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    Hi Guys - im hoping someone can please give me abit of advice as im looking to buy a new TV for my living room.

    I currently have an LG 37LG3000 TV (Got it a few years ago in chrimbo sales.)
    I must say the tv has been ok but ive been very let down with its sound quality - its often sounds "muffled" so ive considered buying some seperate speakers to plug in to maybe improve sound quality?

    However i am also considering just selling it and would like to know if there are any really good offers/recommendations on any tv deals out there at moment???
    Id be looking to get something a little bigger maybe 40-42 inch tv but id like something with much better sound quality and picture quality if possible.
    My budget would be around 600.

    Hope you can help, thanks

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    Banned

    Last time went shopping for a TV I fell in love with the IG6000 but when I got it home, like you I found the sound quality and lack of volume pitiful so I took it back to RS and swapped it for a Sony which had much better sound and I've been happy with it ever since.

    The problem with flat panel TV's is that speakers have to be thin to fit inside meaning that the sound quality wont be so hot, If you are looking for a new set i would recommend Panasonic myself, I would also consider a surround sound system for better sound quality.

    Original Poster

    Cool - so forgive me as i am a little dumb when it comes to technology, but are you saying when you buy a new tv it is a good idea to also buy speakers to plug in to ensure better sound quality???

    One word: Panasonic.

    And the sound quality is rubbish great picture. Btw ive got a panny plasma so i was compelled to get a home cinema sound system, difficult placing the front speakers with some systems too bought the all in one sound set up from sony in the finish the ones with the golf ball sized speakers. Happy days.

    DragonChris

    One word: Panasonic.

    The best sound output on any of the TV's that I tested was from a Philips, the worst was from an LG.

    Phillips higher end tv's have two speakers and a subwoofer that does output quite deep bass.

    It won't replace any kind of dedicated AV setup but for a television the sound is very good and has allows you to have a number of preset sound option according to the source you are viewing. The main downside is that they are thicker than most LCD's but if you want decent sound it is a worthwhile trade off.

    Original Poster

    Ok guys some useful (and quite amusing responses here so thanks).

    I apologise again for the lack of knowledge here - but assuming i go out today and just buy some speakers/surround kit - does it just plug into the back of the tv then is it a case of somehow running the wires around the skirting boards to whereever i place the speakers in the room???

    I might just buy speakers as this will obviously save me quite alot more money than buying a whole new TV.


    dcx_badass

    Sounds like a believable test to me, no source, no sample size, no list … Sounds like a believable test to me, no source, no sample size, no list of models tested, no list of brands tested.I'd definitely take this as 100% gospel if I was you OP.



    The above post from hitman seems to confirm my findings.

    Do you have any help for the OP, no I thought not.


    longbowassassin

    And the sound quality is rubbish great picture. Btw ive got a panny … And the sound quality is rubbish great picture. Btw ive got a panny plasma so i was compelled to get a home cinema sound system, difficult placing the front speakers with some systems too bought the all in one sound set up from sony in the finish the ones with the golf ball sized speakers. Happy days.



    Really? I think the sound quality from our Panny is fine. It's a far cry from surround sound, but is loud and clear, perfectly acceptable for normal tv usage and films.

    I'd definitely keep your current TV and get a surround sound kit...

    Great picture on our 42 inch plasma but panny sound poor imho, just imho mind you and Still a good tv.

    DragonChris

    Really? I think the sound quality from our Panny is fine. It's a far … Really? I think the sound quality from our Panny is fine. It's a far cry from surround sound, but is loud and clear, perfectly acceptable for normal tv usage and films.

    If you can check these out,
    amazon.co.uk/Son…8-4

    nick1981

    Ok guys some useful (and quite amusing responses here so thanks).I … Ok guys some useful (and quite amusing responses here so thanks).I apologise again for the lack of knowledge here - but assuming i go out today and just buy some speakers/surround kit - does it just plug into the back of the tv then is it a case of somehow running the wires around the skirting boards to whereever i place the speakers in the room???I might just buy speakers as this will obviously save me quite alot more money than buying a whole new TV.

    I am just in the middle of redecorating and wiring in my surround sound, heres a few pic's excuse the quality

    Before

    http://img338.imageshack.us/img338/4431/53261741.jpg


    Speaker cable hidden in the wall

    http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/1468/34593406.jpg

    TV on the wall

    http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/2118/59913398.jpg

    Equipment in place

    http://img818.imageshack.us/img818/404/dsc05290y.jpg

    Everything in place

    http://img194.imageshack.us/img194/4210/dsc05283d.jpg

    I still have a long way to go decorating but its getting there

    This is the kit i am using

    Panasonic TX-P42S20 - Panasonic DMP-BD45EB-k - Onkyo HT-R380 - Q acoustics 2010's - Q acoustics 2000c - Harmony 300 - Revo 3610/XBMC

    Its not the best equipment, more entry level, but the sound is very good, much much better than just the Tv speakers

    That looks fab Toast Have u done all the work yourself?


    OP - we bought this 42" tv today its actually for our bedroom but thought it was a great buy

    bossyboots

    That looks fab Toast Have u done all the work yourself?OP - we bought … That looks fab Toast Have u done all the work yourself?OP - we bought this 42" tv today its actually for our bedroom but thought it was a great buy



    I had a little assistance, like removing the old gas fire, My g/f brother was handy with an angle grinder to lay the speaker cable, easy way to do it but a little dusty, You can see the speaker chase in the pick below, a lot neater than using a chisel and easier to filll.

    http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/7692/98629595.jpg

    This is what was in the fireplace before

    http://img40.imageshack.us/img40/9520/88148830.jpg

    All the cables

    http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/1171/16208483.jpg

    Front speaker with no cable on show

    http://img823.imageshack.us/img823/4098/40126242.jpg

    Rear speakers, fresh plaster on walls

    http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/5425/dsc05210x.jpg

    Centre speaker

    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6829/dsc05289c.jpg

    I still have some tweaking to do.


    Centre speaker

    http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/6829/dsc05289c.jpg
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