Akura APL3268 32" LCD TV £249.99 at Sainsburys - HotUKDeals
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Saw this in the shop where i work. Never heard of Akura but the reviews on Sainsburys website seem good. Great price for a 32" HDTV!

Free delivery as well or you can buy it directly in some stores.
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#1
Isn't Akura a Street Fighter 2 character? :)
#2
csf
Isn't Akura a Street Fighter 2 character? :)


I thought it was a doctor.
#3
andym6561
I thought it was a doctor.


No, it's the Honda's high end cars in the US.
#4
Seems a good price for an unknown brand 32". Heat added.
#5
Also out of stock
#6
coopdogggg
Also out of stock


Might not be out of stock in store, also we only just put this offer out the other day and they usually stick around for at least 2-4 weeks.
#7
coopdogggg
No, it's the Honda's high end cars in the US.


Btw that Acura

Pedanticness ftw!
#8
They used to stock Akura electronics items back in the day when Kwik Save were still going. Makro stock Akura TVs extensively too, although if anyone has been to their local Makro to see the Akura range of TVs on display, I think they will find the aesthetic designs of the majority of them none too pleasing for budget TVs!

Not voted at this price point..from a personal perspective though, at £50 more than the Tesco cheap tv over the new year, this price bracket starts to enter big brand tv 32" prices, whereby you would find decent image processers in the units, Samsungs DNie, Toshibas Regza, LGs XD engine etc etc.
#9
Instock at my 2 closest stores. Quite tempted.

Any reviews around?
#10
Only having one Scart socket would stop me buying this TV.

Not voted.
#11
Inactive
Only having one Scart socket would stop me buying this TV.

Not voted.


You can easy put a splitter in the back of it :)
#12
philmitchell
You can easy put a splitter in the back of it :)


You can easily do lots of things to add inputs to tvs, but I personally feel that it would be false economy at £250 to buy this TV, unless your budget is really being stretched, over spending just that little bit more on a branded TV with both more inputs as well as enhanced picture scaling technology the established brands put into their TVs, even more so if this is to be a lounge tv.

Inputs are one thing, picture quality is another.
#13
cicobuff;7508746
You can easily do lots of things to add inputs to tvs, but I personally feel that it would be false economy at £250 to buy this TV, unless your budget is really being stretched, over spending just that little bit more on a branded TV with both more inputs as well as enhanced picture scaling technology the established brands put into their TVs, even more so if this is to be a lounge tv.

Inputs are one thing, picture quality is another.


Absolutely - nicely put. There's been quite a few deals on here recently for decent 32" TVs - Toshiba, Samsung etc. from £270 to £300 - Comet had an offer instore recently for about £280. Amazon have a couple of TVs at £300. John Lewis have a Samsung 32" for £329 (with a free 5 year guarantee which, for me, is worth the extra money). If you really must stick to a £250 budget then fair enough, but if you can spare £20-£50 more, it might be worth considering a known brand TV or making sure that the TV meets your requirements in terms of inputs etc.
#14
cookiefaerie
Absolutely - nicely put. There's been quite a few deals on here recently for decent 32" TVs - Toshiba, Samsung etc. from £270 to £300 - Comet had an offer instore recently for about £280. Amazon have a couple of TVs at £300. John Lewis have a Samsung 32" for £329 (with a free 5 year guarantee which, for me, is worth the extra money). If you really must stick to a £250 budget then fair enough, but if you can spare £20-£50 more, it might be worth considering a known brand TV or making sure that the TV meets your requirements in terms of inputs etc.


Agree completely about paying extra for a good warranty but you have to realise that just because a tv is brand name it doesn't necessarily make it better. I work in the electronics dept and out of all the tvs on display the sony bravia is by far the worst clarity, and its almost triple the price of the Akura. Cant argue on inputs but like another poster said, you can buy a splitter for around £2
#15
philmitchell
You can easy put a splitter in the back of it :)


I am sure you can, but why bother when there are so many TV's that come properly equipped with 2 Scart sockets available, if they have cut corners on connections, where else have they cut corners?
#16
Stubee
Agree completely about paying extra for a good warranty but you have to realise that just because a tv is brand name it doesn't necessarily make it better. I work in the electronics dept and out of all the tvs on display the sony bravia is by far the worst clarity, and its almost triple the price of the Akura. Cant argue on inputs but like another poster said, you can buy a splitter for around £2


You mention you work in the electronics dept, have you actually gone into the Bravias settings to adjust the clarity? Are the picture feeds into the tv on a amplified loop where there can be weak spots?

I personally disagree with the bolded statement. Budget TV manufacturers generally make a play on advertising what branded LCD panel they have within their TVs such as stating "contains Samsung Panel" which sounds great, but when you realise there are only a certain number of LCD panel manufacturers out there, a TV manufacturer has to source the panels from somewhere.

Its whats behind the panel thats inportant, what feeds the image, hence why "big brand names" all have their own licensed technologies for this, the main AV board and scaler board that are the most important. You won't find Philips, LG, Samsung, Sony, Panasonic, Toshiba etc etc licensing the Pixel Plus, XG engine, DNie, Bravia etc etc for anyone else.

There is more to a cost involved in a TV than just it being a brand name unfortunately, costs are cut in other areas, whilst it can be argued this Akura TV is anywhere between £20-50 less than branded TVs that have been on offer here, that £20-£50 extra would get you a TV with not only a far more cosmetically pleasing appearance, but more importantly one with an array of AV inputs, and a decent picture technology engine behind the panel.

Understandably, the Teknica set on here over the New Year for a 1080P panel for just £199 got far more heat, once again it would not be able to compete with the "big brands" on the scaler front, but at the price point it was at could be considered a bargain.

A 1080i panel for anywhere between £20-£50 cheaper than the "big brands"what has been listed on here recently, I personally believe is false economy, unless and I can appreciate especially in this economic climate funds dictate that saving.

If a budget can stretch out just that little bit more, the £50 extra would currently get you the Toshiba Regza 32AV615DB from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0020HR6QM/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=471057153&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B000EW98IE&pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_r=15Z1BGBW4Q2CR2FW0BCW
#17
I bought one of these over a week ago and can confirm so far so good, I have it connected to my xbox and dvd player and both have a fantastic picture. The lack of inputs is annoying but isnt really a problem for me, I have plugged the xbox into the av componant port and and the picture is fantastic also the scart socket shows a good picture, considering the only thing you are likely to need on top of that is a sky/ virgin box considering it has intergrated freeview there are enough inputs for my needs. The sound quality is impressive too although i have now hooked up my surround sound now so i wont be hearing it again any time soon. my only complaint really is the lack of speaker out sockets sockets, I would prefer to have the xbox connected to the hdmi with the sound then going to the surround sound from the tv so that i had sound coming through the tv speakers and the surround sound.... loks like i will have to buy an adapter to achive this. All in all i would say for the price it really is very good. Hope this is helpful to someone :-)

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