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# 95549 7-Jan-2012 20:43
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Hi all,

Long time reader, first time poster etc. etc. Smile

I'm finally looking to join the HD club and want to jump in with both feet - pretty keen on setting up a full home theatre system that includes DLNA for sharing etc. and controlled from a tablet.

At this stage, the new Sony Tablet S looks the best bet for the DLNA control side of things (although I'll take recommendations if someone disagrees with me - not an iPad though, don't use iTunes, don't want to).

So I'm also then looking for an HDTV to go on the wall, 40-47" sizing would suit, and a home theatre system. Definitely want DLNA on the home theatre system - it will be used more for playing music from NAS than movies, so I definitely want something that works without needing to turn the TV on. Everything bar the tablet can be connected by Ethernet though so wifi isn't necessary.

At this stage, one of the Sony BD home theatre systems looks good, probably just the entry-level one as we have young children so turning the volume up to 11 isn't necessary: http://www.sony.co.nz/product/bdv-e280

As for TVs, well here it gets confusing: the Panasonic P46GT30Z looks awesome but is at the top end of our price range (under $2,000) and may be hard to track one down. I've been offered a Sony 40EX720 for $1350 which seems a pretty decent price too. Couldn't care less about 3D, am skeptical on "smart" TVs (that's what the tablet is for anyway) so really I just care about size, picture quality and value. Thoughts?

 

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  # 565906 7-Jan-2012 21:49
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The 46GT is allllll over the Sony TV performance wise... but it really is a big hunk of change compared to other, smaller 42" TV's like the Panasonic 42ST.
I'd spend the extra money on something better than the Sony H/Theatre. It's decent for the dough, but sound is 50% of the equation, so I'd look at something like an entry level Yamaha / Denon / Onkyo receiver, some satellite speakers and a DLNA equipped BluRay player so you can handle streaming content.

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