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40" DGM (Digimate) 1080p LCD HDTV - £319.99 INSTORE @ Staples

£319.99 @ Staples UK
description from DGM website: http://www.digimate.co.uk/en/productDetail.asp?prod=501 Panel Size 40" Widescreen TFT LCD Resolution 1920x1080(Full HD) Aspect Ratio 16 : 9 Pixel Pitch 0.461 x 0… Read More
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description from DGM website:

http://www.digimate.co.uk/en/productDetail.asp?prod=501

Panel Size 40" Widescreen TFT LCD
Resolution 1920x1080(Full HD)
Aspect Ratio 16 : 9
Pixel Pitch 0.461 x 0.461 mm
Display Colors 16.7M

Pretty good deal i think, never known a 40inch 1080p capable HDTV ever go at that price.
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#1
is there a direct link so we can check out full spec
#3
hmm what would be the contrast ratio on this as the link does not contain this in the detail spec
#4
I take it this is not LED backlight?
#5
I have a DGM in the bedroom and it's fine for the freeview box we have in there but be warned the HD on ours emits a high pitched squeal, enough for us to decide against a HD freeview box. The panel I think is a Samsung, can't fault it and the speakers are good too. We paid £350 for a 32 inch some years back so this is a good price.
#6
echobass
I take it this is not LED backlight?


No it is not LED backlit :thumbsup:
#7
SneakyTr00per
hmm what would be the contrast ratio on this as the link does not contain this in the detail spec


No point, manufacturer contrast ratios are completely meaningless. Even the best plasmas are under 2000:1, yet they all claim figures in the millions.
#8
Avoid this brand at any cost :|
#9
Digimate support can be iffy. I got one of the 24in LCD monitors from Overclockers and it developed a fault. Initially all was fine (I kept all the paperwork and the original box). So far, i have been waiting 2 months for "a replacement part to arrive".
#10
KittyKate
I have a DGM in the bedroom and it's fine for the freeview box we have in there but be warned the HD on ours emits a high pitched squeal, enough for us to decide against a HD freeview box. The panel I think is a Samsung, can't fault it and the speakers are good too. We paid £350 for a 32 inch some years back so this is a good price.



It's possible that you have a faulty TV :thumbsup:
#11
I had a DGM digimate monitor and ended up selling it on ebay because it just was not a pleasure to watch. It did the job fine but it didn't have that extra something some good expensive LCDs/Plasmas will have!.
#12
ISJ66
Avoid this brand at any cost :|


Based on what ???
#13
I bought the 22" LCD monitor from aria for a client, within an hour of use there was a dead pixel which the massage, pressure and software
methods would not fix.

These are very budget products but the quality of the display (other than the dead pixel) is very good.

I am glad I spent more and got myself a dell display though.
#14
Evilsatan
I bought the 22" LCD monitor from aria for a client, within an hour of use there was a dead pixel which the massage, pressure and software
methods would not fix.

These are very budget products but the quality of the display (other than the dead pixel) is very good.

I am glad I spent more and got myself a dell display though.


Budget indeed. It doesn't appear to be HD Ready ratified so buyers who wish to connect to Blu Ray players will need to ensure HDCP compliancy.
#15
edisnotcircle
I had a DGM digimate monitor and ended up selling it on ebay because it just was not a pleasure to watch. It did the job fine but it didn't have that extra something some good expensive LCDs/Plasmas will have!.


No offence, but I thnk that extra 'something' is smug reassurance half the time.

I'm not saying brands like Sony, LG etc aren't superior, just that some of the cheaper or unknown brands aren't as inferior as you'd expect them to be in comparison, especially considering the huge price difference.

The best LCD TV I have ever owned (trouble fee, great picture, all the features useful to me) is a 17" WS Mikomi, which although it was cheap at the time, still cost me £300. Had it for 3+ years before upgrading early last year.

Considering the price, I'm probably gonna give this telly a punt as a cheap second telly.

Does anyone think HDCP compliancy could really be something that's absent from this telly!?

Seems unlikely, but what do I know!
#16
http://www.staples.co.uk/App_Themes/ck-CK/images/retail/PressAd_18-06-10/dont-miss-a-goal_02.jpg

PDF Spec's

Been trying to find out if it's fully HDCP compliant.

Can't find a thing! All I could find was the spec's above.

Anyone know if this is specific model is HDCP compliant, or if they've bought Digimate LCD TV's that weren't compliant?
#17
Saw this instore today and the quality was pretty awful. However this could be down their DVD player or connection. Based on what I saw I wouldn't buy it.
#18
this isn't really a great buy imo. i bought a much better spec 40" 1080p toshiba for £379 (tcb £371) from sainsburys delivered for the parents , maybe best spending extra £60ish ?
#19
THRILLER-DEEJAY
this isn't really a great buy imo. i bought a much better spec 40" 1080p toshiba for £379 (tcb £371) from sainsburys delivered for the parents , maybe best spending extra £60ish ?


Yeah, sounds pretty sensible to be honest. I'l give it a once over in Staples, and if it seems 'that' bad, I'll pass on it I think.


EDIT: Don't suppose you could point me to the Toshiba TV you mentioned. Ony one that fits the description on the Sainsburys site is £549.99!?
#20
they only got them wired up to DVD players from what i see.

One cool thing is that they got a built in divx player function, stick a divx film on a USB stick and it will play the film.
#21
SneakyTr00per
hmm what would be the contrast ratio on this as the link does not contain this in the detail spec

arfster
No point, manufacturer contrast ratios are completely meaningless. Even the best plasmas are under 2000:1, yet they all claim figures in the millions.

Manufacturer's spec page states c/r as 3000:1 (presumably ref to non-dynamic).

Think buyers also need to look at the wider features of this unit, including USB slot for native playback of divx / xvid files, plus it has a PVR function allowing it to record programs via USB. Would need to see a manual to understand how the xvid / PVR features function.
I also thought all DGM TVs had 3-year warranty as standard? Please correct me if somebody knows otherwise - either related exclusively to this Staples offer or other.
Potentially a lot of features for minimal cash.

Edit:
Manufacturer quotes warranty as 12 months, although a smaller DGM TV marketed by Scan indicates 36 months. Go figure.
1 Like #22
rufus bezak
Yeah, sounds pretty sensible to be honest. I'l give it a once over in Staples, and if it seems 'that' bad, I'll pass on it I think.


EDIT: Don't suppose you could point me to the Toshiba TV you mentioned. Ony one that fits the description on the Sainsburys site is £549.99!?


They sold out pretty fast but comet have them according to this..

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/700063/toshiba-40lv665db-40-full-hd-1080p-

the picture is very good especially freeview, best i have ever seen puts my 37" to shame. The sound is lame though ( where as my 37" is better) so if your putting it in a big room i recommend getting surround sound .
#23
Flipd

Edit:
Manufacturer quotes warranty as 12 months, although a smaller DGM TV marketed by Scan indicates 36 months. Go figure.


I think that's a mistake by Scan, as DGM only offer the 36 month warranty on LCD monitors, not TV's. Quite why they have a distinction is beyond me though. Maybe they expect that LCD TV's will get more use in a 12 month period thn a PC monitor would?
#24
THRILLER-DEEJAY
They sold out pretty fast but comet have them according to this..

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/700063/toshiba-40lv665db-40-full-hd-1080p-

the picture is very good especially freeview, best i have ever seen puts my 37" to shame. The sound is lame though ( where as my 37" is better) so if your putting it in a big room i recommend getting surround sound .


Cheers for tracking it down elsewhere mate. Appreciate that :thumbsup:

I'll check it out ;-)
banned#25
Just brought one from birmingham staples amazing it is sharp colourful with lots of setting games setting,movie setting and sports setting noise reduction with theatre sound amazing worth for the price play xbox 360 it is wicked on it sky is good also
#26
shazy1234
Just brought one from birmingham staples amazing it is sharp colourful with lots of setting games setting,movie setting and sports setting noise reduction with theatre sound amazing worth for the price play xbox 360 it is wicked on it sky is good also


Hey, thanks for the feedback on the Telly mate. Much appreciated ;-)

Have debated wether to get it or not. But will definitely head to Staples tomorrow with cash in hand, just in case ;-)

Does the Xbox360 have HDCP encryption? If so, it would answer my earlier question wether the TV was HDCP compliant or not.
banned#27
dont no but does play hdmi movies and games consoles usb record is included which is a feature which you put in your usb and press play on the remote and the progamme you watching gets recored on to the usb cool isnt it playing ufc 2010 at the moment on scart lead not hdmi cable one word amazing imagine hdmi cable : o but i gove this tv 9.5/10 with a bulit in freewew tuner you cant go wrong
banned 1 Like #28
by the way no problem on the feedback :)
banned#29
some people underrate them from there make but they are good tvs there motherboard(system) is made from LG and given to staples as there own so they are good
#30
Digimate suck, I bought one a few years ago because it was a cheap price, for a good reason, I wouldn't take a Digimate it if was offered for free.
#31
Bigfootpete
Digimate suck, I bought one a few years ago because it was a cheap price, for a good reason, I wouldn't take a Digimate it if was offered for free.


Yeah, real in depth & helpful critique there.

Do you write for a Home Entertainment Magazine by any chance!? :p
#32
I've had a Digimate 32" LCD TV for over 3 years now and the only complaint I have about it are that the default settings for picture and sound weren't very good. The sound especially was really poor but 10 minutes of fiddling with settings and both were great. Initially I used it with a Sky Box via scart and a PC media centre via HDMI (for Bluray and HD-DVD so I'm pretty sure it must be HDCP compliant) and last year I upgraded to Sky HD and the picture looks even better now.

I can't vouch for the 40" version but just wanted to show that Digimate isn't all that bad.
#33
phishwak
I've had a Digimate 32" LCD TV for over 3 years now and the only complaint I have about it are that the default settings for picture and sound weren't very good. The sound especially was really poor but 10 minutes of fiddling with settings and both were great. Initially I used it with a Sky Box via scart and a PC media centre via HDMI (for Bluray and HD-DVD so I'm pretty sure it must be HDCP compliant) and last year I upgraded to Sky HD and the picture looks even better now.

I can't vouch for the 40" version but just wanted to show that Digimate isn't all that bad.


Cheers for chipping in with your experiences mate :thumbsup:

As all the positive comments have been explained, and the negatives are just 'Duh, DGM sucks etc' without any explaination, I think it's clear it's mainly brand snobbery more than any real serious flaws with the telly.
#34
I was in staples today and had a look at one of these. They were unable to demonstrate it as they have no aerial and did not have a DVD player. They were actually loathe to switch it on as they do not have a TV licence!. However they did but all I was able to look at were the menus on a blue background. From these the text was sharp and contrast and brightness looked OK. The viewing angles were somewhat poor with brightness/contrast noticeably falling off in all but a virtually head on viewing position.

The panel is not a S-LCD ( Samsung/Sony) (wrong pixel shape) and I would have my doubts that LG produce the mother board. The set resembles some Technica models. My guess its produced in China using a Chei-Mei Optronics Panel. However for the money if the set is placed across the corner of a room thus restricting viewing angles then ...?
#35
Slow response time, pixelation, glitches in the picture - i.e it would falter regularly. The sound - very very tinny.
banned#36
mate people dont buy these type of tvs for bass they buy these tvs for everyday watching with hearable sound not blowing up the sound stereo and picture with right setting are amazing with sound very good and around 18-20 is the best volume setting and theatre is best or personal
#37
Well I got one, and I'm really quite pleased with it. Sound is not the best, but it's not bad either. It's a tad flat compared to my Hannspree (which has mega sound) but not tinny. Picture is great overall and superb when playing PS3 games and Blu-Ray films on it, so that comfirms it definitely is HTCP compliant.

Bloke in Staples didn't have clue about the telly features though.

The DivX playback is very handy. I just plugged in my external 1TB HDD and you can browse the file structure of the HDD and play them straight from the disk! Haven't tried recording anything yet though.

Considering it's full HD and it's a 40" screen, for the price I think it's a great telly :thumbsup:

Rep added to OP :thumbsup:
#38
rufus bezak
Well I got one, and I'm really quite pleased with it. Sound is not the best, but it's not bad either. It's a tad flat compared to my Hannspree (which has mega sound) but not tinny. Picture is great overall and superb when playing PS3 games and Blu-Ray films on it, so that comfirms it definitely is HTCP compliant.

Bloke in Staples didn't have clue about the telly features though.

The DivX playback is very handy. I just plugged in my external 1TB HDD and you can browse the file structure of the HDD and play them straight from the disk! Haven't tried recording anything yet though.

Considering it's full HD and it's a 40" screen, for the price I think it's a great telly :thumbsup:

Rep added to OP :thumbsup:


how many hdmis does it have?
#39
ssjinzo
how many hdmis does it have?


two
#40
ssjinzo
how many hdmis does it have?


THRILLER-DEEJAY
two


Yep, wot he said! :-D

Now that I've used the telly a bit, there is one major flaw for me particularly. It has no earphone socket :-(

I watch tons of films with my cordless headphones on, as I find it the absolute best way to experience the immersive soundtrack of the film. Plus I love it nice and loud, so it saves other people from earache!

Probably no biggie for most people though.

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