The Best 55" TV under £800

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  1. Amiyrth

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    Hi
    Im looking for the best picture quality 55" 4k TV i can find for under £800

    I have my eye on 2 models:

    Samsung UE55MU6400
    Hisense 55N6800

    But im open to other recommendations

    things i dont care about:
    1/ i don't care what brand it is (even though im told Samsung/LG)
    2/ i dont care about smart features ill never use them as it will be connected to a media pc and sky
    3/ i dont care what i looks like how thin it is how curved it is or what color it is

    things i might care about:
    1/ warranty (richersounds and john lewis offer 5+ year)
    2/ Sound quality
    3/ gaming

    I cant afford OLED or Premium UHD so looking for as close as i can get on a £700-800 budget
    Will be buying over the Black Friday/ Cyber Monday weekend
    Im not in a hurry to buy
     
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    If you're not in any hurry to buy wait a year or two and you'll be able to get a much more HDR capable TV at that price, or an OLED. There's not much that stands out at £800 right now.
     
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    well when i say im not in a hurry im wanting to buy this year :)
    i just meant i dont have to buy on black Friday i can wait but id like one before xmas

    Based on my 2 choices ive seen them about the same price which is better?

    Samsung UE55MU6400
    Hisense 55N6800
     
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    Have you considered the Sony xe70? Had my eye on the same models as you but the Sony is now the one I'm most likely to opt for depending on Black Friday deals
     
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    Sound quality? No TV unless it comes with some kind of detachable speaker/sound bar is going to be good.

    If this is a concern and you do not want to get a sound bar I would look at the select models that come with these such as last years Panasonic DX802 available in 50" and 58" sizes.

    Alternatively Philips 7 series models both from this series and last year are available with a built in sound bar/speakers.

    But really you are just better of forgetting about built in sound and widening your choices. Get a sound bar instead as it will beat even the better sounding TVs with sound.

    The best value TVs at 55" below £800 are currently the Hisense 55N6800 and Sony 55XE70xx series.

    Gaming on any 2017 LCD is going to be fine, they all have low input lag now.

    You mentioned you can wait, but with the way price trends usually are with TVs the biggest discounts hit at black Friday. Rarely will a TV be cheaper after black friday until the spring clearance sales (before the new models come out). If you waited until then you would probably be able to get a lot better TV for the money.

    With TVs its more about the time that you buy than which model you get. You could get the best model available now for your budget but in spring be able to get a higher end model that isn't in your budget right now or perhaps isn't as good value now on current pricing for the same money.

    But to be honest we have very limited info to determine which TV is exactly best for you. If you want a more tailor made recommendation I suggest you use the template I made below:

     
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    You won't get anything with good sound quality for that price, invest in a stereo amp and buy a pair of used floorstanders which you can get cheap and you are all set.
     
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    Well a sound bar is a option
    It never used to be as i used to have a Yamaha sound bar but my toddler kept pulling it off and the Mrs went mental as it fell on her so it had to go. She is now 6 so thats ok.
    When i was single i used to have a Dolby digital amp and floor standers but the Mrs doesnt like huge speakers and wires so a surround sound system is out grrrr woman.
    But a sound bar is an option for sure

    Will keep an eye out on black Friday whats annoying me is so many people saying its black Friday now and ive seen all models on Hisense on sale appart from the one i want lol
    Will keep a look out for Sony but im getting the feeling all the decent TV's aren't discounted
    but its not Friday yet :)
     
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    currys have the
    SONY BRAVIA KD55XE7002 55" reduced to £649 and if i buy it today they are offering an extra 10% off
    This a good deal?
     
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    I can't see any 5 year warranty with that - whereas with JL their 7073 and 7003 do. Something to think about. I'm probably in the same budget as you and was definitely going to get the Hisense but some of the owners have been complaining about clouding and banding issues so may consider a Sony or Panasonic instead.
     
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    just seen:
    Sony Bravia KD55XE7073 for £584 on Amazon

    are these Sonys a better buy than the Hisense 55N6800 which ive yet to see cheaper than £679?
    with such a staggering amount of discount from the RRP of £900
     
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    Forget the RRP as that is neither here or there. You will need to add the 4 year extended warranty to it for £90 making it £674. JL have it for £699 with 5 year warranty.
     
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    don't they price match?
     
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    Officially the JL price matching service is against other high street retailers not Internet only companies like Amazon. You can read more here:

    Never Knowingly Undersold
     
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    Surely they would price match Currys?
     
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    Nope because it doesn't come with a 5 year warranty and JL don't sell the KD55XE7002
     
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    good point :)

    Not seen John Lewis doing any deals yet so im guessing they are saving them for Friday

    If anyone see's a bargain offer in my price range please let me know
     
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    They do sell the KD55XE7003 (black) and the KD55XE7073 (silver). I reckon you are right they may discount some TVs on Friday - which ones we shall see.
     
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    SONY BRAVIA KD55XE8396 is on sale for £799

    this also comes with Android which is nice
     
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    You are just pulling random models out of the hat right now with no idea of the picture quality involved.

    Stand out models on current pricing are the Sony 55XE70xx series and the Hisense 55N6800. But be patient and wait for Black Friday, time is on your side. No need to rush is there?

    But we still have very little detail about how you will use the TV so its hard really to know whether your expectations are set too high or how a TV like this is going to compare to what you are currently using..in some cases it may be worse.
     
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    Well i have currently have a 5 year old LG 47" it does full HD but id like a bigger set
    As i said before its all about picture quality and up-scaling for me
    Im using it with Sky HD + PC gaming and media player with 4k capability inc Bluray and my xbox one S again with 4k ability

    Im sat only a few meters away

    Ive always from the start had my eye on the Hisense H55N6800
    but Sony with android was a head turner but must like what u say focus on whats important

    Ive seen Co Op now have a black friday code CP60 which is £60 off any TV over £599 making the Hisense £599 which is the cheapest ive seen it and maybe JL will price match for the 5 year warranty. Defiantly the best deal ive seen so far
     
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    Doubt it. You need to add £86.72 for the 5 year warranty which means it is £685.72. Keep looking. :)
     
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    If you're willing to go second hand tx58dx902b s are now changing hands in the classifieds for £800. I'd say you're very unlikely to get a better quality TV for £800 any time soon - but there is of course risk that it's not new.
     
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    Up-scaling of standard definition content, especially non-HD TV channels will probably look worse on one of these new TVs than your existing model.
    A few meters from UHD? You are looking at about 1m to be optimum from a 55" with UHD content and at 2m you start to not notice a difference.

    A TV isn't just about resolution, just because a TV can "do UHD" does not mean its going to be better than what you are currently using. Especially if you view too far away.

    Not only that but the most significant gains from sources are with HDR, not UHD and that is even when you view close enough to benefit from UHD anyway...and at the price range of tv's you are looking at you cannot get a TV that is decent with HDR. These TVs will likely look better with HDR turned off.

    So my advice to you would be not to fall for the "buzzwords" and marketing that makes these TVs seem like they are going to be amazing and instead save up for a model that is at least going to be decent with HDR. Hopefully the minimum model I would recommend for HDR, the Sony XE9005 will come down in price in the clearance sales in spring that will bring it closer to around £800.

    If you can't afford that I would reconsider the need to upgrade yet and save until you can afford a capable HDR model in the future when capable HDR TVs should come down in price.
     
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    John Lewis has priced matched it for me :)

    Thank you for your email concerning a price match enquiry.

    I’ve checked with Co-op Electrical and have found that the Hisense H55N6800 television (82457508) is priced at £599.00, so I’m happy to match this price.

    This product comes with a 5 year guarantee and there’s also the option of greater protection for your purchase with our Added Care.
     
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    I am impressed! :smashin: Well done - didn't think they would match. Saved yourself £80. Now I wonder if it will drop any further on Friday...:)
     
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    well the offer lasts for 28 days so i can wait and see
    Im also looking at the Samsung UE55MU6400 which co op have for £569
     
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    :thumbsdow IPS panel.
     
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    I'm actually considering getting a used KS series Samsung. On ebay they seem to be going from about £700
     
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    ive seen the Samsung 55MU7000 @richersounds for £799 thats within my budget but is it worth the extra £200 over the Hisense?
     
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