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I have no idea, not a clue, but will be needing a new tv pretty soon and not a clue what im supposed to be looking for, i will have a dvd, freeview and wii set up on it, and think looking for 32 in, a… Read More
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
I have no idea, not a clue, but will be needing a new tv pretty soon and not a clue what im supposed to be looking for, i will have a dvd, freeview and wii set up on it, and think looking for 32 in, anything in particular i should be looking out for? Or does it really matter and just go for cheapest i can find?
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banned8y, 5m agoPosted 8 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Depends on your budget? Whats the maximum you want to pay?
banned#2
SpoonyBoy
Depends on your budget? Whats the maximum you want to pay?


i hadnt thought that far in advance - lol
Just wondered if there was anything in particualr to look far as they seem to range from one extreme to the other
banned#3
In before the 1080P merchants!

Sassie as stated above the recommendations are gonna be built around your budget!

Expensive doesnt always mean better (though my £100 sets were a bargain!!!):p

For a 32" set, its really overkill to get a 1080P set IMHO. So just look for 1080i (unless you find a great price!)

Is 32" maximum? If you can go up to 37" there was a great offer from Sainsbury offered here for £391 - which is full HD (ie 1080P). I actually went for one of these myself for the bedroom - purely because of the price. Just thought a bigger screen and higher resolution for pennies more, was reason enough.

Its also better given the price break to buy a decent brand name. (eg Sony, Panasonic, LG, Samsung, Toshiba)....... though the best advice anyone can give.... go into currys and Comet etc and have a look. Your own eyes are the best judge. But dont buy. Just get the model details and have a look on search engines to find a better price.

My inlaws just spent £800 a week ago on a 32" sony from that great known electrical retailer M&S! More money than sense!
banned#4
im not sure on size really, someone said if you go to big for room it has a horrid piccie, at mo have a big backed one and when lounge is done this has got to go as need a flat one, room is approx 15 by 15, will try to get down to sainsburies, would also like one with a guarentee of longer than a year if poss, will all lcd cme with the slots i need for freeview box, dvd player and wii
banned#6
sassie
im not sure on size really, someone said if you go to big for room it has a horrid piccie, at mo have a big backed one and when lounge is done this has got to go as need a flat one, room is approx 15 by 15, will try to get down to sainsburies, would also like one with a guarentee of longer than a year if poss, will all lcd cme with the slots i need for freeview box, dvd player and wii


37" in a room 15x15 would be fine. In fact, I would go 42" for that size. It would look massive at first, but soon be "why was I thinking smaller " afterwards.

The offer mentioned was only with 12 month warrenty...HOWEVER new Euro directives have increased that to 24 months. (they wont tell you that, but its a fact.)

You want need a freeview box. They all come with that as standard. (Pretty much the case anyway.)
banned#7
maybe check out some 37/42 then, one i have at mo is 32 so maybe you are right there
#8
ffs lol, ill look for some nice 42" deals

edit: now that uve decided on 42" it wud be silly not to get a full 1080p television.
banned#9
sassie
maybe check out some 37/42 then, one i have at mo is 32 so maybe you are right there


You sound like you doubted me? :w00t:"

Thing is, the set will be at least another 2 foot further back that what you have now!

The 37 inch I mentioned in the bedroom, already just looks like a normal bedroom TV to me (and thats 1 week on!)
banned#10
oopps sorry ace missed your post above, only looking at mo, having some work done in lounge so want to wait till thats fnished, decorated and recarpeted 1st, wanted to know more on if i needed to be looking for anything in particualr really, have no ideas on tvs
banned#11
acecatcher3
ffs lol, ill look for some nice 42" deals

edit: now that uve decided on 42" it wud be silly not to get a full 1080p television.


Take no notice Sassie....... "In before the 1080P merchants"... Ace just failed!!! :p

Unless your source of entertainment is going to be bluray, you will have ZERO benefit. In fact, in most cases, using a 1080P set can be detrimental.

Sky HD for instance or upscaled DVD will only use 1080i....... its paying extra for nothing. Anyone in the know will tell you the same thing.

If you use a PS3 a lot, or Bluray, then it may be worth spending the extra.
banned#12
no just a wii and dvds

Probs best to wait till im ready, then come back and ask for advice on ones i found, you think
banned 1 Like #13
sassie
no just a wii and dvds


Then DONT go 1080P unless the price is the same..... and get a better make than going for the higher res.

Pioneer Kuro range plasma, is better than ANY 1080P set - yet is only 1080i

If you are gonna go 42" DEFINITELY go for a Plasma. Yes they use slightly more leccy (but half your current set) but the colours and contrast are just so much better, I'm shocked LCD even took off.)
banned#14
just been measuring up and i think 42 is going to be to big, maybe 37 ok
1 Like #15
ok well now that ur looking there are a few things u want to look out for.

now that u have chosen the correct size for ur room (42") u want a tv that has some good specs:

1080p full hd

u want a tv with a good contrast ratio for example some televisions have a contrast ratio of :1500:1 which wont be very good quality picture whereas others can have 20,000:1 contrast ratio that will be much better.

100hz tv is a plus on a tv as it means that theres a less noticeable "flicker" on the tv.....however 50hz is fine really.

u dont want to be going for an unknown brand here, panasonic, lg, samsung and sony are the best for tvs over 32" so stick with them brands.

i dont think u have anything which will connect to 1080p as of yet such as a blu ray player or sky hd, but when prices drop u might be looking to get a blu ray player so make sure that the tv you are buying has a minimum of 2 hdmi ports.

when ur ready to look at specific televisions, give us a shout.
#16
edit: most of the 42" are full hd anyway and its better to pay the little extra for when blu rays players and blu rays come down in price, better to be prepared for future really, stick with 1080p (full hd)
banned#17
lmfao only just started replacing videos for dvds, so by the time im ready to replace with blu rays i be a gonna
#18
sassie
lmfao only just started replacing videos for dvds, so by the time im ready to replace with blu rays i be a gonna


well when ur kids are wanting to sell ur stuff and they get a rubbish price for the tv coz its outdated they wont bother to put flowers on the grave.

i just think that blu ray prices will fall soon so ull see more and more ppl purchase blu ray, better to b prepared for this happening than for it to happen and u think, o damn shudda got full hd.
#19
Sassie, if you require a 5 year warranty, take a look at John Lewis, not the cheapest, but certainly amongst the best retailers.

http://www.johnlewis.com/Default.aspx
#20
guv
Take no notice Sassie....... "In before the 1080P merchants"... Ace just failed!!! :p

Unless your source of entertainment is going to be bluray, you will have ZERO benefit. In fact, in most cases, using a 1080P set can be detrimental.

Sky HD for instance or upscaled DVD will only use 1080i....... its paying extra for nothing. Anyone in the know will tell you the same thing.

If you use a PS3 a lot, or Bluray, then it may be worth spending the extra.


Thats true but resolutions of the sources input are not going to decrease over the next few years, they will only increase. Havn't Sony been boasting about a better resolution than FullHD already?

If you buy a decent LCD TV then you expect it to last 5 years+, in 5 years time Bluray, HD cable/satellite will be alot more common place & you will benefit in full. I say go for the highest resolution within your budget.

Your 15x15 room sounds a similar size to mine & I went from a 28" CRT tv to a 42" LCD, it looked massive at first but now looks perfect. After all its a "feature"....people don't think anything aout installing a 40" fireplace surround?

I went for a Toshiba 42" like this one, great picture & only a slim frame (it's all screen & no plasticy surround!!)
http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1424011584.1234711710@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccddadeghildhdfcflgceggdhhmdfhk.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=302581&category_oid=

THis is probably not the best price though.
#21
ill be gone with this last post, in my opinion lcds are better than plasmas up to 50" there really isnt much difference in them tho so if u do decide to buy a plasma just make sure it has a high contrast ratio and is a good make. just know that plasmas overheat alot and get screen burn

(in b4 the plasma lcd debate)

heres a tv my mum and dad bought for the front room its 40" not 42 but it really is impressive, you can prob find it cheaper elsewhere online but i saw it in dixons

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@0179345011.1234710871@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccckadeghfhdhljcflgceggdhhmdgmi.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=536063&category_oid=#productInformationSection

good luck sass!
banned#22
flippin eck me think i can only afford a portable
#23
THIS is a good site that will give you a good guide on upto date prices sassie.. As Ace says stick to the main players if you are going above 32" screen.. I've not experienced plasma TV's but most reviews will tell you they are better at producing analogue pictures..

I have got two LCD TV's.. One Samsung 40" full HD and that really gives a fantastic picture through a SkyHD receiver. I can't comment on the freeview side of it as I live out in the sticks.. I can't even receive channel 5 in analogue.. I have also got a Sony 26" LCD in my conservatory and the picture is awful.. The Samsung really puts it to shame. This is because it is not fed with a digital source..

Best bet is to go and have a look at a few in town and see what you like.. Although a cheap TV can look good in some showrooms and a excellent rated Tv can look awful due to poor set up..

As guv says a large TV will look very normal in no time.. Everyone that comes to my house always comments on th size of my TV but I really could of got away with going bigger..

Look around and google the model number.. Plenty of good reviews out there..

And if you not to good with a measuring tape I know a man that is.. :thumbsup:


My TV is a baby compared to ace's..:oops:
#24
acecatcher3
ill be gone with this last post, in my opinion lcds are better than plasmas up to 50" there really isnt much difference in them tho so if u do decide to buy a plasma just make sure it has a high contrast ratio and is a good make. just know that plasmas overheat alot and get screen burn

(in b4 the plasma lcd debate)

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The newer Plasma TV's do neither of those, none have ever " overheated ".

Plasma TV's have a far better picture in general terms than LCD's.
banned#25
acecatcher3
ill be gone with this last post, in my opinion lcds are better than plasmas up to 50" there really isnt much difference in them tho so if u do decide to buy a plasma just make sure it has a high contrast ratio and is a good make. just know that plasmas overheat alot and get screen burn

(in b4 the plasma lcd debate)


You missed out adding to the Urban Myth thread! Seems you might have been able to add some corkers going from the above!

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