Which TV?

#1
Ladies and gentlemen

I have been given permission by the domestic COS to use some of my Op bonus to purchase a new telly..

Now, I reckon a LCD rather than Plasma and I want something 37 inches or more, but no larger than 42.

I have been told that Panasonic are the brand to go for because of build quality etc but I like the look of some Samsung's (they sponser the mighty blues so cant be that bad)

Want cheap as possible because, apparantly, a new central heating system for the house is more important :roll:

Advice please on what to look at, models to go for etc

I thank you
 

Legs

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#4
ewan2000 said:
I have a Phillips Ambilight 37" Dont know the model just google. But bl oody awesome for movies and sport
Is it really as good as all that? I fancy one myself and have been looking at prices over here in the land of Boxheads.

Can you turn the Ambilight off if you wanted to?
 
#5
Legs said:
ewan2000 said:
I have a Phillips Ambilight 37" Dont know the model just google. But bl oody awesome for movies and sport
Is it really as good as all that? I fancy one myself and have been looking at prices over here in the land of Boxheads.

Can you turn the Ambilight off if you wanted to?
Yeah you can choose different levels of light ect, it also has freeview and usb ports with an in built media player. Best TV I have ever had, got it off a company on Ebay for £700 I think...in shops about £1300-£1500 :D
 
#6
I have been looking into buying a new telly also, having done the rounds of the shops this seems to be a good option though at £849 not cheap may be able to get it a bit cheaper shopping around on the internet. Also Samsung do a 4 series and a 5 series which ar a bit cheaper; this one is apparently a 6 series with all the bells and whistles

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...m=null&tm=null&sku=874231&category_oid=-35078

Cheaper here:

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/115...-lcd-television.html?srcid=198&mctag=uk_16067
 
#7
I've got a Samsung and in nearly 2 years haven't had anything to complain about. Worth a look. Maybe take a look around as some are now being made with PVRs in them. I know LG do them.

Got mine from here: Empire Direct Good prices and quick delivery.

Also, look at Richer Sounds as they support the military and have advertised on this site.

Don't go to Currys unless you want to be served by surly staff who couldn't care less about you and their prices aren't that good either.
 
#8
As a general rule of thumb avoid LCD for TVs over 32", not cost-effective.

However i'd avoid LCD altogether nowadays. New plasmas kick LCD's arrse performance-wise and large screens have dropped in price dramatically over the last few years.

Panasonic are without doubt the market leaders for plasma, they get the best reviews from gadget magazines and websites. Samsung come a close second.

Panasonic's new PX80/PZ80 range can't be bettered at the mo:-

http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/conte...B~dept~ctv~subdept~PLASMA~brand~panasonic.htm

You won't get full 1080p HD resolution with that though, dunno if that's an issue. You might be better off spending a few quid more and getting the 42" version.

I've the 50" PX800 and it is simply stunning.

Similar Samsung models are slightly less expensive. Shop around, use price comparison sites, Google etc.

I'd recommend buying from Empire Direct or John Lewis, they give 3 and 5 years warranty respectively and are reputable outlets.

Avoid Currys and the high street unless you can get them to price-match their web prices.

Finallly, make sure to pay by credit card if ordering online.
 
#9
merchantman said:
I have been looking into buying a new telly also, having done the rounds of the shops this seems to be a good option though at £849 not cheap may be able to get it a bit cheaper shopping around on the internet. Also Samsung do a 4 series and a 5 series which ar a bit cheaper; this one is apparently a 6 series with all the bells and whistles

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...m=null&tm=null&sku=874231&category_oid=-35078

Cheaper here:

http://www.pixmania.co.uk/uk/uk/115...-lcd-television.html?srcid=198&mctag=uk_16067
Don't do it! Large LCD screens are crap in comparison to plasma, that's why they're so cheap.

Golden Rule is that over 32", plasma all the way!
 
#10
Well seeing as i am a tight arse but wanted a fairly big model.

I went to clearancebuy.co.uk and got a samsung 37inch,granted last years model but only cost me £490.

Stands can be really expensive to,the one i got was £80 in currys but i went to amazon and paid £49.99 :D

Oh and LCD with freeview,most of them have it now.
 
#11
Are'nt plasma screens a bit heavy on the electrical usage though?

Also, looking at 100hz models to reduce screen flicker - is it worth it?
 
#12
DS, I picked up a 42" plasma for just over £900 at Richer Sounds, a Panasonic Viera, top picture and when attached to the speaker system, would give any chav in his corsa a run for his money and then some
 
#14
Taz_786 said:
Golden Rule is that over 32", plasma all the way!
Thats an old rule i have a 52" 1080p lcd tv and it is awesome
 
#15
I like the look of the Sony 40x3500 with 100Hz scanning but it costs north of £1200 and the short arms and long pockets are keeping me in check!

Litotes
 
#16
Hitachi is probaby as good as any other brand at a reasonable cost, and so long as it is 1080p it will give you HD when you get it and otherwise give you what you want. Don't take a plasma screen - it will smear, unlike LCD. Make sure your sound system is a good one too, and you'll be able to watch Neighbours as though you're there in Toowoomba with the missus.
 
#17
if you are wanting a good tv go for the Panasonic Viera TH42PZ81B because its plasma which is a lot better than what they used to be life expectancy is better and the image burning into screen doesn't happen unless you keep an image paused for hours also a great selling point is the fact it has built in free sat which is a lot better than free view more channels and also you get BBC HD which is what you want if you just bought a HD tv right?????? only down side is you will need a satalite dish fitted but it does work with sky satalite dishes if you already have one.

hope this helps


AJ-W
 
#19
Sandy_The_Guvnor said:
Taz_786 said:
Golden Rule is that over 32", plasma all the way!
Thats an old rule i have a 52" 1080p lcd tv and it is awesome
Not saying that there aren't some very good LCDs out there, just that the newest plasmas are superior and give you more bang for your buck, so to speak. The LCD v plasma debate has been going on for a while but the consensus is that plasma is now definitely pulling ahead and I like to keep up-to-date with these matters being a bit of a gadget freak!

drain_sniffer said:
Are'nt plasma screens a bit heavy on the electrical usage though?

Also, looking at 100hz models to reduce screen flicker - is it worth it?
100hz definitely makes a difference, I can spot the improvement in picture quality compared to my old TV.

The new Panasonic plasmas are a 'green' range, designed to be as energy efficient as possible so i wouldn't worry too much about the bill.


When it comes to buying any sort of HDTV in general I'd rank the manufacturers as follows:- (just my personal opinion after doing a lot of research and spending a lot of money!)

Panasonic, Samsung, Sony, LG, Pioneer - generally excellent.

Hitachi, Toshiba, Sharp, Phillips - Ok-ish (but I wouldn't personally bother)

Bush, Goodmans, Humax, Wharfedale and the like - Crap, avoid.
 
#20
You might be surprised to learn, that when I went to buy my plasma, I had a list of names in mind. Th eassistant at Richer Sounds suggested going for LG or Samsung. My answer was to stick to the old and bold, Panasonic etc, his reply was that Samsung and LG are the actual manufacturers for the big boys and have branched out on their own.
 

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