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  Reply # 1925547 26-Dec-2017 22:03
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I just bought the 55" next model down - $499 Its the non-smart tv. 

 

As a 1080p computer monitor it works well :-)

 

 

 

I do have a 42" veon smart tv about 2 years old and i have to say be careful about expecting any smart features - it advertised youtube which is now too old to work and not updated. Its built on a heavily locked down android which wont run the play store. 

 

So yeah if you get a warehouse "smart" tv, dont expect it to be updated. 

 

 

Thanks, that's good to know. My current 55" Panasonic is a Smart TV and all I ever used it's 'smart' features for was to go on YouTube, but even that was clunky/laggy when typing etc, so I just started casting it from YouTube to the TV via the browser. However, just before Christmas I bought a Chromecast from Harvey Norman when they had them on sale for $50 and that works even better, so there'll be no need for any of the TV's built in smart features at all. I'll have to upgrade to the Chromecast Ultra now though, and also an HDMI splitter with remote since the 75" only has a measly 2 HDMI ports (one of which is ARC for the soundbar and the other will be used for the Sky box).

 

P.S. In the user manual for the 55" and 75" Veon it says that you can use the Google Play store to download apps, not that I would have any desire to do that on a TV though:

 

Downloading and installing apps
• To install apps, click on Google Play Store to browse or search for the
desired app.
• Click on INSTALL and follow on-screen instructions to install the app.
• Once installed, click on the app icon to start the app.


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  Reply # 1925801 27-Dec-2017 17:43
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Seems that The Warehouse has sold out of the 75" Veon 4K TV, and both versions of the 55" Veon 4k TVs.

 

Someone left a review on their website for the 55" one yesterday (SRO554K2017-P6) -

 

 

 

"Picture quality is just OK. Off-axis viewing angles are not the best. 1080p upscaling is not the best, suffers from flickering. SD content is pretty poor.

Sound is *terrible*. Almost unwatchable.

I'm debating whether to return the TV for purpose.

This model (with -P6 suffix) is finished in tacky black glossy plastic. The slightly older model currently on display in stores (no -P6 suffix) is finished in an attractive gunmetal finish. Disappointed to find the plastic finish on this out of the box.

One pro is that it has an analogue stereo audio output."


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 1926353 28-Dec-2017 21:19
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The TV arrived today, so I didn't waste any time getting it up on the wall after getting home from work. Sadly I ran out of daylight before I could take any decent photos, but I plan on taking some in the coming days. All I can say for now is that this thing is HUGE, and every time I glance up from my laptop I'm just in awe of how ginormous it is. All the kids are tucked up in bed but I find myself sitting here watching NickJr due to how bright and vibrant the cartoons look on this TV, LOL.

 

 

 

 

 


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  Reply # 1926560 29-Dec-2017 14:09
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I have the 65" 4K model of this. Out of the box I had to tinker with the colours a bit. There is some backlight bleed and the contrast isn't the greatest. HOWEVER. I am 100% satisfied with my TV. 4K looks awesome on it.

 

I would say, overall this is a perfect entry level 4K TV (65" doesn't have smart features, but I have an xbox/appletv/ps4 to provide those).

 

Also I would recommend getting speakers, I got a solid soundbar + sub from warehouse, and that is WAY better than the TV speakers.


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  Reply # 1926627 29-Dec-2017 18:03
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How much do you want for the  Panasonic 55" 3D LED TV?


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  Reply # 1926635 29-Dec-2017 18:38
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How much do you want for the  Panasonic 55" 3D LED TV?

 

 

Won't be for sale sorry. It has found it's new home in our master bedroom, and the 43" Samsung from there has gone into the games room, and the 40" Sony from there has gone into my 7yo son's room, LOL.


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  Reply # 1926654 29-Dec-2017 19:20
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  Reply # 1926660 29-Dec-2017 19:35
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OP here! I actually bought a Samsung UA75MU6100 instead as the picture quality and features were much better and it was only $3,288 in the recent Boxing Day sales. Thanks for all discussion on the Veon though!

Also, only the CC ultra does 4K so you’ll need one of those.

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  Reply # 1926693 29-Dec-2017 20:03
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this post makes me want a 75" so bad!


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  Reply # 1927099 30-Dec-2017 19:03
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Model: Veon 75" 4k Smart TV (VPS75UHD)
Purchase date: December 24, 2017 (delivered Dec 27th)
Price: $2199 with free shipping (Boxing Day special)
Warranty: 3 years

 

Display:
The display on this TV is nothing short of impressive. I'm in my late 20's and have always liked to keep up with the latest technology and typically stick with big name brands, so to go with a lesser known brand TV from The Warehouse was quite daunting, so I wasn't really expecting too much. Though, after getting it setup and seeing the picture first hand I could literally scrub off the Veon logo on the front, slap a Samsung sticker on instead and you'd be none the wiser. I have read that it uses a Samsung display panel however and other components from big manufacturers such as Sony, LG, Panasonic etc, so it's like a mix of numerous different components from the same suppliers as the bigger brands.

 

That's not to say it's without it's imperfections though. There is some screen bleed on the very outside edges which is quite noticeable during bright scenes, particularly in a dark room, but you tend to get used to it, especially when you remind yourself of the price point this TV is set at.

 

In saying that, the brights are bright, the blacks are black and the colours are vibrant, and with numerous picture adjustments available in the menu you can tweak it to your liking. The viewing angle is also very good, with no abnormalities or fading. There is no ghosting/blurring during high speed motion and the 4k up-scaling seems to work well. According to the specs, the screen response time is 8ms.

 

Start-up time is 19-seconds (Veon logo shows up while booting) and shut down time is 6-seconds (a message on the top RH side of the screen tells you that Android is powering down). Power consumption is 290w, which is about 3x as much as a 55" non-4k TV, so it's not something you want to leave on all night if you're not used to high power bills.

 

 

 

Sound:
I've heard from others who own the 55" and 65" version of this TV that the sound is terrible, but in my opinion the sound from this thing is surprisingly good. When I first got it hooked up I didn't realise that I hadn't plugged my Panasonic soundbar in because it sounded so 'full'. I've had LCD/LED TV's in the past that sound like absolute crap with their built-in speakers, but to me the speakers on the Veon are more than adequate. I still use my soundbar however, and also have it hooked up to the home theatre system for movies etc, but for those who plan on using the TV without any other accessories then the sound shouldn't be a dealbreaker.

 

 

 

Connectability:
On the back panel you have a Micro SD card slot, 3x USB ports (one is standard 2.0, one is high speed 3.0 and the other is for the 'air mouse' dongle for the remote control + in the box it comes with a short USB cable with a male on one end and female on the other, so you don't have to put your head behind the TV every time), LAN/Ethernet port, 2x HDMI ports (both are HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 for 4k and one is ARC for your soundbar etc), 3.5mm headphone output, optical digital audio output, AV input (white/red/yellow), antenna input (standard only, no satellite) and Y/Pb/Pr input (red/green/blue). It has built-in WiFi which supports 2.4GHz only (not 5GHz).

 

For such a large TV it doesn't make sense why they only included 2 HDMI ports, especially when smaller/lesser end Veon models have 3 ports. I have my soundbar connected to the HDMI 1 ARC port and my SkyTV box connected to HDMI 2. This left me nowhere to plug in my Chromecast, but fortunately I was able to plug it into the spare HDMI port on my soundbar which has the same effect. For those who require more than 2-ports you'll have to buy an HDMI switch/splitter, BUT be careful because if you want to run 4k through the splitter you must get one that is HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 compliant or else it will default back to 1080p and defeat the whole purpose. A company called 8ware make a couple of different types which have the required specs, but be prepared to pay around $80-100. Avoid most of the 4k ones on TradeMe as they are not compatible, despite being marketed as such.

 

 

 

Software/Smart features:
This TV runs Android KitKat 4.4.4. It is essentially a massive version of a tablet/phone, with the menus being exactly the same as what you'd expect. There is no built-in YouTube app on this TV, so you will need to download the app from the Google Play Store which is built-in to the TV (Google account is required). The downside to this however is that the TV 'thinks' it's a mobile device and doesn't detect itself as being a TV (Smart, eh?). When you try to link your TV to your laptop or phone it won't give you the pairing code as it just says "TV not found" on the TV itself, so you'll have to rely on using the built-in internet browser or connect a Chromecast. Since it's Android you can essentially download any app/game you want on it, but since I haven't tried downloading anything else I can't comment on their performance/stability. You won't find any other apps built-in either, such as Netflix or Lightbox so these will need to be downloaded from the Play Store aswell. For reference, the specs state that the built-in memory is 12GB, though you can also store apps on an SD card.

 

One thing this does have built-in is Freeview Plus, however we currently don't have a terrestrial UHF aerial on the roof (only a Sky satellite) so I am unable to comment on how smoothly this runs.

 

 

 

Remote:
The remote is quite compact at only 6-inches long and has all of the features that you need without seeming overly crowded. It has a QWERTY keyboard on the back and an 'air mouse' feature that allows you to point the floating mouse arrow around the screen to make selections (which comes in handy if you're using the built-in web browser). Aside from that, everything else about the remote is pretty crap. It feels quite cheap and only has a range of about 5-metres. Unless you're standing directly in front of the TV then the remote is often laggy/unresponsive which forces you to press things twice. The volume up/down is the most frustrating part as it lags up badly and doesn't increase/decrease fluidly. I use my SkyTV remote to adjust the sound so it's not too much of a problem, but if this is your only remote and you sit more than 2-metres from the screen you'll likely be searching for a universal alternative in the near future.

 

 

 

Mounting:
The TV comes with metal legs that bolt to the outer edges, and with a length of 1684mm you'll need to buy a very long entertainment unit/cabinet. I mounted mine on the wall straight out of the box, so didn't even end up unwrapping the legs. The wall mounting point is a standard VESA 600x400 pattern to suit most large wall mount brackets, but it's worth noting that the holes are right down the bottom of the TV so if you have an existing wall mount then this will make the TV sit quite a bit higher than it currently does. The weight of the TV with the stand is 31.4kg, so it will be slightly less when wall mounted. Mine is mounted to a wall mount that does up to 70", but is within the 50kg limit and managed to just fit. It was a night spent worrying if it was going to fall off the wall however, but all is well.

 

 

 

 

 

Verdict:
I wasn't expecting a lot from this TV and the age old saying of "you get what you pay for" does ring true in some aspects, but if you're after the best bang for your buck, aren't expecting to compare it to a $6000 TV and want something that looks ginormous yet provides a crystal clear picture then you really can't go wrong with the Veon 75". This thing is a monster for a tiny price, and with a 3-year warranty for peace of mind I doubt you'll be disappointed.

 

For anyone wanting to read through the user manual for the 55"/75" and see all of the other specs please see this link: http://docs.thewarehouse.co.nz/red/pdfs/ces/manuals/VPS55UHD%20VPS75UHD%20Veon%2075%20inch%20and%2055%20inch%20android%20manual.pdf


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  Reply # 1927105 30-Dec-2017 19:34
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Cheers for the detiled review.


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  Reply # 1927108 30-Dec-2017 19:39
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$2199? I would have bought at that price LOL, i thought it was $2499


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  Reply # 1927112 30-Dec-2017 19:47
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Cheers for the detiled review.

 

 

No problem! :)

 

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$2199? I would have bought at that price LOL, i thought it was $2499

 

 

Yeah it was $2199 on sale. Retail is $2499. Been watching it for the last couple of months and have added it to the cart a few times when they had the offer of $5 off with every $50 spent (up to $5000), which brought it down to $2250, but never ended up going through with it since there were no reviews anywhere. So when I saw it online during the Boxing Dale sale for $2199 I knew that was my one shot to get it as cheap as possible, lol.


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  Reply # 1927139 30-Dec-2017 20:54
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I’ve been thinking for a while that gkz should host a sub forum where consumer kit like these tvs are reviewed by purchasers for others to read and at least form some opinion. TCL TVs are a recent ish addition to market, and PB tech has some other no name brand that looks interesting, etc

I’ve been following the sales, and have really struggled to find ANY reviews of kit, which makes purchasing hard work. I haven’t as a result.

What do others think?




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  Reply # 1927142 30-Dec-2017 21:02
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antoniosk: I’ve been thinking for a while that gkz should host a sub forum where consumer kit like these tvs are reviewed by purchasers for others to read and at least form some opinion. TCL TVs are a recent ish addition to market, and PB tech has some other no name brand that looks interesting, etc

I’ve been following the sales, and have really struggled to find ANY reviews of kit, which makes purchasing hard work. I haven’t as a result.

What do others think?

 

I was in the same boat. It's hard to make a purchase when there's a considerable amount of money involved without reading at least 1 review first, but at the end of the day you may never find the information you're looking for unless you take the plunge yourself and make the purchase. It's then where you can take the time to write out a review for others and likely set off a chain of other people who offer their review/opinion that otherwise wouldn't have bought one without reading your review first. Worst case scenario is you can take it back to the store if it's crap, best case scenario is that it's a great TV and others can benefit from your experience.


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