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.
*Young at heart -- slightly older in other places
Dave Plowman email@example.com London SW
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Tim Watts Personal Blog: http://squiddy.blog.dionic.net/
http://www.sensorly.com/ Crowd mapping of 2G/3G/4G mobile signal coverage
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
HomeOwnersHub.com is a website for homeowners and building and maintenance pros. It is not affiliated with any of the manufacturers or service providers discussed here.
All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.