Parents looking to get a new tv, any recommendations

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  1. PowerLee

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    Hi newbie here

    My parents old 28" Bush CRT tv is on its last legs & the old man is going to invest some £ in a new tv.

    Its mostly used for watching dvd's, F1 & my mum likes watching her soaps.

    He has a budget of £800 & would like something between a 36" & 42" screen, must have a good picture, reliability & easy to use.

    Also needs to be able to plug a dvd, vcr & NTL cable box in ( we do have a scart junction box thingy at the minute )

    Ive seen the Philips 42PF5421 42" on offer at Currys, are Philips tv's any good?

    Panasonic & Pioneer ive also been told make good tv's

    Anybody out there recommend a tv to look at? Things have changed so much since they last went out & got a tv.

    Thanks in advance

    Lee
     
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    have a look at the new px 70 panasonics definately - check the john lewis price match thread for the best deals with extended guarantees - might need to up the budget by £100 or so for a 42" but - size matters :)
    pioneer screens ARE very good but tend to be significantly more expensive...
    Not to sure on the philips plasmas - had an LCD previously but that was crap IMO
     
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    if most of the sources are SD, then you'd better go with a plasma instead of an lcd. Panasonic 37PX70 or 42PX70 should be good choices and I think they're close to your price range. since I'm not in the UK I can't tell you where to look but the plasma section of the forum is full of good deals.
     
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    I think u can get the Philips for less at Dixons

    Philips 42PF5421 £699
    www.dixons.co.uk Get 10% off. Simply add PHIL10 at the basket to buy for £629

    Its their basic motel with none of advanced features but a very good price and sizze. Not sure about the pic quality in Standard Definition though
     
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    That Currys offer does seem to be the best price at the moment for the TH37PX70 with cabinet, tho you won't get the Panasonic 5 year warranty if you buy from Currys should that be something your parents are interested in. Been thinking of getting a 37PX70 to replace my old CRT too as the SD performance is the best I've seen on a flat panel. If you haven't already, check out the TH37PX70 thread in the plasma forum:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=492888
     
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    Didnt know that Panasonic offered a 5 year warranty?

    How come if its purchased from Currys you dont get the 5 year warranty then?
     
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    Seems to be a special promotion to get people to use their local authorized dealerships rather than buying online/ from big chains. Suppose it should allow Panasonic to increase their margins, assuming the sets prove to be as reliable as expected.
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=526119
     
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    Been looking at John Lewis & they offer a 5 year warranty as well.

    Good prices but they dont include a stand or cabinet

    Ive been elected to go out over the weekend & look at tv's with my parents
     
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    Had a look at both the Panasonic TH37PX70 & the TH42PX70 yesterday in a couple of different shops & all I can say is after all the hype what a disappointment, picture quality wasn't that good, when viewed side by side with a Philips, LG or Sony plasma tv showing the same source the Panasonic's lose out.
     
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    Seems there was a firmware upgrade on the PX70s which appears to have had a detrimental effect on the PQ especially on SD. Saw a couple of PX70s on Thursday when I was out to have a look at the Sony D3000 and they certainly didn't impress me as they had before but maybe my eyes were still accustomed to staring at the D3000s.

    Personally I've almost gone off the Pannys as part of the reason for paying extra for the Panny brand was for their higher build quality but seems they've started cutting corners to make their products more affordable, what with all these buzzing PSUs and such like...
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=538602
     
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    My local Sony centre has an offer on.

    It has the KDL40S2510 40" LCD tv & the RDR GXD360 dvd recorder as a package with a 5 year warranty on the tv for £899.

    Might have to go have a look at that over the weekend.
     
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    You'd probably be better off going for the Sony KDL32D3000. You can get it for 999 at Robert Whyte with a free Sony surround system and 5yr warranty. That's a steal :thumbsup:
     
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    That looks a good deal, the surround sound wouldnt be any use for the room the tv has to go in but still a good find.
     
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    Ebay? :smashin:
     

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