3 TVs to decide from...

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  1. GingerWarrior79

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    First post here, so please bear with me.

    Am looking to get a new TV, and saw in John Lewis a couple of TVs (first two below) that absolutely blew my mind. So I popped to my local Richer Sounds to have a better look, and one of the Sales Assistants threw another TV into the mix...

    Sony Bravia KDL46W905A (£1099)
    Samsung UE46F8000 (£1349)
    Panasonic VIERA TX47WT65B (£1499)

    I watched a bit of the Avengers Assemble on the Panasonic, and it was simply amazing. I don't think I've seen better picture quality.

    With the above in mind, the first two seem to be reviewed better than the Panasonic from what I've seen online, but does anyone else have any views? Obviously the Sony is £400 cheaper than the Panasonic.

    I'm going to be hooking my Marantz NR1504 receiver & Tannoy SFX5.1 speakers up to them, so sound quality isn't a problem.
     
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    Have you considered Plasma ?
     
  3. GingerWarrior79

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    I thought Plasmas were a dying breed and so was hoping that this next TV was going to be with me for 4-5 years or so
     
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    It is true that Plasma is being phased out by manufacturers due to costs but when compared to LED LCD for picture quality it cannot be beaten. See if you're able to test a Panasonic GT60 against one or all of the sets you've listed and then decide.

    The only thing to think about with Plasma is if it is going into a bright room as you can get quite a bit of glare on screen in direct sunlight.

    Happy shopping!
     
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    Thanks SE Jedi - We wouldn't get any direct sunlight on the screen in our lounge, however my worry would be if we were to move, then that would be another factor when looking at new places.

    The GT60 does get very good reviews.

    Hmmmmmm - could this be 4 TVs to decide from!
     
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    You need to be quick with the GT series - stocks are very low
     
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    So would the GT60 be a better option over the other three?

    I'll have a read of the user reviews on the forum to try and get a better judgement.
     
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    Well, according to the reviews - the Panasonic VIERA TX47WT65B isn't a great choice, despite what I saw in the Richer Sounds "den".

    The Plasma has active 3D, which isn't a wise choice seeing that my partner suffers from migraines - don't want to be the cause of further problems.

    And then I've looked further at the Sony & Samsung as well, and realised they're active as well. Hmmmmm - this is making the decision even tougher.

    I guess at the end of the day, we won't be watching 3D all the time - so maybe that is really an option.

    Decisions, decisions, decisions
     
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    The GT60 is a fantastic set and actually it can take a fair bit of ambient light.
     
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    I may will pop back into Richer Sounds and have a chat with them again.

    You lot don't make things easy do you ;-)
     
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    GT60 or Sony

    I can't imagine either of the others is £300-400 better than those excellent TVs
     
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    Thank you vickster. If I end up spending £1100 compared to £1500, I think the other half may prefer it.

    My only worry is the active 3D, but I'll just tell her not to watch it.

    Not to decide over LED or plasma
     
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    Why can't she watch active 3D?
     
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    She has migraine problems. Guess we only go and watch a 3D film at the cinema once or twice a month.

    Maybe I'm just being overly cautious. I appreciate (with my limited knowledge) that active 3D is full hd, etc, which I would love. But the glasses are expensive to maintain.
     
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    There are other Pansonics that cost less than the WT. Sony W8 is passive too

    It all depends on whether the 3D is a key factor
     
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    Not a key factor, just a "nice to have".

    Sport (cricket, rugby and football) and movies are important to me when choosing a TV, and would like great picture quality
     
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    Plasma then, Panasonic 50GT60
     
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    Now to go and test it at Richer Sounds.

    May even be able to do this tomorrow.

    Out of interest, what does this plasma have over the other three LEDs?
     
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    Blacks, natural colours, no viewing angle issues, motion handling

    Have you read reviews for all?

    Id choose a specialist independent Panasonic dealer for demo over richer sounds
     
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    I have been reading the reviews. Obviously some of the terminology used is well over my head, so an guessing that if it's over my head I probably won't notice it on the screen.
     
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    Try to take a recording if some material on a USB stick if you can or you'll have to judge from some demo material
     
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    If I watch Sky and BluRays would it be worth just taking a BluRay disc? They have those in their den already
     
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    Yes they may not have a player hooked up though
     
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    I may pop in after cricket training today as I'm up there way and have a chat with them.

    Shame I love 20 miles from the nearest Richer Sounds as I could try and get them to come set it up and get the settings perfect (thrown in for free)
     
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    I doubt Richer would do the full ISF calibration for free seeing as most companies charge £200-£300 for this, although if they do then you've struck lucky.
     
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    They don't even deliver usually? You can get reasonable settings yourself though trial and error and guides on the forums
     
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    Well, I'm still looking. Starting to think whether the £1399 for the Panasonic would be money well spent. I'm guessing prices may drop next month but stock could then be a problem.

    Mentioned it to a friend at work and he just laughed at the mention of plasma and said "just wait for the plasma to run out and then you're screwed". Is this possible, or is he talking out his backside?
     
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    Let's just say he's ignorant. (trying to stay polite :D)
     
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    Show him the clouding, banding and motion blur on his LCD, he'll thank you for it :D
     
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    What would happen if, say, I bought a plasma with 5 year warranty but the manufacturers stopped supporting plasma within 5 years and something went wrong with the plasma inside the warranty term?
     

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