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Old 01-16-08, 11:56 AM   #1
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Default Low to Mid Priced 40" Sony 1080p set

Hi folks

I was just wondering what people thought of the Sony KDL40V3000U 40in 1080p LCD TV.

I will shortly be picking up a PS3, and came across a deal for the TV above and a PS3 for 1199.99 , although I think it's an actual Sony package and pretty sure if I looked around I could get it for 1000.

The specs don't seem too bad, just wondering if anyone here has any experience with this particular range.

Albeit specs don't always give a true accord of what your splashing out for.

# High Definition Ready.

# Integrated digital (freeview).

# 40in (101.6cm) widescreen TV with 101.6cm visible screen size.

# Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.

# Brightness 500 cd/m2.

# Contrast ratio 16000:1.

# Bravia engine.

# Viewing angle 178 degrees.

# Progressive scan.
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Old 01-16-08, 02:30 PM   #2
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Default Re: Low to Mid Priced 40" Sony 1080p set

I think you should go for either the Sony 40W3000, which will cost a bit more or for the Toshiba Regza 42Z3030, which will cost quite a bit less (exc. the cost of possibly having to buy the PS3 seperately).

Both screens offer far better picture and I think you get a better deal. The Sony is just a class TV but I own the Toshiba and its picture quality is supposedly superior in pretty much every way. However, I also own a Sony 46W2000 (last gen) and Freeview picture is much better on the Sony. The Sony is also far easier to set-up. The Toshiba is slow, cumbersome, has too many controls and it also doesn't let you have different settings for all the different inputs.

To sum it up, I think if you want a great TV with great Freeview and something easy to use get a Sony 40W3000. If you want the best HD image quality no matter what get the Toshiba Regza 42Z3030.

Personally I wouldn't go for the Sony V series just because the W series offers far better picture for not a lot more and the Toshiba offers far better quality for less.
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Old 01-18-08, 02:39 PM   #3
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Default Re: Low to Mid Priced 40" Sony 1080p set

We don't have this model in the US so cant really say much on it but the specs seem decent. Whats that like $2000 in US money? Is that a lot for you UK folks? Here I think it would be to much especially in 2008. Also check out Samsung brands. Cheaper but same quality with sometimes better and more features than the Sony.
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Old 01-18-08, 04:36 PM   #4
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We don't have this model in the US so cant really say much on it but the specs seem decent. Whats that like $2000 in US money? Is that a lot for you UK folks? Here I think it would be to much especially in 2008. Also check out Samsung brands. Cheaper but same quality with sometimes better and more features than the Sony.
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The more I look into this, the more you seem to get from Samsung for your money.

1000 is about $2000 and alot of money for me these days since I took a fairly low paid job with the NHS.
I don't take home much more than that per month.
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Old 01-19-08, 12:57 PM   #5
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Yeah Samsung makes some great LCD's. Them and Sony even went into the panel business together so thats another reason to look at them if considering a Sony. I have had three Samsung LCDs and there damn amazing. They throw so many features in them its crazy. There also great as PC monitors if you can live with 1360X768 which is just about right.

If they have the LN-T series in the UK definitely check them out. There fairly cheap these days and the build quality and features are great.
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Old 01-20-08, 12:26 PM   #6
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Personally I would look for a HDTV that supports 120hz.
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I bought http://www.samsung.com/ca/consumer/d...=LNT3253HX/XAC on friday for the bedroom, very nice tv. More inputs on the back than I could ever use. The picture quality is really good, but it is only a 720p set.
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Old 01-23-08, 03:13 PM   #8
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After much research I narrowed my search down to either the sony KDL40V3000 or the samsung LE40M87BD.

In the end, the reviews of the sony combined with the 24p feature got me to order the sony for a little <900.

The samsung gets really good reviews also and is currently <800.

It should be delivered next week... I'm currently sitting here just hitting the refresh button on my order status.
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Default Re: Low to Mid Priced 40" Sony 1080p set

I've pretty much settled for the Toshiba Z series ... 42Z3030DB 42" LCD TV.

It doesn't have the issues the X series has with regards to PS3 Blu-Ray playback in 24p plus it's 100hz.

It's about 1000 atm but in a couple of months time it will probably drop slightly.
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Yay, somebody actually listened to my advice! Its a top TV, you won't regret it.

And what do you mean it'll be <1000 in a couple of months. I got one just before christmas and it was already <1000.

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Yay, somebody actually listened to my advice! Its a top TV, you won't regret it.

And what do you mean it'll be <1000 in a couple of months. I got one just before christmas and it was already <1000.

http://www.soundandvisiononline.co.u...oduct_id=13866
The listed price is still 1000+ in most places, hoping it drops to about 800 by the end of April.

Just can't find another set that compares to this thing for the price.

It's a shame they don't do a 40" version though, can't help but feel 42 is overkill for the size of the room it's going into.
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make sure any LCD TV you purchase comes with 120hz capability.
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