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Sunday, 26 October 2014
Liam: There is a subject...
Ok - I advise on TV's part-time, so hear are my thoughts.
Start with the size. A Tv should fit, like shoes. Begin with Which's Tv size guide, but if your about 9-10 feet away, your a 40-42in, and perhaps bigger. Three times the size of the screen away from it is fairly comfortable, but its up to you. Dont buy something too small, becuase the thing will look a lot smaller pretty quickly. In fact measure the width of your existing TV - a new one will be often no bigger. IE - a 50in Sony is 44in wide.
OK, Freeview HD and Full HD should be standard. Dont go to a supermarket or a catalogue store to buy a TV. You need to look at it, ask questions, and know your buying the right thing. Frankly, your on the net, so Smart and wifi will be as well.
Full HD, with all the trimmings in a 4-42in is around £379 Buy LG 42LB580V LED HD 1080p Smart TV, 42" with Freeview HD | John Lewis . 3D starts around £449 in the same size range Buy Samsung UE40H6400 LED HD 1080p 3D Smart TV, 40" with Freeview HD, Voice Control and 2x 3D Glasses | John Lewis . The Samsung is a midlevel TV. Ultimately, your paying for the panel, so you should get better contrast ratio and better motion processing as the price goes up. Get the best you reasonably can, because you cannot change the panel! At the top level, your talking around 800-1200hz screen. And it should look even better. These are all Full HD.
Best tip (customers are very surprised by this) - ask (in a proper shop) to see the end credits from a film - a shop should have some films on the Sky box. The picture will be black and white, and it moves. Its a perfect first test, becuase these are the things you are paying for. I wan the best blacks/whites, and the least amount of shudder I can. The mid level is a good place to be, because you get a lot of value. The Samsung is a good baseline. Dont worry about 3D - your paying for the refresh on the panel, the 3D bit gets chucked in for nowt. 3D films on blu-ray are fine for the kids (less than £60 for the Samsung 3D blu-ray player), but its not a big thing, although gaming might be fine with it on the PS3/4.
Freesat? Lots of TV's have generic tuners, but your really looking at the Samsung 6700 Buy Samsung UE40H6700 LED HD 1080p 3D Smart TV, 40" with Freeview/Freesat HD, Voice Control and 2x 3D Glasses | John Lewis , the Samsung 7000/8000 series, and the Panasonic 740 (midlevel in panel terms, but extra kit).
4k/UHD? Customers like 4K, but there is little out there for content except for streaming House of cards on Netflix. All the brands are betting on it, but until Sky show movies/sport, the whole thing is a bit chicken and egg. Dont expect to see a 4K picture on a 4K TV, but instead 2K content upscaled. So it has to be a good panel - its making up 75% of the picture, and moving it, so more judder is likely. The Sony 9005 is lovely, but its over three grand, but the 8 series is nice. The Samsung 8 series won awards, but the sony is better. Go and see, but most 4K's start around the 49in mark, and I'd expect to pay around £1399 for a good one. A cheap 4K will have awful refresh rates, and really struggle. 4K are of course 3D! prices are coming down, but if your spending £699 on one from Bush, your wasting your money.
Find your size, look at your budget, and go to a proper shop (I think you can guess where I work!). If you've got a grand to spend (and remember that you might need a soundbar), then something like the Samsung 6700 in a 55in would be a good solid option - good picture, a lot of value, and Freesat (2 tuners).
Whats the size of your current TV, how old, and where do you sit in realtion to it? And whats your budget, and what will be attached to it?
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Monday, 27 October 2014
Liam & MikeB:
It is worth looking at OLED TVs as these have a better contrast ratio and the blacks really are black and not just darker than the rest of the display. The 'final credits test' is an excellent way of judging the clarity/sharpness of the display but you need to judge the colour content as well (I liked using the Test Card F but they do not transmit that these days!)
On screen size, don't go for one that is too big for comfort in your room and don't mount it so high that you are looking upwards to see it - that's bad for your neck! The ideal ergonomic height is with the top of the screen at or just above eye level when sitting normally for viewing.
As for distance, I personally prefer my seat 4 times the diagonal away from the screen but you do not want to be too close either.
I'm not in the sales business so can't suggest make/model as others may.
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Tuesday, 28 October 2014
MikeP: OLED is lovely (although the LG that has just come into the branch was a bit dark until someone changed the settings, and then the blacks were fantastic), but your talking three grand for a 55. You can buy a mid level 55 LED for £899...
Colour is important, but the final credits test is a decent start - if it fails that, your not really going look at it further.
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