Here’s a review of the 1080P 42-inch and 47-inch LCD HDTVs you can buy.
My review is based on the following qualities:
- Best Value for Best Price – I am not looking to spend more than I have to, I need a new LCD HDTV that is full HD while I spend less as possible.
- 1080P Full HD w/ resolution of 1920×1080 – I want Full HD so I can hook up my HDTV to my PC or laptop and get 1920×1080 resolution. This will make my Windows operating system look crystal clear as possible. 720P can’t do as well here unless you are going with a smaller screen.
- 42″, 46″ and 47″ screen size is what I need since I have a 42″ DLP TV, anything less than that wouldn’t be ideal in this age where LCD HDTVs are so cheap! (In contrast, I bought my Samsung 42″ DLP TV for over $2000 from Circuit City back in late 2005!)
First up is the Sony Bravia 46″ LCD HDTV, Target retail store has it for $1,399 but I found a better price at Amazon for $1285 plus free shipping. Honestly, I think Sony probably makes the best HDTVs. Sonys have always been a little pricey though, price is the only thing I don’t like about Sony. (but yes, Sony earbuds are awesome)
This Sony Bravia 46″ LCD HDTV features 24p, which basically gives you exact 24 frames per second:
The benefit— You can watch movies in natural, cinematic motion, the way they are seen at the cinema. Every single frame of the movie can now be seen without using additional video processing that converts film-based images to video reproduction. Additionally, 24p True Cinema input capability can be used along with Motionflow™ 120Hz technology for outstanding fluid motion beyond what you would typically see at the cinema. Once you experience 24p video it will be hard to view video without it.
Philips 42″ 1080P LCD HDTV is up next. I like Philips too, most things I’ve bought from them have never broken or is of the highest quality/functions.
This Philips 42″ is PACKED with 4 HDMI inputs, subwoofers, and USB inputs for playing your jpeg images and whatnot. This is a good choice for gamers and HDTV fanatics who need to use it very often.
The Philips probably gets best power-output, meaning it uses less energy, thus better for the environment. But I take this as not a big deal as most LCD HDTVs are not too bad either. But yes, this is an Eco TV and if you are eco-conscious like me, this is the choice:
Award Winning Green Features
The innovative Eco TV (42PFL5603D) is a high-definition LCD television that delivers superb picture quality while minimizing power consumption.
Philips ECO TV Power Saving Features:
Dimmable Backlighting technology combined with:
- Ambient Light Sensor and Active Content Monitoring
- Low standby mode at only 0.15 watt
- Consumer selectable Power Saver Mode
Meets EU RoHS standards
Made from a combination of recycled material and materials from Sustainably Managed Forests.
I don’t think you can go wrong with both of the above but here’s more choices for you:
The LG 42″ 1080P LCD HDTV is also a very good choice. LG has been making LCD HDTVs for a long freakin’ time and they are probably the hidden secret here in America. (In South Korea, most people either buy Samsung or LG. LG has not been so prominent in America though due to availability.)
I don’t think you can go wrong with an LG, this one’s definitely a steal at $944.
The Philips 47″ 1080p LCD HDTV is the bigger twin-brother of its 42″ version. I don’t see how you can go wrong with this one at $1099.
Well, I won’t get into more 47-inch LCD HDTVs today, but you can check more of them out on Amazon here.
The Sharp AQUOS 1080p 42-inch HDTV is next. This one feature 5 HDMI inputs, 1 more than the Philips but I don’t see any other features of this HDTV that makes it outstanding over others. Still, if you can find a good deal, it’s a good one.
Magnavox also has a really cheap 42-inch 1080P LCD HDTV here, if you are on a budget, this might not be bad at all at $799.99.
Overall, I’d say there’s a bunch of great HDTVs out there today. You simply have to make a choice over price and the features you need.
But if I had to say I could spend a bunch, I’d go with a Sony. If I wanted to spend modestly, go with the LG or Philips. If I was a college student, I’d go with a Magnavox or anything super cheap.