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Old 01-01-2013, 22:07
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I'm looking for a 32" flatscreen TV without paying for all the smart features that I'll never use. I'm totally bamboozled by all the adverts and would very much appreciate a pointer, please. I would like:

HD TV 1080P
Freeview HD built in (or facility to connect to a HD PVR)
Very good picture quality
Very good sound (without need for a soundbar)

I don't need/want a Smart TV with connectivity to the Internet etc but would like, if possible, a 5yr John Lewis type warranty.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-01-2013, 22:20
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I'm looking for a 32" flatscreen TV without paying for all the smart features that I'll never use. I'm totally bamboozled by all the adverts and would very much appreciate a pointer, please. I would like:

HD TV 1080P
Freeview HD built in (or facility to connect to a HD PVR)
Very good picture quality
Very good sound (without need for a soundbar)

I don't need/want a Smart TV with connectivity to the Internet etc but would like, if possible, a 5yr John Lewis type warranty.

Thanks in advance.

http://www.johnlewis.com/231561551/Product.aspx

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Old 02-01-2013, 00:45
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The Panasonic in HavenWarrior's link is not Full HD. OP, you must decide whether sound is more important than the picture quality. The majority of flat screen TVs have average sound due to the space limitations of the cabinet. I have had a look at Which? and the top scoring (67%) Best Buy TV for you would be the LG 32LS570T. John Lewis price 420 reduced from 479.

Scoring slightly less at 65% is the LG 32LM620T but this costs considerably more at John Lewis, 500 and you are paying extra for the 3D. Coming in 3rd at 63% is the Samsung UE32ES5500. The picture is inferior to both the previous TVs but the sound is slightly better. Price in J Lewis is 349.

There have been a few recent threads in relation to buying a 32 inch TV. Check them out. There is no way round the sound limitations without going for an external solution and there are again plenty of threads about this.

I think all the TV I recommended are Smart, but if you do not want this, then just don't use it. If you restrict your options by deliberately avoiding Smart then your choice of TVs will be severely curtailed and you will lose out on picture quality. Make a shortlist of TVs, go to J Lewis when it's quiet, and watch and listen to the TVs. Ask the sales assistant to take the TVs out of demonstration mode as it makes the picture look artificial.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:43
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I'm looking for a 32" flatscreen TV without paying for all the smart features that I'll never use. I'm totally bamboozled by all the adverts and would very much appreciate a pointer, please. I would like:
Smart features don't cost much, of course if you can get an older TV without them then you may get a good deal.

HD TV 1080P
Since you only want a 32" be sure that you need 1080p. unless you sit very close then HD ready will be just as good. You will get better PQ with a good HD ready than with a poor/average 1080p.

Freeview HD built in (or facility to connect to a HD PVR)
They can all be connected to an HD PVR. I would certainly recommend a PVR whatever tuner the TV has, I personally would never consider not having a PVR.

Very good sound (without need for a soundbar)
That's very difficult as most LCDs have very poor sound.

I don't need/want a Smart TV with connectivity to the Internet etc but would like, if possible, a 5yr John Lewis type warranty.
Be aware that if going for a very good model it is likely to have internet etc built in. Personally I think most of these features are not worth having but they are there anyway. I would treat it as something you are not interested in rather than something to avoid.
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Old 02-01-2013, 09:57
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The Panasonic 32" Non smart range has 2 models 32x5 720 or HD ready & the 32em5 1080 full HD The lesser resolution HD ready model has a substantial better picture !

At this small screen size Its not how many pixels you have its how you use them !

For even reasonable sound you will need a sound bar ( Both these models have ARC on HDMI 2 to sync with a sound bar .
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:40
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I'm looking for a 32" flatscreen TV without paying for all the smart features that I'll never use. I'm totally bamboozled by all the adverts and would very much appreciate a pointer, please.
Probably the best pick for you would be the LG 32LS5600 http://sveyo.com/2012/11/lg-32ls5600...-specs-review/ which offers good Full HD picture quality and no useless features to pump the price. It is simple to use and has plenty of interfaces. The only thing that bothers me is that some ghosting may appear from time to time as this is not LG's very best LED panel.
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Old 02-01-2013, 10:45
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I am also looking for a 32" HD TV.

For me the important features are:-

1. Good picture quality both on SD and HD

2. Tone adjustments for sound on both the headphone and cordless head phone outputs (phono sockets)

3. Ability to store same programme from different transmitters (to avoid re-tuning as weather changes).

I had heard that the Samsung 5000 series gives a good picture, but when in Currys yesterday the salesman discouraged me from getting the 5000 model as he said the 5500 model has higher refresh rate (100 versus 50).

Is this salesman flannel or does it really make a difference?
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Old 02-01-2013, 12:34
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Does anyone have views on Panasonic tv TXL47E5B. In the shops at around half price at approx 600 and I am wondering why
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Old 02-01-2013, 15:06
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Does anyone have views on Panasonic tv TXL47E5B. In the shops at around half price at approx 600 and I am wondering why
Presumably the old model with the new one about to be released? - or perhaps already released? (I seem to recall that Panasonic usually release their new models in January).
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Old 02-01-2013, 17:51
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Presumably the old model with the new one about to be released? - or perhaps already released? (I seem to recall that Panasonic usually release their new models in January).
Not a old model in this case and the price will go back up on 6 Jan . Pana full size screens this year are June & July .

Moral is if you don't want 3d get this NOW .
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Old 02-01-2013, 18:29
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I am also looking for a 32" HD TV.

For me the important features are:-

1. Good picture quality both on SD and HD

2. Tone adjustments for sound on both the headphone and cordless head phone outputs (phono sockets)

3. Ability to store same programme from different transmitters (to avoid re-tuning as weather changes).

I had heard that the Samsung 5000 series gives a good picture, but when in Currys yesterday the salesman discouraged me from getting the 5000 model as he said the 5500 model has higher refresh rate (100 versus 50).

Is this salesman flannel or does it really make a difference?
you should consider 42 " & above
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Old 03-01-2013, 09:11
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[quote=Prestonian;63299124]I'm looking for a 32" flatscreen TV without paying for all the smart features that I'll never use. I'm totally bamboozled by all the adverts and would very much appreciate a pointer, please. I would like:

HD TV 1080P
Freeview HD built in (or facility to connect to a HD PVR)
Very good picture quality
Very good sound (without need for a soundbar)

I don't need/want a Smart TV with connectivity to the Internet etc but would like, if possible, a 5yr John Lewis type warranty.

QUOTE]

Thanks for all the helpful comments/suggestions. For me the final choice comes down to:

Panasonic Viera TX-L32X5B HD 720p LED TV, 32 Inch with Freeview HD; or

Samsung UE32ES5500 LED HD 1080p Smart TV, 32 Inch with Freeview HD.

Price pretty much the same. The Panasonic has less "clutter". Does anyone have any thoughts as to how these two compare on Picture and Sound?
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Old 03-01-2013, 15:45
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Can anbody supply a link for a comparative review of picture quality on the Panasonic, Samsung, and LG 32" HD TV's?
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