42" TV. Freeview HD, ~£550?

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  1. Gingerbread Man

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    Hi there folks.

    My parents want a new TV. They currently have a 32" Philips TV which is starting to play up, so it needs to be replaced.

    They are also wanting to upgrade to a 42" TV. Before the 32" was a 21" TV, so the jump to 32" was big, but once they got used to it, they realised that they could get quite a bit bigger without going too big in their sitting room.


    • So 40/ 42" please chaps.
    • They also have Freeview, so a Freeview HD tuner would be good. (Although this is still mostly SD).
    • They're not bothered by 3D content.
    • They also want to spent ~£500/ ~600 maybe. The keener the price, the better for them.
    • My mother spent years using an old VCR on their current 32" TV which looked like you were watching the picture through a layer of smeared Vaseline, but that's somehow watchable to her. My Dad on the other hand would like a good quality picture.
    • I'd like to add that the folks would quite like to be able to watch iPlayer if possible. Something that I originally overlooked.

    I've had a very brief look, having always been a Panasonic fan myself.
    The Panasonic TX-P42GT30B seemed to be a good shout having read around.

    I'll keep looking, but you lot seem to be the most knowledgeable, so I'll appreciate your wise words.
     
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    Googled it, looks nice. The first review said that it had no iPlayer. Not a big thing, but something I hadn't thought about and something I think my Mum would use quite a lot.

    Sorry about that, I'll add that to the first post.
     
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    Ok, if you want iPlayer, steer clear of the LG LS models (which are probably the ones in budget) - apparently it doesn't work

    Samsung seem to have the best SMART offerings - presume the broadband router is within ethernet range of the where the TV will be as otherwise you'll need a dongle (wifi TVs probably out of budget)

    This 40" from Samsung ticks the boxes (except it's 40" but Samsung don't make 42s)

    Buy Samsung UE40ES5500 LED HD 1080p Smart TV, 40 Inch with Freeview HD online at JohnLewis.com

    This ticks them all too, including 3D Buy Toshiba 40TL963B LED HD 1080p 3D Smart TV, 40 Inch with Freeview HD online at JohnLewis.com

    A bit more if you want a 5 year warranty but a Panasonic

    Panasonic VIERA TXL42E5B | 42 inch LED TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview HD | Richer Sounds

    If you can still find one, a Panasonic 42G30 or GT30 will meet the needs too - but now an older model not produced for about 6 months
     
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    Looking at your Samsung recommendations. I've cross linked to the Samsung UE40D5520 which looks like a good budget shout. I can find it online for delivery...

    Having a Panasonic myself, I find it's Freesat viewing fine. But having read that the EPG on Freeview has a big advert constantly down the left hand side has put me off. How naff and annoying.
     
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    My folks have the D5520 - good TV, but the sound is weak. They have added a soundbar now as neither hear well and my dad won't wear his hearing aid
     
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    Panasonic have the best display. I would go with plasma screen
     
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    There's no adverts in the EPG of the 2012 Panasonic models.:thumbsup:

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