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Topic # 204310 26-Sep-2016 19:57
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Hi team,

Although I claim to be a geek, I don't really know the first thing about TVs. Our faithful Panasonic plasma has started freezing over the past couple of months and it's time for an upgrade.

Ideally I'd like something around 55 inch and 4K HDR specced. Budget up to 3k. Don't necessarily care about a smart tv, but not opposed to one either.

We on,y watch a small amount of tv, with streaming and feeeview being the main uses.

Any ideas?

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  Reply # 1640902 26-Sep-2016 20:12
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i'd go for sony / samsung

 

 

 

last years sony x8500c is 4k and hdr

 

last years samsung 7 series and above are 4k and hdr

 

new gen sony x8500d is a good option

 

new gen samsung 7 series another good option.

 

or get a current gen one, the cheaper tvs are always 50hz so just look out for that, like last years x8000c is 4k 50hz no hdr.

 

 





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  Reply # 1640908 26-Sep-2016 20:31
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Sweet, just looking at the Sony kd-55x8500d. On special at Noel peeking for 2460...

Look ok?

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  Reply # 1640910 26-Sep-2016 20:36
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Yes that is a very nice TV. Sony would easily be my pick.


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  Reply # 1640912 26-Sep-2016 20:38
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Panasonic DX900. Has FALD compared to edge lighting which improves HDR by a big margin

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/tx58dx902b-201604174282.htm

https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/televisions/televisions/ultra-hd-4k-televisions/49-59-uhd-tvs/panasonic-th-58dx900u-58-ultra-hd-4k-hdr-smart-led/prod146018.html?ref=pricespy




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  Reply # 1640921 26-Sep-2016 20:47
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Whatever you get, make sure it has at least one HDMI port specced to HDCP 2.2.

 

You will be very grumpy if you get a nice 4K HDR TV, and find out you actually can't properly connect a 4K source to it later on.


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  Reply # 1640922 26-Sep-2016 20:48
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Common sense is not as common as you think.


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  Reply # 1640928 26-Sep-2016 20:54
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I went TV shopping a few months back. IMHO:

 

- Best picture (by a pretty big margin) - LG OLED sets - but very pricey and only available 55 inches and above. Serious thinking would have been required if my built in TV cabinet would have taken a 55 inch set.

 

- Next best picture - Panasonic - but limited app support and some problems with certain audio set ups. I actually liked Firefox OS though.

 

- Best overall smarts - Sony - which I currently own. I have a one remote solution for Freeview, DVD/Blu-Ray, Netflix and Youtube. I can also watch pretty much anything else via casting and/or the web browser (I have a media keyboard for the web browser). Also better audio options.


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  Reply # 1640953 26-Sep-2016 22:14
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And I should have said, Android TV is really powerful, but a long way from having a fully consistent user experience.




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  Reply # 1641081 27-Sep-2016 09:48
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Thanks for the help team.  Will keep an eye on prices over the next little while.  Im sure Harvey Normans "Gigantic" sale will provide huge savings :) /s


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  Reply # 1641086 27-Sep-2016 09:57
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I'm also interested in a new TV, and have been very interested in Panasonic's offerings.  In particular, they seem to have twin HD tuners, a record ability and 'tv anytime' meaning I can watch live tv on my mobile/tablet or shows recorded by the TV.  I havent seen other TVs offering something similar built in.

 

Wondering if anyone else has such a TV and whether it is good enough to replace the TiVo / Media box?  

 

I would love to put the TV on the wall and not have to worry about the TiVo anymore...

 

edit - as a follow up question - does anyone know do these TV's (Panasonic specifically, or other smart TV's) have series link and record while the TV is turned off?


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  Reply # 1641092 27-Sep-2016 10:03
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stuartgr: Sweet, just looking at the Sony kd-55x8500d. On special at Noel peeking for 2460...

Look ok?

 

 

 

That's a nice TV and that price is pretty sharp.... I notice on the website that price finishes today though.

 

Sony also have some 7000 series TV's coming out that will be cheaper but they are only 50 Hz so don't get caught out by that.





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  Reply # 1643002 29-Sep-2016 22:40
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stuartgr:

Thanks for the help team.  Will keep an eye on prices over the next little while.  Im sure Harvey Normans "Gigantic" sale will provide huge savings :) /s



Keep us informed with your findings. I will be looking for something similar for the in laws soon.

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  Reply # 1643111 30-Sep-2016 08:51
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I've talked to a few people who have had optical audio synch issues with Sony Android TV's.

 

Does anyone know if this has been resolved?


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  Reply # 1643113 30-Sep-2016 08:55
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Dunnersfella:

 

I've talked to a few people who have had optical audio synch issues with Sony Android TV's.

 

Does anyone know if this has been resolved?

 

 

On all models? I'll test it out tonight, I didn't notice any issues when watching Plex with 5.1 out last time I checked.


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  Reply # 1643134 30-Sep-2016 09:52
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What is the story with refresh rates? In one place a TV spec will say 120HZ or something high, then in another place it will say stuff like 3840 x 2160/30p for the video signal.

 

So what is it: 30Hz or 120Hz? I will be eventually getting into this and likely a PC will get plugged into it at some stage and I would expect 60Hz refresh rate as minimum? I will be wanting to put 60FPS content on it for example.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








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