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LCD Televisions.......HELP!!!!

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Hi guys, I call upon you once again for some help!
I desperately want a 37" or 40" LCD television....desperately!!! I know absolutely nothing about what all the specs mean, not a clue. I read some of the posts when a tv is advertised at a good price on here but by the time i've read all the plasma versus lcd and all the other stuff (which I haven't got a clue what people are on about!!) I end up fully confused and defeated.

Now, what i'm looking for is a silver tv with a dam good picture and great sound! Not too much to ask really. Apparently it has to have 1080 thingys, not that I know what this means but hey, thats what people say it has to have.
I want a good guarantee, preferably 3 to 5 years.

Is there anyone out there who can lead me to a good site where I can fulfil my dream of having an lcd television??
Here's the catch - I DON'T want to pay the earth!!!

There must be lots of cheap prices out there as I work for children's services and when I go into most of my clients houses, they all have these whopping big tv's. As most of the families I am referring to live on benefits, they have got to be cheap somewhere!!

I'm off to work now for the day so will be looking forward to reading any replies which can help me on my way.
Thanks in advance x x x
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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[helper]#1
Some more information would help - I'm presuming you have decided on LCD and not plasma.
whats your budget? are you wanting a cheap one or a good quality one?
what will the tv be used for? playing dvds, connecting to a console or computer, sky plus?
will it be used for watching alot of sport?
How important is it that its silver (most are black)?
Do you want to buy from an online supplier or one with some shops?
Cheers
Gari
#2
Hi, I'm in a similar boat, but I am looking at 42" - maybe 46" if it's a good deal.

I'm really not sure if its LCD or Plasma.
WOuld mostly be using it for playing dvd's, Freeview, Sky and connecting a Mac Mini up to it.
Not bothered about black or silver.
I personally would want to but from somewhere like John Lewis But I am wondering if there is a huge premium. I bet there is?

I thought LCD would give me a higher resolution - and this 1080 res sounds like its a new thing?

I have looked at prices and I can see you can get them from say £900+

Looking on John Lewis, I see many Sony screen for £1500+ - are they really better than Samsung as I like the look of samsung units.

The other thing is that when I view the screens in John Lewis store, their reception seems rubbish, and you can not truly compare them?

Can you take a screen back if you are unhappy with it? Online and offline?

thanks to anyone who can give some input?
#3
I have heard that is you want LCD do not go over 40", its then that you need Plasma, LCD's are great (better) up to 40"
I bought an Evesham Technology All Black 37" last year and absolutely love it, the next tv I get will be a 40" Evesham one, cannot recommend them highly enough, they also have a in home swap out warranty should anything go wrong but to be quite honest i doubt it will, it is a lovely tv
Good luck
#4
be careful with the "1080" thingy, there is 1080i (i for inferior lol) and 1080p more expensive and not really sure its worth it as only source to output this is hd-dvd or blu-ray
Plasma is generally considered to give a better picture but in return will eat up to 10x more power and if left on a static display (eg sky or freeview guide, pc display) will burn in like old monitors
after that u really need to interview the tv, and yes if the shop displays it with poor reception and bad lighting do you really want to buy it from them?
ps tbh as all our eyes differ the definition of what is a better picture is very much down to an individual perspective, go see it
#5
Thanks for your responses!
To answer your question Gari 181, I am looking to spend between £400 to £600. I don't particularly want to go any higher than that as I think its a hell of a lot of money to spend on a television! I would be hoping to get a decent quality one for that price. One of my clients told me she paid £499 for her 37" Sony LCD. It's got a fantastic picture. I went to Empire Direct where she told me she got it from and I can't find one for that price at all!
The tv would be mainly used to watch Sky and play DVD's. Don't laugh but I don't even know what some of the other things are that other people mentioned...blu ray???? The hubby does like to watch quite a lot of sports too.
I would prefer silver but its not essential I suppose as long as it looks good.
It also makes no difference whether it is from a shop or online.

Thanks for any more advice x x
[helper] 1 Like #6
Empire Direct prices are sometimes competitive and have the advantage of a 3 years warranty for an extra £20 (their internet prices are usually cheaper than their store prices). Picking an LCD telly is a nightmare - if it had been a 32" I could recommend you some - 37" I'm not too familiar with but I'll have a look on the avforums........

there are some recommendations in this thread.....
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=717181
though most of these recommendations are not 1080p

If 1080p is not important I'd recommend the Toshiba 37c3035db or the Samsung L37R87BDX - both of which you can get for around £500. The site below is good for checking prices
http://www.lcd-tv-prices.co.uk/Samsung/compare-prices.html

The next range up are "full HD" ie 1080p -the Toshiba 37x3030db and Samsung LE37M87BD but these are around £640 for the Tosh from currys (using a code) or about £660 for the samsung.

The Panasonic 37LZD70 is rated the best by What HiFi but its £720ish

If you're not in any hurry - I'd just wait until a good deal gets posted on here.
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I personally would want to but from somewhere like John Lewis But I am wondering if there is a huge premium. I bet there is?



Yep - there is. Your best bet is to try get John Lewis to price match with a competitor eg Richer Sounds or Empire Direct stores. This thread will tell you more about price matching
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=262433&page=144
#8
kAREN-ANGEL
Thanks for your responses!
To answer your question Gari 181, I am looking to spend between £400 to £600. I don't particularly want to go any higher than that as I think its a hell of a lot of money to spend on a television! I would be hoping to get a decent quality one for that price. One of my clients told me she paid £499 for her 37" Sony LCD. It's got a fantastic picture. I went to Empire Direct where she told me she got it from and I can't find one for that price at all!
The tv would be mainly used to watch Sky and play DVD's. Don't laugh but I don't even know what some of the other things are that other people mentioned...blu ray???? The hubby does like to watch quite a lot of sports too.
I would prefer silver but its not essential I suppose as long as it looks good.
It also makes no difference whether it is from a shop or online.

Thanks for any more advice x x

Currys.Digital instore near me had a 1080p [FULL HD] 32inch in yesterday for £500... I couldn't for the life of me remember the make and model, I'll have a look tomorrow if I go near there for you.
#9
t0mm
Currys.Digital instore near me had a 1080p [FULL HD] 32inch in yesterday for £500... I couldn't for the life of me remember the make and model, I'll have a look tomorrow if I go near there for you.


Ddint realise any 1080p 32" panels were in production?, i'd double check on that, there is a major diff between able to show a 1080p input and an actual 1080p tv panel
#10
It had the sticker 1080p full hd on the side.

I recheckedtwice because I couldn't quite understand it myself.
#11
thanks t0mm, but I am looking for a 37" or a 40" really. I appreciate the thought though x
#12
i was on the same situation 2 weeks back when my TV got faulty. spend two days to search and end up with the samsung 37" for £493 from currys (that time) or Sony bravia 37" for £550 from Amazon. Finally i decided to go with Sony Bravia and bought it from Amazon. I preferred Amazon as thats giving cheaper and also will do refund in case the price drops in 30 days.
Ohh...yes, I am pretty much happy with the set. But i can suggest if you get with th silmlar price from JL(John Lewis), you can get 5 yr guarantee and quality service. Amazon service too was exceptional and they delivered on the very next day.
#13
Thanks for that AJ.
This is a fab site to be on so we can all help each other out. Only problem is I keep thinking "oh I don't know if to get that one as someone may post a better deal!"
Also, it seems there are so many differing opinions on these tv's. For every positive comment about a tv, someone comes in with a comment that makes you question whether it's good or not.

The john Lewis 5 yr guarantee is a good thing though isn't it.
#14
can anyone really give me an honest opinion to 1080? something I don't really know much about and not sure if I can or can not live without now or in teh future? I'm looking at 46" LCDs, the Sony range - KDL-46D3500, KDL-46V3000

Any advice would be greatly appreciated - and if anyone thinks I am wasting my money with these two please let me know :-) I've found online prices of both these models £400 odd pounds cheaper but with only 1yr guarantees. - not sure if 5yr is a bit overkill as bearing in mind, my current Sony CRT 32" has lasted 10 Years!!!!!! :-D
#15
It's a minefield isn't it???

I really think the 3-5 yr guarantee thing is a must. My brother-in-law paid nearly a grand for an lcd about 3 years ago and paid for the extra warrantee. With 2 months left, some of the pixels stopped working. They actually replaced the whole tv!

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