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Topic # 162107 29-Jan-2015 13:06
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Hi,

My wife has decided we need a smart tv and seen this...

http://m.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-lcd-led-plasma/sony/50-inch-full-hd-smart-led-lcd-tv-sku-282086/

I haven't had a chance to do much research and haven't really paid much attention to tv tech for a while. Is this a decent tv? The price seems pretty good, I haven't seen much else for under 1k but I also haven't looked that hard, so I'm unsure if it is a good price for a good tv or a cheap price for a below average tv.

Thanks

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  Reply # 1224681 29-Jan-2015 13:24
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I bought that exact one from JB on boxing day for $697, its a nice TV and Netflix works great.
I would factor in getting a separate sound system however as like with most LCD TVs, the built-in speakers aren't the best.

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  Reply # 1224788 29-Jan-2015 15:53
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What 'smart' features do you want. Someone correct me if I'm wrong but TVNZ for example is only available on Samsung TVs?




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  Reply # 1224790 29-Jan-2015 15:58
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i like the picture on that model but the smart app are not very good and also i find the menu system slow when first turning on

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  Reply # 1224814 29-Jan-2015 16:51
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get your smarts from an external box, that way it's upgradable and probably more capable and better supported than any tv would normally be.


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  Reply # 1224819 29-Jan-2015 17:00
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Smarts are almost always slow to use from turn on, because unlike most appliances TVs actually fully turn off because of meddling european regulations on efficiancy of appliances, and they dont seem to allow for the fact that a TV is more than just a TV. So you have to wait for them to boot.

There is usually at least 2 processors in TVs, one does the basic user interface, and the second complex one does the smart stuff, so you can turn it on and watch HDMI or that "tuner" input immediatly, but any DLNA or smart stuff has to wait on that other operating system to boot on the other processor in it.




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  Reply # 1231239 4-Feb-2015 17:20
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Thanks for the replies, I didn't realise the on demand apps only worked on Samsung so that was a great bit of info.

We ended up buying one of these. http://www.jbhifi.co.nz/tv-lcd-led-plasma/samsung/32-inch-full-hd-smart-led-lcd-tv-sku-270371/ for the bedroom instead, to try out all the smart stuff, before deciding whether we want it for our main tv.

We are quite impressed, great picture, wifi is rock solid, and the on demand apps work great. It just lacks the sky go app, but I'm guessing that's because of sky?


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