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# 77070 10-Feb-2011 16:05
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http://www.lg.com/au/tv-audio-video/televisions/LG-lcd-tv-42LE5510.jsp

Hi, I understand a lot of technology, but I'm out of my depth with tv's.

I've looked around for reviews for this tv, but can't find any, and I'm not sure what to even look for other than at least 100Hz refresh rate, which this has. Could someone take a look at the specs of this and let me know if it's worth it for ~$1900?

I'm wondering about a couple of things in particular:

Does "USB 2.0 Yes (DivX HD,JPEG,MP3)" mean I can play DivX movies from a usb flash drive?

It also has a "Wireless AV Link". Does this mean I can stream video wirelessly from my pc without having to hook it up to the tv? If I can, would I need anything else to make it work?

Googling hasn't really enlightened me all that much.

Thanks for the input.






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  # 437832 10-Feb-2011 16:25
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My Mum recently got a 40" Samsung LCD on special for about $899, on my recommendation. It does everything that 99% of people want, including playing media from network shares, especially via a DLNA server like the PS3 Media Server, which is free. It does freeview, plenty of hdmi inputs, etc. It plays just about any format from a memory stick. You can plug a wireless adapter in, but i've found wired to be much much more reliable. I have the 55" version, I really like it.

I can't see that the extra 2" is worth $1000.

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  # 437836 10-Feb-2011 16:30
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I would go for LED. Use less power so you save more over it's life, plus LEDs last longer.

 
 
 
 


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  # 437840 10-Feb-2011 16:36
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LED use slightly less power, but not much. They have a nicer picture, but I think that's because they're more highly specified, rather than because of the light type. After all it's compact fluorescent or LED lights behind the panel, it doesn't make a massive difference. Some LED can also do 3D, but LCD usually can't.

LED cost a LOT more than LCD, so right not they're not a good buy IMHO. In the USA they're not that much more expensive than LCD, so the price difference should fall here eventually.

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  # 437852 10-Feb-2011 16:53
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timmmay: LED use slightly less power, but not much. They have a nicer picture, but I think that's because they're more highly specified, rather than because of the light type. After all it's compact fluorescent or LED lights behind the panel, it doesn't make a massive difference. Some LED can also do 3D, but LCD usually can't.


LED cost a LOT more than LCD, so right not they're not a good buy IMHO. In the USA they're not that much more expensive than LCD, so the price difference should fall here eventually.


 

The cost isn't a lot more, if you can get it on special, and the price differnece will only come down. Eventually they will all be LED.  For instance I got a sony LED 32 inch for $999 cash on special, when the 32 inch non LED was $700. The LED one also has other features like DLNA and internet tv which the non LED one didn't have. If you shop around you can save and get a better deal.

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  # 437863 10-Feb-2011 17:10
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On the Wireless AV connection - might pay to check whether they think this will support HD content.  I know that I can only stream SD content via WiFi from my satellite receiver to a PC (with watchable results), whereas a wired Ethernet connection streams HD fine.  Fine for YouTube or similar, but maybe not so fine for any HD content you want to stream?




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  # 437880 10-Feb-2011 17:24
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The Samsung LCD (non-LED) has DLNA and Internet@TV built in, plus some little downloadable apps like facebook and youtube. If the price difference was small they're definitely a bit nicer, but if budget is an issue at all a standard LCD TV is totally fine.

LED in larger sizes are stupidly expensive.

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  # 437886 10-Feb-2011 17:41
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I am just deciding on this TV as well
I have been looking at the Samsung C6200 but the guy at Harvey Normans said he prefers this one.
and yeah I know the sales man spell, the quality does seem good and it does have a 2 year warranty.
Its looking more and more likely I will go for the LG 

 
 
 
 


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  # 437893 10-Feb-2011 18:00
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The LE5510 will play most files including MKV from either a USB stick or a FAT32/NTFS USB HDD.  The TV is compatible with an accessory to stream 1080p, the 'Wireless Media Box' but its not built into the TV.

You can stream from your computer using DLNA if you choose, using a wired connection or you can get a wireless dongle for the telly. 

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  # 437895 10-Feb-2011 18:03
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So you would pick this LG over the Samsung C6200

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  # 437898 10-Feb-2011 18:08
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Just to be clear... :-)

Disclaimer: I work for LG (but my posts and opinions are mine personally and not that of my employer)

 

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  # 437901 10-Feb-2011 18:11
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Dylz thanks for your honesty
For the Ethernet on the 42LE5510 is it 10/100 or 10/100/1000?
The Wireless is it 802.11 G or N?
I am also on the look for a nice little 20/22" Jobbie for another room
any with DLNA support

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  # 437903 10-Feb-2011 18:16
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I believe they are all 10/100, and the wireless dongle is a/b/g/n

There is a 22/26 LE5310 but no LAN/DLNA (difference of LE5310 vs LE5510) 

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  # 437923 10-Feb-2011 18:57
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It sounds like you really want an LG TV, though I don't know why. I'm sure they're nice, but they're relatively expensive for the size.

This Sony looks like a good deal at $920 for 40". I'm not sure if it has all the features you want, but it's a good TV. The 40" version of this Samsung is what I was suggesting, I can't find it online, if you wait for a sale it's less than $1000. The Samsung definitely does what you want.

If you have a PS3/XBox 360 it will do the DLNA for you. If your TV does the streaming then you have to output sound via optical to your receiver/amp, if you have one, and with most TVs it's not full quality. Ideally you want to stream to a PS3, HDMI to a receiver, then HDMI to a TV. In that case you want a decent screen but the extra TV features are irrelevant. All I do with my TV is turn it on, all the smarts are elsewhere.

Go into a store, and trust your eyes. People here rave about plasma, but I didn't like it after I got it, and I ended up trading for an LCD. The picture looks pretty much the same to me, it uses way less power, it's lighter, cheaper, and doesn't buzz. LCD TV had less motion artifacts too, but that's more software than the panel.



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  # 437928 10-Feb-2011 19:07
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I was in a store today, and for some reason, every tv had the same semi-grainy video on it. Very difficult to trust the eyes in that instance lol

I agree about lcd over plasma, I don't like the shiny screen on the plasma.

Thanks for the advice about the tv. I think for the price I'll go with lcd for now.




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  # 437940 10-Feb-2011 19:17

timmmay: It sounds like you really want an LG TV, though I don't know why. I'm sure they're nice, but they're relatively expensive for the size.

This Sony looks like a good deal at $920 for 40". I'm not sure if it has all the features you want, but it's a good TV. The 40" version of this Samsung is what I was suggesting, I can't find it online, if you wait for a sale it's less than $1000. The Samsung definitely does what you want.





 

Sony are due to release their 2011 models soon, so if the OP can wait it maybe worth it.

 

There is a samsung LED 40 inch for $1299 which looks to be quite good value, and can probably get it cheaper if you pay cash.

 

Personally I would only go for Sony panasonic, and samsung. which also rate well for reliability.

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