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I recently purchased a 49 inch Blaupunkt 'smart' TV for £200 and instantly regretted it when I saw the picture especially when the football was on, so am planning on taking it back immediately. I …
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3m, 3w agoPosted 3 months, 3 weeks ago
I recently purchased a 49 inch Blaupunkt 'smart' TV for £200 and instantly regretted it when I saw the picture especially when the football was on, so am planning on taking it back immediately.

I am just wondering which TV I could get for my money that would give a clear/crisp picture as I'm not the best with this whole refresh rate/response time ultra 4k jargon. I know the Blaupunkt supposedly had 50hz refresh rate and a 8.5ms response time (which I'd heard was decent) but it wasn't.

The question is, would a Samsung/LG/Sony with the same specs as the Blaupunkt ultimately be a better picture or would the result be identical?

Anyway, any advice would be much appreciated please. I don't have a clue where to start.
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#1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
#2
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money


Is that android based?

I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV
#3
meganjonez
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
Is that android based?
I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV

I've got a Samsung 48" and we are very pleased with it, no problems with the OS and it even includes Amazon prime video app, which a lot of smart tv's don't have
#4
Sony Bravia if you want good response time. They are unrivalled in this area. All sets have fores and against and then it is luck of the draw if you get a good panel so buy from a reputable store with warranty and you will be sorted. Recommended John Lewis, Richer Sounds.
#5
meganjonez
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
Is that android based?
I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV

Got one delivered on Saturday and so far are really impressed with it. Excellent picture quality and the built in apps are nice and responsive. Got it with a matching wireless sound bar which samsung are doing with £200 off when bought as a package at the moment. Sound bar also comes with a years free deezer which was a nice little bonus

Believe it's only an 8 bit panel, so not true UHD, but still looks awesome from what we've tried so far.

Let me know if you have anything specific you want checking and I'll have a fiddle

Edited By: FloppySquid on Oct 31, 2016 23:38
#6
While it is mostly consolidated now, I would imagine Samsung etc source better panels than Blaupunkt (I suspect info on specific panels used is available/known over at AVForums). I also reckon the inbuilt image processing/upscaler is better on the former. Just get a 5 year guarantee if you go Samsung as build quality is awful nowadays
#7
I got the samsung UE55KU6000 and for the money I was pretty impressed

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-ue55ku6000-55-inch-2016-model-4k-tv-699-appliance-electronics-2475000

its 700 at very and they may still have the 10 or 20 % off if you take finance on your first order, nothing to say you cant then cancel the finance ;)
#8
2minutenoodles
Sony Bravia if you want good response time. They are unrivalled in this area. All sets have fores and against and then it is luck of the draw if you get a good panel so buy from a reputable store with warranty and you will be sorted. Recommended John Lewis, Richer Sounds.

I keep looking at Sony Bravia now due to the android OS and I've seen a few comments regarding gaming been sonys fortay rather than any other manufacturers. Is there one that you would recommend?

FloppySquid
meganjonez
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
Is that android based?
I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV
Got one delivered on Saturday and so far are really impressed with it. Excellent picture quality and the built in apps are nice and responsive. Got it with a matching wireless sound bar which samsung are doing with £200 off when bought as a package at the moment. Sound bar also comes with a years free deezer which was a nice little bonus
Believe it's only an 8 bit panel, so not true UHD, but still looks awesome from what we've tried so far.
Let me know if you have anything specific you want checking and I'll have a fiddle


Ah thank you, is that the Samsung then? it does look like it has a very good picture after reading so many reviews it always seems to score highly and positively and seems to have higher reviews than the Sony bravia so I can't decide between the 2
#9
meganjonez
2minutenoodles
Sony Bravia if you want good response time. They are unrivalled in this area. All sets have fores and against and then it is luck of the draw if you get a good panel so buy from a reputable store with warranty and you will be sorted. Recommended John Lewis, Richer Sounds.
I keep looking at Sony Bravia now due to the android OS and I've seen a few comments regarding gaming been sonys fortay rather than any other manufacturers. Is there one that you would recommend?
FloppySquid
meganjonez
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
Is that android based?
I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV
Got one delivered on Saturday and so far are really impressed with it. Excellent picture quality and the built in apps are nice and responsive. Got it with a matching wireless sound bar which samsung are doing with £200 off when bought as a package at the moment. Sound bar also comes with a years free deezer which was a nice little bonus
Believe it's only an 8 bit panel, so not true UHD, but still looks awesome from what we've tried so far.
Let me know if you have anything specific you want checking and I'll have a fiddle
Ah thank you, is that the Samsung then? it does look like it has a very good picture after reading so many reviews it always seems to score highly and positively and seems to have higher reviews than the Sony bravia so I can't decide between the 2

My experience is I had an awesome Samsung TV in Australia and since returned two duds purchased in the UK (different models) I then moved onto Sony and despite slow to power on, the Sony has a really crisp picture when calibrated and really good motion handling. My brother in law commented on my Sony every time he saw the picture on it (I own the Kdl50w805b) so unable to find my model for sale anymore he bought a different Sony from Very recently (1080p) as his LG TV literally blew up and he needed to pay later. I am not sure of the model he bought but I took my spears & munsil disc to his and calibrated the TV and the picture is arguably even better than mine. He is really happy with it. Nearly all new TVs have some sort of back light bleed or dse to some degree and many have bugs in their software causing lag etc and this can happen to all models and is annoyingly very common and it just means keep replacing until you get a good one. You may get lucky, I am sometimes. I bought a larger 4K LG set which had a good picture but I couldn't get it quite as crisp as my 1080 set and decided to wait until I can afford an OLED set instead. So my recommendation is, unless you are purchasing a large TV (55" +) then 4K is probably not necessary, if you are wanting 4K then look for an HDR compatible set as this makes a noticeable difference with a compatible source; most of all it doesn't really matter what brand you buy out of the big three (Samsung, Sony, Lg) with more modern TVs a lot comes down to personal preference, (UI, looks) build quality and luck of getting a panel with minimal imperfections, so purchasing from a reputable store with a good returns policy and guarantee is most important because if like me you are discerning then there is a good chance you will be returning a set if the back light bleed/banding etc is noticeable despite what brand you choose. My mum has a new 4K Samsung TV with noticeable banding but she doesn't see it, nice picture if you can look past the imperfection, she won't let me change it for another one lol. What size set are you looking for? 4K HDR or Not? and I'll have a look for you if wanted.








Edited By: 2minutenoodles on Nov 01, 2016 17:45: .
#10
2minutenoodles
meganjonez
2minutenoodles
Sony Bravia if you want good response time. They are unrivalled in this area. All sets have fores and against and then it is luck of the draw if you get a good panel so buy from a reputable store with warranty and you will be sorted. Recommended John Lewis, Richer Sounds.
I keep looking at Sony Bravia now due to the android OS and I've seen a few comments regarding gaming been sonys fortay rather than any other manufacturers. Is there one that you would recommend?
FloppySquid
meganjonez
gr8t1
Hisense 50M3300 from richersounds
Bought mine and it is superb for the money
Is that android based?
I think I'd ideally like an android based smart tv but I feel like for the money the Samsung ue49ku6400 might be the better option but I don't know what the Tizen OS is like for the smart TV
Got one delivered on Saturday and so far are really impressed with it. Excellent picture quality and the built in apps are nice and responsive. Got it with a matching wireless sound bar which samsung are doing with £200 off when bought as a package at the moment. Sound bar also comes with a years free deezer which was a nice little bonus
Believe it's only an 8 bit panel, so not true UHD, but still looks awesome from what we've tried so far.
Let me know if you have anything specific you want checking and I'll have a fiddle
Ah thank you, is that the Samsung then? it does look like it has a very good picture after reading so many reviews it always seems to score highly and positively and seems to have higher reviews than the Sony bravia so I can't decide between the 2
My experience is I had an awesome Samsung TV in Australia and since returned two duds purchased in the UK (different models) I then moved onto Sony and despite slow to power on the Sony has a really crisp picture when calibrated and really good motion handling. My brother in law commented on my Sony every time he saw the picture on it (I own the Kdl50w805b) so unable to find my model for sale anymore he bought a different Sony from Very recently (1080p) as his LG TV literally blew up and he needed to pay later. I am not sure of the model he bought but I took my spears & munsil disc to his and calibrated the TV and the picture is arguably even better than mine. He is really happy with it. Nearly all new TVs have some sort of back light bleed or dse to some degree and many have bugs in their software causing lag etc and this can happen to all models and is annoyingly very common, my TV is rated with the best input lag than any other TV ever made, I bought a larger 4K LG set which had a good picture but I couldn't get it quite as crisp and decided to wait until I can afford OLED for a newer set. So my recommendation is unless you are purchasing a large TV 55" + then 4K is probably not necessary, if you are set on 4K then look for an HDR compatible set but most of all it doesn't really matter what brand you buy out of the big three (Samsung, Sony, Lg) with more modern TVs a lot come s down to personal preference, build quality and luck of getting a panel with minimal imperfections so purchasing from a reputable store with a good returns policy is most important because if like me you are discerning then there is a good chance you will be returning a set if the back light bleed/banding etc is noticeable, no matter what brand. My mum has a new 4K Samsung TV with noticeable banding but she doesn't see it, nice picture if you can look past the imperfection. What size set are you looking for? 4K HDR or Not? and I'll have a look for you if wanted.

Have heard a few things about Samsung not been as good as they used to be so slightly concerns me! And the sonys sound just right then, although someone mentioned the phillips ambilight one that was on here a few days ago at £379? But obviously I don't want to buy cheap to replace again asap ideally want a set that will last year's without needing to replace.

This is the 3rd Blaupunkt (don't know how I had the patience lol) I've sent back due to light bleed it really irritates me, once I notice it I can't stop focusing on it. I don't find the picture quality that bad at all on SD content like Peppa Pig & paw patrol
#11
I'm gonna assume the rest didn't post ^^ as I can't see it on my phone.

Like peppa pig and paw patrol, but when it came to the football on sky sports hd it didn't seem to be able to handle it.

Ideally I'd like a 49 inch TV with smart functionality. Regarding the 4k I mean I'm not convinced I'd benefit from it at the moment due to being on virgin media (I don't see it coming anytime soon) also, I (well not me) watch quite a lot of SD kids channels & hd channels and use the xbox one frequently.


Ideally if it had smart functionality I'd use kodi quite a bit also, the TV you've described sounds like the perfect one really. Although someone mentioned to me about the phillips ambilight 4k that was on offer on here for £379 for the 43inch model and I'm intrigued as to what the differences would be between Sony and phillips. Obviously my worry would be similar in regards to the Blaupunkt and buying cheap.

Thanks again for helping with this, very much appreciated.
#12
I called up and found out that THIS is the TV my Bro-Inlaw bought. It is smart, will take your USB etc, can record to a hard drive. Picture is crystal, did need a bit of calibration out of the box but minor. It isn't an android set though. Viewing angles are awesome.

For gaming and football you can't beat Sony and I am not selling Sony to you as I have a Samsung blu-ray player that plays more content via USB than my TV does but just going on picture quality and as you say Samsung don't seem as good as they used to be unless like Panasonic you buy the more expensive models.

Edit: He uses Kodi on it.

Edited By: 2minutenoodles on Nov 01, 2016 18:06
#13
meganjonez
I'm gonna assume the rest didn't post ^^ as I can't see it on my phone.

Like peppa pig and paw patrol, but when it came to the football on sky sports hd it didn't seem to be able to handle it.

Ideally I'd like a 49 inch TV with smart functionality. Regarding the 4k I mean I'm not convinced I'd benefit from it at the moment due to being on virgin media (I don't see it coming anytime soon) also, I (well not me) watch quite a lot of SD kids channels & hd channels and use the xbox one frequently.


Ideally if it had smart functionality I'd use kodi quite a bit also, the TV you've described sounds like the perfect one really. Although someone mentioned to me about the phillips ambilight 4k that was on offer on here for £379 for the 43inch model and I'm intrigued as to what the differences would be between Sony and phillips. Obviously my worry would be similar in regards to the Blaupunkt and buying cheap.

Thanks again for helping with this, very much appreciated.

Just had a thought, when you mention peppa pig and paw patrol can I assume that you are running through a BT you view box? If so, have you tried watching football in HD through the TV directly?


Update: Bro-Inlaw is peed as he paid £650 for his lol
#14
I lost a post about the Philips but I can't really comment as I have no idea. For the price difference I would stick with a Sony/Samsung and get the 49" you want.

Also, the link I provided to the Sony is just where my. Bro-Inlaw purchased from, you may find it cheaper elsewhere. All reviews seem good too except for a couple of drunk people lol.

Edited By: 2minutenoodles on Nov 01, 2016 18:21
#15
2minutenoodles
I lost a post about the Philips but I can't really comment as I have no idea. For the price difference I would stick with a Sony/Samsung and get the 49" you want.
Also, the link I provided to the Sony is just where my. Bro-Inlaw purchased from, you may find it cheaper elsewhere. All reviews seem good too except for a couple of drunk people lol.


Haha thanks for the advice that one looks good a decent price as well! Will have to have a look around at the prices elsewhere but is looking good
#16
Why won't my whole post post
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#18
meganjonez
Why won't my whole post post

Looks like I'm sold on that model especially if the picture is as good as it sounds! The only thing is my partner seems to want 4k I'm not sure why think they feel it's 'futureproof' if we get 4k at the same time. I'm not sure. I don't want to get 4k and then have picture quality suffering quality due to the presence of 4k and paying a lower price (if that makes sense)
#19
meganjonez
meganjonez
Why won't my whole post post
Looks like I'm sold on that model especially if the picture is as good as it sounds! The only thing is my partner seems to want 4k I'm not sure why think they feel it's 'futureproof' if we get 4k at the same time. I'm not sure. I don't want to get 4k and then have picture quality suffering quality due to the presence of 4k and paying a lower price (if that makes sense)

You are correct. If your partner wants 4K to future proof then you must find a 4K TV with HDR as HDR is the main improvement in the technology and if not featured you receive little to no benefit having a 4K TV unless sitting very very close or the TV is very very big. You will soon notice when watching things like peppa pig in SD that they aren't as clear on 4K, HD content has no discernible difference when on a 4K set but as mentioned with my old LG 4K set, I couldn't get the picture that bit 'crisp' like I could with 1080p, However! You will have more detail when watching a UHD disc in 4K or Netflix in 4K assuming you have a UHD player and/or Netflix 4K but HDR will make the colours pop and comes at an additional price.

My opinion is, I want a 4K HDR TV but I want a very big TV that warrants having 4K, I am also not willing to pay the price currently knowing that all of my SD and Regular HD content will suffer from the 'upgrade' somewhat too. As far as future proofing, when considering peppa pig and most content in SD isn't being broadcasted in HD by default, how long until all channels are HD and then how long until 4K if we haven't got HD yet. OLED is more future proofing than resolution but very expensive and Samsung are making 8K TVs.

The choice is if you watch TV frequently I highly recommend sticking with 1080p, if you watch movies more than TV on blu-ray and will be moving to HDR on UHD then you will benefit from 4K content offering more detail.

A good 4K set is usually a lot more expensive than a good 1080p set due to the extra pixels require more processing, with more processing power the TV can upscale SD content into 4K more accurately and quicker resulting in a more fluid picture. For this reason budget 4K sets can suffer somewhat more than the more expensive models when watching sport or playing games.
#20
Thank you for your very detailed answer, I left my partner have a look and we have agreed on Sony somehwat but this is the one that has taken his fancy (still seems adamant about the 4k!), what do you reckon (sorry to ask you just seem to know what youre on about lol!)

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/tv-and-home-entertainment/televisions/televisions/sony-bravia-kd49xd7005bu-smart-4k-ultra-hd-hdr-49-led-tv-10149276-pdt.html
#21
No problem at all, I am happy to help. Good choice, It looks like a very good TV for the money. If purchasing online and if you have any issues with it at all you can return hassle free within the first 14days. Obviously I cannot comment on the picture as I haven't seen it in person but specs look good!

Enjoy the extra detail when watching 4K! And with HDR I'm jealous! You must get Deadpool on UHD as that is a true 4K master and looks great, also although a 2K master, Life of Pi UHD really shows off HDR with the glowing water.

I have a feeling you are going to be blown away, especially coming from a blaupunkt (sorry). :D

Edited By: 2minutenoodles on Nov 02, 2016 09:15
#22
Haha thanks I hope so! Took the plunge on it. Got it for £603 delivered from boots kitchen so we will see!

And ahh, dont say that about deadpool it will finally mean my partner will win and we will have to watch it now..
#23
Also, thanks again for your help, it was very much appreciated. (Sorry for double post it wouldn't post my whole post again! God knows what I'm doing wrong..)
#24
meganjonez
Also, thanks again for your help, it was very much appreciated. (Sorry for double post it wouldn't post my whole post again! God knows what I'm doing wrong..)

The site messes up constantly and you will find deals that are hot go cold and posts are deleted for no reason sometimes too.

My pleasure :) Hope you enjoy the new TV.

Any questions setting up, send me a PM. I don't receive notifications and only see your replies from back tracking to this page lol.

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