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Topic # 42318 2-Oct-2009 11:21
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Am finally looking to buy a new TV.  Have been mainly looking at the Samsung LA46B650:
http://www.dse.co.nz/dse.shop/en/product/GE6459


Anyone here have this model and like to share their impressions?


I'm also keen to hear about peoples experience with other 46" LCD's.


Am hoping the price will creep down to the $3,000 mark which isn't entirely impossible with the high dollar, plus I'm expecting to see some decent discounts at the labour weekend sales.


[EDIT MOD RC: changed link to one that works.]




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  Reply # 262509 8-Oct-2009 19:45
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i have had the samsung la46b650 for about a month quality on dvds blu ray and general tv awesome havin a few isues with some sports pixilating with abit of noise round the players have posted a forum on here to c what others say is a great tv though really happy with it $3700 harveys mayb be an issue with lcds of this size pixelating with some sports exp rugby will let u no if i get some replies




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  Reply # 262532 8-Oct-2009 20:55
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Never assume it is the TV when Sky's broadcast standards are on par with a banana republics. I gave my Sky decoder back to them and would never consider their service mainly because of the poor picture quality.




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  Reply # 262538 8-Oct-2009 21:07
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foxy38: i have had the samsung la46b650 for about a month quality on dvds blu ray and general tv awesome havin a few isues with some sports pixilating with abit of noise round the players have posted a forum on here to c what others say is a great tv though really happy with it $3700 harveys mayb be an issue with lcds of this size pixelating with some sports exp rugby will let u no if i get some replies



Thanks for that, much appreciated.  Would be interested to know if you get any replies.




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  Reply # 262543 8-Oct-2009 21:12
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so it would appear its sky broadcasts rather than the tv which i thought was the case but wanted to make sure good telly man go 4 it lol




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  Reply # 263133 10-Oct-2009 19:30
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Hey guys, just an update. I can get the Sony Bravia's for...

52", Full HD 1080P, 4x HDMI Inputs, Built in Freeview HD.

http://www.sony.co.nz/products/product.jsp?sku=KDL52V5500

$3550.00 incl gst, Only 1 at this price.

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46", Full HD 1080P, 4x HDMI Inputs, Built in Freeview HD,

http://www.sony.co.nz/products/product.jsp?sku=KDL46V5500 

$2480 incl gst, Only 3 at this price.

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  Reply # 263201 10-Oct-2009 23:53
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The v5500 doesn't come close to the B650 for 24p video

Compare a 40W55500 wih a 40B650 today and they were very similar for freeview and 24p bluray playback.




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  Reply # 263361 11-Oct-2009 22:19
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I am unsure of how you rated the 24p quality? I have one of these TV’s myself right now in the living room, I regularly watch bluray movies... and the quality is... outstanding!

Please check the website links I have posted to see the spec's the TV’s have... they support "24p"

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  Reply # 263389 12-Oct-2009 05:35
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I've been looking to purchase a new TV for quite some time now, and have recently toured most of the shops around Wellington which sell LCDs.

The LA40B650 (40" version of what the OP mentioned) caught my eye immediately, it seriously appeared to be the best looking LCD at the price point - the seller even offered it at $2.4k from its original price of $3k, which makes it very tempting indeed. I saw it side by side against the high-end Sony's (cant remember the exact model sorry) and felt the picture quality was slightly better.

Even compared against the new LED back-lit Samsung (UA40B6000) I felt there was not a huge difference in contrast ratio, the screen still had very nice "deep" looking colour and blacks.

I'm probably gonna pull the trigger on this in the next few days, but can anyone suggest another model me and the OP redjet should be considering though?

What I'm really concerned about is potential "ghosting" of the image and "input lag" when attempting to run interactive media through it (yeah, a fancy name for PC games) - it seems that the specs all manufacturer's provide cant be trusted in this regard. I'm just hoping that it will be suitable for my needs, but I will have 7 days to return it if it ain't.

If I do buy it, I'll let ya know and you can PM me any questions you want about it :)

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  Reply # 263406 12-Oct-2009 09:06
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zCelicaDude: I am unsure of how you rated the 24p quality? I have one of these TV’s myself right now in the living room, I regularly watch bluray movies... and the quality is... outstanding!

Please check the website links I have posted to see the spec's the TV’s have... they support "24p"

Scott


Had a demo in a shop where the same 24p source wsa fed to a bunch of similar spec TVs. Some of them had average 24p playback with some degree of motion judder or blur, others had crystal clear picture and no motion issues.




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  Reply # 263436 12-Oct-2009 10:29
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Infrasound: I've been looking to purchase a new TV for quite some time now, and have recently toured most of the shops around Wellington which sell LCDs.

The LA40B650 (40" version of what the OP mentioned) caught my eye immediately, it seriously appeared to be the best looking LCD at the price point - the seller even offered it at $2.4k from its original price of $3k, which makes it very tempting indeed. I saw it side by side against the high-end Sony's (cant remember the exact model sorry) and felt the picture quality was slightly better.

Even compared against the new LED back-lit Samsung (UA40B6000) I felt there was not a huge difference in contrast ratio, the screen still had very nice "deep" looking colour and blacks.

I'm probably gonna pull the trigger on this in the next few days, but can anyone suggest another model me and the OP redjet should be considering though?

What I'm really concerned about is potential "ghosting" of the image and "input lag" when attempting to run interactive media through it (yeah, a fancy name for PC games) - it seems that the specs all manufacturer's provide cant be trusted in this regard. I'm just hoping that it will be suitable for my needs, but I will have 7 days to return it if it ain't.

If I do buy it, I'll let ya know and you can PM me any questions you want about it :)



I would hold off another week or two - you'll see some great prices on Labor Weekend as most shops have sales on then.  A few weeks ago LV Martin had the LA40B650 on sale for $2,399 so you can probably expect similar prices during the sales.  I'm hoping the 46" model will drop to around $3,000 but that is probably wishful thinking on my part!




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  Reply # 263540 12-Oct-2009 19:09
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redjet: I would hold off another week or two - you'll see some great prices on Labor Weekend as most shops have sales on then.  A few weeks ago LV Martin had the LA40B650 on sale for $2,399 so you can probably expect similar prices during the sales.  I'm hoping the 46" model will drop to around $3,000 but that is probably wishful thinking on my part!


Hmmm, is an extra 6 inches worth it for $500 more? Guess I'm gonna have to go back there and try look at a 46" next to a 40".

Buying new electronics really seems to bring out the slightly obsessive-compulsive pedantic streak in me :(

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  Reply # 264268 16-Oct-2009 14:14
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i use the LA46B650 46" with PS3, XBox360 and Sky HDMI and i have to say this TV is awsome!

100% recommended from my sight.

The only thing you should do is change the picture settings for each device.

if you need support with that use this link to get the best picture results....

http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/Samsung-LE40B650/Settings.htm


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  Reply # 264309 16-Oct-2009 16:13
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Don't forget the B650 models come with a free 22 inch LCD which you could easily sell for $500+ at the moment. That special at LV Martin was good, I would think it would pop up again.

The B550 series do a good job of 24p for a bit cheaper (no 100Hz)

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  Reply # 264314 16-Oct-2009 16:45
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I've found the LA40B650 to be a great TV apart from a Audio sync problem on TV3 ( see here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=83&topicid=40805&page_no=2)
I would suggest you test this in the shop if possible as the problem is affecting a few Samsung LCD owners but does not appear to be wide spread.



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  Reply # 264351 16-Oct-2009 19:36
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Thanks for the feedback everyone!


If I can't get a decent price on the B650 I'll probably go for the B550.




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