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#272593 3-Jul-2020 20:20
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What’s the vibe on the cheap house brand TVs in mid 2020?

Veons were pretty good a few years back, just with terrible like really bad audio (so they sold a matching sound bar).

I’m after a cheap 32” with freeview built in and with good audio.

Can’t find anything smaller than 32” anymore without dropping to 720p sets. Would ideally like 28” or something at full us and good audio.

Wondering If anyone had tried the konic Soniq veon type house brands recently?

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  #2517082 4-Jul-2020 00:17
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At the tiny sizes the only high res panels are in PC monitors with the added cost that those have for some reason over the same size TV.

 

 

 

The fact that its cheaper to add smart to a TV than to put a 32" full HD panel into something shows how screwy the market is. 768 high panels are an abomination and good luck getting a PC to output the right resolution in most cases.





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  #2517085 4-Jul-2020 01:07
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Even the top brands are reasonably priced now, that IMO it is often false economy going for the cheap brands.Not unless it is a really good deal and a really good warranty.  Personally I tend to stick to Sony for my electronics, and never been disappointed. The other option is second hand where you can sometimes get a good deal from someone needing to get rid of one. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2517094 4-Jul-2020 08:20
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for me cheap = Samsung





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  #2517105 4-Jul-2020 08:53
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mattwnz:

 

Even the top brands are reasonably priced now, that IMO it is often false economy going for the cheap brands.Not unless it is a really good deal and a really good warranty.  Personally I tend to stick to Sony for my electronics, and never been disappointed. The other option is second hand where you can sometimes get a good deal from someone needing to get rid of one. 

 

 

I second the Sony vote. There are things I don't like about it, such as the damned menu-based command structure, making it a hassle to program into the Harmony remote, but the quality is good and reliability excellent. Our old pre-Android set is still going strong and has never had an issue.

 

I also use a  42 inch Veon as a monitor and that is still giving excellent service after several years. No complaints there as I use an old stereo amp for audio. 

 

 





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  #2517106 4-Jul-2020 08:57
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In NZ?, TCL


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  #2517114 4-Jul-2020 09:38
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Rikkitic:

 

mattwnz:

 

Even the top brands are reasonably priced now, that IMO it is often false economy going for the cheap brands.Not unless it is a really good deal and a really good warranty.  Personally I tend to stick to Sony for my electronics, and never been disappointed. The other option is second hand where you can sometimes get a good deal from someone needing to get rid of one. 

 

 

I second the Sony vote. There are things I don't like about it, such as the damned menu-based command structure, making it a hassle to program into the Harmony remote, but the quality is good and reliability excellent. Our old pre-Android set is still going strong and has never had an issue.

 

I also use a  42 inch Veon as a monitor and that is still giving excellent service after several years. No complaints there as I use an old stereo amp for audio. 

 

 

 

 

My last TV was a Sony. It developed a fault (rapid clicking when turned on) just under 2 years after I bought it.





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  #2517130 4-Jul-2020 10:43
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My exp with multiple brands has been good with ALL of them still working fine and some of these over 10 years old now - incl: Samsung Plasma in the lounge, Sony 4k in the family room, Samsung 4k in the study and Veon in the garage (LG gifted to the in-laws).

 

So yeah - decide on size / features / budget - pick one which best meets your needs from within the main brands - (probably nothing lower than a Veon?) - and you will probably be fine.

 

 

 

 


 
 
 
 




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  #2517313 4-Jul-2020 18:43
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Anyone seen a full HD sub 32” freeview TV?

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  #2517333 4-Jul-2020 19:46
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I've always bought Samsung LCD TVs, the 40" and 55" are both over a decade old and still working fine. I don't buy the smart models, no point as within a couple of years they're out of support and don't work anyway.


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  #2517337 4-Jul-2020 19:58
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Veon are probably still king of the cheap brands NZ.
Still good value for money.
TCL are another well rated cheap brand

 

probably avoid smarts in a cheap brand . . . . . . . actually probably avoid smarts in any brand.


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  #2517354 4-Jul-2020 21:05
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TCL is certainly a step above Veon quality-wise.

 

Last time I looked they were running a far later version of Android in their smart TV's than the likes of Sony etc.

 

They're a beast of a company, but they have only just come into NZ and only run a small range here with the little in the way of marketing. However, I'd certainly keep my eye on them in the future... they have a lot of ambition to succeed globally.


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