Reviews , Damn Lies & Reviews......

Discussion in 'General TV Discussions Forum' started by AV ADDICT, Oct 31, 2002.

  1. AV ADDICT

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    Just read Home Ent magazine. The more i read the worse my confusion gets. Read enough and some magazine has given 5 stars to one 36'' tv and trashed another only for another mag to say the opposite. Why such diversity when 'experts' should be able to uniformly agree on good picture, sound, connectivity and value. I've been building up to the Philips 36'' or Sony 36'' and then read that the Philips only gets 3 *** in Home Entertainment.
    Do I need to stick to one mag and one view or do i think that the mags are all somehow influenced by the companies to review favourably at one time or another.

    Lets hear what u all think about 'expert advice'

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  2. Budville

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    At the end of the day, quality is down to personal preference. What sounds good and looks good to one person, may not to the next. I use reviews just as a guide line but I all ways go and look and demo products first before I buy them. Then what sounds and looks good to me, I will buy, regardless of any reveiw:)
     
  3. rmsdev

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    Agree with above
    Reviews should only be used as a guide and buy what you think is better (we are all subjective)
    AND AND REVIEWS DOES NOT TELL USE HOW GOOD IS THE THING GONNA BE LONG TERM !!! It might give an excellent picture when you just buy it and then you start noticing buzzing, scrolling bars, moire etc...

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  4. astonbilla

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    which philips 36" only got 3 stars??
     
  5. bh

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    I don't associate the two above (mag and quality of information).
    See the sets in the flesh and ask for a demo at a good dealer.
     
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    I'm glad someone else noticed this as well.

    This month Home entertainment magazine has reviewed the Panasonic TX 36DT35 and the Toshiba 36ZT29B together going head to head.

    The Panasonic ended up with 5 stars and the Toshiba ended up with 4 stars with just the sharpness of the picture letting down the Tosh.

    However at the bottom of each review under the heading "Also consider" they have named 2 alternative 36 inchers namely the Hitachi C36WF830N and the good old Phillips 36PW9607.

    But what is strange is that they have given the Hitachi 5 gold stars and an "editors choice" badge which is fair enough as they have actually reviewed this set, the review is in the DEC 2001 edition.

    However, they have only given the Philips 9607 "3 stars", the only problem I have here is that the magazine has NEVER reviewed the 9607, being a subscriber to Home Ent, I have been waiting for a review for months, in the end I went and bought one anyway, because of the strength of the reviews it had been given in other mags (one mag even claiming the 9607 as the best television ever) and after auditioning one in a high street store.

    Home Entertainment has loved all of the other Philips Pixel+ sets giving them all 5 stars , so what gives with the 9607, and how can they offer it as an alternative when the magazine has never reviewed it.....beats me. :confused:
     
  7. AV ADDICT

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    Thanks guys but, and there is a but. We can all go down to stores and audition. I consider myself to be intelligent and base decisions on merit. However, we all have read these articles and made a short- list of candidates in hi-fi and visual equipment haven't we? If we can see for ourselves then why do we look at reviews for opinions and expert views which don't carry any weight? I can't go to a store and look at a crap picture and then hope to decide that this is the tv for me. I look at what the gurus say and that does affect choice or why else are we here asking each other what to buy?

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  8. LEMONPJ

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    You are totally right, AV Addict,

    If you do read a bad review of something it pretty much tarnishes the item and no matter how good the item really is, at the back of your mind you are always thinking that someone somewhere thinks it's pants and so you don't buy.

    And heres the sad thing, how many of us here after taking the plunge and buying something then go looking for as many reviews of it as you can, just so that you can smile to yourself when you see a good review.
     
  9. lynx

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    I think the majority of people on this board,will see these reviews for what they are and treat them with a large dose of salty stuff.Most guys (and galls :) ) here will be experienced enough to form an opinion based on experience and use the mag reviews as a source of light entertainment rather than an authorative work.
     
  10. AV ADDICT

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    R u saying that the 'experts' cannot be relied upon to provide a more informed opinion. I'm in medical care and I give opinions which people count upon. If I can't, then I send patients for a more informed specialist opinion. Just because a mondeo wins car of the year we don't automatically say it's better than a Mercedes or a Bmw. But, when someone says best high-end television of the year is a Panasonic in one and a Philips in another and a Bush in another I start thinkin that there may be some manufacturer based bias.

    Tell me I'm the only one who thinks like this.

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  11. lynx

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    Just because a journo writes a piece for a mag, that does not imply he is an 'expert'.
    Many board members are what i would consider experts and many more are very knowleagable, and i would listen to and trust their opinion before many (though not all ) journos'.
     

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