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I have a budget of up to £500 and I am looking to buy a 32" HDTV. I have been referred to the http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0832280095.1190975712@@@@&BV_EngineID…
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banned9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
I have a budget of up to £500 and I am looking to buy a 32" HDTV. I have been referred to the http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0832280095.1190975712@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdaddmdlkigijcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=417065&category_oid= Toshiba32C3030D and http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0832280095.1190975712@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdaddmdlkigijcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=739566&category_oid=-28723 SamsungLE32N73BD models as the cream of the crop but cannot decide between the two.

I will basically be using it for Sky, DVDs and Xbox 360.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated as I am looking to get the best I can for my money by tapping into the fountain of knowledge that is the HUKD forum!

Thank you.
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banned9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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Cream of the crop? Who told you that? They are aware that means the best of the best right? :giggle:. Doesn't look like they're even 100Hz.

Seems like you're looking for 32", right? If so take a gander at these:
Sony KDL-32D3000U
Panasonic TX-32LXD70
Samsung LE32M87BDX


Hope that helps
banned#3
Ahhhh. Good job I came here first then!

Are there any under the £500 mark megalomaniac or is that the next step up price range?
[helper]#4
£500 is a bit of an in-between price. The Tosh and the Samsung you mention can be got for around the £450/£460 mark.

The ones that megalomaniac mentions are around the £550 mark although one site did have the le32m87bdx reduced to about £500 for a day or so (deal was posted on here at the start of the week)..

Don't know much about the Sony but the TX32LXD70 is highly rated and if you include Quidco cashback you can get this from Dixons for about £555.

If you budget is under £500 also consider the TX32LMD70.....
banned#5
cheers for the advice gari189.

I am so confused by it all now! For what I am using it for would it be better to spend that bit extra on the ones you have recommended or not?

It may sound a bit silly, but what are the differences between the LE32M87BDX and the LE32N73BD (in simple terms:oops: )

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banned#6
Also, does anybody know if any of the TVs mentioned can be price matched with John Lewis as they offer 5 years guarantee:w00t: .
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Do you mean whats the difference between the LE32R and the LE32M? If so the main difference is the M is 100mhz "Samsung's 100Hz enhancement technology inserts an extra frame between each two normal ones, which helps to reduce blur in fast-moving scenes. This is not a duplicate frame but is calculated to match the source using estimation and compensation processing."

If you watch a lot of footie or sports then it may be a good idea to go for the M86 or M87 (the M86 is cosmetically slightly different but is the same otherwise and is exclusive to Dixons group). This 100mhz may also reduce motion blur when gaming.

I'm assuming the N73 is probably an older model and is best avoided (the panel quality is supposed to be better with the newer model).

There is a catch with the M87 - it has problems with its firmware. The FAQ at the start of this thread will tell you more.
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=511377

The LXD70 is not without problems - some report a buzzing noise or uneven backlight - but they appear to be less than the Samsung.

You can price match any tv that John Lewis hold with a competitor store (or even another JL store). It has to be a physical shop and they will match the store price displayed in store. They will not match online prices.

Keep an eye on this thread for possible stores to match prices with
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262433

You may be able to match with Richer Sounds for the TX32LXD70 as I believe they have this for £599.

Picking up my LXD70 from JL tomorrow!!
banned#8
You will have to let me know what the LXD70 is like when you get it setup gari189. I am really keen on it, particularly after following your advice, but I am just a bit apprehensive about going £100 over budget. I really intended to keep below the £500 mark but I suppose you do get what you pay for!
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Must admit I didn't intend spending £600 either - you can go really mad on these things and go way over your budget if not careful. The main thing that swung it was the 5 year warranty. It boiled down to a choice of paying £440 for a Toshiba with 1 yr warranty or the better LXD70 with 5 yr warranty. A 5 yr warranty would normally cost about £150 and if you are definitely going to have a tv for 5 years, you want it to be a good one...
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http://www.play.com/Electronics/Electronics/-/318/404/-/3366475/Panasonic-Viera-32-TX-32LXD7-HD-Ready-720p-Freeview-Widescreen-LCD-TV/Product.html?searchtype=genre

lxd70?

edit: the lxd7 looks to be a lower model so ignore this post

oos at the mo but apparantely panasonic tvs get 5yr warranty if bought in oct.
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bleudavinci
Ahhhh. Good job I came here first then!

Are there any under the £500 mark megalomaniac or is that the next step up price range?


There's quite a big leap between just under £500 and just over £500. That's where the 100Hz TV's start coming in, if you're doing any gaming or watching sports then 100Hz will make a huge difference. If it were my money the Samsung would be the absolute lowest I'd be willing to go, TV wise I'm a firm believer that you get what you pay for.

I listed the TV's in the order they review, the Sony being the best and the Samsung the cheapest. If you follow the links I posted through to digitaldirect.co.uk all three TV's are < £600 (well the Sony creeps slightly over once you factor in delivery).

If you want to lookup some reviews then just Google the model numbers, also I'd suggest that before you purchase anything you pop into a store somewhere and see them all in the the flesh. Although a word of warning, some places (like Dixons, or Currys Digital as they are now) have a tendency not to set up their TV's properly and hence you often see a **** picture, so make sure you go to a specialist and make sure you get to see both standard and high definition content on the TV's.
banned#12
After much deliberation, I think I am going to finally take the plunge this weekend and place my order. However........

The M87 Samsung looks like it will be the one I am going for as I cannot really afford to go much further over budget. Only snag is I can't find anyway to price match the model with John Lewis. I am not sure whether to buy it from the digitaldirect.co.uk as I havent heard of them and you only get the standard warrenty with it. Are there any other alternative options in terms of where to buy it from?
banned#13
I am in a similar situation. Would the extra 100mhz you mentioned earlier gari189 make a big difference to the untrained eye?
banned#14
Are there any other means of getting a warrenty? I have had my eye on a few models but the cheaper places online dont offer a decent warrenty. I assume a warrenty would be necessary when spending £600 or so?
[helper]#15
If you buy from Empire direct you can pay £20 for a 3 year warranty by buying an "Extra" card. If buying from Richer Sounds you can pay £50 for a 5 year "panel" warranty.....

John Lewis seem to have moved the goal posts about price matching but may not have changed refunding if you find it cheaper elsewhere (if you already bought from JL). The latest info is on the price match thread http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262433

I got the LXD70 on Saturday. Excellent picture except for football via internal Freeview or analogue. Picture is fine from 5ft (or for close ups of players) but if you move closer you can see its really struggling for the wider views. Maybe this is down to poor reception but as picture is good the rest of the time I'm not sure it is down to reception. I can't tell what difference the 100mhz makes as I can't switch off that feature.

The only thing I can advise is ask a store to put a 100mhz next to a non-100mhz and watch very closely from a distance of about 5ft and see if you can detect any difference.
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boateng
After much deliberation, I think I am going to finally take the plunge this weekend and place my order. However........

The M87 Samsung looks like it will be the one I am going for as I cannot really afford to go much further over budget. Only snag is I can't find anyway to price match the model with John Lewis. I am not sure whether to buy it from the digitaldirect.co.uk as I havent heard of them and you only get the standard warrenty with it. Are there any other alternative options in terms of where to buy it from?

I think digital direct are okay - do a search on the avforums and see what comes up. Another alternative for £521 including delivery is
http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=12866
who I believe have a shop in Bolton....
Amazon are doing it for £539 if you're looking for a big name retailer.

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