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In the KMart catalogue starting tomorrow is this 32" model for $1499.

The specs on this are hard to find, but it is advertised with a contrast ratio of 1000:1 which is better than the AWA and only $90 more expensive than the BixW sale price (also happening tomorrow). Nothing about the refresh rate though.

Anyone know any more about this?

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Some specs:

1366 x 768 pixel panel (1024 x 768 in VGA/DVI mode)

1000:1 Contrast Ratio

500cd/m3 Peak Brightness

8ms Resonse Time

Inputs:

Scart x 2

YCbCr OR YPbPr

VGA

DVI

SVHS/Composite on side

Build quailty is comparible to the other cheapies, but the screen does look good (and certainly better than the Sansui next to it although it was hard to tell fro the crapy KMart input choices).

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I bought one and the picture quality is first rate.

I have a few issues though:

1) The AV switching is relatively slow and there is no way to go direct to a particular input

2) The DVI input sometimes does not work without changing the AV input

3) The best resolution I can get is 1024 x 768 although the panel is specced at 1368 x 768. It could be a timing or display card issue which I have not been able to resolve.

4) This may be picky, but the sticker they use to display all of the features on the left hand side is IMPOSSIBLE to remove without checical assistance...

It is good value though for the price.

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I bought one and the picture quality is first rate.

I have a few issues though:

1) The AV switching is relatively slow and there is no way to go direct to a particular input

2) The DVI input sometimes does not work without changing the AV input

3) The best resolution I can get is 1024 x 768 although the panel is specced at 1368 x 768. It could be a timing or display card issue which I have not been able to resolve.

4) This may be picky, but the sticker they use to display all of the features on the left hand side is IMPOSSIBLE to remove without checical assistance...

It is good value though for the price.

Can't help with the resolution problem, but methylated spirits on a soft rag should do the trick. Be careful to not rub too hard.

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Can't help with the resolution problem, but methylated spirits on a soft rag should do the trick. Be careful to not rub too hard.

Try a program called powerstrip, you can type in the resolution you want the display to show!

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On a similar note, anyone know anything about the 26" version of this tv, they have it in the latest KMart catalouge for $899 introductory (normaly 1300), the website has it specced identically to the 32", so it seems a bit of a bargain. Just looking for any thoughts or comments on this tv, as Im on a tight budget but want to get something to do my xbox 360 @720p...

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On a similar note, anyone know anything about the 26" version of this tv, they have it in the latest KMart catalouge for $899 introductory (normaly 1300), the website has it specced identically to the 32", so it seems a bit of a bargain. Just looking for any thoughts or comments on this tv, as Im on a tight budget but want to get something to do my xbox 360 @720p...

Wow, seems to have some pretty decent specs (if its the new model, which with introductory pricing you would think so). And for $899... I think I'm gonna go put this on layby!

If it's not what I want I'll just sell it off later but damn,m at $899 I'm willing to do some guinea pig testing...

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Wow, seems to have some pretty decent specs (if its the new model, which with introductory pricing you would think so). And for $899... I think I'm gonna go put this on layby!

If it's not what I want I'll just sell it off later but damn,m at $899 I'm willing to do some guinea pig testing...

SPECS: Here

Yeah, those were my thoughts, the specs seem decent, with plenty of connection options and the 2 year warranty should keep me out of trouble until I have the funds to upgrade to bigger and better things. I'd kill to know what panel it has in it.

I will buy this sucker and see what its like, I would expect it to sell pretty quickly though at that price. I will report back once I have tested it out, hopefully a few others here will do the same...

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Bought an MLCD26 today for $899 at KMart. Picture is pretty good and it has all the basic functions. Was a bit worried about the note in the specs that it was only PAL but tried an NTSC DVD and it handled it without any problems. Played both PAL and NTSC DVDs as 576P. Have it set up for component and haven't tried DVI yet as that STB is set up with the bigger plasma.

Good value for the price.

SteveO

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Bought an MLCD26 today for $899 at KMart. Picture is pretty good and it has all the basic functions. Was a bit worried about the note in the specs that it was only PAL but tried an NTSC DVD and it handled it without any problems. Played both PAL and NTSC DVDs as 576P. Have it set up for component and haven't tried DVI yet as that STB is set up with the bigger plasma.

Good value for the price.

SteveO

also good value at kmart is they are clearing the 32" audiosonic lcd at $1199, thats several hundred cheaper than the magnavox, seems to have the same specs as otehr cheapies, but limited stock only at kmarts that have them in stock, cant order and they wont be getting any more...

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Something I dont get here

http://www.mistral.com.au/Magnavox/mlcd26.htm

The main page says 1000:1 contrast, but the side panel on the right says 450:1

Which is correct

Even more confusing the packaging says 600:1.

A couple of observations after a couple of hours use.

First the viewing angle (both horizontal and vertical) is very narrow compared with my plasma. I am using it in the bedroom so no problem but I would have some reservations about using it in a large living area.

Second when playing 4:3 DVDs in progressive mode via component (576p) it automatically expands them to fill the screen and there is no way to change this. If you change the DVD player to interlace it will show as 4:3 but only at 576i with noticable reduction in picture quality.

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OK a real dumbo not technical person here so be nice !

I've been wanting either a Plasma or LCD and thought I had to spend $3,000-$5,000 for get a good

quality one which various stores kept pointing me in the direct of NEC or Fujitsu or Panasonic and some

the Sony Bravia.

I dont play any games, wont have the PC connected. Watch a few DVD's a month at max, but in general just watch the usual channels.

So with this Magnavox 32" I did some googling on reviews and they all seem to give it around 4 out of 5

stars.

Will I have ghosting with fast action movies ? with LCD I wont get any burn in's from any Logo's ?

and just as important is it a crisp clear/good coloured picture ?

under $1500 suits me :blink:

Should I buy it now ? or save up as I am currently doing for the more exxy ones ?

Thanks for any feedback

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OK a real dumbo not technical person here so be nice !

I've been wanting either a Plasma or LCD and thought I had to spend $3,000-$5,000 for get a good

quality one which various stores kept pointing me in the direct of NEC or Fujitsu or Panasonic and some

the Sony Bravia.

I dont play any games, wont have the PC connected. Watch a few DVD's a month at max, but in general just watch the usual channels.

So with this Magnavox 32" I did some googling on reviews and they all seem to give it around 4 out of 5

stars.

Will I have ghosting with fast action movies ? with LCD I wont get any burn in's from any Logo's ?

and just as important is it a crisp clear/good coloured picture ?

under $1500 suits me :blink:

Should I buy it now ? or save up as I am currently doing for the more exxy ones ?

Thanks for any feedback

My only reservation with the 26" is the viewing angle as previously mentioned. Other than that the picture quality is pretty good. The other factor is making sure you have a good quality HD STB to get good input - the old axiom garbage in/garbage out.

I haven't seen any ghosting with fast action based on the HD loop of a bird flapping its wings. The motion was clearly defined. You get a two year warranty with these by which time bigger brand name displays will be available at similar prices. I can remember paying about $1,000 for my first DVD player and my first STB.

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Yeh I'm thinking about laybying one... I'm at work atm... kmart is just 40metres away in the same mall... they have it in stock (but hooked up to ****)... I'm thinking about grabbing one of the lappys from working and hooking it up!

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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rofl yea at our kmart they have analog reception shared between them all (a ****ed up antenna too, probably some rabbit ears stuck behind a shelf) so all the screens look fuzzy as ****. Interested in hearing any feedback you find out :blink:

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Anyone tried the 26in with their Xbox 360? I'm looking for a HD TV to use for gaming so don't want to go mad. Unfortunately, my Samsung 42in plasma is only SD so I'm just not getting the best out of the 360.

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Well went in to buy a 26" today as soon as the store opened and they were completely sold out :blink:

The sales girls said that someone had broought the last two of them yesterday at full price, which seems kind of odd. Anyway rainchecked one and hopefully I should get it next week sometime. If anyone can hook one of these up to a 360 and give it a spin, would be grateful to know how it performs...

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steveo - you couldn't possibly hook up your pc (or a 360 if you have one) via VGA and DVI and give us a quick run down of how it performs at 1366x768 for PC use?

Hooked up the PC via VGA and it was able to display 1280x1024 resolution at 75Hz with 32bit colour. However it stretches the image to fit the screen and there is no way to tell it to display in 4:3 format.

Also connected it to the HD VGA output on my STB and it gave a beautiful picture.

However the manual says that with the VGA input (and DVI which I haven't tested) it only displays 1024x768 rather than its native 1366x768 resolution. There is no info displayed on the screen to confirm this.

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So Steve

So far what is your opinion of the TV

Pros

Good digital picture quality

Plenty of connection options including VGA and DVI

Good price (the $899 special at KMart)

Cons

Narrow horizontal and vertical viewing angle

Inability to display 4:3 input in progressive or VGA mode without stretching it to 16:9

I haven't tried it as an analogue TV and haven't used the set's sound as my inputs are connected through a home theatre system.

If I get a chance today or tomorrow I'll run Video Essentials on it and see how it comes out.

Overall it seems a pretty good purchase for a second TV in the bedroom or study.

SteveO

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Hooked up the PC via VGA and it was able to display 1280x1024 resolution at 75Hz with 32bit colour. However it stretches the image to fit the screen and there is no way to tell it to display in 4:3 format.

Also connected it to the HD VGA output on my STB and it gave a beautiful picture.

However the manual says that with the VGA input (and DVI which I haven't tested) it only displays 1024x768 rather than its native 1366x768 resolution. There is no info displayed on the screen to confirm this.

SteveO

This is sorta good news, but did you try 1366x768 from the PC? Your graphics card driver may let you display resolutions that are not listed in the Plug and Play list it receives from the panel. There is often a check-box in a dialog box you need to tick to enable this.

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Hooked up the PC via VGA and it was able to display 1280x1024 resolution at 75Hz with 32bit colour. However it stretches the image to fit the screen and there is no way to tell it to display in 4:3 format.

Also connected it to the HD VGA output on my STB and it gave a beautiful picture.

However the manual says that with the VGA input (and DVI which I haven't tested) it only displays 1024x768 rather than its native 1366x768 resolution. There is no info displayed on the screen to confirm this.

SteveO

Ouch, so did you even try inputting 1366x768 (a widescreen res so no stretching)...? That's very disappointing if it can't take it's own native res and map it 1:1...

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Ouch, so did you even try inputting 1366x768 (a widescreen res so no stretching)...? That's very disappointing if it can't take it's own native res and map it 1:1...

The graphics processor is fairly basic and doesn't have a 1366x768 output option.

While the dialogue box allows for higher resolutions if I try to use them the TV displays a message "out of range".

SteveO

Does the 26" have the 4 Vesa holes for wall mounting?.

There are 4 mounting holes on the back.

SteveO

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indeed if you cant pass the native res of 1366x768 from DVI/VGA then its gonna be stretched and rape the quality. I want to hook up to PC as a 2nd monitor, so i can play like racing games on it :blink: Got any games you can test out steveo :P

the fact you cant select 1366x768 doesnt have any bearing on your video card. The resolutions you can select are simply the ones they put in (that they figure youd want to use). If your video card is old especially, in the drivers they wouldnt have been thinking about HDTV res options :D). Updating to the latest drivers i still only have a 1360x768 option (6 pixels off :P)

Powerstrip will enable you to set all the wierd resolutions

http://www.entechtaiwan.com/files/pstrip.exe

Even though it bad that it always stretches 4:3 content, its not an issue if your using it via a PC, you can set the application to format the video anyway you want.

Earlier you mentioned the TV specs said it only displayed PAL (yet it does NTSC fine) Im hoping the listed 1024x768 max res is through vga/dvi is just another misprint :P

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indeed if you cant pass the native res of 1366x768 from DVI/VGA then its gonna be stretched and rape the quality. I want to hook up to PC as a 2nd monitor, so i can play like racing games on it :blink: Got any games you can test out steveo :P

the fact you cant select 1366x768 doesnt have any bearing on your video card. The resolutions you can select are simply the ones they put in (that they figure youd want to use). If your video card is old especially, in the drivers they wouldnt have been thinking about HDTV res options :D). Updating to the latest drivers i still only have a 1360x768 option (6 pixels off :P)

Powerstrip will enable you to set all the wierd resolutions

http://www.entechtaiwan.com/files/pstrip.exe

Even though it bad that it always stretches 4:3 content, its not an issue if your using it via a PC, you can set the application to format the video anyway you want.

Earlier you mentioned the TV specs said it only displayed PAL (yet it does NTSC fine) Im hoping the listed 1024x768 max res is through vga/dvi is just another misprint :P

Sorry don't have any suitable games to test. Yes it is an old and fairly basic video processor built into the PC motherboard. I don't use the PC for graphics intensive activities. The LCD was bought as a TV rather than a monitor.

Don't think the resolution is a misprint as there is a note at the end of the manual as follows:

"If possible, use the VESA 1024X768@60HZ video mode to obtain the best image quality for your LCD monitor. If used under other resolutions some scaled or processed pictures may appear on the screen. The TV has pre-adjusted (sic) to the mode VESA 1024X768@60HZ."

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so how does the PC look under this recommended 1024x768 or the other res you tried ? can you fire up a word processor is it sharp enough to be used as a monitor ?

btw thanks for taking the time to answer our queries :blink:

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so how does the PC look under this recommended 1024x768 or the other res you tried ? can you fire up a word processor is it sharp enough to be used as a monitor ?

btw thanks for taking the time to answer our queries :blink:

The picture was as sharp as my normal Hercules monitor. Didn't try word processing but used it for my email and to post the response to your last question. Both were sharp enough also visited acouple of websites and while the graphics were stretched they again were very sharp.

As a TV the picture using VGA is sharper than the YPbPr picture at 1080i presumably scaled to the 1366x768 screen resolution.

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Connecting up to this LCD should not be a problem.

Most modern graphic cards (just experimenting with nvidia 6600GT and it came boxed with component connectors) will work / enforce HD 16:9 modes anyway like 720p or 1080i direct from drivers. Dpending the EDID parsed but you override the rubbish parsed limited resolutions anyway within the nvidia drivers if the display does that.

You cannot just go by what the manual states - if they promised it would work then their are obligations on them to support calls and other liabilities - so they take the easy way out.

I honestly cannot see issue with native as these displays basically have same firmware behind the DVI port and should allow native. The AWA does this and I own one - (provide correct EDID native parsing to PC).

At worst outcome PowerStrip should be able to overcome the obstacle of lack of enforcing native resolution.

At last resort don't use obsolete non compliant HDTV capable graphic cards. ATI and nVidia have this pretty well refined now in their latest cards and drivers.

DA

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digitaladvisor some excellent points you make, thanks for contributing

steveo i would imagine the reason VGA was sharper than 1080i is because its interlaced plus it has to downscale it significantly (being cheap it probably doesnt scale very well id assume). 720p should work much better as its closer to the native res. All guesses though never owned an LCD...yet :blink:

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just got the funds so im going to pick mine up tommorrow. While im out what type of DVI cable will i need. Just a standard one from a PC shop ? Male to Male connectors im guessing as well ?

The DVI-I input on the TV is female and PC is usually female so it would be male to male. They're about $15 at Dick Smith.

Be interested in how you go with it.

SteveO

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