I listed has full Freeview HD, but I couldn't spot one larger than 42" for that sort of price.
    Ah, fair point - didn't look close enough. In which case the eBuyer link you posted is the same telly but with HD decoder. Annoyingly Amazon have it £80 cheaper but out of stock, or at least "1-2 months delivery" which sounds a lot like out of stock to me. Cheapest they have after that is just over £600 Samsung LE46C580 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p: Amazon.co.uk: Electronics

    Scary how cheap you can get big tellies for these days though still, even over the last couple of years the prices have dropped massively... you were hard pushed to get something decent around £500 2 years ago, now it's easily less than £400 including increased VAT. Madness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk View Post
    I have a smaller version of this and would recommend it, Freeview HD looks great, nice menu system, good codec support (mkv etc) for USB playback, iplayer, youtube builtin ...

    Got mine from Richer Sounds last month.

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