OT: TV choice

Anyone bought a new TV recently? Want one at least 45" with enough inputs. Haven't kept up with the market so could do with some guidance. I already have a Humax HD PVR which does I-player, etc. so that's not essential.
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On 29/10/2013 18:25, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Forget the spec, go for the impressive brand name. 'Which' has an adequately dumbed down list, normally it's either Sony or Panasonic on top. The details are irrelevant, count the number of stars.
Focus on the complexity of the remote control (more buttons is best), and whether the specialist 'enthusiast' magazines rate the model highly. The spotty nose oik in chosen shop will gladly tell you that, while showing the five essential buttons to turn it on, jump up a channel, hit the volume, stretch the view widthways, and make all colours look like a cartoon.
Look also for the word Smart. It looks knowingly good even if ye don't have unlimited broadband - or the internet at all. Plasma screens burn and wear out ye know, so could be unreliable. Go LCD. Isn't LED actually LCD? Ah..
Choose somewhere giving a "real" five year Domestic & General guarantee and don't forget to pay extra for the Gold plated HDMI lead. Regarding leads, ask if it's safe to pull out the mains plug last thing at night, or how much the power consumption is on standby.
Look for logos. 'HD Ready' or 'Full HD' have both got HD in them so must be good. 'Freeview' yes, of course!
It has to be (according to fashion magazines) mounted high above the fireplace, so make sure to get the right bracket. Ask the retailer to deliver, read the destructions and set it up. Leave the empty cardboard box outside for week to show the neighbours you have upgraded.
Enjoy ;-)
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On Tuesday 29 October 2013 19:57 Adrian C wrote in uk.d-i-y:

Disagree - I have had Samsungs - 2 TVs (little and larges) and a monitor. 2 are 6 years old the other 4 years.
All are excellent.

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On 29/10/2013 20:51, Tim Watts wrote:

Samsung, Sony, Pany (in no particular order). Which were very scathing about the no-name "bargains".
Read the reviews on Amazon. Best value might well be "last year's model" provided it still has the features you want.
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On 29/10/2013 20:51, Tim Watts wrote:

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I can only agree with Adrian C, Whatever you do, don't attempt to get
the box into your bin. Place it at the side.
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On 29/10/2013 21:40, -- DerbyBorn wrote:

Sorry to inject a serious comment into the humour, but it is of course not recommended to advertise the recent purchase of high-value electronics to potential miscreants.
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wrote:

Unless you simply put a box outside (no purchase necessary) and wait inside with a studded baseball bat. Urban Sports #27.
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-- DerbyBorn wrote:

Some time ago I visited a flat to fix the TV system. It emerged in conversation that the (very large) TV set was almost two years old. "I'll be glad when it its birthday comes. We'll be able to use the guest bedroom again." The boy who had delivered the set had told her that she must on no account dispose of the box, or the warranty would be made invalid. As a result the guest bedroom, which was very small, had been fully occupied by the box for almost two years.
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wrote:

Don't tell me, let me guess. They also had old lampshades with yellowing cellophane still on, and the 15 year old hall carpet had a pimply plastic strip to protect it, that only got removed for the Hoover.
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Graham. wrote:

How did you know these things?
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Actually, the big issue is storage of the huge lumps of polystyrene packing. the box itself can be packed flat of course. Brian
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If an item needs to be returned under guarantee to the manufacturer via a retailer then it presumably has more chance of success if it's returned in its original packing including the polystyrene which are specifically designed to resist damage in transit than it has if it turns up in less than immaculate condition having been wrapped in a few layers of shrink-wrap and corrugated cardboard and/or a black dustbin bag, held together with parcel tape. With a big hand written "Fragile Handle with Care" notice stuck on one side.
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On Wednesday, October 30, 2013 2:44:58 PM UTC, michael adams wrote:

You've been buying stuff on ebay too ...
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michael adams wrote:

Pillock.
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Adrian C wrote:

I'm not sure if that was meant to form another humorous part of your post or not, but if you buy a TV with "Freeview" and "Full HD" logos separately on it, your're likely to be disapointed that it doesn't actually receive HD programmes, what you need is a "Freeview HD" logo.
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Yep, this is true. I can only get HD on Freesat. Freeview has no HD on mine.
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On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:57:22 PM UTC, Adrian C wrote:

Throw some colour 'broshers' out of the car window then invite the neighbours around for an unveiling party with televisual refreshments.
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On Tuesday 29 October 2013 18:25 Dave Plowman (News) wrote in uk.d-i-y:

Lots of HDMI and don;t worry anout anything else...
Laptops these days have DisplayPort (convertable to HDMI) or HDMI outputs.
PCs have HDMI or DVI (convertable to HDMI).
Samsung phones have MHL which is adaptable to HDMI.
Even cheap DVD players have HDMI.
I would aim for 3-5 of those as inputs and by default you'll get a couple of others too.
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On 29/10/2013 18:25, Dave Plowman (News) wrote:

Stating the obvious, but see if you can see a selection where you can actually gauge the usability as well as the picture quality. Somewhere like John Lewis is usually pretty good for that.
Reviews don't always have enough focus on the software side of things and some TVs can end up being somewhat annoying in daily use.
A handy, but hardly essential, feature to have is per-input picture and sound settings. Means I can have completely different picture quality settings when I use the TV as a PC/console monitor or Watching a Blu-ray for instance.
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