Acoustic Solutions 32in LCD HD Ready Digital LCD TV £249.99 (£50 off down from £299.99) in-store and online @ Argos!!!! - HotUKDeals
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I was going to buy a Samsung 32" until my mate told me there are only a few companies who make the panels anyway, so there's not really any harm in buying a cheap brand when it comes to this sort of thing (so I'm told).

5/5 customer rating on Argos website out of 197 reviews.

Yeah it's probably not as good as a £500 Sony one but its fine for the console and a bit of casual TV watching (for me at least) so I'm happy with it and would recommend it to anyone looking for a cheap and cheerful TV.

Anyway here are the specs:

Television Picture Quality:

* High Definition Ready.

* Integrated digital (freeview).

* 32in (81cm) widescreen TV with (81cm) visible screen size.

* Resolution 1366 x 768 pixels.

* Brightness 500cd/m2.

* Contrast 1,200:1.

* Viewing angle 178/178.

* Progressive scan.


Connectivity:

* 1 HDMI socket.

* 2 SCART sockets.

* Component video socket.

* Composite.

* Headphone socket.

* AV socket (rear).

* DC socket (rear).


Sound Quality:

* NICAM.

* 2 x 8W RMS power input.


Freeview Features:

* Digitally interactive.

* Digital text.

* Digital video broadcasting (DVB).

* RF loop.

* Auto setup.

* Auto scan for new channels.

* Now and Next electronic programme.

* Electronic programme guide.

* 7 days electronic programme guide.

* Top up TV compatible.


Additional Features.

* Teletext.

* Fastext.

* UHF/UHF tuner.

* Auto setup.

* Auto search tuner.

* Auto search labelling.

* Sleep timer.

* Child lock.

* Picture in Picture.

* Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (included).

* 230V AC mains operated.

* Size of TV (H)56, (W)80.4, (D)12cm.

* Size of TV and stand (H)60.2, (W)80.4, (D)21cm.

* Weight of TV 14.5kg

* Weight of TV and stand 16.1kg.

* Suitable for wall mounting (brackets not supplied).


This is my first post, hope you guys will find it hot!
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#1
your mate tells porkies :whistling:

but this is cheap for those on a budget. :thumbsup:
#2
I bought a similar acoustic solutions in 2007 December. Everything works great but had to send it back like 1 week before the warranty expired. The AV Outs didn't work on mine and the sound is relatively tinny. Just make sure you test everything. Oh and the sky remote codes should have been sorted by now too.
#3
Yeah I've checked mine out and it's all fine (for now at least) and of course the good thing about Argos is that it's extremely easy to take stuff back to get a replacement or refund.

toonarmani
your mate tells porkies :whistling:


Does he though? He worked somewhere that fixes, sells and sets up TVs so I'm inclined to believe him as he spends most of his day taking these things apart.
#4
He may be right about the panels, but there is plenty more technology in a TV than simply the screen. Cheap parts lead to poorer performance and a shorter product lifespan. False economy in my opinion.
#5
Yeah, he said something about flashing the firmware as many TVs are capable of 1080p but they limit them for the cheaper models and then stick the exact same panel in the more expensive TVs with different firmware.
#6
MrMonkey
He may be right about the panels, but there is plenty more technology in a TV than simply the screen. Cheap parts lead to poorer performance and a shorter product lifespan. False economy in my opinion.

The number of parts in a TV these days is next to nothing anyway, cheap or expensive there cant be much difference in parts cost, no doubt the HUKD police know better though!
#7
CunningStunts
Yeah I've checked mine out and it's all fine (for now at least) and of course the good thing about Argos is that it's extremely easy to take stuff back to get a replacement or refund.



Does he though? He worked somewhere that fixes, sells and sets up TVs so I'm inclined to believe him as he spends most of his day taking these things apart.


If he was right, then why would anyone buy a Samsung / Sony / Panasonic set? they would all go for el'cheapo...

However I've compared my Sony set with the rola-cola brands some of my mates have bought and mine is in a different league - their's are simply cheap tat. Poor sound quality, shocking picture (in comparison).

If someone is on a tight budget by all means buy one of these, but my advice would be as with most things in life, you get what you pay for, so spend a little more on a decent set :thumbsup:

One other thing .. did he "spend most of his day taking these things apart" because they kept breaking?! :whistling:
#8
I have a 26" version of this tv for my xbox and play it on 1080i and the picture quality is really good and would recommend this tv to anyone.Had it for 15 months no problems and it is used everyday.
1080i or 720p not full hd
yes sony and panasonic are better but for this money it is definately worth it
#9
this may be a better buy for £4 more
#10
CunningStunts
Yeah, he said something about flashing the firmware as many TVs are capable of 1080p but they limit them for the cheaper models and then stick the exact same panel in the more expensive TVs with different firmware.


Yes, you are correct, there are only a few manufacturers of LCD panels, but the process isn't an exact science. Some panels that come off the production line are better than others.

The top brands like Samsung take the cream off the top, then the cheaper, less than perfect, panels are put in TVs like this.

This is why with cheaper TV's you sometime get people saying they have a brilliant picture, and some saying theirs is rubbish.. Its just down to the luck of the draw.
#11
I bought one of these from Argos last week.........got it home connected it to my skyhd and looked great.
It actually comes with 2X HDMI slots not 1 as per the listing and/or catalogue. I noticed the display model had 2 when I was looking instore so I took a chance thinking i'm only gonna get 1 and if i get 2 then i don't need to buy a hdmi splitter. As the box was put on the counter it stated 2x hdmi so i was more than happy. The tv is great value for money. The sound is great, hooked it up to the xbox360 and looks great also. It has a gloss effect and does need a dusting every other day.
The setup is very easy, switch the tv on for the first time and it takes you through the settings automatically, Freeview, etc (i exited the freeview setup as I skyhd) but it is foolproof.
Don't forget you get 12 months warranty with argos, and no quibble but i think the extended warranty is £119 or so. Personally I didn't take it only because of the price i paid for it !
Plenty in store so go grab one ! or two
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The main issue with cheap sets is the SD picture performance. Cheap scalers and filters mean a cheap picture, no matter what the panel is like.

HD images are a different matter altogether. An HDMI-sourced, 720p picture on a cheap set is usually pretty good (not quite up to the level of a more expensive set but nearly there). An HDMI signal is fundamentally the same as DVI, and an HD signal is essentially a DVI XVGA source. A cheap computer monitor performs nearly as well as a more expensive one.

If you pair up a cheap set to an upscaling DVD player or DVB receiver, the image should be comparable on a cheaper set to a better one (because the scaling is being done by the player). I've tried this with a cheap Aldi TV married to a Yamaha DSP-enabled upscaling receiver (which has a high quality upscaler built-in). The images in SD were very good indeed -- much better than feeding it a SCART input.

But that begs the question, why not just get a better TV in the first place? The Samsung or Sony will have decent processing silicon inside, so there will be no need for an expensive upscaling DVD player.

This is also a good reason why a good TV wedded to a cheap HDMI DVD player is often a bad idea -- same principle in reverse.

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