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Hi there, I am after a decent HD Smart TV and have seen a lot of deals going right now but before I plunge into it I would need some advise from the experts here please. I have just moved into a newbu… Read More
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hi there, I am after a decent HD Smart TV and have seen a lot of deals going right now but before I plunge into it I would need some advise from the experts here please. I have just moved into a newbuild house and the area has no fibre optic so I have opted for SKY Standard Broadband package. I need to order a TV now and quite like the reviews on this one https://www.amazon.co.uk/Panasonic-TX-50DX700B-50-inch-Ultra-Freeview/dp/B01CEBQSWQ/ref=sr_1_1?m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&s=home-theater&ie=UTF8&qid=1480363910&sr=1-1

Would mainly use the TV for streaming content from the web Apps (I player, Youtube, Kodi etc) and watch Freeview. Please if you could advise me on any concerns on the TV model itself and/or any limitations because of the availability of standard broadband service only. Would also appreciate, any advise on TV models too. I realise this is from Amazon so the Guarantee is only for one year?

Thanks a lot in advance!

Happy shopping Cyber Monday :)
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4m, 3w agoPosted 4 months, 3 weeks ago
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#1
The DX-700 is a popular sub-HDR model with a good SmartTV selection and most of the UK apps (I don't think it has NowTV).

It is a VA panel so it will deteriorate more when viewed at an angle than some TVs. IIRC it's also a 50hz panel and doesn't support 3D.
#2
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.
#3
mariner_southampton
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.

If you're looking for an IPS panel with less contrast loss at a wide angle then your choices at 49" are Sony, LG or, if you don't mind a few less UK apps, Philips. The next model down in the Panasonic range, the DX-600, is also IPS at 49".

Sony has the XD70, XD80 and XD83 at around that price. The XD70 has a standard colour space and less HDMI 2.0 ports while the XD80 is wide gamut, the 83 adds a 100hz panel and possibly dual tuners (for recording a channel you're not watching).

LG has a whole load of models but all of the ones from 600v to 750v are very similar with the exception of the 604v (Full HD, much slower processor) and the 630v/635v (potentially a VA panel, there is some confusion). At normal prices the key variants are probably are the 650v/661v (different stand?) and the 668v (with bundles the magic remote). The 770v is the next model up for around £650.

Philips has the 6401 which is their entry level ambilight model and the and the 6501/6551 (different stands) which is the next model up, adding a 100hz panel, brighter backlight and fancier remote control.
#5
I have the 48'' version, and although it is advertised as a Panasonic it is a Vestel TV rebadged as a Panasonic. Saying that Inuse the native Netflix app in 4K and it is seamless. Only faults I have is the picture settings are quite limited and the native apps are mainly foreign.
#6
chrismcwh
I have the 48'' version, and although it is advertised as a Panasonic it is a Vestel TV rebadged as a Panasonic. Saying that Inuse the native Netflix app in 4K and it is seamless. Only faults I have is the picture settings are quite limited and the native apps are mainly foreign.

You're confusing it with a different model there, the DX700 doesn't come in a 48" version.
#7
Many thanks for replies. My usage for a TV are basic. Would be using it in my lounge which is 14'x10' so dont how much downside I have if I get a VA panel. Budget is around £500-600. I am not a gaming fan and the only use i will have will be streaming content online.
#8
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.
If you're looking for an IPS panel with less contrast loss at a wide angle then your choices at 49" are Sony, LG or, if you don't mind a few less UK apps, Philips. The next model down in the Panasonic range, the DX-600, is also IPS at 49".
Sony has the XD70, XD80 and XD83 at around that price. The XD70 has a standard colour space and less HDMI 2.0 ports while the XD80 is wide gamut, the 83 adds a 100hz panel and possibly dual tuners (for recording a channel you're not watching).
LG has a whole load of models but all of the ones from 600v to 750v are very similar with the exception of the 604v (Full HD, much slower processor) and the 630v/635v (potentially a VA panel, there is some confusion). At normal prices the key variants are probably are the 650v/661v (different stand?) and the 668v (with bundles the magic remote). The 770v is the next model up for around £650.
Philips has the 6401 which is their entry level ambilight model and the and the 6501/6551 (different stands) which is the next model up, adding a 100hz panel, brighter backlight and fancier remote control.
how about this one? http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue49k5500-led-full-hd-1080p-smart-tv-49-with-freeview-hd-and-built-in-wi-fi-dark-grey-silver/p2877197

Seems like a good value for money for the usage i will have? Any pointers on this please? Many thanks
#9
mariner_southampton
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.
If you're looking for an IPS panel with less contrast loss at a wide angle then your choices at 49" are Sony, LG or, if you don't mind a few less UK apps, Philips. The next model down in the Panasonic range, the DX-600, is also IPS at 49".
Sony has the XD70, XD80 and XD83 at around that price. The XD70 has a standard colour space and less HDMI 2.0 ports while the XD80 is wide gamut, the 83 adds a 100hz panel and possibly dual tuners (for recording a channel you're not watching).
LG has a whole load of models but all of the ones from 600v to 750v are very similar with the exception of the 604v (Full HD, much slower processor) and the 630v/635v (potentially a VA panel, there is some confusion). At normal prices the key variants are probably are the 650v/661v (different stand?) and the 668v (with bundles the magic remote). The 770v is the next model up for around £650.
Philips has the 6401 which is their entry level ambilight model and the and the 6501/6551 (different stands) which is the next model up, adding a 100hz panel, brighter backlight and fancier remote control.
how about this one? http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue49k5500-led-full-hd-1080p-smart-tv-49-with-freeview-hd-and-built-in-wi-fi-dark-grey-silver/p2877197
Seems like a good value for money for the usage i will have? Any pointers on this please? Many thanks

I believe all Samsung's large TVs are VA, and judging by the reviews on that page that model seems to come with a more basic Smart platform that's lacking in apps.
#10
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.
If you're looking for an IPS panel with less contrast loss at a wide angle then your choices at 49" are Sony, LG or, if you don't mind a few less UK apps, Philips. The next model down in the Panasonic range, the DX-600, is also IPS at 49".
Sony has the XD70, XD80 and XD83 at around that price. The XD70 has a standard colour space and less HDMI 2.0 ports while the XD80 is wide gamut, the 83 adds a 100hz panel and possibly dual tuners (for recording a channel you're not watching).
LG has a whole load of models but all of the ones from 600v to 750v are very similar with the exception of the 604v (Full HD, much slower processor) and the 630v/635v (potentially a VA panel, there is some confusion). At normal prices the key variants are probably are the 650v/661v (different stand?) and the 668v (with bundles the magic remote). The 770v is the next model up for around £650.
Philips has the 6401 which is their entry level ambilight model and the and the 6501/6551 (different stands) which is the next model up, adding a 100hz panel, brighter backlight and fancier remote control.
how about this one? http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue49k5500-led-full-hd-1080p-smart-tv-49-with-freeview-hd-and-built-in-wi-fi-dark-grey-silver/p2877197
Seems like a good value for money for the usage i will have? Any pointers on this please? Many thanks
I believe all Samsung's large TVs are VA, and judging by the reviews on that page that model seems to come with a more basic Smart platform that's lacking in apps.
Ahh Damn!! I got swayed away by the review here: http://www.s21.com/samsung-ue49k5500.htm:(
#11
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
EndlessWaves
mariner_southampton
Thanks for your reply. Viewing at an angle seems to be an issue. Any good one around for below £600? Appreciate your advise.
If you're looking for an IPS panel with less contrast loss at a wide angle then your choices at 49" are Sony, LG or, if you don't mind a few less UK apps, Philips. The next model down in the Panasonic range, the DX-600, is also IPS at 49".
Sony has the XD70, XD80 and XD83 at around that price. The XD70 has a standard colour space and less HDMI 2.0 ports while the XD80 is wide gamut, the 83 adds a 100hz panel and possibly dual tuners (for recording a channel you're not watching).
LG has a whole load of models but all of the ones from 600v to 750v are very similar with the exception of the 604v (Full HD, much slower processor) and the 630v/635v (potentially a VA panel, there is some confusion). At normal prices the key variants are probably are the 650v/661v (different stand?) and the 668v (with bundles the magic remote). The 770v is the next model up for around £650.
Philips has the 6401 which is their entry level ambilight model and the and the 6501/6551 (different stands) which is the next model up, adding a 100hz panel, brighter backlight and fancier remote control.
how about this one? http://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue49k5500-led-full-hd-1080p-smart-tv-49-with-freeview-hd-and-built-in-wi-fi-dark-grey-silver/p2877197
Seems like a good value for money for the usage i will have? Any pointers on this please? Many thanks
I believe all Samsung's large TVs are VA, and judging by the reviews on that page that model seems to come with a more basic Smart platform that's lacking in apps.
any comments on this model from Sony please? https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01HM7JNLU/ref=pe_385721_37986871_TE_item?tag=av0c-21&th=1

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