LCD/Plasma virgin!

Discussion in 'What Is The Best TV For You?' started by george1979, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. george1979

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    Hi all,

    I am about to buy my 1st LCD or Plasma TV and would like some help from your good selves if possible :)

    I know what you are thinking - Where has he been? He can't have been using CRT this whole time? Haha no I was abroad for a while and had no need of a TV then was living with a friend who had a Plasma already. I just got my own place so am buying one for the first time.

    I have a budget of £400 (I am a poor student lol). I game mostly on PC so thats not an issue. I will be watching a lot of Blu Rays and other HD content but not much sports. Mainly TV Shows, Movies, Documentaries etc.
    I need it to have a digital optical out but I think most TVs have that now?

    Anyway I have researched tirelessly and thought I had found a perfect candidate in this

    Samsung UE40EH5000 | 40 inch LED TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview HD | Richer Sounds

    Looks nice, slim bezel, great pictures but during my research I have found issues about its motion handling on this and other sites. I really don't want to have to return it so kept searching....

    Found this:

    LG 42LW540U | 42 inch 3D LED TV 1080p HD Ready Freeview | Richer Sounds

    Now I really don't care about 3D but its a good looking set, very slim, should handle motion better and is only £10 more than the Sammy. Its last years model but for £400 its seems a steal (was twice the price a year ago).

    So since I need to pop my cherry and buy one next week I was hoping one of you lovely people would be good enough to point me in the right direction?

    Or you have a better suggestion don't hold back!

    Thanks in advance guys :)
     
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    Bump :)

    Also forgot to mention viewing distance is 9ft - 10ft
     
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    To be honest Id save up a bit more for a Panasonic UT50 or Samsung E550...or see if you can pick up a 2011 equivalent.
     
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    Thanks Scooby but I really don't want a 50 inch screen as the room it will be in isn't that big so it would look ridiculous. Where it is going to be placed it would also block access to a window which I can't have. 42 inch is my limit.
    I also can't be arsed to save up much more as I don't have a TV in here at the moment so I am paying for TiVo and can't use it! I could stretch my budget a little, maybe £40-£50 more but that's it.

    Out of interest is what are your reasons for suggesting those TVs? Are there any you can suggest or tips you can give me when selecting a TV?
     
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    There is a 42UT50 :) It is £600 though

    Scooby likes plasma - hence the recommendations
     
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    Ahhh OK - I have to admit what I have seen of plasma I like but the majority I see in my price range aren't Full HD or just aren't very good. Seems a shame to watch Blu Rays on half the resolution and the reduced power consumption of LED sets is a bonus too.

    The 42UT50 does look nice but just can't spend the extra right now and can't wait either.

    This has got to be one of the most aggravating purchases I have made in a long time! Usually I just look at models for whatever I'm in the market for, check reviews, then pricing and buy one but there's just so much choice and not enough reviews in my price range. I need an asprin ;)
     
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    Damn you people! Now you've got me looking at 50 inch plasma's and measuring my living room to see if it'll fit in proportion! lol you've just made my life a lot harder.

    OK so what are your views on this:

    http://www.richersounds.com/product/tv---all/lg/50pa650t/lg-50pa650t

    Full HD plasma for £480? Trawling the interwebs now for reviews....
     
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    Agree with Scooby, you really should save upto £600 or so and get a decent TV that will last for several years instead of regretting using that £400 on a TV.

    I'd suggest a LED at £600, perhaps a Sony or Panasonic?
     
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    Yes Im a tad plasma biased but for good reason.:)
    Sorry for tempting you into a 50" lol this place will do that to you, I've gone 42" to 46" to 51" and now thinking 60":facepalm:.

    I don't dismiss LCD completely, for many its better and does have advatages, at 400 though its going to be tough to find a good one. Decent LCDs tend to be more expensive than the equivalent plasma and there's also a wider range of models.

    Best thing to do is Google for sets that fall in your price range and read owners threads and reviews over and over. You may have done this hence your post, so the next step is to go and see what set you prefer. Ideally you want to go to a decent store, a specialist like Richer sounds is your best bet as they have a demo room you can book. If you demo this way you can take examples of the material you'll be using the set for, armed with lists of known issues(gained from the forums) you can the see what sets best.

    The LG plasma you mention is worth a look, it won't be great for a bright room though and the black levels aren't as deep as other plasmas, however at your budget I don't think you'll get much better blacks, certainly not more uniform.
     
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    Thanks Scooby.

    I do like action movies and will likely get the new xbox or PS4 when released so a Plasma's motion handling should suit me better. I'm not expecting the world for my budget but from the reviews I've read the LG I posted seems like a great set for the price. I reckon I might be able to get it for £450 from Richer Sounds if they'll pricematch pixmania and I have a small discount voucher to use.

    I really can't save up more for a TV as I have other things to buy and I would be stretching my budget to buy that LG (thanks again for that btw).

    My room is quite bright but I can always lower the blinds or draw curtains.

    From what I can tell I would be better off with this LG plasma than spending the money on a similarly LED or LCD? No motion problems, huge screen, lots of connections and good blacks. And its good looking :)
    Like you say, for my budget I don't think I can ask for much more. Or do any better.

    Thanks for the help guys :)
     

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