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Topic # 248260 16-Mar-2019 23:01
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What's good in TVs these days?? are 3D TVs still a thing? :p


Been sticking it out with my 9 year old 'HD ready' 40 inch plasma.... but it has finally bitten the dust!
Turning itself off, on , off, on... eventually stays off...
Googling indicates it 'could be a failed capacitor' but... 'most likely not worth the $ or effort to repair'
So finally back on the market for a new TV :)


Some starting points:


-bigger than 40'', probably 55...
-but under $1k would be nice... happy to go above if it is justifiable, i.e. good value for quality.
-4K for future proofing, longevity


I've been looking forward to having a 'smart tv' finally. Just nicer UX inbuilt apps like netflix, bein sports/spark sport, skygo etc. that avoid switching between devices.
But saying that, I would also be happy to get a quality dumb screen if it saves money to pay for a good dongle/box such as roku etc. with a snappy and usable UX
Oh, bit of a stretch, but DVR recording functionality would be a nice bonus for the months I have to stand down from the Sky deal 😆 


Current entertainment centre contains: Soundbar, Sky box, Apple tv 2, windows NUC, Nintendo Switch and Xbox one. All controlled by a harmony hub remote.


And finally, should I wait for a decent sale? (Rugby world cup year, but October is a bit too long to wait...)


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  Reply # 2199889 16-Mar-2019 23:33
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Easter sale
All TV are 4k now
Some are true HDR, some aren't
Some have full array dimming some don't
$1k is not a lot, you can buy entry level tv.




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  Reply # 2199905 17-Mar-2019 01:47
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Are you allowed to ask for deals on this thread, or just post about ones that you find?

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2199926 17-Mar-2019 07:44
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dacraka: Are you allowed to ask for deals on this thread, or just post about ones that you find?


The latter, moved now.



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  Reply # 2200469 17-Mar-2019 22:00
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scottjpalmer:
dacraka: Are you allowed to ask for deals on this thread, or just post about ones that you find?


The latter, moved now.

 

Sorry, thanks




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  Reply # 2200471 17-Mar-2019 22:07
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kiwijunglist: Easter sale
All TV are 4k now
Some are true HDR, some aren't
Some have full array dimming some don't
$1k is not a lot, you can buy entry level tv.

 

cool

 

Are HDR and array dimming worth the extra?

 

Easter is a long wait with no tv, but I have my 27" PC monitor subbed into the lounge for now, so I could do it... are we talking 20-50% off you reckon?


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  Reply # 2200476 17-Mar-2019 22:17
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HDR can look really good. Adds a lot. If you can, check out some HDR on Netflix. Star trek discovery looks really shiney in HDR. But the general non sci-fi stuff also looks better.
Saying that there is not a huge amount of HDR on Netflix yet. And I can't ever see me buying a 4k player so it's really just a nice to have at the moment and may be hard to for in the 1k budget.

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  Reply # 2200484 17-Mar-2019 22:24
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My friend bought a $4500 tv<, but hardly ever watches 4k rips and hardly ever plays 10 bit rips either, so it really depends on your source.

For $1k budget is just go big either 55/60 entry level.




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  Reply # 2200520 18-Mar-2019 07:41
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I have 2 entry level TVs with HDR. Can't complain. Looks a million times better than any other TV i've ever owned.

 

One is a 6000 series Samsung 50" LCD, one is a TCL 65" LCD, both are stunning. The samsung TV is not as connectable as the TCL with android OS, but the TCL's android software is rather buggy and requires manual program kill switch when background apps literally freeze the whole tv. But I've figured it out somewhat. For the price it is worth it to me. 

 

One advice - go big. as big as you can humanly fit into your space.





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  Reply # 2200526 18-Mar-2019 08:01
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The next sale opportunity will probably be stocktake or End-of-Financial-Year from now to the end of March.
For your budget you will get something better than an HD ready plasma but I wouldn't go for too many features because for that price there will be a compromise and it will probably be picture quality/processing.




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  Reply # 2200827 18-Mar-2019 14:46
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And now my turn.

 

My TV is about to gasp its last. https://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumId=34&topicId=248136

 

Its a 10-ish year old Sony Bravia KDL-46X4500 TV.

 

So it's been a while since i've had to deal with todays TV jargon.

 

I dont need a certain TV to be recommended to me, I can my decision once I know a few things.

 

I know what HD and FULL HD mean.

 

I'm not sure what QLED is or why those TV's are in their own category.

 

Are Ultra HD and 4K the same thing?

 

And what is HDR and is it important?

 

Has curved gone the way of 3D?

 

Is there anything else that I need to be aware of?

 

 

 

The other stuff that a new TV will have to play nicely with is:

 

MySky

 

Amazon FireTV (not sure what gen, has voice remote but no 4K support)

 

Onkyo TX-NR708 (5.1 speaker setup)

 

PS3 (stop laughing)

 

Old DVD player (you're still laughing)

 

Chromecasts

 

Whatever I buy for Sparksport, if anything.

 

Wired ethernet is in place via a basic switch.

 

 

 

Thanking everyone in advance.





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  Reply # 2200885 18-Mar-2019 16:00
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Is Google down?




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
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  Reply # 2200886 18-Mar-2019 16:01
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Ultra HD = 4k
Qled = Samsung high quality display.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter


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  Reply # 2200887 18-Mar-2019 16:02
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3d gone.

Curve is preference recommend not being it.

HDR = increased range of colours and can go brighter. Only does anything if source is also HDR.




HTPC: Intel i3-2100 / 12GB RAM / AMD HD7750 / 480 GB SSD / 58TB Storage / MediaPortal / MadVR / Win10
AVR: Pioneer Elite SC-LX87 220W 9.2 Ch AVR
Speakers: Wharfedale Jade 7 Fronts / Jade 2c Center / Jade 5 Rears
Subs: iNuke 3000dsp 3000W proamp with 4x 15" JBL Sealed Subs
Display: Samsung 60" UA60H6400 LCD TV
Accessories: Gefen HDMI Detective with splitter


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  Reply # 2200897 18-Mar-2019 16:22
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  Reply # 2200974 18-Mar-2019 18:41
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thanks everyone.

 

We've done the measuring and we can fit up to 55", maybe 58" but no bigger.

 

Does Sky and Freeview look ok on the 4K screens?

 

I know if i input a low res device on the Sony it looks awful.





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