Sony KDL42W653 42-inch Panasonic TX-L42E6B 42-inch

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  1. LukeRob

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    Hiya,

    I'm new to this TV buying lark, never bought one, currently looking at the 2 following sets. Just wondered if anyone had any advice on which one they would choose?
    It will mainly be used for movies and sports and general tv watching. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I've read all the reviews and there doesn't appear to be a great difference between them which is why I'm looking for some extra advice.

    Sony KDL42W653 42-inch

    Panasonic TX-L42E6B 42-inch

    Thanks for your time in this matter.
    Luke
     
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    They both score well in reviews, the Sony has lower game lag, I own one. You couldn't go wrong with either mate, I think the Panasonic handles sd a little better. I liked the Panasonic a lot last year but went with the Sony because of the PS4. Panasonic also has an extra HDMI input which might be important for the future. Maybe go for what you feel is the more attractive looking set as there isn't a lot of difference performance wise.
     
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    I think the Panasonic may handle motion better. OP doesn't mention gaming so lag is presumably not a decider
     
  4. LukeRob

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    Thanks for taking time to answer my query. I shall keep looking at the 2 of them and then decide.

    Thanks
    Luke
     
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    Both great TVs however Sony seem to better in terms of input lag and the sound quality.
     
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    The OP doesn't mention gaming :)
     
  7. LukeRob

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    I've been to see both TVs and was impressed with picture quality on both sets. I was in Currys though and had to force the sales assistant to play sky fall on both sets.

    I do have a slight worry over the motion flow being an issue and so have also been considering the
    Samsung UE40F6320
    Although there aren't many reviews from what I have read it deals with motion well but blacks can look a little grey. I never thought buying a tele would be so hard.

    Thanks for all your help.
    Luke
     
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    The only thing that would put me off the Sony Is only 2 hdmi ports.
     
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    Panasonic plasna if blacks and motion important, but be quick as stocks selling fast. GT60 the best option for movies
     
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    Gone for the Panasonic TX-L42E6B 42-inch from Richer Sounds.
    Thank you all for you help.
    Luke
     
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    am torn between this at £479 or for £599 the 42ST60.... both at RS, any thoughts?
     
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    Nearly every HD TV review sight has recommended both sets. The only reasons I can think of going for the E6 are;

    1. You game a hell of a lot and don't want to worry about IR (and then the Sony W6 would be better choice)
    2. You mainly watch TV in the day
    3. You feel uncomfortable about stretching your budget by another £120
    4. You don't watch sport or fast paced action movies
    5. You can't physically fit the 99cm wide ST60 into the space its going

    The contrast ratio of the the ST60 is supposed to be in the region of 18000;1 whereas the E6 measures about 5000:1. Thats still good for an LED but obviously the ST60 will be consistently jaw dropping. The E6 will also lose a lot of its resolution during fast moving scenes. The ST60 has 2500Hz refresh rate.

    To quote AVForums review of ST60's picture quality;

    "It smashes the ball out of the park using a wooden spoon."

    Colours will also be more vibrant than E6 and viewing angles will be better. When you list all of the advantages it becomes a lot clearer!!!

    E6 = one of best LED's of 2013
    ST60 = one of the best TV's of 2013
     
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    actually I think you hit the nail on the head there.

    1 - it's a backup tv, to be used in fairly well lit room (by daylight, during the day).
    2 - Sources will be 2nd V HD box and a ps3 (I only really play Call of Duty)
    3 - am pro plasma (have the 50gt60 as front room tv)

    Budget wise, over 5 years an extra 100 or 2 won't kill me.

    Now am thinking of investigating the Sony's if gaming is an issue on either of these! is w805 at around 619-649 better than w6 series at approx 499 for price diff?

    choices, choices.
     
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    TBH I haven't seen either the W6 or W8 but I think the general consensus is that the W6 has better PQ.

    "Right away the Sony KDL-42W653A 's pictures make a hugely positive impression by delivering a much more convincing black level response than the 47W805 model higher up Sony’s current range. In fact, its ability to deliver a black colour during dark scenes that’s barely besmirched at all by low-contrast grey misting is really outstanding for a sub-£600 42-inch TV, even humbling the black level response of many much costlier rivals from a variety of brands this year"
    Read more at Sony KDL-42W653A - Performance and Picture Quality

    The W6 is also supposed to have a very even backlight which you'd probably approve of being a fan of plasma. Also,the input lag on the W6 is 16ms so pretty much unbeatable in that respect.

    Does the W6 have better overall PQ than the E6? Not sure about that! E6 certainly has better black levels but during day thats probably irrelevant. The input lag on the E6 is 34ms so no slouch but still a bit slower than the W6.

    Is 42" as big as you can go? If not you could maybe consider the 50" W6 at £749 from RS;

    Sony BRAVIA KDL50W656 | 50 inch LED Smart TV 1080p HD Freeview HD | Richer Sounds
     
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    The W8 has better motion handling but less good blacks apparently
     
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    The sales assistant at Richer Sounds mentioned the 42ST60 to me and it looked incredible. Couldn't stretch the extra money though as I had already gone a bit above budget.

    Considered the Sony KDL-42W653A alot when I was first looking, but had to rule it out. May sound petty but the wall mount, power adapter and thick bottom made it a little impractical for our room.
    Shame as the picture's fantastic and the build quality, apart from the back, looks lovely.

    Thanks for the settings link

    Luke
     
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    Just measured the space it would be going into 42 most ideal I guess, 50 too big, a 46 might work, and would be my personal choice.

    Could look at panny 46et60b @ £699, or Sony 47w807 @ £799 but both are just that bit beyond my budget for a 2nd tv.

    would love the 46w905 but then am topping a grand.

    I wonder when and how much these 2013 models might go down when 2014 models are released/footy tv offers start appearing?
     
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    Not a lot below where they are now for popular models unless ex display

    The ET60 is a 47" screen not 46", ditto the W805/807 (same passive 3D panel)
     
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    I'm pretty sure that the W6 has better picture quality than the W8 and the E6 is better than the Et60. CNET USA quite openly state that as far as they're concerned the E6 has better PQ than the top of the range WT60;

    'It's also worth noting that even though I didn't include it in the comparison below, nor have I subjected it to a full review yet, I've tested our in-house TC-L55WT60 -- Panasonic's most expensive LED LCD for 2013 -- enough to report that it doesn't have better picture quality than the E60'

    ie. You don't have to spend more to get great picture quality. CNET also only recommend two Samsung LED's; the F5000 and F8000. Its a hard thing to accept as you would think that TV's get slightly better and better (for picture quality) as you progress up the series. In my experience thats not the case.

    My recommendations for affordable TV's in 2013 are;

    Samsung F5000 (32",40" and 46") Panasonic E6B, Sony W6, Panasonic ST60.

    Maybe consider the Samsung F5000 46"?
     

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