Newbie needs Help !!


New member
Dec 15, 2007
Hello all and thank you in advance for your Help.

I have finally decided to upgrade from my sony Triniton 30" and am unsure which way to turn,I have been looking at spending approx £1000 and am wanting to go up to max size 40".

Having looked through the dec issue the 40"ers do not get a look in at all,after trawling through various sites and shops looking at sets I am still no wiser,However i do like the look of the samsung sets that I have seen and they seem to get good reviews all around.

I do watch quite alot of sport and do receive HD tv,I also watch quite alot of dvds so a pointer in the direction of LCD or PLASMA would be helpful too.

Ta Muchli

Andy Clough

New member
Apr 27, 2004
The most common screen size is 42in, although Sony does produce a range of 40in Bravia LCDs. The Sony KDL-40W3000 (£1900) is excellent and we gave it 5 stars when we tested it in November.

If you can accommodate a 42in screen, the Panasonic TH-42PX70 plasma (£1200) is our Best Buy Budget 42in model, and the Pioneer PDP-428XD plasma (£2000) is our current Product of the Year.

Alternatively, if they're too big, the Panasonic TH-37PX70 plasma (£1000) and Panasonic TX-32LXD700 LCD (£1000) are both superb buys.

You can probably find most of these sets for less than the prices quoted above if you shop around.


New member
Dec 5, 2007
If you're looking for full HD at around £1000, the Panasonic 42PZ70 Plasma and the Samsung 40F86 LCD can both had at around that price if you have a look around online. Both are very good for the price. Of course, it best to go and have a look at all of these sets in the flesh at a good retailer (ie. not Currys or Comet) and try and get them to show you any set that you are interested in showing the kind of material you will be watching. For example, I went into my local John Lewis recently and asked to demo a couple of tvs with my copy of Casino Royale on Blu Ray. They even let me calibrate the set to get a picture that I was happier with. Point is, don't be afraid to ask them - you might find that you teach them a thing or two. Magazine reviews are a good guide but in the end you have to trust your own eyes.