What to look for when buying a flat screen TV

#41
They all have sh!t sound because the speakers are tiny and usually point to the rear. Unlike old style CRTs with big speakers located either side of the screen.

Added to @Provost buy a basic sound bar for about £100. It will make a huge difference to the sound quality. Again, Mr Richer Sounds has a suitable selection.
 
#42
You crazy, mad, old fashioned bastard you. Ethernet FFS, it's 2019! :D
Given the choice between copper and radio choose copper every time. It's more stable, capable of handling higher speeds and is less prone to hacking.

If you stream 4K from someone like Amazon Prime copper is the way to go.
 
#43
I was in John Lewis about six months ago, looking for a new TV.
I decided on one that cost £1200. But then saw a Panasonic the same size (55 inch) and five hundred quid.
Bought the latter and have had no complaints.
Be very aware though that just because they are flat and slim it does not mean that they do not weigh a ton.
Took me ages to get it up the stairs.
 
#45
I always start with looking at What HIFI online, any I fancy I’ll go and look at in Curry’s, once I’ve made my choice I go home and find the best deal online.
 
#47
My one regret with my LG (5 years old now) is I wish it had more HDMI inputs: you'd think a couple would be fine, all I wanted to patch in at the time was DVD/BluRay player, then the family grew, and now I'm trying to hook in Amazon Firestick, PS4, XBox, laptop now and again.
 

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#48
My one regret with my LG (5 years old now) is I wish it had more HDMI inputs: you'd think a couple would be fine, all I wanted to patch in at the time was DVD/BluRay player, then the family grew, and now I'm trying to hook in Amazon Firestick, PS4, XBox, laptop now and again.
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#49
Base the screen size on your viewing distance.

It seems that a good rule of thumb, from what I read on the AV forums, is about 3.5 - 4 x the height of the screen for a 1080 display or double the diagonal dimension. Opinions are varied so it's down to what you're comfortable with.

When I first bought my flat screen (50" Panasonic plasma) I thought it was mahoosive and far too big but I soon got used to it. I'd now probably go for a bigger screen, especially now with even higher definition content as it's my understanding you'd need to sit closer if you've a HD set compared to a standard definition one.
 
#50
Is it just me or do modern TVs all have dog shit sound?

I’m 99% sure there is a conspiracy to make you buy a soundbar.

I’ve got an LG in my flat that was supposedly a top of the range one.

Every time I watch a film I spend the whole movie fiddling with the volume because it’s too quiet during the dialogue and then ear splittingly loud in other parts.
That's not down to the speakers but down to shit editing of the audio giving an imbalance between the dialogue and mood music / sound affects.
 
#51
It’s worth looking at one with a ‘magic remote’ as it doesn’t need to be pointed at the tv to work. Mines LG and a little pointer appears on screen so you can ‘wave’ the remote at where you want to point it and click. Loads easier than e.g trying to type a password etc. on an on screen keypad or via the remote number pad. Not a dealbreaker, but I’d get one if it was available on one equally speccced and priced tv and not the other when faced with a decision
I use a Bluetooth keyboard with mine
 
#52
Keep your current tv, buy a surround sound system as sound bars do not offer very much and a free view box and wait for 8k televisions which should be very soon.
 
#54
Is it just me or do modern TVs all have dog shit sound?

I’m 99% sure there is a conspiracy to make you buy a soundbar.

I’ve got an LG in my flat that was supposedly a top of the range one.

Every time I watch a film I spend the whole movie fiddling with the volume because it’s too quiet during the dialogue and then ear splittingly loud in other parts.
Look for a setting called "dynamic range" or "night mode". Reduces the difference between max & min volume.

There used to be an app on the What Hifi web site where you could enter the dimensions of your room & it calculated the optimal telly size.

A multi channel amp is a great addition. I've got a couple of tiny speakers at the back of the living room. Didn't cost much and you get full surround sound.

If you need to upgrade broadband, hang on. BT are rolling out fibre to the home and promising hundreds of meg downloads. Japanese octopus porn looks so much better in 4k.

Does anybody have a telly with built in Freesat? Terrestrial reception is awful where I live. Is Freesat any good? Do you get high def and surround sound?
 

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#55
That's not down to the speakers but down to shit editing of the audio giving an imbalance between the dialogue and mood music / sound affects.
no, it is down to the speakers. and the thinner and flatter the manufacturers make the casings the worse it gets. but now home cinema is fairly ubiquitous rather than pretty niche, so the manufacturers concentrate on thinner rather than great built in sound.
when was the last time you saw a tv marketed with the blurb 'listen to how great it sounds' rather than 'look how thin our tv is'?
 
#56
That splits one input into 4 out, I need to combine 4 inputs into 1 feed. There are boxes to do it, but it means yet another remote to select a source. Much easier if you can patch everything directly into the TV and use that remote.
 
#58
Look for a setting called "dynamic range" or "night mode". Reduces the difference between max & min volume.

There used to be an app on the What Hifi web site where you could enter the dimensions of your room & it calculated the optimal telly size.

A multi channel amp is a great addition. I've got a couple of tiny speakers at the back of the living room. Didn't cost much and you get full surround sound.

If you need to upgrade broadband, hang on. BT are rolling out fibre to the home and promising hundreds of meg downloads. Japanese octopus porn looks so much better in 4k.

Does anybody have a telly with built in Freesat? Terrestrial reception is awful where I live. Is Freesat any good? Do you get high def and surround sound?
Yes, I have freesat. Same channels as freeview and you get the same HD channels on there as well.
Can be affected during thunderstorms and extremely bad weather with pixellating especially on HD channels.
 
#59
Look for a setting called "dynamic range" or "night mode". Reduces the difference between max & min volume.

There used to be an app on the What Hifi web site where you could enter the dimensions of your room & it calculated the optimal telly size.

A multi channel amp is a great addition. I've got a couple of tiny speakers at the back of the living room. Didn't cost much and you get full surround sound.

If you need to upgrade broadband, hang on. BT are rolling out fibre to the home and promising hundreds of meg downloads. Japanese octopus porn looks so much better in 4k.

Does anybody have a telly with built in Freesat? Terrestrial reception is awful where I live. Is Freesat any good? Do you get high def and surround sound?
If you can have a couple of floor standing speakers as center speakers, that way it's great for music and for films and sounds more natural
 
#60
With a shoulder operation coming up and needing to plan for single-handed living in my bachelor flat I have today bought my first-ever microwave to heat up meals I am currently freezing. This may not seem pertinent to the thread, but bear with me.

Never having bought a television (I decided against having a landline and thus no router either) it’s always interesting to dip into TV and related discussions. The (presumably Sky and other) cables I cut off at the wall as my predecessors had them vulgarly routed round the sitting room.

So the visual effect of having things turning and changing shape is going to be a modern dimension to the life of this c/s. I have in mind playing the news on R4 and choosing something to put in the new bit of kit to suits the item. Perhaps curry as a kinaesthetic addition to a story about the subcontinent, or if it’s about Libya adding a teaspoon to get some sparks. Any thoughts, chaps?

On reflection, it’s not really flat screen and cost less than 60 nicker so perhaps I should dedicate myself to the Mornington Crescent thread and not this one.
 

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