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Use code PERKUP to save 10% The Panasonic 55" FX550 Series 4K Ultra HD, HDR, LED Smart TV will change your screening experience forever. The 4K Ultra HD makes every detail pin-sharp, from a subtle tear to a tiny frown line. HDR makes whites brighter, intensifies colour and enhances the overall picture for an epic cinematic effect. These features, along with the LED screen, create an immersive experience sure to knock your socks off. You'll have Freeview Play at your fingertips, giving you access to catch-up TV, and apps like BBC iPlayer and Netflix are binge-watch ready.

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014845 h, 20 m ago

What's a Vestel?



If I remember correctly, it's some sort of instant chow mein
hatelybear1 h, 13 m ago

So you’re saying the led strips can shorten the TVs life if used everyday?


No its leaving the backlight on 100% - when a single led fails it takes out the whole led strip and in some real cheapos it takes out all three strips so all you get is a black screen and sound working - google it , its the most common fault on led tv;s.

If you want to learn how to fix yer own telly its not hard most is board swapping now just like fixing a pc and with Led tellies the number of boards has gone down from 6 in plasmas to around 3 in leds - shopjimmy, tampatec are good youtubers!
I dont like fixing plasma tellies - those can be a real pain to fix!



All tv's have a weak point now - with Plasmas it was always the ysus boards and buffer boards in particular because of the heat buildup and the insistence on having thin as possible screens - lots of heat in enclosed space with electronics means failed caps and busted telly. Panasonic used to have fans inside their plasmas - the mark of quality whilst the cheapos just had heatsinks on the ybuffer chips etc. When a plasma goes up the kyhber its usually accompanied by a little popping sound of the buffer chip exploding!

Most electronic devices weak points are capacitors (The design hasnt changed in 100 years lol~) - they fail under heat and with everyone wanting everything as thin and light as possible it just makes built in obsolescence even more applicable and the manufacturers know fine well - I used to work in the JVC telly factory in East Kilbride - our tellies were the worst lol all our repair guys had Panasonics - would never touch a JVC with the EK suffix on them EVER......

I just repaired 4 led tellies last week with the exact same fault - cost to fix 25p each and a few hours of my time.
Nice little earner those jobs.
Edited by: "omendata" 27th Jan 2019
Better to buy from Richer sounds with 6 year warranty I can guarantee you will need it - 100%
I used to never see Panasonics in the workshop but like all of the manufacturers they are all cutting corners.

richersounds.com/pan…tml


Vestel get a bad rep but their tellies are getting better!
And its usually only the panel that is Vestel.

Most LED tv's fail because of a single failed 25p led in the panel backlight strips or failed caps on the PSU.
So turn the backlight down and your tv will last longer.
Adn for goodness sake dont plug those stupid led strips or anything else other than a hard drive into the usb sockets.
Use your tivo6/500 or youview boxes usb output to power your chromecasts or firesticks - that way if it fails your isp can replace your tivo or youview for free and you wont have blown your tv's io board and power supply!

Its the Chinese crap you want to avoid!
Edited by: "omendata" 27th Jan 2019
WaxMechaniK26/01/2019 20:53

Excellent price! This isn’t a vestel either. I have a friend who owns this …Excellent price! This isn’t a vestel either. I have a friend who owns this tv and it’s great.


This is a Vestel.
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Thanks for posting @01234 I have added the price and merchant to the deal title
Is this actual Panasonic or vestal re-branded?
Taken the plunge as a family present - I have a couple of Panasonic tv’s that are great. Neither were rebranded Vestels, but if you google it, you can see the serial numbers to watch out for on the back
Edited by: "Fieldington" 26th Jan 2019
Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a TV expert or looking for top end set, just value for money!
Excellent price! This isn’t a vestel either. I have a friend who owns this tv and it’s great.
WaxMechaniK26/01/2019 20:53

Excellent price! This isn’t a vestel either. I have a friend who owns this …Excellent price! This isn’t a vestel either. I have a friend who owns this tv and it’s great.


This is a Vestel.
freakstyler26/01/2019 22:56

This is a Vestel.


I apologise, just asked my mate what the exact model is and it’s not this one. So I take my comment back, this is a vestel tv
WaxMechaniK1 h, 3 m ago

I apologise, just asked my mate what the exact model is and it’s not this o …I apologise, just asked my mate what the exact model is and it’s not this one. So I take my comment back, this is a vestel tv


No need to apologise. Not everyone is aware Panasonic is putting their name on inferior products or knows what to look out for. They’re very deceiving
I've been trying to research this and a review says it's a rebrand very similar to a Toshiba 55U6863DB but the Toshiba has dolby vision and this doesn't....

Also I've read its 50hz and motion rate 1000.

Does anyone have this TV or defo know the specs?

Also checking the last deal on here this is way cheaper so should be very hot!
What's a Vestel?
Edited by: "01484" 27th Jan 2019
014845 h, 20 m ago

What's a Vestel?



If I remember correctly, it's some sort of instant chow mein
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peterszy21 h, 18 m ago

Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a …Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a TV expert or looking for top end set, just value for money!


The latter!
peterszy26/01/2019 18:48

Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a …Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a TV expert or looking for top end set, just value for money!


Definitely Panasonic
I bought a 58 inch p
4k tv. Thunder flys got behind screen. Panasonic would not honor their warranty advising not a fault. I would avoid Panasonic i were you.
Had this vestel under a toshiba badge. Shocking picture quality
I have the 49' version of this TV.
Picture is brilliant and refresh rate looks unreal.
Highly recommended.
fame23 h, 38 m ago

Is this actual Panasonic or vestal re-branded?


Vestel
Better to buy from Richer sounds with 6 year warranty I can guarantee you will need it - 100%
I used to never see Panasonics in the workshop but like all of the manufacturers they are all cutting corners.

richersounds.com/pan…tml


Vestel get a bad rep but their tellies are getting better!
And its usually only the panel that is Vestel.

Most LED tv's fail because of a single failed 25p led in the panel backlight strips or failed caps on the PSU.
So turn the backlight down and your tv will last longer.
Adn for goodness sake dont plug those stupid led strips or anything else other than a hard drive into the usb sockets.
Use your tivo6/500 or youview boxes usb output to power your chromecasts or firesticks - that way if it fails your isp can replace your tivo or youview for free and you wont have blown your tv's io board and power supply!

Its the Chinese crap you want to avoid!
Edited by: "omendata" 27th Jan 2019
J.R_Hartley8 h, 23 m ago

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestel


There's a lot of names there I had no idea about. Thought they just manufactured screens.
omendata27/01/2019 18:16

Better to buy from Richer sounds with 6 year warranty I can guarantee you …Better to buy from Richer sounds with 6 year warranty I can guarantee you will need it - 100%I used to never see Panasonics in the workshop but like all of the manufacturers they are all cutting corners.https://www.richersounds.com/panasonic-tx55fx550b.htmlVestel get a bad rep but their tellies are getting better!And its usually only the panel that is Vestel.Most LED tv's fail because of a single failed 25p led in the panel backlight strips or failed caps on the PSU.So turn the backlight down and your tv will last longer.Adn for goodness sake dont plug those stupid led strips or anything else other than a hard drive into the usb sockets.Use your tivo6/500 or youview boxes usb output to power your chromecasts or firesticks - that way if it fails your isp can replace your tivo or youview for free and you wont have blown your tv's io board and power supply!Its the Chinese crap you want to avoid!


So you’re saying the led strips can shorten the TVs life if used everyday?
BashaarJamil2 h, 5 m ago

Definitely Panasonic


but it’s only Panasonic logo.
Turkush Vestel inside
hatelybear1 h, 13 m ago

So you’re saying the led strips can shorten the TVs life if used everyday?


No its leaving the backlight on 100% - when a single led fails it takes out the whole led strip and in some real cheapos it takes out all three strips so all you get is a black screen and sound working - google it , its the most common fault on led tv;s.

If you want to learn how to fix yer own telly its not hard most is board swapping now just like fixing a pc and with Led tellies the number of boards has gone down from 6 in plasmas to around 3 in leds - shopjimmy, tampatec are good youtubers!
I dont like fixing plasma tellies - those can be a real pain to fix!



All tv's have a weak point now - with Plasmas it was always the ysus boards and buffer boards in particular because of the heat buildup and the insistence on having thin as possible screens - lots of heat in enclosed space with electronics means failed caps and busted telly. Panasonic used to have fans inside their plasmas - the mark of quality whilst the cheapos just had heatsinks on the ybuffer chips etc. When a plasma goes up the kyhber its usually accompanied by a little popping sound of the buffer chip exploding!

Most electronic devices weak points are capacitors (The design hasnt changed in 100 years lol~) - they fail under heat and with everyone wanting everything as thin and light as possible it just makes built in obsolescence even more applicable and the manufacturers know fine well - I used to work in the JVC telly factory in East Kilbride - our tellies were the worst lol all our repair guys had Panasonics - would never touch a JVC with the EK suffix on them EVER......

I just repaired 4 led tellies last week with the exact same fault - cost to fix 25p each and a few hours of my time.
Nice little earner those jobs.
Edited by: "omendata" 27th Jan 2019
paulyc103 h, 7 m ago

I bought a 58 inch p4k tv. Thunder flys got behind screen. Panasonic would …I bought a 58 inch p4k tv. Thunder flys got behind screen. Panasonic would not honor their warranty advising not a fault. I would avoid Panasonic i were you.


Same! Samsung + Spider
Thunder fly - must be an English thing we have Killer Midgies up here in Scotland.
You think Thunderlfys are annoying then just spend a night on the Isle Of Arran at Lochranza for just 5 minutes in the open in a swarm of midgies and if you make more than 1 minute you I will make you a badge "HARD AS NAILS" lol
I doubt even Ant Middleton would manage more than 5 seconds!


Thunder fly lol I have now learned something today!
Thunder thigs maybe but thunder fly?
Why thunder - do they make a rumbling noise before they attack?

Sounds like a computer game!
Edited by: "omendata" 27th Jan 2019
peterszy26th Jan

Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a …Looks very cheap! This or Hisense H55U7AUK any help appreciated. I'm not a TV expert or looking for top end set, just value for money!


I'd go with the Hisense. Marginally better picture quality and their guarantee is longer, 2y minimum but have seen a few models with longer. I bought a 55n5300 some moons ago through another deal on here, once the Netflix app stopped working a few months ago and when I called the UK CS center a helpful chap said Netflix had upgraded the API and they've already prepared an update that will be pushed out within a few weeks, but they could send me the update on USB if I wished. Update arrived in 3 days, applied it and Netflix back up and running.
Very impressed I was.
why would they call it Panasonic if its made by Vestel????????
azual27/01/2019 22:42

why would they call it Panasonic if its made by Vestel????????


The screen is made by Vestel!
omendata27/01/2019 23:10

The screen is made by Vestel!


The whole TV is made by Vestel.
J.R_Hartley13 h, 16 m ago

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vestel


Panasonic - some LED TVs sets from Panasonic, such as the A300, CX350 and CX400, are made by Vestel, these are mainly entry level/budget, 'HD-ready', HD and some low cost Ultra HD 4K models (for example, the CX400 series).
freakstyler27/01/2019 23:15

The whole TV is made by Vestel.


Yep its more than likely i havent seen one inside so cant comment on the pcb's.
Its entry level from Panasonic so like all the biggiies they just give the label to Vestel to badge em up.
Very sad!
omendata9 h, 51 m ago

Yep its more than likely i havent seen one inside so cant comment on the …Yep its more than likely i havent seen one inside so cant comment on the pcb's.Its entry level from Panasonic so like all the biggiies they just give the label to Vestel to badge em up.Very sad!



It’s an absolute certainty. If there’s any part in the TV that’s not made by Vestel themselves it’ll be the screen.The screen is probably from the likes of LG, BOE, Innolux, AUO, Samsung etc. Probably not an entire panel assembly either, just the bare LCD screen/glass module.
So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last week,due for delivery tomorrow, hope the doom and gloom merchants are wrong.
Ron_Owens2 h, 20 m ago

So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last …So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last week,due for delivery tomorrow, hope the doom and gloom merchants are wrong.


Its just market price for a vestel; it will still function ok but there are likely to be better deals out there..
Ron_Owens6 h, 49 m ago

So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last …So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last week,due for delivery tomorrow, hope the doom and gloom merchants are wrong.


Let us know what you think once you get it up and running Ron. 🏻 Or 👎🏻
Will do.
Ron_Owens28/01/2019 13:49

So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last …So many negative comments,yet it's voted red hot,I ordered one last week,due for delivery tomorrow, hope the doom and gloom merchants are wrong.


Not really negative just informative.

To be honest I am not one of the anal brigade that complains about backlight bleed or screen imperfections or sound quality i would buy most tellies if the price is right mainly because i can fix em when they go wrong but most peeps are unaware that 90% of the low budgeters will fail within 4 years at least thats what i see in the workshop and so do most of the guys i know who do repairs! But in the end it doesnt really matter as within that 4 years a new gizmo and gadget will come out so when the tv fails you will want the next 8k holographic 3d VR xbox integrated telly anyway and you can just junk it!

If you want to repair it though the good thing i have found is that the prices for the parts are peanuts after a few years.
I just repaired an LG plasma today and all it took was buying a new z-sus board from a dismantlet on ebay cost including p&p was less than £7 so you can if you want keep your old telly going for peanuts even when it fails (AS LONG AS ITS NOT A SCREEN SMASH OR PLASMA FAILURE)!!!!

These low budget tellies are all basically the same just get one at the best price and use it.

Who cares about imperfections.

If I had thousands i would buy a toppo oled but to be honest it doesnt matter which Low end Pannie, Hisense, Blaupunkt, Finlux - just go for the cheapest deal you can find. Most punters wouldnt know what backlight bleed is anyway and wouldnt know a bell-pepper from a bell-end to be frank - I repair em and sometimes even i cant tell the difference!!!!
B&M are currently punting a Blaupunkt 49 incher for sub £300 so i would go for it.

The days of there being a toppo quality tv design are coming to an end - Pannie no longer hold that title or Sony!
omendata3 h, 10 m ago

Not really negative just informative.To be honest I am not one of the anal …Not really negative just informative.To be honest I am not one of the anal brigade that complains about backlight bleed or screen imperfections or sound quality i would buy most tellies if the price is right mainly because i can fix em when they go wrong but most peeps are unaware that 90% of the low budgeters will fail within 4 years at least thats what i see in the workshop and so do most of the guys i know who do repairs! But in the end it doesnt really matter as within that 4 years a new gizmo and gadget will come out so when the tv fails you will want the next 8k holographic 3d VR xbox integrated telly anyway and you can just junk it!If you want to repair it though the good thing i have found is that the prices for the parts are peanuts after a few years.I just repaired an LG plasma today and all it took was buying a new z-sus board from a dismantlet on ebay cost including p&p was less than £7 so you can if you want keep your old telly going for peanuts even when it fails (AS LONG AS ITS NOT A SCREEN SMASH OR PLASMA FAILURE)!!!!These low budget tellies are all basically the same just get one at the best price and use it.Who cares about imperfections.If I had thousands i would buy a toppo oled but to be honest it doesnt matter which Low end Pannie, Hisense, Blaupunkt, Finlux - just go for the cheapest deal you can find. Most punters wouldnt know what backlight bleed is anyway and wouldnt know a bell-pepper from a bell-end to be frank - I repair em and sometimes even i cant tell the difference!!!!B&M are currently punting a Blaupunkt 49 incher for sub £300 so i would go for it.The days of there being a toppo quality tv design are coming to an end - Pannie no longer hold that title or Sony!



I definitely agree about TV build quality - I have just been watching The Grand Tour on my 13 year old 50" full HD plasma Panasonic that cost £1200 and came with a 10 year guarantee, that I never needed, and the picture quality is still great - bought a similar slightly newer Panasonic plasma 49" off a friend for £50 - same great picture quality.

Yes they weigh a tonne, use more (room warming) power and have pretty much no smart capabilities, but the speaker quality blows away most new LED TVs due to plenty of space in the admittedly huge case, and they seem to handle the lower def channels better.

When they eventually die I have no idea what to replace them with!
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