Philips 30" wide VS Samsung 30" wide!

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  1. Adam.Heckman

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    I know this question has been asked once in the past, but it's been a while, and I'm hoping to get more than one post in response, so: The dead horse gets another whack.

    I just came across $400 on a scratch lottery ticket, and I no longer have to wait for the HD dream. I'm looking at the Philips 30PW850H and the Samsung TXN3071WHF. Both appear to be solid sets and I have compared them literally side by side, but the feeds in Best Buy suck. They are 10% off with another 100 back when I sign up with the local HD broadcaster. So this is a steal for me.

    Any input, positive or negative, about either set is greatly appreciated, or just a general preference. I know my eyes will be the final judge, but I'd like to hear others opinions/stories/experiences with the sets.

    Thanks a million in advance!
     
  2. John S

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    Both sets seem to have their knocks / quirks.

    Maybe the one that is the absolute lowest price perhaps.
     
  3. Kevin G.

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    I have the very same Philips that you are looking at
    I am new to HDTV and this is by far better than my old set.
    It is a very nice picture, see if BEST BUY will hook up a dvd player to it, that's going to be the true measure, I was simply amazed at the picture quality when composite cables are used. I looked at the samsung but it was another 100.00
    good luck, with the purchase and keep us informed
     
  4. Bill Will

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    If you really want to compare them I would buy one from Best Buy & one from Circuit City & then put them side by side to compare. That way you could check out all the features beside picture quality like Sound, Menus, The Remote & etc & then keep the one you like & take the other one back.
     
  5. Paul.S

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    The Philips is I believe $799 at Costco with no rebate necessary.

    -p
     
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    Make sure that you have a chance to compare the sets with the settings in ‘normal’ instead of ‘vivid’ mode.

    I own the Samsung and it is a solid set. I’ve seen the Phillips on display and it appears to also be very good. This probably does not help, but either way you should be pleased.
     
  7. Bill Will

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    For what it's worth from Consumer Reports December 2003

    HDTV's DISPLAYING AN HDTV PICTURE:

    1. Sony 36" KV-36HS510
    Picture Quality: EXCELLENT, Antenna Input: GOOD,
    S-Video Input: EXCELLENT, Sound Quality: EXCELLENT

    2. Panasonic 32" CT-32HL43
    Picture Quality: VERY GOOD, Antenna Input: VERY GOOD,
    S-Video Input: VERY GOOD, Sound Quality: EXCELLENT

    3. Panasonic 36" CT-36HL43
    Picture Quality: VERY GOOD, Antenna Input: VERY GOOD,
    S-Video Input: VERY GOOD, Sound Quality: EXCELLENT

    4. Philips 30" 30PW850H
    Picture Quality: GOOD, Antenna Input: EXCELLENT,
    S-Video Input: EXCELLENT, Sound Quality: EXCELLENT

    5. Sanyo 32" (Non-Flat Tube) DS32830H
    Picture Quality: GOOD, Antenna Input: VERY GOOD,
    S-Video Input: VERY GOOD, Sound Quality: VERY GOOD

    6. Philips 34" 34PW9819
    Picture Quality: FAIR, Antenna Input: EXCELLENT,
    S-Video Input: EXCELLENT, Sound Quality: EXCELLENT

    They din't test any Samsung's for this report.
     
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    Thx, Bill.

    My primary interest is DVD picture quality (as with most of us, I'll be using external speakers and will also be using component video). Interesting re the Philips sets: the 30PW850H got a marginally higher video quality ranking than the higher-priced (larger) 34PW9819. Too bad these rankings weren't both better.

    It's arguably kinda problematic for Consumer Reports to have compared 32", 34" and 36" sets, some of which are 4:3 and some of which are 16:9. I think most video mags would have evaluated the different types of sets separately instead of grouping them all together under the too-broad category of 'HDTV-capable.'

    -p
     
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    Well, I've had only trouble with my Philips. I'd say avoid at all costs (see other thread on this matter).

    If you plan on watching any films in full screen (anything shot before the mid-50s, TV shows, etc) DO NOT get the Philips because it will not display your image properly.
     
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    If you read my other posts on this monitor, you'll see that DVD is where this unit really goes to work, the picture is incredible and so far no qualms about spending the extra cash for HD ready.
    Samuel, sorry you had so much trouble..
     
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    Samual, I sort of think if you really want to display that stuff, your better off with a 4:3 set, that can also do native 16:9 HDTV and EDTV. I screen a lot of old movies, and they look great on my 60" Philips RPTV.
     
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    Adam:

    Did you pull the trigger? The 30PW850H was removed from my local Costco's shelves a month ago--ostensibly in preparation for the arrival of Philips' newer 30" 16:9 model--only to reappear this past weekend for $699.

    -p
     
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    I've posted about this elsewhere, but am wanting increase my chances of a possible response:

    I'm having a banding issue with my Philips 30PW850H: I'm seeing a ghost pattern of faint, vertical, gray-ish bars on the left side of the picture. There are about seven of them, equidistant, fixed, about 3/4" wide, evenly spaced from each other and they are less distinct at their edges but become a little more distinct in the center of each. They're most visible against a white/light colored background and can be seen when watching broadcast TV or watching DVDs. Has any one seen this, have comments/ideas speculation as to what might be causing this?

    -p
     

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