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Topic # 152284 22-Sep-2014 15:37
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Just looking for something for the living room and our games machine (havnt decided yet X1 or PS4).

Are there any good budget options out there and what should be our main priority in this price range?

Size isnt hugely important vs image quality, is it possible to get a smaller smart TV for this price? We arent even sure if Smart TV is worth the extra cost.

Apologies for the ignorance, havnt bought a TV in years.

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  Reply # 1133805 22-Sep-2014 15:43
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It depends on what size you want to go and what features you require 

An 42" Samsung will most likely fit the bill though unless you want larger



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  Reply # 1133806 22-Sep-2014 15:47
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Thanks, anything over 36" should do as we will be maximum 2-3m back from the tv.

We actually need advice in general as we have no idea what to look for in TVs these days now that they are so flash. Every time we go into the warehouse we are amazed at the price of those big tvs, but Id rather have a smaller TV with quality features, but I just dont know what features to be looking for.

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1133826 22-Sep-2014 16:12
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As long as it's Full HD (1080p) or better, with enough HDMI inputs for your devices, that's a good start. A lot of other things that can matter, such as image quality, are far harder to denote in writing, and it's well worth visitng a few shops where there are demo TVs on to see which you do or don't like the look of. The Veon's at the Warehouse are, imo, really good value for money. But if you care less about cost, Samsung would be my pick.




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  Reply # 1133831 22-Sep-2014 16:17
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Oh I didnt realise the Veon was ok, I thought it must be junk being so cheap.

We are connoisseurs, just want something that we can watch TV, DVDs and youtube on at a reasonable picture quality and play games.

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  Reply # 1133844 22-Sep-2014 16:23
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They're not junk, but they're not premium. They have a little lag changing channels or inputs (maybe a couple seconds), and the built-in speakers are pretty tinny, but then many big brand TVs these days have rubbish speakers, too. We have a previous-generation Philips ambilight 42" LCD, and a Veon 46", the latter cost about 1/2 what the former did, and I really can't tell the picture quality apart in normal use. Maybe if I sat up close and studied some test patterns under various lighting conditions I'd say differently, but sitting a few meters away on the couch, no way. The Philips has been relegated to spare room use, as the slightly larger size of the Veon makes it 'feel' more theatre-like.




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  Reply # 1133887 22-Sep-2014 16:47
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oh wicked, well perhaps we should look into getting one. ill take a closer look when we are next there. is there any particular model veon?

wow the 39" model is $349 right now !

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  Reply # 1133900 22-Sep-2014 16:58
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harveynoman has Konkas for $366 delivered just to throw another spanner



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  Reply # 1133902 22-Sep-2014 17:00
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spanners are good, always good to have options. since when did TVs become so damned cheap. well that saves a lot for games money :-) and a speak system as it sounds like the speakers are no good.



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  Reply # 1134001 22-Sep-2014 19:04
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Are there any speaker systems sub $100 that would improve the audio quality of the Veon?

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  Reply # 1134016 22-Sep-2014 19:15
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Do you have a decent stereo/HiFi in the room already?

 

 

If so that will likely dramatically outperform a soundbar.

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  Reply # 1134033 22-Sep-2014 19:48
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When you are buying good, you are getting better processing before the image hits the panel, so higher frame rates, mpeg deblocking etc to make it look nicer.

All that gets bypassed in game mode, as they add lag. If gaming is your priority then make them show you the TV's on game mode rather than movie etc, as IME some of the higher end panels look the worst when they have motion plus turned off.




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  Reply # 1134034 22-Sep-2014 19:48
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Bigger is better in my book.  Didn't think we would really use the smart functions, but sooo glad we now have this option.  On demand (Samsung) apps are well used now.  




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  Reply # 1134038 22-Sep-2014 19:55
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The prices mentioned ends tonight. Won't be like that for a while yet. These are pretty cheap.

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  Reply # 1134039 22-Sep-2014 19:56
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Konks has two year warranty if that helps.

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  Reply # 1134083 22-Sep-2014 20:41
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joker97: Konks has two year warranty if that helps.


Our Veon came with 3 years, I presume they all do.




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