Question Which TV sub £500?

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  1. daari6

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    I need a new TV to replace my old 'HD ready' Hitachi 32" I bought from Argos 6 years ago. It has served me well but our living room is now bigger and my wife is struggling to see small writing sometimes

    I need it to be at least 47" but ideally 55". I'm not bothered too much about it being SMART or 3D. Picture quality is the most important thing for me, and a decent enough sound. The ability to display photos from my phone is a bonus

    I was told to look at either Samsung or LG as they make the best screens so I found the Samsung UE48H6400 which can be had for £450. It won the what hi-fi award in 2014 so I assume it's a solid choice.

    If it was your money - which TV would you buy? Thank you
     
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    Sounds like you'd rather have 55"! A bit over budget at £699;

    Buy PANASONIC VIERA TX-55CS620B Smart 55" LED TV | Free Delivery | Currys

    This will offer very similar PQ to Samsung as it has same kind of panel. Also has 120Hz refresh rate, deep blacks and very accurate colours. Panasonic seem to be getting their act together this year and I think they are the manufacturer to watch for PQ/design/value. For instance, the Samsung 55" J6300 has pretty much identical specification to the Panasonic above but currently costs £949!!!

    The 48" H6400 would be a solid choice though. Also, keep your eyes open for any last Sony 50" W829's which is considered to be better than the H6400. Argos still has it for £639. Check the Richer Sounds clearance section too to see if there are any deals in your local stores. I know open box W8's are selling for about £400 there.
     
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    Thankyou.

    Funnily enough I was looking at that exact TV at John Lewis. A little over budget but it's 55" and has some good reviews.

    I bought a 49" Panasonic for my Parents from Tesco assuming I could trust the brand, cant remember the model number but it was £400 last year. The picture quality was poor - there's a slight blur on anything and the motion blur was horrible. Cheapo/BUSH TV's from Argos were much better! For that reason I don't think i'll buy a Panasonic ever again
     
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    Ah. That was probably the Panasonic A400...by all accounts a piece of junk. Buying a 60Hz LCD at 50" is asking for trouble whatever the brand. Panasonic are responsible for some of the best HD TV's ever made so I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss them!

    If you are looking for a bargain then I would constantly check the Sony Outlet website. Stock gets replenished over night (but not every night) so you would need to check first thing in the morning because they sell quick.
    55" W829 is £559 (when its available)

    https://outlet.sony.co.uk/shop/Televisions/126-164-cm/

    Have you got a Richer Sounds near you? I would also definitely ring them to see what bargains they have.

    Richer Sounds - The UK's Hi-Fi, Home Cinema & TV Specialists!
     
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    I was going to go ahead and buy the Sony KDL55w829 from John Lewis tomorrow (after seeing it in store first) but I was just emailed Costco's new offers.

    They're doing the 'UE50J5100' for £399, which includes a 5 year warranty. Going to pop into the store tomorrow before John Lewis to see what the picture quality looks like. Only downside is that it doesn't have wifi, but you cant expect everything for this price

    I can't really find much by way of reviews for this TV - can anyone shed any light on this model?

    Here's the link:

    Costco UK - Samsung UE50J5100 50 inch LED TV
     
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    I had last years 48" Samsung H5000 for awhile but returned it because motion blur was very apparent watching football. The J5100 is this years version and in all respects its pretty much identical. If you like watching sports I would not recommend getting anything above 46" with 50Hz refresh rate (except maybe Sony's which do better than most in large sizes.) If you are just watching normal TV and a few movies you should be fine. It does depend on what you're used to watching. Some people are more sensitive to blur than others. For instance I find that people's faces smear watching a large 50Hz TV. The J5100 would be great in 32" or 40" IMO. 50" is risky.

    If you want to save a hundred pounds you could always get the 48" H6400 which is still available from Richer Sounds for £549 with 5 year guarantee. It will still be a massive upgrade from your 32" Hitachi.

    http://www.richersounds.com/product/tv---all/samsung/ue48h6400/sams-ue48h6400
     
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    Thankyou once again.

    I was looking at the technical specs and they are confusing.

    The H5000 has a motion rate of 100, but the J5100 has a PQI of 200.

    Is PQI the same as motion rate? As I can't find anything about the J5100's motion rate.
     
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    PQI = Picture Quality Index. :confused:

    I wouldn't pay any attention to this. It's simply Samsung's latest attempt to hoodwink consumers into thinking the TV is better than it is. Samsung 5 series have always been 50Hz. End of!
     
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    So i've seen the TV's in person and It has to be a Sony. They look amazing!

    I can get the kdl55w829 (John Lewis) or the kdl55w955 (Richer Sounds) for £649. Ive seen them both in person and they look pretty darn similar when playing the same content. Should I assume that the W9 is the better buy?
     
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    Yeah. I agree with Vickster. Under the bright lights in the store the W9 will look similar to the W8 but when watching with the lights low the IPS panel on the W9 will reveal its true colours...or lack of them! Contrast and blacks will be washed out whereas the W8 sports a VA panel and will therefore perform better. ie. deeper blacks and better contrast. Assuming you would be watching TV in the evening or at night I would go with the W8.
     

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