View Full Version : 40" TV Recommendations please?
I'm in the market for a new TV, but I can't make up my mind on which model to go for. :confused:
Can anyone kindly give some advice based on experience or feedback received?
Thanks in advance,
didto! there is just to many to choose from and trying to make the right choice is hard, i would like a tv which would be slighty future proof :) any ideas? Markee have you got your eye on any? im thinking of going for a Samsung as im thinking at the moment it seems to have the best picture quality!, you?
I have a Samsung LED (32") and it's great. I would recommend you go to some different local shops and have a look at as many TV's as you can... I originally had my heart set on a Sony Bravia, but when I compared the picture quality of the Bravia LCD to the Samsung LED (Samsung and Sharp were the only LED's available at the time) there was no contest. Also, bear in mid that the picture quality in the shops won't be as good as at home as there signal to the display TV's is usually split between a number of sets, but it will give you a comparitive idea. Also bear in mind the sound quality, a lot of the LCD/LED types have quite small speakers that range from OK to quite poor... I thought my Samsung was OK until I got a surround sound system... what a difference!
As for furtue proofing, if I was buying now, I'd have a think about 3D, but I remain to be convinced, I'd certainly take a look at what sort of IPTV service I could get, and can the TV stream media from my home network. But that's down to personal preference.
I'd be looking at Samsung always mainly because can you really beat the company that makes most of the actual screens that other manufacturers sell. As for 3D etc personally I would just buy a mid range TV now and wait a while for 3D it's old technology that has been slightly updated but there is still room for a lot of improvement and the technology is available so we will probably see some serious changes over the next 12-18 months. DLNA is very useful to look out for so that you can play films and music direct from your computer over wireless (although I hate the system Windows 7 uses to control it).
I'd definitely recommend a Samsung, bought one for the in-laws and it puts my LG 32" to shame, try and go for a later model 6, 7 or 8 series as they have lots of connectivity options. Be careful of some of the deals offered in shops as they are normally 3-4 year old panels they are trying to get rid of.
I was also impressed by the picture quality of some of the newer Toshiba's too, but haven't put one through it's paces
I have a Panasonic Viera which I thought was brilliant until it crapped out a month after the 12 month warranty. Thankfully Panasonic still repaired it for me at no cost to myself apart from taking it to the repair place, which was local anyway. They had the repair company check that the fault was not due to 'operator error' first, which it wasn't.
My parents have a lovely Samsung 50" and it plays beautifully, the HD is stunning.
Depends if you are looking for any particular fancy feature or not.
Some will connect to the internet, some do a fancy back-light thing, some have a light sensor.
If there is a particular feature you fancy then that will narrow it down for you.
Of course price will narrow the list down for you a fair bit but then so will ruling in or out things like 3D, LED back-light, full LED, HD, full HD, etc, etc.
All the Sony Bravia's I've seen have had exceptional pictures but they've been out of my price range.
On the next step down I've got and really like LG's, they have a good pic and a few extra features and I've had no problems with them despite having had one for quite a long time.
I did a bit of research b4 gettin my 40" tv, I ended up with a Sony Brava, wich I have had now nearly 4 years, still a great set
I've had a 40" Samsung for a couple of years now. It's a great set. Has 3 HDMI inputs for future proofing but also accepts SCART, component, VGA for legacy kit and computers. Great picture but the speakers are a bit tinny. The tinny speakers shortcoming isn't limited to Samsung of course. Spending a bit more will get you better speakers.
I connect mine via an optical cable to the DAC in my hifi and it sounds great this way. You could similarly connect it to an AV Receiver for surround sound. If you're gonna use it standalone, check that you're happy with the sound.