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Topic # 90636 26-Sep-2011 13:59 Send private message

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The Warehouse launches exclusive range of affordable flatscreen TVs

Amid widespread debate about the variance in the price of branded products in New Zealand compared to overseas, The Warehouse is bringing added competition to the electronics market by launching an exclusive range of televisions and other electronics under the VEON brand name.

The VEON range is manufactured in China using the same components as leading brands such as Samsung, LG and other large LCD/LED manufacturers.

By tapping into supply chains serving the largest markets in the world like the US and Europe, VEON is able to leverage economies of scale to keep costs down, and pass savings on to Kiwi consumers, says The Warehouse CEO Mark Powell.

With six TVs in the range, from a 19" LED with built-in DVD right up to a 47" Full HD LCD, VEON is The Warehouse’s largest range of flatscreen TVs.

VEON LED and LCD televisions, priced from $299, all have approved Freeview Digital Tuners, come with Full HD and are Blu-Ray ready. They also have multiple HDMI inputs and USB inputs, allowing external hard drives to be plugged in for extended playback and record functionality.

VEON DVD players, priced from $149.99, are all Blu-Ray compliant, enabling them to reproduce the highest quality play back. They will also play DVDs from all around the world regardless of zone or region constraints.

All VEON audio products are priced from $89.99, are iPod and iPhone compatible, are stylishly designed and offer good sound quality.

In addition to The Warehouse’s famous money back guarantee all VEON TVs come with an extensive three year manufacturer’s warranty and all VEON Blu-Ray and Audio products carry a two year manufacturer’s warranty.

To mark the products’ launch, from 21 September to 4 October The Warehouse is hosting New Zealand's largest ever television recycling event - The Great TV Take Back. Consumers can earn discounts on new TVs by bringing back their old cathode ray tube (CRT) TVs to select The Warehouse stores as part of the government-funded waste minimisation programme.

During this time, consumers can take their old CRT televisions to 20 participating The Warehouse stores around the country, and they will be recycled in an environmentally-responsible manner.

Anyone bringing in an old CRT television to recycle can enter a prize draw to win one of the new VEON televisions, and will receive a 20% discount offer on the purchase of a new VEON television should they wish to purchase one.

Mr Powell says the launch of the VEON range underscores The Warehouse’s commitment to consumer electronics as part of its wide range of general merchandise.

“We can offer good quality products made from reputable components, with all the usual warranties and assurance for much less than the leading brands,” he said. “There’s no reason why the latest digital TVs shouldn’t be affordable to more Kiwis.”

 




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  Reply # 525819 26-Sep-2011 14:27 Send private message

ROFL... Five minutes response time. That's great!




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  Reply # 525830 26-Sep-2011 14:50 Send private message

freitasm: ROFL... Five minutes response time. That's great!

I guess they could market it as super-super slow motion for all those great rugby moments, :)

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  Reply # 525838 26-Sep-2011 15:14 Send private message

A DVD player that's Blu Ray compliant. Isn't that a Blu Ray player?


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  Reply # 525862 26-Sep-2011 15:47 Send private message

These would be great for a second bedroom/ps3/xbox type screen. Irrespective of quality. I'll be interested to see though how they hold up for every day use though.

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  Reply # 525866 26-Sep-2011 15:51 Send private message

Avoid.

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  Reply # 525874 26-Sep-2011 15:59 Send private message

A 1000:1 contrast ratio? Best you don't watch anything other than brightly lit cartoons and maybe some sports, black level will be abysmal

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  Reply # 525885 26-Sep-2011 16:29 Send private message

For the price of the Veon, you could get a Sony Full HD TV...
The VEON will have a 3 year factory warranty though. But CGA would make that a little redundant. Of course, you could also buy a Sharp TV (who along with Samsung make the panels for Sony) that offers a 3 year factory warranty.
So yeah...
Struggling to see the benefit of getting a VEON personally.

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  Reply # 525889 26-Sep-2011 16:35 Send private message

Although, I do like the Warehouse's TV recycling policy!

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  Reply # 526015 26-Sep-2011 22:20 Send private message

I might get one at the right price, if I needed a cheaper low-use second telly for bedroom/games room or similar, and if the price was right. Unfortunately I don't need another screen at the moment, and the price isn't right. Even if I was in the market, these are priced too close to proven market leading brands/models for me to take a punt on an unbranded cheapie.

Also, the specs listed on the website are a bit sparse! Just states 2xHDMI inputs (which isn't enough IMHO - I would want four) and no details about component inputs, AV inputs (for legacy kit etc) or PC input, when comparably priced branded boxes have all of these.

Finally, if they want to hook people, how hard would it be to put a .pdf of the manual on the website, so we can download it and check out the unit in more detail? Other manufacturers (eg Panasonic) do this.

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  Reply # 526017 26-Sep-2011 22:23 Send private message

Dunnersfella: For the price of the Veon, you could get a Sony Full HD TV...
The VEON will have a 3 year factory warranty though. But CGA would make that a little redundant. Of course, you could also buy a Sharp TV (who along with Samsung make the panels for Sony) that offers a 3 year factory warranty.
So yeah...
Struggling to see the benefit of getting a VEON personally.


The pricing is very average - you can buy brand names at virtually identical pricing.

I bet we'll see 30% off promos coming soon like all their other own brand goods.


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  Reply # 526050 27-Sep-2011 08:24 Send private message

Dunnersfella: you could also buy a Sharp TV (who along with Samsung make the panels for Sony)


I've found that the user interface and supporting electronics have been sub par on most non big brand name TV's.  The panels may be the same, but if the electronics are not grunty enough you end up with ugly looking pictures displayed on a nice panel, if that makes any sense?

Things like how the menu's work, how the remote works, delay in changing channels, how you switch inputs etc etc are all huge contributors to how enjoyable the user interaction with the device is.  Their Transonic branded TV's failed hugely in these areas for instance.

Still, good to see the Warehouse finally selling TV's with freeview built in.  They have been pretty guilty lately of selling TV's that will definitely require an additional set top box unit in a few years.  But I guess that's just good business planning?!

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  Reply # 526058 27-Sep-2011 08:53 Send private message

I think paying a bit more for a 10th+ generation device from the likes of Sony/Samsung/Panasonic/[add well known brands here] makes far better sense then buying a value designed model which may only be their 2nd or 3rd gen offerings. with each model generation i am sure the big boys add just that little bit more knowledge and perfection into the final design

Anyone considering buying a VEON should seriously visit JB Hifi or the Appliance shed prior as they might be surprised what they can pick up for their hard earned $$$. In a lot of cases last years model are still a lot higher specced then some of the current year budget options.

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  Reply # 526100 27-Sep-2011 10:47 Send private message

Agreed - There really is very little in the way of innovation among bottom of the line TV's...
So buying last years tellie probably won't make a blind bit of difference for the average consumer.

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  Reply # 526107 27-Sep-2011 10:57 Send private message

Jaxson:
Dunnersfella: you could also buy a Sharp TV (who along with Samsung make the panels for Sony)


I've found that the user interface and supporting electronics have been sub par on most non big brand name TV's.  The panels may be the same, but if the electronics are not grunty enough you end up with ugly looking pictures displayed on a nice panel, if that makes any sense?



Makes perfect sense.

Good pictures depends not just on panel quality but also the quality of the electronics and the quality of the software driving those electronics.



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