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#193834 25-Mar-2016 19:08
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My dad in law wants a new TV (around 50 inch).
Budget is no more than $2k.
I've told him he needs to get a UHD smart TV and good brands are Samsung and LG.
Am I on the right path reg this? (I'm certainly no expert).
Also, any recommendations under $2k?
And finally, he wants to wall mount it, so he pull it out and turn it in an angle, if he wants to. Any good wall mount brands which you can recommend?
He's an old man (over 80), so I'm not sure if LED or Plasma is more important to him.
He loves watching a bit of sport now and again.


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  #1524372 1-Apr-2016 23:23
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Samsung are the best at convincing people they're the best brand but they would be the last I'd buy based on their track record on reliability. Different brands are better in different areas. Samsung has been the best at playing different file formats and adding applications. Panasonic has been the best at reliability and picture quality. TVs are so complicated now they can all have functionality problems in specific areas. The remote controls of some TV models will be easier on the elderly than others.

 

Plasma televisions are no longer in production so only an LED LCD would be in your price range. Chances are Freeview Plus and the ability to view photos would be the only "smart" features he'd want unless he's interested in Lightbox and Netflix.

 

This would be the first model I'd evaluate although I can't say for certain it's the best for what he wants

 

http://www.panasonic.com/nz/consumer/tvs-home-theatre-and-audio/viera-televisions/led-tvs/th-50cx700z.html

 

http://pricespy.co.nz/product.php?p=3201307

 

The 2016 TV models should be introduced over the next few months with the 2015 models on clearance.

 

What ever he gets don't forget to turn overscan off

 

http://www.cnet.com/news/overscan-youre-not-seeing-the-whole-picture-on-your-tv/




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Ultimate Geek


  #1524377 1-Apr-2016 23:54
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Thank you.

 

He's most likely going to pick this Samsung up (on special at Noel Leeming at the moment):
http://www.priceme.co.nz/Samsung-UA50JU6400-50in/p-891929360.aspx

 

This is the wall mount, which I suggested that he should get. Looks like it's compatible.
https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/home-entertainment/televisions/television-wall-brackets/omp-m7435-cantillever-wall-mount/prod139767.html

 

Very interesting reg. overscan. Thanks for that!


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