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50" TV help

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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
Hi guys, Im looking to purchase a 50" tv in the Jan sales and was after some advice as to which i should be looking out for. Be it certain brands or specific tvs, whether it should be plasma or lcd (assuming plasma based on previous threads for a mix of gaming and sports/movies use mainly) and maybe which should be avoided! Any good retailers either online or instore people have had good/bad experiences with and what you can haggle wwarranty-wise too! Mucho appreciated for any help. Happy Christmas
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8y, 1m agoPosted 8 years, 1 month ago
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banned#1
budget?

dont think you can get cheap 50" lcds
#2
Plasma if you watch a lot of sport, LCD if you mainly play games.

I'd personally opt for Plasma as it is usually better quality for most TV's above 40"

Cant go wrong with Sony,

Panasonic's are usually pretty good, So are some Samsungs and LG's

The best is said to be the Pioneer Kuru but that's about 2x more expensive than a lot of 50" Plasma's

Also Plasma's are said to be better with SD than LCD's are.
#3
better with SD? excuse my ignorance but what does that mean?
think my budget will be up to a grand but again it depends on the tv and if im knowledgeable to appreciate where the extra money is going! thanks for your help so far..
would internet or high street be better and do price matches come into account during sales? im wondering which would be best to channel..
#4
slangrish
better with SD? excuse my ignorance but what does that mean?
think my budget will be up to a grand but again it depends on the tv and if im knowledgeable to appreciate where the extra money is going! thanks for your help so far..
would internet or high street be better and do price matches come into account during sales? im wondering which would be best to channel..


SD = Standard Definition ( Normal Broadcast - Non-HD )
#5
find a nice tv that you like the features of
within your budget

don't worry about anything else

don't be fooled into thinking these FREE 5 year warranties are worth it

it'll basically get you one repair within that 5 years.
After that they'll say the repair costs outweigh the value of the TV and they MAY (big may) offer you a partial refund or money towards a new one.

any free guarantee is severely limited.

who do you think is paying for the repairs?
especially within a 5 year period?
the TV manufacturer?
nope, you are.its built into the price
the basic 12 month guarantee is just extended by the retailer themselves who will send your TV to a locally subcontracted repair firm. I know in the North East,with John Lewis, it's Singh TV repair on Chillingham Road, Newcastle.
it's away getting repaired as long as it takes.
they offer no cut off point or speed or service in the free warranty.
their T&C seem to only be viewable online

Doesnt cover accidental damage either. Yep that might be covered by your house insurance too but you'll have to pay excess on your claim and it can often take a canny while to settle.

its not the awesome selling point people on here seem to think it is.
if it was so great why would JL also offer a premium warranty service that you pay for?

most places offer a paid for warranty service.
weigh up the best ones and tv prices against how much extra it might be to cover the TV on your home insurance cover.
banned#6
slackrat77;3707169
find a nice tv that you like the features of
within your budget

don't worry about anything else

don't be fooled into thinking these FREE 5 year warranties are worth it

it'll basically get you one repair within that 5 years.
After that they'll say the repair costs outweigh the value of the TV and they MAY (big may) offer you a partial refund or money towards a new one.

any free guarantee is severely limited.

who do you think is paying for the repairs?
especially within a 5 year period?
the TV manufacturer?
nope, you are.its built into the price
the basic 12 month guarantee is just extended by the retailer themselves who will send your TV to a locally subcontracted repair firm. I know in the North East,with John Lewis, it's Singh TV repair on Chillingham Road, Newcastle.
it's away getting repaired as long as it takes.
they offer no cut off point or speed or service in the free warranty.
their T&C seem to only be viewable online

Doesnt cover accidental damage either. Yep that might be covered by your house insurance too but you'll have to pay excess on your claim and it can often take a canny while to settle.

its not the awesome selling point people on here seem to think it is.
if it was so great why would JL also offer a premium warranty service that you pay for?

most places offer a paid for warranty service.
weigh up the best ones and tv prices against how much extra it might be to cover the TV on your home insurance cover.

LOL - how can a FREE 5 year warranty not be worth it?

My TV came with a 5 year warranty for free and still got the tv from the cheapest store. Should I have just said "can I have the TV but without the FREE warranty as its not worth it"? :whistling:
#7
Get an LCD and make it a Sony.

I went through tons of research to find a good HDTV and all the forums ended up recommending Sony TV's. As far as LCD's and SD I run SD Sky+ with a Thor scart into my 40V3000 and the picture is amazing.

Mine is last years model you would be better served having a look around AVforums and seeing what the best TV is now.
banned#8
Ungreat;3707259
Get an LCD and make it a Sony.

I went through tons of research to find a good HDTV and all the forums ended up recommending Sony TV's. As far as LCD's and SD I run SD Sky+ with a Thor scart into my 40V3000 and the picture is amazing.

Mine is last years model you would be better served having a look around AVforums and seeing what the best TV is now.

care to locate a 50" LCD for under £1000................
#9
csiman
care to locate a 50" LCD for under £1000................


LCD TV's only seem to come in 46", 47" and 52" on the branded sets.

46"
Toshiba 46XV555DB £899
Sony KDL-46V4000 £1049

47"
JVC LT-47DV8 £899

52"
Closer to £1500 at the moment (never know with the sales) but the Sony 52W4000 and the Samsung LE-52A656 seem to be getting good reviews at the minute.

I used Sound and Vision for my links as this was the place I used for a pricematch with John Lewis.
#10
cheers again for everyones help.. i'll be heading over to the av forums to have a look through what people are saying.. i guess with it being potentially such a large purchase i'm a little nervous about being out of my depth.. the tech specs etc scare me to death.... there just seem SO many diff models across the board.. maybe a trip to comet etc to see the tvs in action would help too.. gracias people
#11
slangrish
cheers again for everyones help.. i'll be heading over to the av forums to have a look through what people are saying.. i guess with it being potentially such a large purchase i'm a little nervous about being out of my depth.. the tech specs etc scare me to death.... there just seem SO many diff models across the board.. maybe a trip to comet etc to see the tvs in action would help too.. gracias people


Do not take Comet as the yard stick for TV's as they often have them set up incorrectly.

May I ask where you intend to put this TV?

I was going to go for a really large TV in my Bedroom but settled on a 40" but I now think if I had of went larger I would be blind by now. ;-)

The sizes can be deceptive in the large shops, best to find some paper and tape out the size of your TV in the room to get a better sense of scale.
banned#12
Ungreat;3708758
Do not take Comet as the yard stick for TV's as they often have them set up incorrectly.

May I ask where you intend to put this TV?

I was going to go for a really large TV in my Bedroom but settled on a 40" but I now think if I had of went larger I would be blind by now. ;-)

The sizes can be deceptive in the large shops, best to find some paper and tape out the size of your TV in the room to get a better sense of scale.

agree.

Work out exactly the distance you will view the TV from as that is a major deciding factor in size.

and dont get carried away with 1080p as it makes little difference except in the price.
#13
csiman
agree.

Work out exactly the distance you will view the TV from as that is a major deciding factor in size.

and dont get carried away with 1080p as it makes little difference except in the price.


its going to be taking pride of place in our living room to replace the current 46 inch sony rear projection tv we currently have (and give us half the room back in the process!)

where would be the best place to check out some tvs then if comet arent a good shout? richer sounds maybe?
#14
csiman
LOL - how can a FREE 5 year warranty not be worth it?

My TV came with a 5 year warranty for free and still got the tv from the cheapest store. Should I have just said "can I have the TV but without the FREE warranty as its not worth it"? :whistling:


its a FREE warranty
you get what you pay for

you'll be lucky to get one repair within 5 years.

if the cheapest and best deal is from a company that offers the free warranty, fair enough, but its not the be all and end all.
its not the selling point that most people on here believe it to be.

I can't believe how many of you will gladly pay more from the likes of John Lewis just for the FREE warranty.
its an extension of the manufacturer guarantee.
its not and never will be a premium customer service.

but hey if it makes you feel better, go for it.

i've been working in retail since I was 16 and I'm 31 now, I can see thru it for what it is.

like I said, If say JL are the cheapest and you get the 5 years free. cool.
but don't be an idiot and pay like £50 more for a 'FREE' warranty.
its built into the price.

good grief.
I work for DSGI and although they have a terrible rep on sites like this, I'm also a consumer and I'll go to wherever had the best deal.
and this free limited warranty wouldnt be enough to sway me.
banned#15
slangrish;3709720
its going to be taking pride of place in our living room to replace the current 46 inch sony rear projection tv we currently have (and give us half the room back in the process!)

where would be the best place to check out some tvs then if comet arent a good shout? richer sounds maybe?

richers sounds or even a sony shop

what distance will you be sitting on average?

I sit about 10 feet from my 50" plasma and feel thats about right. any further away and the tv would need to be bigger. I sit about 5 feet away when playing games on the ps3 so as to get more engrossed in it with that full vision cinematic.
banned#16
also get a copy of WHAT HOME CINEMA (I think thats what it is called).

Narrow your selection down to 3 or 4 and then look out for the best deal you can find. Or post the models on here and no doubt people will find best prices for you.

[COLOR=Black][FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Viewing Distance Calculator[/FONT][/COLOR]

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html
#17
csiman
also get a copy of WHAT HOME CINEMA (I think thats what it is called).

Narrow your selection down to 3 or 4 and then look out for the best deal you can find. Or post the models on here and no doubt people will find best prices for you.

[COLOR=Black][FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]Viewing Distance Calculator[/FONT][/COLOR]

http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html


great advice.
can you come and work with me in Currys?
the majority of the people I serve just want a MASSIVE tv in their teeny little council flat
banned#18
slackrat77;3710488
great advice.
can you come and work with me in Currys?
the majority of the people I serve just want a MASSIVE tv in their teeny little council flat

lol - my mate has a 50" TV and has to sit about 4 foot from it. He often wonders why he gets headaches after a while :-D
#19
as it stands im about 12 foot away or so i think but im thinking of getting the new tv wall mounted so it could be potentially more if needed. cheers for the links btw!
#20
slangrish
as it stands im about 12 foot away or so i think but im thinking of getting the new tv wall mounted so it could be potentially more if needed. cheers for the links btw!


Stu, did you hit your head when typing this? im just wondering how you managed to get concussion between near midnight and this morning that would have stopped you coming to work today? :whistling:

Lazy toerag !!
#21
Hi, I have just ordered a Samsung PS50A416C1DXXU 50" plasma HD Ready TV with Freeview from Littlewoods Direct (currently £599). I used a 10% disount code (xx073) and used a buy now pay later code (xx448) coming to a total of £532.56. So an absolute bargain with nothing to pay until November. You could probably get it cheaper too, think there are some 15% discount codes available too. Hope this helps
#22
wreckinball
Hi, I have just ordered a Samsung PS50A416C1DXXU 50" plasma HD Ready TV with Freeview from Littlewoods Direct (currently £599). I used a 10% disount code (xx073) and used a buy now pay later code (xx448) coming to a total of £532.56. So an absolute bargain with nothing to pay until November. You could probably get it cheaper too, think there are some 15% discount codes available too. Hope this helps


Cheers for your help with this.. going to look into this tv now and see if theres anything to compare it against but for this price it does seem like a wicked deal.. thanks again!:santa:
banned#23
wreckinball;3747275
Hi, I have just ordered a Samsung PS50A416C1DXXU 50" plasma HD Ready TV with Freeview from Littlewoods Direct (currently £599). I used a 10% disount code (xx073) and used a buy now pay later code (xx448) coming to a total of £532.56. So an absolute bargain with nothing to pay until November. You could probably get it cheaper too, think there are some 15% discount codes available too. Hope this helps

£462 here. Cracking price.

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/291161/samsung-ps50a416c1dxxu-50in-freevie/showthread.php?t=291161&page=2

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