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Technika 37inch LCD TV FULL-HD 1080P at Tesco £329.97

£329.97 @ Tesco
Saw this in local Tesco today (Watford), thought it was a pretty decent deal, as i was helping my sis look for a 32" LCD below £300. £30 more for an extra 5" and full HD, sounds pretty good to me? Not… Read More
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Saw this in local Tesco today (Watford), thought it was a pretty decent deal, as i was helping my sis look for a 32" LCD below £300. £30 more for an extra 5" and full HD, sounds pretty good to me? Not sure of quality though... Cant see this online.

If anyone has a spec to add that would be appreciated!
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#1
And...

http://img139.imageshack.us/img139/8128/13042009451l.jpg
#2
Hot deal. Seems good for a budget HD TV.

Heat added
#3
RED HOT PRICE even if non-branded. Picture quality will be brilliant with ps3/blu-ray but not so hot on basic terrestrial tv
#4
The thing with these unbranded TVs is that you're always put off by the lack of a badge on it, but in reality, alot of them are just as good as the top brands for many of us normal people who aren't experts in how black the black is, what contrast ratio it is, how deep or velvety the colours are, etc etc.

As long as the picture is clear, the colours decent, and the TV works well for the next few years, I couldn't care less about the specifications, because my mind will be focused on the content and not the picture quality, which could well be good to my untrained eyes.

So something like this is a good deal indeed for many of us if it is as above. Look at ebuyer.com for example, and the Visitron sets, which are also unbranded - tons of people are happy with those sets and the quality you get.

So why pay £400 extra for a set with the same screen size and HD resolution just because it's branded and the black is slightly blacker on them?

Heat added.
#5
CANNOT go wrong at that price! I'm not usually one to like deals on supermarket tv's, but that's a SILLY price for a full HD 37", and it looks pretty stylish too!
#6
Spec from independant review site:

Product Features
Screen Size in Inches 37
HDMI Interface 2
Number of Scart Interfaces 2
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1080p
Screen Format 16:9
Frequency 50
Weight (kg) 14.4
Full HD Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Digital Tuner Yes
FreeSat Tuner No
PC Interface Yes
USB Port No
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 1600
Energy Savings Trust Feature No

Height in mm 627
Width in mm 905
Depth in mm 144
HD Ready Yes
Sound System Nicam Stereo
Colour Black
Release Date 9 Jan 2009
#7
Great deal but ?store specific.
#8
GeeJay86
Spec from independant review site:

Product Features
Screen Size in Inches 37
HDMI Interface 2
Number of Scart Interfaces 2
Screen Resolution (pixels) 1080p
Screen Format 16:9
Frequency 50
Weight (kg) 14.4
Full HD Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG) Yes
Digital Tuner Yes
FreeSat Tuner No
PC Interface Yes
USB Port No
Contrast Ratio (X:1) 1600
Energy Savings Trust Feature No

Height in mm 627
Width in mm 905
Depth in mm 144
HD Ready Yes
Sound System Nicam Stereo
Colour Black
Release Date 9 Jan 2009


Tesco site claims 4000:1 contrast ratio
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6516.aspx
can anyone verify on the actually box?
banned#9
good price and reading above on the comments about why buy a named brand. I run a tv repair shop and the only trouble i see with un branded products is the service back up. Some brands are almost impossible to get spares for so end up beeing un repairable. At least with a major brand you can get service back up / support of some sort. BUT 329 wow what a price for the size of screen :) . swings and roundabouts really for the normal user.
#10
I would like to add my 50p and say that whilst this is a budget televison and not discussing this exact model, many of the cheaper models (compared to sony/philips ect cant compete in spec eg the kdl40w from sony offers a contast ratio of Contrast 50000:1 whereby the aforementioned item states 4000/1 .

Many things such as engine and internal components may be cheaper and often (not always) not as high spec, therefore could affect the overall experience of full HD, there is a great site called AV forums [url]www.avforums.com[/url] would be a great place to post this very question, not voting either way as not seen this tele in action but granted it seems a nice offer.
#11
What 'speed' is this telly?
#12
saggy470;4914977
...I run a tv repair shop...

Many moons ago I used to read "Televison" mag, with "Les Lawrie-Johns"(?) etc..!
#13
it does say in the spec quoted above 50 hrz frequency.

Heat added as a good spot for the majority of telly users....and as a spare or bedroom telly even for those with x-ray vision.
#14
killgannon
Tesco site claims 4000:1 contrast ratio
http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.205-6516.aspx
can anyone verify on the actually box?


That link goes to the 37-700, whereas the one advertised is the 909
#15
Seems like a great deal to me!
#16
Great price, all I will say is that all the Technika stuff I've had has been proper toilet so not sure about the quality....

I was in Aldi today and they still had their 32" LCD TVs in for £299 with a 3-year warranty which is not to be sniffed at....
#17
37" and lower a lot of the fancy specs are lost. I think the black blackness arguement is a bit daft, the sharp I bought recently got slated in a review for its blacks but they look fine to me. The supposed problems with lower spec and unbranded tv's is in the areas where the internal engines are required for upscaling/handeling lower res images and dealing with fast motion and quick colour/ brightness changes.
If you are **** about these things or have been used to watching a higher spec set then this will be a let down. If not then this is a right stonking bargain, and besides after a few weeks it will become your accepted watching norm whatever your used to.
#18
The 37-907 model gets some good reviews at ciao.co.uk
#19
brillient deal.
I must admit as above specs are just specs If it looks good in person then ill be just as good in your home. Contrast is all well and good if you have direct sunlight on your tv/monitor otherwise its not the biggest deal.

I have two 19inch vga 800:1 contrast monitors. which although not "Perfect" they are a couple years old. and im not blown away by any means when i see a 20000:1+ contrast dvi tv/monitor dell monitor my mate has. or tvs of simplar/better spec.

as posted above. unless your really are picky or you graphics designer and you need your blacks to be black! then im sure you won't noticed the difference
#20
Never had a good experience with the lower priced budget models.

Bush VCR lasted 13 months.
Beko dishwasher lasted 13 months.
Matsui VCR lasted 14 months.
Akura TV lasted 15 months.

Spot the trend?

Hotpoint fridge/freezer lasted 2 years before the seal went then discovered you couldn't replace it but that was the exception (ie) lasted longer than expected but academic when you can't replace a seal.

Still, always people swayed by price for these type of products, and sometimes the name.

Matsui..."must be good, sounds Japanese."
Technika..."must be good , sounds errr... technical"
#21
YOu can change a seal now...They are removable to clean (Hotpoint)
#22
4000:1 on a 37" isn't much to talk about, but very good tv for people on a budget
#23
My dad got the 40in for £400 which was a steal, as it's a brilliant telly for the price (and the built in freeview is way better than on our £500 37" LG, which is really slow).

I would absolutely go for this if you're not fussed about the intricacies of colour/sound - it's a great telly with a good clear pic, good built in freeview, well built, decent remote, and good sound.

(Don't forget the clubcard!!)
#24
Bad Actor
Never had a good experience with the lower priced budget models.

Bush VCR lasted 13 months.
Beko dishwasher lasted 13 months.
Matsui VCR lasted 14 months.
Akura TV lasted 15 months.

Spot the trend?

Hotpoint fridge/freezer lasted 2 years before the seal went then discovered you couldn't replace it but that was the exception (ie) lasted longer than expected but academic when you can't replace a seal.

Still, always people swayed by price for these type of products, and sometimes the name.

Matsui..."must be good, sounds Japanese."
Technika..."must be good , sounds errr... technical"


I have a Matsui tv and VCR and both are still working fine over 6 years later!
#25
I've gotta say something on this whole 'blacks' thing, I know from experience that if you have a poor contrast it can look as good as an expensive TV in well lit scenes but go and watch some set in space sci-fi or a movie that is very darkly shot, recent Harry Potter for example, and you will see what having naff contrast ratio does. You cant make out shapes or details and it is really frustrating.

I moved to Plasma a couple of years back for this reason (I like my sci-fi), and my dad got rid of his LCD Samsung for this same reason. Now I'm not saying LCD is like this anymore, I'm fairly sure that decent LCDs no longer suffer with this problem, but this cheap model may do and when you can only just make out the shapes and faces, and obviously if the actor is dark skinned you haven't got a hope of properly making out his\her expressions or movements, it will drive ya nuts.

I'm not saying this TV is bad, I honestly don't know, but I would do a bit more R&D before parting with £300, even for a 2nd TV if you have the problems I had it will irritate the crap out of you.
#26
wow thats an amazing price for a 37" Full HD 1080p TV, Hot!
#27
Bought this a few weeks back at £349. Great TV. Pictures great and easy set up. Freeview works fine even with a portable aerial.

Why spend £0000's only to see it be outdated a year later :oops:

PS3 games are amazing on this. For the money excellent value :-D
#29
gr8h8me
YOu can change a seal now...They are removable to clean (Hotpoint)


Mine's split and definately not removable.
I've tried :x
#30
misscagey
I have a Matsui tv and VCR and both are still working fine over 6 years later!


That's good, perhaps I've been unlucky with my purchases but not had the same bad luck with my branded consumer goods.
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pukenukem
I've gotta say something on this whole 'blacks' thing, I know from experience that if you have a poor contrast it can look as good as an expensive TV in well lit scenes but go and watch some set in space sci-fi or a movie that is very darkly shot, recent Harry Potter for example, and you will see what having naff contrast ratio does. You cant make out shapes or details and it is really frustrating.

I moved to Plasma a couple of years back for this reason (I like my sci-fi), and my dad got rid of his LCD Samsung for this same reason. Now I'm not saying LCD is like this anymore, I'm fairly sure that decent LCDs no longer suffer with this problem, but this cheap model may do and when you can only just make out the shapes and faces, and obviously if the actor is dark skinned you haven't got a hope of properly making out his\her expressions or movements, it will drive ya nuts.

I'm not saying this TV is bad, I honestly don't know, but I would do a bit more R&D before parting with £300, even for a 2nd TV if you have the problems I had it will irritate the crap out of you.

Thing is what people don't realise is its not just the contrast which makes this tv cheap... its the internal processing engine and the scaler combined with panel type and response time along with viewing angles.

This television is rubbish don't buy it... my reasons:

So what does a "budget" television provide for the money?

Bad viewing angles ( colours look washed out and often invert anything other than directly at the screen )
http://www.notebookcheck.net/typo3temp/pics/a5e692a1a7.jpg

Poor contrast, blacks look "grey" in dark scenes you get terrible black crush causing everything in the slight bit of darkness to "merge" together, missing anything but the lightly lit up objects or characters along with washed out colours and overall a poor looking image.
http://wedding.jgsp.com/albums/Honeymoon-in-the-Caribbean/Jen_and_Shamus_at_Front_Street_Restaurant_poor_contrast.sized.jpg

Bad reponse time, the lower the response time the less motion blurring, by having a bad response time when an image moves fast on the screen, for example a person walking or a football moving it blurs this again adds to the picture being naff.
http://www.photoshopessentials.com/images/photo-effects/ghosting/image-motion-blur.jpg

Poor processing engine, standard definition images are much too low resolution and physically too small to fit on a HD ready or 1080p television so they need to be "processed" to fit onto the screen and to work with flat panel technology.
A standard broadcast image is something known as "576i" 576 standing for the horizontal amount of pixels and i for "interlaced" meaning the image is sent in 2 seperate halfs and needs to be "deinterlaced" and turned to a progressive image then scaled to 1080p to fit the screen. A cheap processing engine usually gives deinterlacing artifacts :
http://stuff.mit.edu/people/heng/images/deinterlacing/deinterlacing_fig3.jpg
Along with dot crawl and image noise
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/c/c4/Crawl.jpg/300px-Crawl.jpg
Again providing a poor television experience.


Would do much better to pick up a "HD ready" plasma Panasonic models are excellent ... for some more info please check out this post below i posted a few months back, should alleviate some confusion as far as flat screen tech goes things such as 1080p / 100hz etc are explained in basic detail.

http://www.avforums.com/forums/lcd-tv-should-i-buy/931311-best-32-lcd-tv-bedroom-500-a.html#post8803833

Please though do yourself a favour, don't buy this tripe... Voted cold on the basis of its not worth the plastic its attached too.
#32
It's all abount quality - as so many purchases are. This is a cheap, low quality TV but at a stonking price and therefore a 'good deal' but you wouldn't catch me owning one.

BTW - all the comments about hooking up a PS3 with BluRay to this are daft. Why spend £300 on a games console and at least a tenner per disk to play it on this tripe? It's like drinking fine wine out of a paper cup.
#33
Have we worked out if this is store specific yet or is it available everywhere??
#34
Personally I wouldnt buy one for alot of the reasons Boxrick has mentioned (and I'd want to be hypercritical if I was watching it in a shop).

Just one last thing on contrast ratios - they are measured by the manufacturers in different ways. There is no standard, hence you get a Sony with 15000:1 which provides a better "real" contrast than a 30000:1 Samsung (for example). The only way to compare contrast ratio directly is to see the tv's in the flesh, in the same conditions, and with the same feed and then compare (like some of the magazines do).

Cheap, but I'd probably buy a smaller better quality set. Not voted.
#35
Bad Actor
Never had a good experience with the lower priced budget models.

Bush VCR lasted 13 months.
Beko dishwasher lasted 13 months.
Matsui VCR lasted 14 months.
Akura TV lasted 15 months.

Spot the trend?"


I've had a Bush TV for 13 years - still going strong :-D
#36
mrbill
I've had a Bush TV for 13 years - still going strong :-D

i have a ferguson 32 " that is nearly 10yrs old !
im so nervous of changing it for lcd as i know they dont last long
im saving for one now
this looks like a good deal for the price
but after reading endless forums
im saving for a sony from john lewis
#37
:thumbsup:The above user is right, the contract ration "spec" is almost entirely made up and useless!

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10148015-1.html

I even heard Manufacturers are free to measure the black reading when the TV is off as long as they refer to it is a dynamic contrast ratio!!

I'm not saying this TV is going to be a great picture, I really wanted a good quality picture so went for a 1080p plasma Panasonic which you can prob get for around £600 now it really depends what you're after

I got one like this from Sainsburys a while ago for the bedroom and its great, if you are on a budget or you sit quite far from the tele or you dont have 20 20 vision or don't care then this is a very good price
#38
mrbill
I've had a Bush TV for 13 years - still going strong :-D


I'm glad you put TV in there :p
#39
SpamJavelin
BTW - all the comments about hooking up a PS3 with BluRay to this are daft. Why spend £300 on a games console and at least a tenner per disk to play it on this tripe? It's like drinking fine wine out of a paper cup.


Well, looking at the above list of expected problems, no deinterlacing as source is 1080p or upscaled by the PS3. Dot crawl is an artifact of an analogue connection. Bad response time tends to affect non-TN panels more than this cheap TN (I assume) panel. Which leaves viewing angle. The posted image is of a laptop, which suffer far more from viewing angle problems than TVs - and you can quickly see from the in-store display that the problems are nowhere near that of a typical laptop.

Voted hot. OK, so the image processing may not be wonderful, but there are only about five LCD panel manufacturers in the world so chances are that if you feed it a digital source it'll be much of a muchness. And hey, you can always return it to tesco if you're not completely satisfied.
#40
Good price thanks OP, Do you all think HDTV's with Freeview will be cheap as chips in 2011 as that's when my area goes digital. I am looking for a cheap branded tv for my bedroom but the 28" TV i have now will do until then. I have a stand alone freeview box for this tv but don't like using it as it keeps resetting itself.

I have a 40" Samsung in my living room which I really like but don't feel it necessary to get a quality TV for the bedroom as it will be only for occasionally watching TV and the odd DVD before I go to bed when I'm in slob mode :-).

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