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which TV to buy

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by arie_parie, Oct 28, 2003.

  1. arie_parie

    arie_parie
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    I'm looking for a new television set, but i'm not sure which one to buy.

    My demand:
    1) widescreen
    2) 100Hz
    3) 82 cm screen (32")

    People are telling me to buy a SONY, they seem to be a bit more expensive than PANASONIC, PHILIPS, ... but worth the extra cost. Is this true or just bullcrap?

    PS: I'm new to this topic (been redaing it for a while, but this is my first post). Thanks in advance!

    Piet (Belgium, Europe)
     
  2. hornydragon

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    Bang & Olufsen???? Beovision 3 32"
    SOny are overpriced i would say panasonics PD30 depends on budget etc but B&O will be best PQ!
     
  3. arie_parie

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    Thanks, but B&O is a bit to expensive for my budget. BTW some people told me that B&O are the ones who are overprized, don't know what to believe any more :confused:

    PS: I know this a difficult question, and that there are several "what's the best TV to buy' topics on this forum. But I REALLY don't want to buy something i'll regret later on...
     
  4. PaulJ

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    Hi arie_parie

    What sort of budget do you have?

    Is sound an issue?

    I have a Sony and have been really happy with it. I think if you shop around a bit prices for Sony, Philiips, Panasonic seem to be similar, for similar specification models.

    Paul :smoke:
     
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    My budget is about € 1100. Don't know how much the prices of television sets differ between Brittain and Belgium though. The Sony KV-32 FX 68 (seems to be rather popular in this forum) costs about € 1100. Sony televisions do seem to be more expensive than Panasonic and Philips sets in Belgium...

    Sound isn't an issue. I'm using a surround set when watching DVD's, and I don't care much about sound quality when I'm looking to regular television programs.

    Thanks!

    EDIT:
    fyi: 1 GBP = 1.44 EUR (so $ 1100 is £ 764)
     
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    arie_parie: I'm from Belgium too and the difference in price with the UK can be enormous. Also compared to Germany, Belgium is worse off. I once heard part of the problem is that Belgium gets special NICAM-sets, while Germany doesn't. But that doesn't make that much sense.

    I also suggest you take a look at http://www.kieskeurig.nl for some local reviews of these televisions, as well as some links to etailers. Try and avoid Vandenborre if you can. Had a bad customer service experience with them. If you're from around Antwerp, you could visit http://www.vanhavere.be for some really good advice and a very good selection. Mediamarkt in Antwerp has a huge selection of badly setup televisions.
     
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    Thanks for the info billygoat.

    The price difference between Belgium and Germany is mainly due to the difference in VAT: 21% for Belgium and 16% for Germany I think.

    I know the http://www.kieskeurig.nl website, but I don't really think the user reviews are worth to read; about everybody is very positive about the product they just bought. I'll take a look at the http://www.vanhavere.be website though!

    If you want a good price, visit http://www.fransdesmet.be and fill in the form under "e-prijzen". After about 24 hrs they'll mail you a REALLY good deal!
     
  8. billygoat

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    That's only true to a certain extent. I was looking for a Panasonic TX32-PD30 and the cheapest I could find in Belgium was about 2000 euro, while in Germany, it could be had for 1500 euro, which is a bit more than 5% :(

    IMHO it's a difference in consumer culture. Electronic equipment has always been cheaper abroad, but we've got cheaper clothes, food... I think Belgian retailers in electronics hardly discount from retail price, while it's almost standard practice abroad.

    I'll try fransdesmet.
     
  9. hornydragon

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    B&O are expensive no doubt but expensive and overpriced are two different things!
     
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    I know that expensive and overpriced are two different things.
    Unfortunatelly my budget doesn' allow a B&O anyway.

    Well, VAT does indeed only seem part of the problem.

    now on-topic:
    I've narrowed my search to Philips and Sony (can get good deals on both). I can buy the Philips 32PW8506 for an extra nice price.
     
  11. MartinImber

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    I have always thought of B & O as overpriced - lumped into the same bracket as Bose et al.

    I have always liked good quality 50Hz TVs
     
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    Have you looked at Loewe.

    Quality sets and are in your price range.
     
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    In Belgium they are not within my price range :(
     
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    well go and look at an Avant 32 and tell me PQ is not the best you have ever seen.
    Arie parie philips is a good set and if you get an extra special deal just make sure that you can get any problems sorted out quickly by the supplier.
     

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