Tesco Direct Big screen TV -Bargain price-42 inches for sub 400 Technika LCD42-207 42" HD Digital LCD +3% QUIDCO - HotUKDeals
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SIZE MATTERS.
Beat the credit crunch

This Technika LCD42-207 42 High Definition LCD TV comes complete in black and its features includes sleep timer, a digital tuner, parental lock and fast text. This television operates with Virtual Dolby surround sound quality and has a visible screen size of 106cm. This TV is also wall mountable.
Auto Install Yes
Brand Technika
Colour Black
Digital Tuner Yes
Fast Text Yes
Flat Screen Yes
Front AV Sockets 1
HD Ready Yes
HDMI Sockets 2
Headphone Socket Yes
Optical Out No
Parental Lock Yes
PC Input No
Picture Frequency 50Hz
Product Depth 27 cm
Product Height 73.7 cm
Product Width 103.6 cm
Remote Control Yes
Resolution 1366x768 pixels
SCART Sockets 2
Screen Type 16:9
Screensize 42"
Sleep Timer Yes
Sound Quality Virtual Dolby Surround
Svhs in Yes
Table Stand Included Yes
VESA 400 x 200
Visible Screen Size 106cm
Wall Mountable Yes
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#1
Certainly sounds like a bargain, yes a no name but a lot of TV for the price, if you want a budget range.

Just cant help thinking...whats the catch?
#2
is this 1080p?
#3
moonbeam29
is this 1080p?


lol
#4
It does seem a pretty good set for the price. If you bear the performance limitations in mind and want a cheap large screen TV, I haven't seen anything around to better it.

Cue people wibbling on about sets that cost £200-£300 more being better:p
#5
No pc input.

:-(
#6
Monkey nuts 2
No pc input.

:-(


Yep - thats definitely one big catch.
#7
moonbeam29
is this 1080p?


No its now
x
#8
Monkey nuts 2
No pc input.

:-(


Input via the HDMI socket with a DVI converter lead - might need a new graphics card but you can get a reasonable one for £18 from Play:thumbsup:

Graphics card here:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5973010/Play-Value-ATI-Radeon-HD-2400Pro-256MB-PCI-Express-x16-Graphics-Card/Product.html

Cable here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130512
1 Like #9
SIZE MATTERS - Not the picture quality then.
BEAT THE CREDIT CRUNCH - What by spunking nearly £400 on a tv??

:)
#10
cheapskate58
Input via the HDMI socket with a DVI converter lead - might need a new graphics card but you can get a reasonable one fr £18 from Play:thumbsup:


Thinking more about my Xbox 360 as I run that through VGA for HD-DVD's.
:)

Also, my DVD home theatre and PS3 would use up the HDMI sockets.
#11
cheapskate58
Input via the HDMI socket with a DVI converter lead - might need a new graphics card but you can get a reasonable one for £18 from Play:thumbsup:

Here:

http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/5973010/Play-Value-ATI-Radeon-HD-2400Pro-256MB-PCI-Express-x16-Graphics-Card/Product.html

Cable here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130512


As an aside, does anyone know where I can get a SCART to DVI/HDMI convertor?
#12
MrShed
As an aside, does anyone know where I can get a SCART to DVI/HDMI convertor?


You won't;-)
#13
Thats what I thought, but worth asking lol - cheers!
#14
MrShed
As an aside, does anyone know where I can get a SCART to DVI/HDMI convertor?


Don't think there is such a thing. :thinking:
#15
mamboboy
720p on a 42" screen is a no go in my opinion. i've not seen it in action, but I can imagine the quality is pretty hideous. maybe OK as a gaming TV, but to show off your blueray collection, you're better off avoiding :)


720p is fine on a 42". Even 720p/1080i on a 50" with some limitations.
#16
Dotn buy these tvs they break after a month or so - i worked in tescos and all we ever got returned were technika tv - they have a pants picture too

Technika is made by tescos and its not made well
#17
Monkey nuts 2
Thinking more about my Xbox 360 as I run that through VGA for HD-DVD's.
:)

Also, my DVD home theatre and PS3 would use up the HDMI sockets.


Run your 360 via component - works great:thumbsup:

Doesn't say it has component but i'd be suprised if it didnt.

Alternatively, get a HDMI switch unit £16 + postage here:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/130543
#18
dandoc2
Dotn buy these tvs they break after a month or so - i worked in tescos and all we ever got returned were technika tv - they have a pants picture too

Technika is made by tescos and its not made well


Its got a years warranty though, so.... :thumbsup:
#19
cheapskate58
Run your 360 via component - works great:thumbsup:


But for some reason HD-DVD's were showing as 576p not 1080i through component. :-(

Also, the 360 doesn't have HDMI.
1 Like #20
dandoc2
Dotn buy these tvs they break after a month or so - i worked in tescos and all we ever got returned were technika tv - they have a pants picture too

Technika is made by tescos and its not made well


They should make it in white with blue stripes.

Tesco value 42" HDTV. Every little helps! :thumbsup:
#21
dandoc2
Dotn buy these tvs they break after a month or so - i worked in tescos and all we ever got returned were technika tv - they have a pants picture too

Technika is made by tescos and its not made well


That post has so much wrong with it:p
#22
Monkey nuts 2
But for some reason HD-DVD's were showing as 576p not 1080i through component. :-(

Also, the 360 doesn't have HDMI.


They will because of fears about copying means that they are limited to that. Elite 360s are HDMI tho'.

Maybe it just wasn't going to be for you;-)
#23
cheapskate58
They will because of fears about copying means that they are limited to that. Elite 360s are HDMI tho'.

Maybe it just wasn't going to be for you;-)


That's the answer I was waiting for.

I just need someone to say no every now and then. :p
#24
dandoc2
Dotn buy these tvs they break after a month or so - i worked in tescos and all we ever got returned were technika tv - they have a pants picture too

Technika is made by tescos and its not made well


Do you really work in Tesco? Or have you had a bad experience that you wish to spread propaganda? Technika is a brand that Tesco apply to various OEM products made from sources all over the World.

First there was the idiot in an earlier post who lied about Philips TVs (claiming to be a TV engineer abd having worked on Philips TVs) then we have more lies here.
#25
MrShed
As an aside, does anyone know where I can get a SCART to DVI/HDMI convertor?


It is possible to convert the analogue signals from SCART to a digital signal of HDMI. The way to do it is via a SCART to VGA converter box (which is essentially quite simple but requires reconnection of pins and providing HSync and VSync signals for VGA). The difficult bit is a converter from analogue VGA to a digital signal (those DVI-I to VGA cables do not work as they map pins from analogue output of a DVI-I connector to a VGA cable). Converter boxes with complicated electronics can be bought which provides the second stage of the process to allow VGA to be converted to HDMI or DVI. This is very expensive.

People have mentioned PC input. Yes the HDMI converter can be used but be aware that cheaper TVs will overscan the picture. On this model of TV you will almost certainly experience parts of the picture being clipped (this means you miss the top, bottom, left and right edges).
#26
Monkey nuts 2
They should make it in white with blue stripes.

Tesco value 42" HDTV. Every little helps! :thumbsup:


They will supply a very fine blue and white stripe plastic bag (or is that the picture it will display) to carry it out in that match the quality of this product.. :-D
#27
mamboboy
720p on a 42" screen is a no go in my opinion. i've not seen it in action, but I can imagine the quality is pretty hideous. maybe OK as a gaming TV, but to show off your blueray collection, you're better off avoiding :)


Im glad you gave your opinion without any basis. I can assure you that after having tested many size screens that 1080p compared to 720p on a 42" screen is barely noticeable. Even on a 50" screen its hard to tell the difference sometimes. Just my opinion but based on what ive seen.:p
#28
my mum has a 42'' HD TV, and i played a spider-man bluray on it and it looked awesome - cost her a bit more though as her tv is a good make.
#29
thanks for this with my staff discount its cost £346.98 delivered great deal very happy.
#30
mamboboy
720p on a 42" screen is a no go in my opinion. i've not seen it in action, but I can imagine the quality is pretty hideous. maybe OK as a gaming TV, but to show off your blueray collection, you're better off avoiding :)


We have 720p on 80" (projector) and it looks great :thumbsup:
#31
cheapskate58
They will because of fears about copying means that they are limited to that. Elite 360s are HDMI tho'.

Maybe it just wasn't going to be for you;-)


It isn't an issue with copying. The resolution has nothing to do with copy protection - it's HDCP encryption in the HD film that is the main form of protection although most HD DVDs are not encrypted and therefore 576p output can be just as easily copied as 720p output.

I suspect that the XBox is outputting HD at 60 Hz and the TV does not accept a 1080i signal at the higher refresh rate over a component input and switches to 576p. The TV may accept 1080i at a 50 Hz refresh rate but as the XBox is outputting a refresh rate higher than the TV may cope then the TV is switching to a resolution in which it can handle the input source. I believe this is the case but maybe people with TVs capable of 1080i at 60 Hz can correct me.
#32
cheapskate58
They will because of fears about copying means that they are limited to that. Elite 360s are HDMI tho'.

Maybe it just wasn't going to be for you;-)


Arcade's have HDMI too.
#33
If quality isn't an issue, then bargain! But who buying a TV would consider quality NOT being an issue...even at £250 I wouldn't touch this, cheap branded LCD's almost always have dire picture quality compared to the old CRT screens, not to mention Plasma's. If you have a high diet of HD source then the extra res may go some way to helping but if it's mainly standard def, you'd be better off with a good (jvc, panasonic, etc) 32" CRT screen, which can be had for under £300 now.

For standard definition I find our 32" Panny CRT in many respects even better than our 42" Panasonic plasma! Due to less noticable blocky artifacts and fuzzy edges because no upscaling is needed, helped also by its smaller size.

So BE WARNED! xD
#34
newer xbox have hdmi

older one dont

ive got an older one

but great price

HOT
#35
trd
If quality isn't an issue, then bargain! But who buying a TV would consider quality NOT being an issue...even at £250 I wouldn't touch this, cheap branded LCD's almost always have dire picture quality compared to the old CRT screens, not to mention Plasma's. If you have a high diet of HD source then the extra res may go some way to helping but if it's mainly standard def, you'd be better off with a good (jvc, panasonic, etc) 32" CRT screen, which can be had for under £300 now.

For standard definition I find our 32" Panny CRT in many respects even better than our 42" Panasonic plasma! Due to less noticable blocky artifacts and fuzzy edges because no upscaling is needed, helped also by its smaller size.

So BE WARNED! xD


They all upscale standard definition! That's how a PAL resolution display can be shown on a 1366x768 display.

You are correct in that Panasonic 32 inch displays and indeed, their larger displays, provide a good picture but the reason isn't anything regarding upscaling not being applied. It upscales like other TVs but also provides pre processing to the picture. Algorithms such as linear interpolation for edge detection and other forms of image processing are applied to predict missing pixels in order to reduce the blockiness of the picture. Cheap TVs do not apply pre processing (or post processing - it depends on the processor in the TV) and simply upscales with no image processing or deinterlacing. This is what results in the blockiness of the picture for standard resolution on TVs.

I do agree with you to some extent, but this is subjective, in that a good quality 32 inch TV gives a much better standard resolution picture than the substandard 42 inch ones that are sold cheap. However, for HD content it is not so clear cut and this is all dependent on the user requirements for the TV. Evenness of backlighting, quality of black levels and banding will come into play when determining the quality of an LCD picture.
banned#36
anyone know how good this make is? Technika ?? I have a 32 inch wharfdale & was thinking of upgrading to this although I couldnt help but think Id be downgrading rather than upgrading... due to the make?
#37
ElliottC
Do you really work in Tesco? Or have you had a bad experience that you wish to spread propaganda? Technika is a brand that Tesco apply to various OEM products made from sources all over the World.

First there was the idiot in an earlier post who lied about Philips TVs (claiming to be a TV engineer abd having worked on Philips TVs) then we have more lies here.


i did for 5 months and i worked int eh electrical returns and sales section and thats all we got back - they all have serious faults but its the big tvs that have the problems - it may be cheap but it is cheap and anyone who buys this will regret the hassle you will have
im not lying im simply saying they are rubbish tvs - if this was in the poundshop i wouldnt touch it
#38
dandoc2
i did for 5 months and i worked int eh electrical returns and sales section and thats all we got back - they all have serious faults but its the big tvs that have the problems - it may be cheap but it is cheap and anyone who buys this will regret the hassle you will have
im not lying im simply saying they are rubbish tvs - if this was in the poundshop i wouldnt touch it


When I was referring to lies it was an inference to your statement that Technika is made by Tesco. It's nothing of the sort, I'm afraid. Yes, the pictures on these TVs are poor (for those who know what to look for) but I can't comment on their reliability.
#39
dvhendo
anyone know how good this make is? Technika ?? I have a 32 inch wharfdale & was thinking of upgrading to this although I couldnt help but think Id be downgrading rather than upgrading... due to the make?


Sorry to break this to you but if you have a wharfdale you won't be downgrading by going to a Technika. Wharfdale are also a budget brand.
banned#40
bossmanuk
Sorry to break this to you but if you have a wharfdale you won't be downgrading by going to a Technika. Wharfdale are also a budget brand.


Yeah probably are seen as how Argos bought wharfdale out!! wouldnt suprise me abit. They used to be really good, My wharfdale LCD is awesome quality though.

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