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Recommend a TV for gaming,music and films!!

Discussion in 'Which TV Should I Buy?' started by Assassin, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. Assassin

    Assassin Member

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    Hi,

    ive thought about it now, and i think i need a new TV,

    i need a 32" TV/plasma or whatever lol (don't know much about them)
    since i plan on getting an xbox, this TV will mainly be used for games, and films. also ocassional music.

    i heard that panasonic is the best brand to get, but theres loads of models, which i have to choose from.

    anyone have some recommendations for me?

    To Summarize:
    - 32" TV
    - around £500 Max
    - for Gaming, films, Occasional music

    also, is a 32" a great size to get? or should i go for higher?

    thanks
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    Who from, and based on what experience?:confused:
    One whole brand can't be better than one other whole brand, and no one brand can be the best!
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    Panasonic LCDs do have low gaming lag and good viewing angles but not the best blacks...there are good models from all manufacturers and less good models from all manufacturers...and then you can get duff sets from any manufacturer and of any model
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  6. Assassin

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    thanks for your recommendations,

    i have just found out, i can fit a 42", which is great!!

    well, 107cm is the size of the space, which is more than enough right? xD

    my friend also recommended me a Samsung UE40D5000 40" Full HD LED TV:
    http://www.pcworldbusiness.co.uk/bu...acklit LCD TV/P117945P?from=category&heat=btn

    i wanted to know, which is better compared to the ones recommended, as i have 2 options:
    - get the samsung, as i can get it in shop right now.
    - get one of the recommended ones you guys on AVforums have recommended (which might have to wait, since it needs to be delivered)

    more or less, im looking for the better TV option (not the fastest time i can get it)

    also, how far i sit from the TV? i measured, from the seat i sit 203cm away from my current TV. that a problem?

    also, if anyone likes to recommend more, feel free to do so

    thanks
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  7. Assassin

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    anyone?

    sorry for the rush but..im not exactly the expert when it comes to TV's and..

    i really want to get a TV as soon as possible, but i ain't too sure about samsung's overall TV quality compared to panasonics and sonys.

    Samsung does have the design and looks though. 'very' slim LED TV with a nice glass outline around the edges.

    panasonics, heard it was best brand to get (reading from forums here and elsewhere), but the design is a bit dull.

    sonys, well, i have seen a 32" one, decent i guess, looks not too bad, picture quality not too bad, though, it does pixalate alot. (maybe because i sit too near) xD

    anyways, please help me with this issue of which TV to get.

    thanks..
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    All that anyone can say is what their experience is and has been.
    Mine with Samsungs has been excellent, so you can take that as a recommendation if you like.
    You don't need to be an expert with a TV - they all do the same thing in the same way.
    If you like the look of that Sammy and it's in shop at a sensible price - go for it.
    On viewing distance 6 feet is close to any size imho, but you'll be fine there with a 42".
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    You'll definitely get some benefit from 1080p over 720p sitting at 6.66 feet from a 40" screen, but the ideal seating distance according to THX is 40/0.84 = 47.6, so 4 feet! You can't argue with science ;-).

    This is why I eventually opted to get a 50" screen rather than a 42", still waiting for delivery though :-(.

    "You don't need to be an expert with a TV - they all do the same thing in the same way.", true they do, but some are better than others and that's what the OP wants advice on from the experts on this site that know which are the good, the bad and the ugly! ALL TVs are NOT the same except maybe once OLED becomes mainstream :). IMO.
  12. Assassin

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    i see, so basically im sitting too far away? 0.0?
    strange, parents always said sitting too close to TV would affect my eyes,
    and currently, its quite close...lol

    yes, thanks, thats why im here.
    a good TV is hard to search for, and unless recommended by other users and their experiences, i'll probably have 10% chance in finding a great TV, since there are like .. 1000 TVs out there?.
    and by requesting for help in AVforums this will help me decide which of the best TV i could get. =)

    So, to the point:

    right now, (from the recommendations)
    its either:

    - Samsung UE40D5520 40" FULL HD LED TV
    --SAMSUNG UE40D5520 40" Full HD LED TV | Dixons |

    - Panasonic S30B (TX-P42S30B) Full HD Plasma TV
    --PANASONIC VIERA TX-P42S30B 42" Full HD Plasma TV | Dixons |

    from my comparison (which im not very good at), it seems the Panasonic is better, as it has more features, compared to Samsung specifications. also, the panasonic is a plasma, whereas samsung is just an LED TV , which im not too sure it it effects this comparison.

    and judging from the reviews:
    the samsung smart hub isn't as useful. panasonic has no similar feature to compare to this (if im correct)..

    however both have around 4 star ratings.

    the samsung definetly looks way better than the panasonic, with its glass edge.
    both having freeview, which is great.

    they both are within the price range and great TVs, both great for gaming and films, but hard to choose between them now..

    would someone confirm which is better between those 2?

    thanks..
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    The S30 has better audio quality. It's input lag is only 16ms, so excellent for gaming.

    If you intend to wall-mount the TV, the D5520 is slimmer & much lighter.

    Overall, I would choose the S30, though either should satisfy.

    I would buy from (in descending order of preference) John Lewis or Amazon or Richer Sounds or Argos. Buying elsewhere may result in hassle if faults arise, or you want a refund due to dissatisfaction with an aspect of the TV's performance.
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    ok,
    i took your advice, and had the intention to get the S30.

    so i went to John Lewis.

    i saw the TV, however it looked awfully ugly!! also the TV was a dust magnet lol, most of it covered in dust. (or this might be due to the store, and the time it was displayed in store).

    went to another store, saw the D5520, although it didn't look as eye catching as i imagined, it was far better looking than the panasonic though.

    now im just confused in what to get,
    panasonic has an input lag of 16 ms, whereas the D5520 has input lag of 32ms!!

    what should i do!?!?!:(
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    no, it was definately the S30B, the ST30 was also there (the store adviser accidently took me to this first, however i knew this was not the TV), but i didnt really take a look at that as it was pricey,

    but perhaps it was the dust, S30B does look better than the ST30 (from what i remember at a glance) :D

    thanks for the recommendations,

    but are they an alternative? that u suggested?
    because i've compared and read the spec and they dont seem to beat the panasonic....since its TV of the year (or whatever).

    also, the ratings for the samsung and panasonic are better than the 2 alternatives:

    Samsung:
    Samsung D5520 (UE40D5520) Review | TVs | CNET UK
    -277 people own this
    -reviews are great, except for backlight bleeding and 32ms input lag

    Panasonic:
    Panasonic TX-P42S30 Review | TVs | CNET UK
    -74 people own this
    -not sure about the bad points CNET stated

    • Glossy screen reflects ambient light
    • Brightness levels could be higher


    Sony:
    Sony KDL-40EX523 Review | TVs | CNET UK
    -5 people own this
    -not much reviews,
    - bad points are motion blur, and uneven backlighting

    Toshiba:
    - couldn't find much on this model,
    - its 3D, do i really need 3D?
    - sound is not as great
    - input lag from controller

    for now, i guess the samsung is the best choice. (as 277 people own this)
    but will the 32ms input lag be noticable, as i've got an xbox 360 which il be using for gaming.

    also the backlight bleeding, will this affect the picture quality in any way? when watching films.
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    anyone?

    sorry, but did i write too much? xD

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