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I have around about £350 to spend on a HDTV - to be used for Xbox 360, DVDs and Freeview - but the question is whether to get a bigger screen from a cheaper brand or a smaller screen from a better bra… Read More
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banned9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
I have around about £350 to spend on a HDTV - to be used for Xbox 360, DVDs and Freeview - but the question is whether to get a bigger screen from a cheaper brand or a smaller screen from a better brand :?

I have looked at the Hannspree 32" and the AOC 32" for £309 and £325 respectively from http://www.intekx.com but dont know wheter to get a smaller 23" screen like a Samsung or similar?

Please Please Any Advice Appreciated!
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banned9y, 9m agoPosted 9 years, 9 months ago
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#1
hey, i'm in exactly the same position as u and was just about to make a similar thread. The only differnce for me is size, my bedroom aint the biggest so i'm limiting myself to 22-26" and like u thinking i maybe wanna go for some quality...so looking for samsung, toshiba or LG as the brands.

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/3362511/LG-22LS4R-22-Widescreen-LCD-Monitor-With-TV-Tuner-And-HDMI/Product.html

currently my choice if i got 22" low end of budget

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1127637678.1189976464@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccfaddlmjhllehcflgceggdhhmdgmh.0&category_oid=-21226&sku=723054&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null

and my choice if 26" but it's maybe at the very very top end of my budget...

i personally think go for quality over size but then again i'm not on a tight budget. I know these probably aren't much help to u but worth mentioning for the time being. hoping to order a tv sometime this week so maybe this thread will help us both.
#2
Depends how much you want a larger screen and whether you want to take a risk. If you have your heart set on a 32" you could try the AOC or the Elonex/Hyundai (ebuyer). The Hannspree seems to have lots of problems posted on the av forums esp using a pc or xbox via the vga port. Alot less problems posted with the AOC and Elonex but maybe not that many have bought them. If you do go for one of these try a pick a supplier where you can return it without too much expense/hassle.....

Try looking on the avforums (search for the model you're interested in)
http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=155
But be warned there seem to be a great many perfectionists on there....
banned#3
Thanks for the replies.

Yeah I had a browse on avforums and read as many reviews as I could on the Hannspree and AOC but found it very confusing. I, like yourself, found that a vast proportion of reviewers were complete perfectionists picking flaws I would imagine the average viewer wouldn't perhaps notice. Then again, I suppose they are the experts and do know best.

I found the Samsung [SIZE=2]26" (LE26R88BD) [/SIZE]on the dixons websitefor £398 - would this be a better option then a 32" cheaper brand?

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banned#4
i personally think go for quality over size but then again i'm not on a tight budget. I know these probably aren't much help to u but worth mentioning for the time being. hoping to order a tv sometime this week so maybe this thread will help us both.[/quote]

I tend to agree with the quality over quantity the more I read reviews etc. I am also lookin to order this week too so will keep shopping about and updating of any decent deals I find.
#5
If you're thinking of spending £398 its £50 more for the 32" from Dixons (if you knock off the £18 Quidco and use the DISC01 code)....

Slightly cheaper at 24-7 electrical
http://www.247electrical.co.uk/epages/twentyfourseven.storefront/EN/Product/SAMLE32R87BDX?SOURCE=AW

or if you fancy the Toshiba you can get this from BT Shop for about £438 after Quidco
http://www.shop.bt.com/productview.aspx?quicklinx=4G1G
#6
boateng
I have around about £350 to spend on a HDTV - to be used for Xbox 360, DVDs and Freeview - but the question is whether to get a bigger screen from a cheaper brand or a smaller screen from a better brand :?

I have looked at the Hannspree 32" and the AOC 32" for £309 and £325 respectively from [url]www.intekx.com[/url] but dont know wheter to get a smaller 23" screen like a Samsung or similar?

Please Please Any Advice Appreciated!




I cant see you get a real HD set for tht price you will only get a set tht is 720.Atrue HD is 1920x1080p Cheaper unknown brands are not up to the job I would try and put a little more money abd get a branded name. Even then you are still looking at way more for a true HD I paid £1200 for mine. Dont be fooled by shops selling them as HD ready. Chech to see what res the set is.
#7
hi again, just and update

another 26" i'm considering, i'm liking the look of the LG sets.

http://www.shop.bt.com/productview.aspx?Quicklinx=4MDH&CategorySelectedId=11229&PageMode=1&NavigationKey=11229,390960000
#8
aazzow
I cant see you get a real HD set for tht price you will only get a set tht is 720.Atrue HD is 1920x1080p Cheaper unknown brands are not up to the job I would try and put a little more money abd get a branded name. Even then you are still looking at way more for a true HD I paid £1200 for mine. Dont be fooled by shops selling them as HD ready. Chech to see what res the set is.

Well my Hanspree is pretty impressive with the right component cables.

It's not amazing for DVD's though but then again I only use it for games (360). I would probably go for a small Sony Bravia if you want to watch DVD's on it. Or perhaps a Samsung to save a bit of case.

The Hanspree is as good as my Sony Bravia for the Xbox 360. I own both and they are as good as eachother for games.
#9
boateng
Thanks for the replies.

Yeah I had a browse on avforums and read as many reviews as I could on the Hannspree and AOC but found it very confusing. I, like yourself, found that a vast proportion of reviewers were complete perfectionists picking flaws I would imagine the average viewer wouldn't perhaps notice. Then again, I suppose they are the experts and do know best.

I found the Samsung [SIZE=2]26" (LE26R88BD) [/SIZE]on the dixons websitefor £398 - would this be a better option then a 32" cheaper brand?

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Yes, I've got the 23" Samsung and it's brilliant.
#10
http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=LG-RZ26LC2R

Cant find a better deal then £329 for this inc 5 year. Says instore only but worth the trip!

Also got a phillips:

http://www.richersounds.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=PHIL-26PF5321
#11
think i've made my decision, gonna go for the 26" samsung from dixons, and some voucher codes found on this website (disc01 for 2.5% off and Kel10 for a £10 off voucher) i've got the price down to £378.35 which i think is very reasonalbe, hopefully grow some balls and order later on tonight or tomo.

does anyone know wat kinda cover i'll get from dixons on this tv

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1750784636.1190034378@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfjaddlmjhlledcflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&sku=723054&calling_page=Product

cheers
#12
Well basic samsung cover for a year, although with samsungs you need at least 14 dead pixels before they do something about it.
#13
have a read on the av forums about the mirai one, think its £309 delivered (32") cant for life of me remember where from, but got it bookmarked on my laptop.

i'm in the same position as you, i only want it for my bedroom and i'll be sat/laid about 7ft away from it and its for xbox360, sky SD and using as a monitor which i'll watch d/l films through.

i read the thread on hannspree (over112 pages) and then the thread on the mirai (again over 100 pages) and tbh the mirai gets much more favourable comments and a lot less unhappy customers. so i'm going for that. even thought the hannsapree does look like nicer with the black finish etc.

just remembered, its from misco.co.uk/com?
#14
I have the 37" Hannspree from teleland & got a 5 year guarantee... Really really pleased with my hannspree, I honestly haven't had a single problem with it & the colours are fantastic... :)
#15
Hey all, I am in a similar position and I have been looking for a cheap but known brand LCD TV. I don't trust the extremely cheap ones for some reason.

Anyone got one of these? I think I am going to get one..

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5293173.htm

and I am looking at getting a Xbox 360 Elite - anyone know any good deals at the moment on these?

Cheers. :thumbsup:
#16
I wouldn't listen to all this about true HD and having to get a full HD set that is 1080p (1920x1080), as opposed to a set with a native resolution of 1366x768 (Which is known as a 720p set, even though 720p is a resolution of 1280x720. It's just a close match).

I was looking for a while and when I actually sat and looked I realised a 1080p set was over kill for my requirements. Nice, but no point if i'm not going to get the benefit.

It's all depends on what equipment you have hooked up to it and your viewing distance.

If it's for the 360 mainly and you're a few feet away, then no need for a 1080p set, as you'll not notice the difference between 72op and 1080p.

I'd recommed the Toshiba Regza 32C3030DB HD Ready LCD TV with freeview from John Lewis in the link below. 5 year warrany and you can price match with Empire Direct and get the set for £450.

More than you want to spend, but you do get what you pay for.

As my set was only for the 360 I didn't want to spend that much. Just seemed overkill for a "big 360 monitor" as such. However it's great and compared to the budget sets I looked at, it outperforms them.

http://www.johnlewis.com/Technology/Televisions/Televisions/LCD+TV/1284/230418237/Product.aspx
#17
Don't buy it from Argos! You can get the 22" delivered from Play for the same price.

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I bought mine about 3 months ago and I am very pleased with it. Read the reviews - only slight downside is the somewhat tinny speakers (I have hooked mine up to Creative 2.1 PC speakers and it sounds great!).
#18
@badboy83: Cheers for that mate - was about to purchase the Argos one tonight. Not anymore! :-)
#19
I had this situation a few months back, all I wanted was a TV in my bedroom. Initially I wanted a 22" for under £250. But then realised when i'm gonna move out i'd need to buy another one, so it would cost me more and decided to go for a larger screen.
So I did and got a panasonic TX32LXD70 for £610 as it had 100hz and think that will last me for a good 5 to inifinite years.
banned#20
There has been some excellent advice and I feel a little more clued up on what I am looking at now. I am gonna hang on longer until I have that bit of extra cash to spend and go for a branded one - which one I dont know though!

That Toshiba price match seems a really good deal though, very tempting. Would this been a better move than the Samsung model?

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