When I started looking for a HD TV last month I did all the usual and read loads of online reviews.
After a while my brain began to hurt. Artifacts this, screen smear that, black levels the other. Reviews showing graphs that made no sense, technical details that would baffle a rocket scientist. Well all I wanted was a good telly.
I eventually decided on the Samsung F86 40", the reviews were good and above all it was cheaper than a lot of its rivals.
When it arrived I was a little nervous as all reviews I had read of LCD tellys said that the picture from a SD source was not as good as on a CRT TV. WHAT, I can tell you now I was blown away by the vibrant colours and clarity of the picture. I always watch through my Sky plus box but even the built in Freeview is very very good. The analogue picture is also good and it was rubbish on my old TV (A 5 year old Sony).
Visitors came round and remarked at how good the picture was and how they would have to invest in this HD malarkey. They were somewhat shocked when I pointed out that the TV was only showing the standard definition sky picture, I haven't even got a HD box yet. The picture in my opinion is that good. Can't wait to see what it looks like wit a SKY HD box connected.
Gaming is also excellent , have my X Box 360 connected via HDMI cable and it looks marvellous.
There are loads of connections on the back and side for things like scart, hdmi etc. The sound is very good, its better than my stereo and sounds great when I plug my Creative Zen Vision M in to it.
In conclusion if you want a large LCD TV that won't break the bank and looks amazing even with a bog standard Sky/Freeview signal then you can't go far wrong with this baby.