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Topic # 120891 17-Jun-2013 14:26
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Am in the market for a new TV, only really need 40" so was thinking about the UA40F5500 as can get that for $1000ish, is there a compelling reason NOT to get one?

I looked at the F6400 but can't see it's worth the extra really as it seems to only offer 3D over the 5500 or am I wrong?

I also considered the F5000 but do think the SMART stuff is a bell and whistle that's worth it

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  Reply # 838122 17-Jun-2013 14:55
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Not that this might help make your decision but i used to consider 3D a fad until I read an article about the processors in modern 3DTV's and how 3DTV's processors are gruntier than standard HDTV's so there was a theory that their menu's were snappier and general use smoother.

I could have been misled and can't recall where I read it. But it might be worth looking into it to see if there is any truth to it particularly for those models.

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  Reply # 838198 17-Jun-2013 16:32
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To begin with, the 5 series is only 50Hz, whereas the 6 series offers 100Hz panels, allowing the end user to tweak the settings to smooth out fast moving action / panning shots easily.
Basically, some people like a smoother picture, other people don't like the effect offered by 100Hz TV's.
Personally, I think my mother in-laws 50Hz LED is terrible, as the motion drives me nuts (I own a Neoplasma)... so I'd recommend a 100Hz set. But at that price, consider 100Hz offerings from Panasonic / LG too.



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  Reply # 838313 17-Jun-2013 19:19
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Yeah I get that but,as always, its a case of do I really want to pay $500 more for 100hz plus 3D and a bit more SMART?

On a 40" would I really notice?

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  Reply # 838365 17-Jun-2013 21:08
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I am in the same market. I noticed the 2013 Sony models have gone away from the 'smart' functions and the ones I could find don't even include wi-fi (it's an extra dongle you have to purchase). Sitting next to the Samsung F5500 at the same price point I wondered why anyone would purchase the Sony....however a seemingly astute salesman informed me that Sony have put their R&D into the panel/picture development rather than 'bling' like on the Samsung. Not sure if thats true or not but it sounded feasible.

The choice seemingly was between a lesser panel with all the bells and whistles (Samsung) or the Equivalent Sony with an allegedly better image (it did look quite nice I must admit).

Something to perhaps think about. I had never thought of it that way as I always go for the bells and whistles. Needless to say I am still thinking.










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  Reply # 838378 17-Jun-2013 21:56
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I am not so sure that Sony even produces their own panels. Seems like LG and Samsung have been the suppliers of panels to them.

Case in point: http://www.zdnet.com/sony-ups-reliance-on-lg-for-lcd-screens-2062303664/

It does make sense that if you look at a certain price point, a TV without Smart-TV should have a better screen than a TV with Smart-TV. But it might also be that you are just seeing different setups of the same screen and are paying for the logo..




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  Reply # 838390 17-Jun-2013 22:13
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scuwp: I am in the same market. I noticed the 2013 Sony models have gone away from the 'smart' functions and the ones I could find don't even include wi-fi (it's an extra dongle you have to purchase). Sitting next to the Samsung F5500 at the same price point I wondered why anyone would purchase the Sony....however a seemingly astute salesman informed me that Sony have put their R&D into the panel/picture development rather than 'bling' like on the Samsung. Not sure if thats true or not but it sounded feasible.

The choice seemingly was between a lesser panel with all the bells and whistles (Samsung) or the Equivalent Sony with an allegedly better image (it did look quite nice I must admit).

Something to perhaps think about. I had never thought of it that way as I always go for the bells and whistles. Needless to say I am still thinking.








Personally I would buy sony anyday over samsung. Also consumer have a  done a reliability survey on tv's and samsung didn't rate well. Sonys picture is good, and at the end of the day, that is the main thing that matters. Smart tv functions are just a gimmick, and even though my sony has these features, the hardware it is running on is too slow and clunk, and I never both with it.

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  Reply # 838394 17-Jun-2013 22:20
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Sharp have made their panels in the past, as well as Samsung's... but then Samsung have bought a share in Sharp to boot... It's all a bit bizarre really.

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  Reply # 838400 17-Jun-2013 22:30
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I went for the lower spec panel on the Samsung to get the smart features. Found the smart menus way too slow and ditched them and use the HTPC which is attached to it. If you have a PC attached go for the best panel.




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  Reply # 838407 17-Jun-2013 22:56
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We've got a 47" LG LED tv.. the smart bit is quite good as we can send a youtube video to it from our phones and watch it instead of crowding around a singe phone.

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  Reply # 838408 17-Jun-2013 23:02
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Almost every 2013 smart TV can do that now... something that isn't mentioned often, but it's certainly quite a cool feature. Then again... I use a MacMini as a HTPC and I can do it through the Plex Home Theatre Beta (Airplay video + audio), so, again, I'd always recommend plugging in a computer / media box to a TV, rather than buying a TV and hoping it will be a substitute for a HTPC.

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  Reply # 838419 17-Jun-2013 23:21
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We also have a NAS, LG HT sound system, WD Live, xbox 360 and foxtel (sky) plugged into it.
I couldn't be bothered with a PC plugged in - been there done that, spent ages with EPG and assorted other BS getting it right.
Still easier sharing pics, videos and youtube from the phone to the TV without having to turn on something else.
The TV was $1099 6 months ago.

EDIT:If I win the mac mini I'm eyeing up on ebay, I still wont make it a HTPC ;P

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  Reply # 838464 18-Jun-2013 06:24
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I bought the exact same TV after looking at the better specced models but couldn't see the value.
It really is a great TV, we wanted Freeview HD, built in wifi, etc, but not bothered about 3D, or the voice/gesture controls.
We've had the tv about 2 weeks now and used the TVNZ ondemand app more than I thought we would, it's not bad and never buffers. We've also used the in built PVR a few times too, handy if you haven't got a Tivo or MySky. You can only record one channel and while recording only watch that channel or others on the same Mux (eg. watch TV2 while recording TV1). We also use the Plex app to view any videos we have on a Mac in another room (good for kids tv/films).
So if you want just a TV in your room, and not a tv with loads of other boxes connected to it each with their own remotes then this is a great TV to get.
If you have any questions about the actual TV, ask away.

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  Reply # 838518 18-Jun-2013 09:32
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The Plex app is in its favour - LG have dropped Plex support for 2013 TV's it would seem...
Samsung actually have a dedicated analogue audio output this year, so their usefulness has gone up in my estimation somewhat. However, don't choose a TV on the features, choose it on the picture quality (both BluRay and broadcast) and on the audio performance... if you're not running it through a H/Theatre receiver.
Try putting the 5 and 6 series Samsung's side-by-side and demo'ing them, then compare the winner against another brand and see what one works for you.



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  Reply # 838573 18-Jun-2013 10:38
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I ended up getting the LG 42LN5710 from Noels, price matched DSE down to $998 plus a free smart remote via redemption. Picture was great and 42" to boot, happy camper



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  Reply # 838634 18-Jun-2013 12:24
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Hmmm, hold that thought as the sound quality is dreadful.Really tinny with next to no bass on any of the presets and you can't seem to adjust them enough to get acceptable sound. Might have to go back to the original choice as DSE have that for $998 today!

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