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#1 jonnyboy82

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Posted 25 Jul 2012 - 14:21

Ive got a budget of about £600 ish for a new telly. What do you recommended?

Im def not interested in 3d at all. Just want a quality picture when watching freeview, playing call of duty(PS3) and watching blu ray dvd's.

Obviously need to have built in freeview, usb port, plus atleast x2 HDMI ports.

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Posted 30 Aug 2012 - 14:06

I have upped my budget to £900 now.

Am I right in saying that plasma screens will be slightly thicker and also plasma are better for gaming?

I am currently looking @ the samsung ue46es6710. Anyone have this tv I could do with some feedback?

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Posted 30 Aug 2012 - 15:32

Is 1080p full HD a must??

if not then get yourself over to AV Forums & buy this...

http://www.avforums....-plasma-tv.html

Pioneer Kuro for sub £600 easily one of the best telly's ever made.

If you simply must have 1080p then get yourself a Panny Plasma (I have a G20 bought it before all the 3D nosense started) & it kicks major bum in the PQ department.
Cost me £900 2 years ago so should be able to find 2nd Hand ones for around the £300 mark

If you want brand new then this would be my choice...

http://www.tps.uk.co...ge_name=product

Review for the set here (50" version but the same)...

http://www.hdtvtest....01207041899.htm

Panny is the Plasma king & I would recommend them over any other brand.

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Posted 01 Sep 2012 - 18:14

I would have loved the pioneer it just does not have what im looking for. But with regard to the Panasonic TX-P42ST50B is this the best tv for the budget or the best plasma?

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Posted 02 Sep 2012 - 15:06

I would have loved the pioneer it just does not have what im looking for. But with regard to the Panasonic TX-P42ST50B is this the best tv for the budget or the best plasma?


IMHO the best Plasma within your budget.

If you can get upto £1,100 then this would be better still...

http://www.hispek.co...gn=Froogle_Feed

Reviews here...

http://www.avforums....301/Review.html

http://www.hdtvtest....01208142085.htm

It's smaller but has better features & is just one model down from their top of the raneg sets (VT series)

It's what I would buy if I wanted to upgrade my G20

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Posted 02 Sep 2012 - 17:01

I am going to see the Panasonic TX-P42ST50B @ richer sounds and I have also noticed they price match so hopefully they will match the £748 ive seen online.

Anywhere else you can recommend as a good retailer?

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Posted 02 Sep 2012 - 19:42

I love plasmas but LED makes it so slim and is a cooler white than the warm one in LCD's. But LED is expensive.

I'd look at The Samsung smart LED TV's and the plasma ones!




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Posted 02 Sep 2012 - 19:52

I have been looking @ both led's and plasmas but I feel plasma has the edge for me esp for the gaming. I was in PC world today comparing the led smarts and the plasma smarts and tbh I did not notice the plasma screens being much thicker than the leds. If they were I wouldnt even be considering a plasma as I am hanging mine on my wall. Not to mention the panasonic as mentioned above by neil has one many awards and seems a great buy.

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Posted 02 Sep 2012 - 20:30

ive not long got a Samsung 40ES5500. It comes in at the lower end of your price range and im very pleased with it, even using a normal aerial the HD channels look good.

If you can get a 6 series samsung in your budget i'd say thats a good shout

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Posted 03 Sep 2012 - 20:11

I am really torn between these two:

http://www.tps.uk.co...ge_name=product

http://www.samsung.c...ES6710UXXU-spec

aaargh!!

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Posted 04 Sep 2012 - 09:27

I think either of those would do you nicely.

The Sammy is mega slim so makes for easy mounting.

Personally I would still go Plasma but that's just me.

With that in mind I will warn you...the Plasma chucks out some serious heat!!
It's not too bad if you only have it on for a couple of hours but lately mine is going mad!
The wife is off on Maternity leave so the thing is on all day long & by the time we switch it off at night it's ridiculous...you can feel the heat it generates about 2 foot away from it, it's pretty bad.

Other than that though I can't fault it.

I would say you could come round for a nosy if you are local :)

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Posted 04 Sep 2012 - 13:52

Thanks Neil thats very kind of you to offer but I have taken the plunge and bought the Panasonic now.

Just got to wait till Friday now for delivery :mad:

Being on all day (plasma) is still energy efficient though isnt it?

Many thanks for all your help I will come beck and let you know my how I get on with it.

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Posted 04 Sep 2012 - 14:06

The plasma isn't very energy efficient as a guess about 180 watt consumption vs 120w for LCD but blacks are black no silly back-light dimming trickery, no IPS "glow" polarization or stupid contrast fiddles.

LED/LCD earn huge margins for manufacturers, hence the price fixing scandal whereas Plasma is a much lower margin affair.

Saying that a LCD does make a cracking, cheap, high res, burn free PC screen but once you get over 26" you see the huge flaws in the tech.

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Posted 04 Sep 2012 - 14:07

Thanks Neil thats very kind of you to offer but I have taken the plunge and bought the Panasonic now.

Just got to wait till Friday now for delivery :mad:

Being on all day (plasma) is still energy efficient though isnt it?

Many thanks for all your help I will come beck and let you know my how I get on with it.


Congrats buddy I'm sure you'll be pleased with it.

Yeah they aren't too bad.
They are bit more power hungry than an LED/LCD but still not bad.

Think there was a chart somewhere that showed a comparrison.

Actually just found this...

http://www.displaybl...-lcd-vs-plasma/

It comments that Plasma has a larger power drain @ 1080p vs an equivalent LED but consumes less @ 720p so it evens out there.

Having just done a bit more research it does appear that Plasma does cost a bit more to run per day than an equivalent LCD

http://www.digitalve...a-tv-ap654.html

You are looking at about 11p per day to run a Plasma & a yearly cost of about £40 which isn't huge but is more than an LCD set (about £14 for LCD)

It is pretty steep when you compare the 2 but worth the extra IMO

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Posted 05 Sep 2012 - 13:53

Ah its only money and you only live once so bite the bullet and enjoy!

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Posted 05 Sep 2012 - 14:48

Ah its only money and you only live once so bite the bullet and enjoy!


Lol £4 ish a month is just one beer less on a night out...don't worry & just enjoy a darn good telly.

If you have access to a Blu-Ray player give me a shout when it arrives & I can lend you a disc that helps set up the screen.

It's this one if you are curious...

http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B000V6LST0

Used in on my plasma & it did help tweak a few bits.

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Posted 05 Sep 2012 - 18:24

Did you get the TX-P42ST50B ?

I Don't think plasma's give out as much heat as they used to(you will have to let us all know)
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Posted 06 Sep 2012 - 14:02

Lol £4 ish a month is just one beer less on a night out...don't worry & just enjoy a darn good telly.

If you have access to a Blu-Ray player give me a shout when it arrives & I can lend you a disc that helps set up the screen.

It's this one if you are curious...

http://www.amazon.co...y/dp/B000V6LST0

Used in on my plasma & it did help tweak a few bits.

Neil


Lol, indeed I will enjoy it.

I have access to a PS3 which is my blu-ray player but tbh I dont actually watch or own many blu-rays but I may have to now its quality viewing.

Did you get the TX-P42ST50B ?

I Don't think plasma's give out as much heat as they used to(you will have to let us all know)


Yes I did buy the TX-P42ST50B. I will report back and let you all know how im getting on.

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Posted 12 Sep 2012 - 14:00

Lol, indeed I will enjoy it.

I have access to a PS3 which is my blu-ray player but tbh I dont actually watch or own many blu-rays but I may have to now its quality viewing.


Yes I did buy the TX-P42ST50B. I will report back and let you all know how im getting on.


So did you get it ok??
How are you finding it?

I'd recommend getting a few Blu-Rays to test it out now...you'll be pleased you do :)

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Posted 17 Sep 2012 - 15:08

Did you get the TX-P42ST50B ?

I Don't think plasma's give out as much heat as they used to(you will have to let us all know)


No it does not give off alot of heat. Tbh I was expecting it too but that is in comparison to my parents plasma but that is over 5 years old now but still going strong apart from 1 dead pixel.

So did you get it ok??
How are you finding it?

I'd recommend getting a few Blu-Rays to test it out now...you'll be pleased you do :)

Neil


Yes mate I sure did and I am very happy with it. Managed to get a 5 year manufacturers warranty and x2 free 3d glasses too. Oh and a free promotion from panasonic to claim another x2 pairs...result!!

No blu rays yet but I will definately be getting some soon. I havent really had much chance to play around with it though...any pointers to set it up for optimal viewing?

Also if you have a computer with windows 7 you can link it up as a media server but unfortunately my laptop has vista. Dont supoose you might know how to connect it using the vista operating system?