PANASONIC VIERA TX-50CX802B Smart 3D 4k Ultra HD 50" LED TV with 5 Years Warranty  £739.97  currys
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PANASONIC VIERA TX-50CX802B Smart 3D 4k Ultra HD 50" LED TV with 5 Years Warranty £739.97 currys

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Also qualifies for the "Cash for Goals" Offer, so more discount is almost guaranteed (a tenner at least ;)).
HDTVtest review of the 55" model here.
Verdict: Highly Recommended (in June 2015)
Edited by: "cutthroat_jake" 9th May 2016
These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra HD Premium spec has been agreed upon for HDR equipment. I'll be waiting patiently for Ultra HD Premium to become more affordable and then jump in.
Word of warning; the 50" is a different set that the 55", it's edge lit vs the 55" direct led, so be careful trusting reviews on this one.
age old argument about tech changing. this is a decent TV at a good price with or without 4k. by the time that spec is agreed there'll be new tech coming out.
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joeybutterface

These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra … These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra HD Premium spec has been agreed upon for HDR equipment. I'll be waiting patiently for Ultra HD Premium to become more affordable and then jump in.


...so you are probably one of the people always waiting for things getting cheaper and never buy anything:)
pavel76

...so you are probably one of the people always waiting for things … ...so you are probably one of the people always waiting for things getting cheaper and never buy anything:)



Not at all. But the 4K stuff has been a mess of competing standards so I've stayed away, just as I stayed away when competing standards were fighting to see what would replace DVD. We now know that what replaces HD and Blu Ray is Ultra HD premium.
joeybutterface

Not at all. But the 4K stuff has been a mess of competing standards so … Not at all. But the 4K stuff has been a mess of competing standards so I've stayed away, just as I stayed away when competing standards were fighting to see what would replace DVD. We now know that what replaces HD and Blu Ray is Ultra HD premium.


But there are still competing HDR formats, so you could still be in for a long wait. And then there's bound to be something else to worry about.
jgomez80

Word of warning; the 50" is a different set that the 55", it's edge lit … Word of warning; the 50" is a different set that the 55", it's edge lit vs the 55" direct led, so be careful trusting reviews on this one.


Thanks for that. It wasn't clear in the review, just suggested.
There's another review by T3 gadget magazine here.
I have an old copy of T3 from January and they had the TX-50CX802B in the #1 slot for TVs (reviewed at £1,799) T3 Issue 246. See below:
http://postimg.org/image/huswn6s75/
Edited by: "cutthroat_jake" 9th May 2016
So is this Panasonic actually made by Panasonic?
Newbold

But there are still competing HDR formats, so you could still be in for a … But there are still competing HDR formats, so you could still be in for a long wait. And then there's bound to be something else to worry about.



Not really Sony is following the new standard but using their own branding. Samsung and Panasonic are both on board with Ultra HD premium. That's all you need as these are the big players.

In terms of content, next generation Blu Ray is agreed Ultra HD premium. And both Netflix and Amazon are on board with streaming.
Edited by: "joeybutterface" 9th May 2016
joeybutterface

Not really Sony is following the new standard but using their own … Not really Sony is following the new standard but using their own branding. Samsung and Panasonic are both on board with Ultra HD premium. That's all you need as these are the big players.In terms of content, next generation Blu Ray is agreed Ultra HD premium. And both Netflix and Amazon are on board with streaming.



Then there is always Dolby Vision, which as far as I know the only TV's to have this are LG's Oled, just wish I had £2700+ to buy one.
ando

So is this Panasonic actually made by Panasonic?


Most certainly. Not a Vestel.
Newbold

Most certainly. Not a Vestel.



Thanks, so any Panasonic 50+ is not a Vestel?
I have this and paid £1200 6 months ago, it is awesome, yes it's probably not as good as the 55" or the newer panasonics that are being released, but at this price it's amazing value for money - I paid nearly as much for the smaller 702B for my kitchen
joeybutterface

These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra … These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra HD Premium spec has been agreed upon for HDR equipment. I'll be waiting patiently for Ultra HD Premium to become more affordable and then jump in.



I remember reading somewhere that Panasonic will be sending out a HDR update for these TV's.
I see some TVs are described as 4K & some as 4K Ultra HD - are they the same?

It's starting to get confusing with HDR, HD Premium, Dolby Vision.....
Surely you'll be in the same boat and waiting for the next tech to become cheaper?
golfer2007

I remember reading somewhere that Panasonic will be sending out a HDR … I remember reading somewhere that Panasonic will be sending out a HDR update for these TV's.


The HDR firmware upgrade issue seems to be more complicated that first expected, since the standards were published in January. There's a lot of debate about it on the owner's thread at AVforums.
Is it likely to go down in the summer sales?
ando

Thanks, so any Panasonic 50+ is not a Vestel?


I think it's more the budget ranges vs the fancypants ones, so anything under £500 is probably shaky ground.
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Qasim7

Is it likely to go down in the summer sales?


It will rather be sold off soon... 97p in price means clearance sale
From Which Magazine:

Impressive Panasonic 4K TV 71%

Pros: Good picture quality (particularly on 3D), impressive sound, useful range of features
Cons: Some niggles with the remotes and instruction manual, PVR feature lacks pause/rewind functionality

Picture:
This TV has impressive picture quality pretty much across the board, with the standout being 3D. Films in 3D have superb depth and steady motion, along with very little crosstalk (when the picture can seem doubled). If you can find some 4K ultra HD content to watch you'll see very sharp pictures with balanced contrast and colours. HD TV watched through HDMI, such as when using a Sky HD box, brings crisp, detailed pictures, although skin-tones can appear a little sickly. You get the same issue on Freeview and Freeview HD but, again, the picture is very watchable. The viewing angle is narrow, which means the picture fades if you're watching it from an angle.

Sound:
Panasonic TVs don't always have good sound quality, but the Panasonic TX-50CX802B bucks that trend. You get a balanced, clear and rich sound from the speakers that'll enhance your TV viewing. If you want a bit extra audio oomph for film night, then you can use HDMI ARC or the digital audio outputs (with support for 5.1 Dolby Digital) to connect a sound bar or home cinema system.
A member on AVforums emailed Panasonic's MD and it looks like the HDR firmware update is indeed in progress for this model and could be released next month (June). See here for more details.
I own this TV, since last week (got it for £690 from Rakuten), fantastic picture in SD, HD, and 4K!
joeybutterface

These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra … These older 4K TV's are predictably going to get very cheap now the Ultra HD Premium spec has been agreed upon for HDR equipment. I'll be waiting patiently for Ultra HD Premium to become more affordable and then jump in.



Am kind of thinking the same, but by the time that standard hits the shelves, they'll be teasing us with the next big thing. :-/
It's still a lot of TV for the money even by the 2016 set standards. Many of the 2016 screens on offer in the £700-£1.5k price range are still 8 bit panels - even panasonic's DX range, so won't be massive leaps beyond performance of 2015 panels unless you start paying £2k+.

The main complaint of this screen is that there can be vertical and horizontal light bands down the sides, but I believe this can be gotten rid of with settings, and the other complaint I see are the narrow viewing angles, but this is the tradeoff you offset by having a VA panel with better blacks than an IPS panel with wider viewing angles.

The one I have my eye on is the LG50UH850V as it's supposedly 10 bit, although it may be 8bit+dithering too, so will have to wait for reviews before biting.
Edited by: "jgomez80" 9th May 2016
If it had the Android TV too (like Sony) I'd have been interested. At least not a Vestel. Makes a nice change for Panasonic in UK
I have this screen. From what I can tell, it was the flagship model of the (non-OLED?) 2015 range, and had excellent reviews at its original price of >£1,600. It's a cracking telly, frankly. The blacks are deep (it has local dimming too), the colours rich and vibrant, 3D is excellent and there is minimal DSE. There is a certain amount of backlight uniformity issue present on full screens of single colours as a result of its edge-LED tech, but this genuinely isn't ordinarily noticeable. It upscales terrifically well, and 4K content on the Amazon Prime app looks stunning. I bought and returned Sony and Samsung TVs before settling on this one and couldn't be happier; I'd definitely recommend it. If anyone has any questions about it, I'll be happy to try and answer them.
got the 50 paid alot more than this... is a rally good tv much better than the sony's
PhilK

If it had the Android TV too (like Sony) I'd have been interested. At … If it had the Android TV too (like Sony) I'd have been interested. At least not a Vestel. Makes a nice change for Panasonic in UK


just get firetv....

the sonys tv crash alot.. your best not to get the android built in tv's
cigbunt

just get firetv....the sonys tv crash alot.. your best not to get the … just get firetv....the sonys tv crash alot.. your best not to get the android built in tv's



Yeah, this is one of the reasons I took the Sony back. Even with the most recent updates, it was sluggish, liable to extended lock-ups and even crashing. Sure, Firefox OS on the Panasonic is more limited in terms of apps, but all the big TV players are there and work really well.
golfer2007

I remember reading somewhere that Panasonic will be sending out a HDR … I remember reading somewhere that Panasonic will be sending out a HDR update for these TV's.


I have heard that too. At the moment this model only has HDR streaming. Apparently there will be a software update in the next month or so which will enable the HDMI ports to be able to handle HDR. To utilise these you also need an ultra HD Bluray player which are £500+ at the moment and very little content. You would also need this to use the 4k version of Amazon's Fire Tv (although you could get round this by just using the tv's built in Amazon app.
I'm not convinced about the software update though as Panasonic have no incentive to roll it out as this is last years model they would rather you just bought a 2016 model which already has HDR via HDMI.
BristolBillyBob

Yeah, this is one of the reasons I took the Sony back. Even with the most … Yeah, this is one of the reasons I took the Sony back. Even with the most recent updates, it was sluggish, liable to extended lock-ups and even crashing. Sure, Firefox OS on the Panasonic is more limited in terms of apps, but all the big TV players are there and work really well.


I believe Panasonic have said they won't be updating Firefox OS on 2015 tvs only the newer 2016 ones.
I considered this tv but in the end decided to sacrifice the 3D and bought the DX700 model instead which was more money.
cigbunt

just get firetv....the sonys tv crash alot.. your best not to get the … just get firetv....the sonys tv crash alot.. your best not to get the android built in tv's


I got the Amazon fire thing. Not impressed with it's Android workings
cracking TV for this Money!!
PhilK

I got the Amazon fire thing. Not impressed with it's Android workings


Ok there's plenty choice out there.. The main thing is to avoid TVs with android built in whilst it sounds great they don't seem to be that stable..
Frustratingly out of stock for delivery and my local , don't fancy a 60 mile round trip for a 50" TV
Isnt this tv likely to be reduced further in July?
Qasim7

Isnt this tv likely to be reduced further in July?



This TV is sold out in most places, but there is some stock left at Currys/PC World and Hughes - once the stock is gone it's gone for good - Panasonic are not manufacturing this TV any longer !!
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