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Topic # 170927 31-Mar-2015 09:57
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Hey,

I've been struggling a little bit with TV choice - can't seem to find a decent TV review site with the choices available to me here in NZ. 

Unfortunately, the size restriction is a bit of an impasse; my partner won't entertain the idea of something much bigger than 42", and I know y'all will probably try and suggest a bigger TV but that's out of the question.

One I've found that has piqued my interest is

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/home-entertainment/televisions/uhd-televisions/lg-42ub820t-42-ultra-high-definition-smart-led/prod134758.html

And in non 4k, this:

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/home-entertainment/televisions/led-televisions/40-49-led-tv/panasonic-th-42as640z-42-full-high-definition-smart-led/prod130112.html


Does anyone have any experience with LG TVs or even specific knowledge of this one?

Keen also to do some reading if anyone could recommend a decent write-up.

Cheers

Lee

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  Reply # 1274105 31-Mar-2015 11:06
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Honestly, fight it. I don't think many people have ever regretted buying a bigger TV. You get used to it quicker than you think. My mother-in-law had the same reservations but I managed to convince them to go 50". She now wishes they'd gone a bit bigger.

Other than that useless piece of advice, I don't have anything else to offer, sorry!



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  Reply # 1274108 31-Mar-2015 11:08
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I hear ya :) 

The other thing there is that the next size up in that model is 1700, which is also way out of our price range. And it feels better to buy 4k as future proofing than to buy a larger, non 4k panel.

Like i miiiiight be able to convince her to go up, but not to spend 1700 ;)

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1274156 31-Mar-2015 11:39
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At that size I wouldn't have thought 4K would be worthwhile unless you're sitting inches from the screen.

My partner was sceptical going from 40" to 50", within a day she was used to the 50, and I recently upgraded to 55" and she didn't have any issues with that.



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  Reply # 1274225 31-Mar-2015 12:21
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yeah. like i said, the size thing's a bit of an impasse. We don't sit very far away from the TV at all, thankfully - maybe no more than 1.5m. 

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  Reply # 1274271 31-Mar-2015 12:41
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leemarrett: yeah. like i said, the size thing's a bit of an impasse. We don't sit very far away from the TV at all, thankfully - maybe no more than 1.5m. 


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  Reply # 1274274 31-Mar-2015 12:44
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leemarrett: yeah. like i said, the size thing's a bit of an impasse. We don't sit very far away from the TV at all, thankfully - maybe no more than 1.5m. 


1.5m is at least 46" territory. 50" even better. I sit right in front of my 46" but generally watch from 1.5m. Really a bit little.




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  Reply # 1274284 31-Mar-2015 12:48
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mmkay, well yeah you're all sort of saying what i know but can't do anything about really. We've been living with a 32 for like 10 years so a 42's going to be a decent jump anyway. 

apart from that graph, that was interesting! 

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  Reply # 1274795 31-Mar-2015 20:53
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Your old 32" TV will have a big border, the new TV will not...
Meaning a new 42" TV won't be thaaaaat much bigger than the 32" TV it's replacing.


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  Reply # 1274798 31-Mar-2015 20:58
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leemarrett: I hear ya :) 

The other thing there is that the next size up in that model is 1700, which is also way out of our price range. And it feels better to buy 4k as future proofing than to buy a larger, non 4k panel.

Like i miiiiight be able to convince her to go up, but not to spend 1700 ;)


Noels have that TV for $995 from the 1 April. The Smart OS is the older 2013 version from memory



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  Reply # 1274934 1-Apr-2015 09:09
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Given that really the only objection to the TV was size (viewing distance aside), I went ahead and bought the 42 - very happy to report that it's a reallllllly good TV. Super sharp, great display and very pleased with the UI which is normally the thing that puts me off most with "smart" TVs.

As for the size, well I can say that it's definitely a huge step up for us from the 32; everything feels GIGANTIC and I can honestly say that I wouldn't want to go any bigger in our room. 

So yeah, super stoked. If you're umming and aahing about whether to get a 42 or if you should go up, if your room is on the smaller size then I'd definitely suggest getting a 42 and not going bigger. 





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  Reply # 1274936 1-Apr-2015 09:10
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Dunnersfella: Your old 32" TV will have a big border, the new TV will not...
Meaning a new 42" TV won't be thaaaaat much bigger than the 32" TV it's replacing.


honestly, the new TV feels SO much bigger than the last. We're almost daunted by how big everything seems now. And gaming on it is an absolute pleasure.



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  Reply # 1275078 1-Apr-2015 10:58
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leemarrett:
Dunnersfella: Your old 32" TV will have a big border, the new TV will not...
Meaning a new 42" TV won't be thaaaaat much bigger than the 32" TV it's replacing.

honestly, the new TV feels SO much bigger than the last. We're almost daunted by how big everything seems now. And gaming on it is an absolute pleasure.

Come back in a week, or a month and let us know if you still feel the same way! smile



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  Reply # 1275091 1-Apr-2015 11:08
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No doubt I'll always want something slightly larger, but given that's not an option, i'm going to continue to enjoy it for hopefully a good number of years :) (we had the 32 for more than 10).

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  Reply # 1275131 1-Apr-2015 11:47
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leemarrett: No doubt I'll always want something slightly larger, but given that's not an option, i'm going to continue to enjoy it for hopefully a good number of years :) (we had the 32 for more than 10).

Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to talk down your new purchase. Enjoy your new TV!

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  Reply # 1275621 1-Apr-2015 19:10
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When I was replacing my dead set a few weeks ago, and doing my research, I ruled out LG sets as an option fairly early on. Two things I turned up on then while researching put me off:

 

  • the data that the sets were transmitting back to LG - channel/program watched, channel changes, and the names of any media files you played off attached USB media, and full directory listings of any USB media you connected [see Here and Here for instance]; and
  • reports that they were embedding advertising functionality, which let them put paid banner ads etc in menus etc.

The behavior outlined in both of these seemed pretty scummy to me, so I ruled the brand out of contention.

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