What to buy? New TV (£500 budget)

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  1. TazZerT

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    Been researching for quite a few days.

    Have been looking at everything from 50" plasmas to 42' Sony/LG LED units. Im looking for a good TV with good picture quality and reliability :)

    I have managed to whittle it down to these 4 by myself but any and all suggestions are welcome!

    Are these TV's any good? My head is melting trying to decide!

    LG 50PN650T 50-inch Widescreen 1080p Full HD Plasma TV with Freeview HD/600Hz: Amazon.co.uk: TV

    KDL42W805ABU.A | 102 - 119 cm | Televisions | Sony Store online Europe - Buy direct from Sony

    Buy LG 42LA620V Smart 3D 42" LED TV | Free Delivery | Currys

    Buy Panasonic Viera TX-L42E6B LED HD 1080p Smart TV, 42" with Freeview HD online at John Lewis
     
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    Sony best, then the Panasonic for picture quality
     
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    I was learning towards the Sony as i seen the 42W654 in store and was very impressed... Can only imagine the W8 is better?
     
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    For motion and a bit for input lag. Not black levels though
     
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    Hm.... I think the W8 for 50 extra is too tempting :)
     
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    Don't be fooled into thinking (as I was!) that TV's higher up the range offer better picture quality than sets lower down. Sometimes they include more features and connections but the actual picture quality isn't as good. For example, the Samsung F5000 has better picture quality than the F5500. Likewise, most AVForums members agree that the W8 from last year was a bit of a dud. This is because Sony decided to equip it with an LG IPS panel. The W6 has a different panel (I think AUO) which has better contrast.
    The new W8 for 2014 is supposed to have the AUO panel with the added benefit of better motion handling and 3D. I have been told it will sell for around £700. The step down is the W7 which looks to be pretty much the same as the W6 except it has 4hdmi ports and an extra USB. The design looks an improvement too.


    Sony BRAVIA KDL42W705B Black | 42 inch LED Smart TV 1080p HD Freeview HD | Richer Sounds

    I wouldn't bother with the LG plasma. If you want the best plasma for the money then it has to be the Panasonic ST60 42".

    The Panasonic E6B is a brilliant TV which offers great contrast and picture quality. It performs well in both bright and dark viewing conditions. However, the motion handling will not be as good as the ST60.

    With most of the big four manufacturers trying to push 4K this year it will probably drive down the cost of 1080p sets. It might be worth waiting a month or so to see whats on offer.
     
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    So if i gave you my 500 quid now and asked you to come back with a TV... Which would you choose? The Panasonic e6b? that 42w705 and st60 are both well out of my budget unfortunately
     
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    I should note, I generally watch a lot of sports.. Football etc :)
     
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    Well, the ST60 is one of the best TV's EVER made so for an extra £100 it might be worth it. However, if you have drawn the line at £500 then the two contenders are the Sony W6 and the Panasonic E6B.

    If you are a very keen gamer then the W6 is the obvious choice as it has the lowest input lag of any TV from 2013.

    The E6 has stunning picture quality which I know for a fact. I haven't seen the W6 in action so can't really comment on its capabilities.

    PS. Whats your viewing distance and do you watch HD or SD channels?
     
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    For sports...ST60. The E6 suffers from slight motion blur due to its 50Hz refresh rate. If you don't game much and don't have an overly bright living room then you really should go with iplasma. Its the last chance to get a Panasonic plasma.
     
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    Viewing distance would be around 10 feet away. I have seen the W6 in action in the Sony store and was quite impressed, we have sky hd (i work for sky) so its nearly always hd variants of the channels. I have a interest in the W6 also because it seems to have a matte finish on the screen compared to the glossy LG we currently have

    Sony shop near me are currently doing the W6 42" for 499 with a 5 year sony warranty
     
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    Sorted then :thumbsup:
     
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    That changes everything! If you have Sky HD then you really should be looking at 46"+ at 10ft.
     
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    What do you think about the F5000 46" from that distance? Stunning HD picture quality. Within budget too.
     
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    Just a thought. I don't want to complicate matters but if I had Sky HD I would get a F5000 46" in a heart beat! For the money its a sensational TV.
     
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    Im not sure the f5000 has enough functions to keep me happy with it for 3-4 years :(

    Also Ossie... If you would like Sky HD I have a staff code here I dont need. Will get you the full package (sky sports, movies an entertainment extra) for 25 per month for 25 months :)

    Appreciate your help so thought id offer you that as a thanks :)
     
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    Bargain! If he doesn't want it...lol
     
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    OMG! Are you serious?! Just got out of the shower so please excuse the delay! That would make my day, month and year! :clap: I knew there was a good reason for logging into AVForums every day! Speechless!!!
     
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    New customers only, so no good for me. Been with sky for years
     
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    Sure man... :) I appreciate the help also believe in doing a good deed :) I'll PM you now
     
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    I replied tazzer. Good luck with the tv buying. I reckon you could persuade yourself to go,for the 50w656. No 46" in the uk

    If you plan to keep the TV for a few years, I'd push a bit bigger and a bit better if you possibly can. Couple of hundred is only £50 a year over 4 years
     
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    You have restored my faith in humanity! Wow. Thank you so much.
     
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    Good shout Vickster. I'd push the boat out too. One thing I have learnt about buying TV's is that its always best to spend that little bit more. Its worth it in the long run.
     
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    I honestly wish I could go higher... I could maybe go to 550 but that would be the absolute limit... Also my living room is not the biggest, a 47" would be cutting it fine... I think i'd be kicked out if I bought a 50 the more I think about it haha!
     
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    I'd stick with the sony then if you want the smart stuff. An LG in 47 might be obtainable, but personally I wouldn't

    Enjoy whatever you get :)
     
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    I was in the sony shop today an had a demo with the 42" W8. was quite better than the w6... soon as its in stock on refurb ill be buying :)
     

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