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Old 04-25-08, 09:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: What is the best 52 inch or larger LCD?

Sorry, I missed that other review. I'm sure that the plasmas are all well and good but I wouldn't buy one simply because I perceive them as being unreliable and power hungry.

There's actually a fix for the W3000 series via an updated frmware that comes on all the new ones and can be applied to the older ones - it fixes the purple haze issue from that review. It obviously still doesn't add 100Hz MotionFlow but that isn't a big deal unless you actually notice the 'judder'.

Although I don't own a W3000 (I have an older W2000) I still think its a very good TV and always get the feeling that the reviews tend to get extra picky when it comes to reviewing Sony models because they expect to get more since the TVs cost more. In the end as far as LCDs go I think those Sony models are still among the best PQ and provide the best UI/OSD and connectivity. I was purposefully ambiguous in saying W series because the W4000 will be out in Europe within 3-4 weeks so it might be worth waiting and seeing.

Yes, the Toshibas are priced like budget models but their deficiencies are so small it sometimes seems ridiculous to pay so much more for so little (especially when looking at the Sony TVs).
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