31 May 2006

What kind of LCD TV to buy?

A lot of readers have been wondering what sort of LCD TV to purchase. Will the current LCD TVs support the standards that the two broadcasters use ?

As we have discussed before, most of the current DVB-T or DVB-C tuners might need firmware upgrades to decode the high profile AVC. At this moment, most of the LCD TVs you see in the market do not support digital receivers to receive such signals, be it via cable or terrestial (if you know of any, pls leave comment).

Secondly, most of the LCD TV that are selling right now supports up to 1366x768, some only supports up to 1280x768. These are only 720p compatible. What about 1080i at full resolution ? You will need something that can support 1920x1080.

Anyway, these LCD TVs can display HD TV by hooking up to a set top box provided by Starhub or Mediacorp during this trial period thru HDMI or component IN. So it all depends on whether you want to wait or grab the chance to buy one right now.

The cheapest 32" LCD TV is now at S$1200. Some of the China made models from SHINCO or AMOI are probably even cheaper and they're also using SAMSUNG panels. So why pay more since they're probably using the same sort of panel (perhaps of a lower grading).

12 comments:

Francis Woo said...

I hope that I will be selected as one of MDA HD broadcast triallist. If I am not selected, pls tell me what DVB-T (brand) receiver should I get and where can I get it.
I have a 50' Panasonic plasma and currently enjoying my HD viewing via HVD discs and player from China.

hdtv said...

Hi Francis,

Does your Panasonic plasma has HDMI and what is the max resolution supported on your plasma screen?

I have the opinion that your image will be downscaled and not play at the "full" resolution.

What is the model name?

Francis Woo said...

Sorry for the confusion. I shud have posted my comment under the topic of Mediacorp HD Channel on air.
I want to find out whether there are other source of getting the HD signal if my application to be triallist is not successful. Understand that MDA's DVB-T STB is not locally available and I don't want to go the PCI route.
Can you recommend other compatible receiver?
BTW, my panasonic 50' is the latest Veira TH-50PV500H and already watching HD movies via HVD discs and player from China.

hdtv said...

Not that i know of. Most of them are PCI or USB devices to be attached to computers.

btw, what DVD or EVD player are you using for HD playback?

Francis Woo said...

I am using a chinese brand (skyworth) HVD player ($100 bucks) which I bought from Shenzhen. It has a scaler and upcovert to 1080i for dvd movies. It
also play HVD movies (mpeg 2 format)
on HD (10801 or 720p), discs available only in China.
EVD player is leass popular in China and only very few Chinese movies on EVD discs.

hdtv said...

upscale means it is not the real thing. Just like the Shinco EVD series, it uses a DVD player that can upscale the signals to 1920x1080i but the panel still uses 1368x768

Francis Woo said...

correct. although not true HD, the upscaled picture on normal dvd at 1080i still look better than 480p.
the HVD disc though is true HD and you can really tell the difference with very sharp image and vibrant colours.

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Hi could you tell us ur configuration, screen, player etc.

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hdtv said...

Fracis, you are still using plasma?

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