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Old 18-04-2013, 06:50
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I have an led veiwsonic pc monitor which has great picture pq so Im going to buy a new tv for the livingroom and will stick with led.
I have a budget of around 300-350.

I have been looking at these tv's from argos...

Are there any preferances to which company to got for as they are all brand tv's.
I have a 37" LG LCD tv so Im thinking of sticking with LG.
Are the other company's just as good or better ?
Any recommendations ?

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Hitachi 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LED TV. 279.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9133507.htm


Sharp LC40F22E 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV. 289.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5298044.htm


Samsung LE40D503 40 Inch Full HD Freeview LCD TV. 299.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5298556.htm


Sharp LC40LS240EX 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Titanium LED TV. 299.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9089170.htm


LG 42LS3400 42 Inch Full HD Freeview Direct-lit LED TV. 349.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5299658.htm


Toshiba 40BV705T 40 Inch Full HD Freeview LCD TV - Titanium. 349.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5299029.htm
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Old 18-04-2013, 09:19
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I have an led veiwsonic pc monitor which has great picture pq so Im going to buy a new tv for the livingroom and will stick with led.
I have a budget of around 300-350.

I have been looking at these tv's from argos...

Are there any preferances to which company to got for as they are all brand tv's.
I have a 37" LG LCD tv so Im thinking of sticking with LG.
Are the other company's just as good or better ?
Any recommendations ?

Cheers


Hitachi 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LED TV. 279.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9133507.htm


Sharp LC40F22E 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV. 289.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5298044.htm


Samsung LE40D503 40 Inch Full HD Freeview LCD TV. 299.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5298556.htm


Sharp LC40LS240EX 40 Inch Full HD 1080p Titanium LED TV. 299.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9089170.htm


LG 42LS3400 42 Inch Full HD Freeview Direct-lit LED TV. 349.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5299658.htm


Toshiba 40BV705T 40 Inch Full HD Freeview LCD TV - Titanium. 349.99
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/5299029.htm
I'll get in first before others do.

The LG and Samsung's are probably the best options of those you list.

The Toshiba, Sharp and Hitachi's will all be made by Vestel - they're probably all similar under the skin.

Doubtless others will suggest you find a Sony or Panasonic set - and without doubt they are the best in terms of quality and reliability (my preference would be Panasonic, others will disagree) - but if your budget doesn't stretch that far or you're happy with other LG or Samsung products, then go with what you're happy with.

Hope this helps.
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Old 18-04-2013, 18:41
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At this price level they all will be somewhat compromised in picture quality and I have just set up a sam 4000 series for someone and whilst the menu structure is good the picture particularly on moving subjects was not so good -- sound was dire ! Sam shoot themselves in the foot by producing such a huge range and then pricing the full spec TV with a good picture at 1449 in Currys . Incidentally is the Sam just a LCD without LED backlit ?
If you can't or wont go higher up then perhaps the LG might be better as as others have said the other models will just be a badge job from Turkey !
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Old 18-04-2013, 23:48
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Which? have tested all of these except the Sharp LC40LS240EX and the LG is the best by far (it's a Best Buy). The Samsung comes second but a long way behind. The Hitachi, Toshiba and Sharp LC40F22E are all Don't Buys.
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Old 20-04-2013, 04:56
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Thanks for that guys.
Unfortunately the lg is out of stock for pickup and delivery.

I found this on amazon ...
http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-42CS460-4.../dp/B007IYVUBY

Any thought's on this LG ?
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Old 20-04-2013, 06:21
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If you can add another thirty quid to your budget, this is available from Richer Sounds:http://www.richersounds.com/product/...hil-39pfl3807t
I bought one myself and give it a personal recommendation. You may need to spend some time fiddling about with the settings (the default ones are ludicrous) but it is worth ther effort.
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Old 20-04-2013, 11:29
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I keep reading about Samsung TV's using cheaper components than those of Panasonic or Sony and while I agree to some extent...it doesn't reflect in the price of some of their models.

Iv'e seen some Sam and LG models that are far more expensive than their Pana or Sony equivalents.
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Old 20-04-2013, 13:35
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I keep reading about Samsung TV's using cheaper components than those of Panasonic or Sony and while I agree to some extent...it doesn't reflect in the price of some of their models.

Iv'e seen some Sam and LG models that are far more expensive than their Pana or Sony equivalents.
To the greatest extent the price of a TV isn't governed by the manufacturing cost, it's governed mainly by what people will pay - which is why Sony and Panasonic are losing money on every TV they sell.

If a manufacturer can sell a set and make a much higher profit margin on it, then they will do so - and that's ALWAYS been the point of higher end models.
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Old 20-04-2013, 18:34
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On lcd / led TV its the screen quality and the circuits ( processing power that drive the screen Think graphics card technology on a PC ) that are a major factor in the cost . Look at the Sam 4000 & 5000 and then just watch a 40 , 46 , 55 F8000 for 2 mins and the difference is huge .

The 4000 is miserable 5000 is just watchable but the F8000 immerses you in a superb picture that is full of life has no issues or compromises. Yes you have to pay more for the correct picture but I have seen some people junk budget TV's that were bought in ignorance after just a few months due to being unwatchable or hard on the eyes !
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Old 21-04-2013, 01:13
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Which? tested the 32 inch version of the LG CS460 and gave it 56%. The best LG (42LM620T) got 68%. This is what they say.

The LG produces presentable pictures, and sound isn't bad at all. The HD Ready screen and SD tuner bring limitations, however, and there are some problems with the EPG and ease of use. The LG nearly makes it as a top budget choice, but not quite.

.....flourishes at the bargain-basement end of the market. It uses an old-fashioned LCD screen with an HD Ready 720p resolution, so you won't get the full high-definition experience of more expensive sets.

Standard-definition programmes look reasonably good, with a nice balance between keeping noise low and detail high, with the only real issues being the shadows that appear around some moving objects and a slight green tint. You might struggle to make out what's going on in darker scenes. HD pictures are surprisingly good, despite some smearing, and viewing angles are better than the norm.

The SD Freeview tuner means that you can't watch HD programmes without a separate HD satellite or Freeview box. There's no headphones output, and only two HDMI sockets. If you want to plug in a Freeview HD box, a games console and a Blu-ray player, you're out of luck. You can play media files through the single USB port, but not all the most common file formats are supported.

The EPG can show only five channels at a time, which seems restrictive, and the Now and Next view isn't all that versatile, yet covers almost half the screen. Menus are difficult to read, and the electronic instruction manual is long winded and not easy enough to access.

The touch-sensitive controls on the front of the TV are clearly labelled and responsive, so temporarily losing the remote control is no disaster. LG's step-by-step Picture Wizard makes it easy to get the best from this TV.

This TV may be worth considering if money's really tight, but you could save a little more and get a better full HD TV.

Pros: Reasonable pictures, OK sound, low price.
Cons: No HD tuner, HD Ready screen, limited connectivity.
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Old 21-04-2013, 02:13
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Try having a look at the Argos "seconds" section on E-bay. I've just bought a Panasonic Freeview HD ready for under 200 and the only thing that was "second" about it was that it didn't come in the original box. It shows BBC 1 and 2, ITV 1 and channel 4 HD channels. I'm guessing it was about half the price it would have been if it came in the original box.
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Old 23-04-2013, 20:46
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If you want to plug in a Freeview HD box, a games console and a Blu-ray player, you're out of luck.
If I was building a home entertainment system from scratch, and I got the LG TV you just mentioned about, I would not bother getting a seperate Freeview HD box and a seperate Blu-Ray player, and would instead get an all-in-one system where it is a Freeview+ HD PVR and Blu-Ray recorder combined!
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Old 23-04-2013, 22:15
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If you want to plug in a Freeview HD box, a games console and a Blu-ray player, you're out of luck.
Or you buy a cheap HDMI switch or you may be using a home cinema/soundbar with multiple HDMI inputs. (I know you were just reporting their comments).
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Old 24-04-2013, 00:13
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Are there any technical fanatics out there who know who made the components for the Wharfedale TVs that were sold by Argos? My parents have the either the 26" or 28" version, which has the speakers behind a silver strip on each side of the screenand. I don't care what the technical spec might suggest, because it is seriously the best picture of any TV I have ever seen. I would especially like to know who made the screens.

Any inside info?
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Old 24-04-2013, 08:46
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I myself would probably get the LG 37LM611S, it is a great TV for the money. It costs 330.00 at eBay and is within your budget.
The Samsung UE40EH5000K is also a very good TV and costs around 300.
I think Samsung and LG currently make the best panels in this price range.
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Old 24-04-2013, 09:11
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Are there any technical fanatics out there who know who made the components for the Wharfedale TVs that were sold by Argos? My parents have the either the 26" or 28" version, which has the speakers behind a silver strip on each side of the screenand. I don't care what the technical spec might suggest, because it is seriously the best picture of any TV I have ever seen. I would especially like to know who made the screens.

Any inside info?
It's almost certainly a cheap Vestel set - made in Turkey - as Wharfdale TV's have always been.

Not very impressive from those I've seen (which is a LOT).
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Old 24-04-2013, 10:00
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Are there any technical fanatics out there who know who made the components for the Wharfedale TVs that were sold by Argos? My parents have the either the 26" or 28" version, which has the speakers behind a silver strip on each side of the screenand. I don't care what the technical spec might suggest, because it is seriously the best picture of any TV I have ever seen. I would especially like to know who made the screens.

Any inside info?
All I can say is that you will be absolutely blown away by the PQ of the top of the range Sony's and Panasonics if you find the Wharfedale PQ great!
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Old 26-04-2013, 16:05
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Hi, been busy for a few days,
Thanks for all the reply's , didnt realise that different brands had much better quality 'inside's' than other tv companys.

In the past I would just pick a tv and buy it and was happy with that, in the modern day it seems its not worth the money for a Toshiba, Hitachi and Sharp.
I always thought they were huge brand and high quality tv's ???

We've just had another look on argos and they have added a new Panny for 430
http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Produc...er/9158898.htm
I think it's best to pay a little more for a tv that you guys have mentioned. Only another 70 on top of what I had my mind on paying.
I cant see a model number though.
From the details section on that tv it says EAN/MPN/UPC/ISBN: 5025232709670 , a google search brought up http://www.appliances4.me/product/42...Usb-Ports.html

Panasonic Txl39b6b.It had Freeview HD
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Old 26-04-2013, 19:26
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For some reason there is no model No on the listing as you said but as it is sold via argos I think it will be TX-L39b6 which had only a one year guarantee -- no Idea how it performs and I can't find any reviews . Just be aware that pana dealers have a different range of TV's that have higher performance and 5 year guarantees ( at higher prices )
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Old 26-04-2013, 20:02
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For some reason there is no model No on the listing as you said but as it is sold via argos I think it will be TX-L39b6 which had only a one year guarantee -- no Idea how it performs and I can't find any reviews . Just be aware that pana dealers have a different range of TV's that have higher performance and 5 year guarantees ( at higher prices )
It's not a question of that 'set' having only a 1 year warranty - as with Sony the Panasonic 5 year warranty is only available via their dealer network.
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Old 26-04-2013, 20:22
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The "B" range within the pana line up is not included in the 5 year guarantee scheme , wherever it is sold .

The "B" range is available to sell from any retailer , its a budget range with very small profit margin and is a range that will have of promotions at holiday weekends switched on and off by the importer by applying a "sales out allowance" at those times : IE save 50 bank holiday special .

Don't sony do the same for there "supermarket models ?
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Old 26-04-2013, 23:43
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For some reason there is no model No on the listing as you said but as it is sold via argos I think it will be TX-L39b6 which had only a one year guarantee -
Rubbish. EU rules give you a 2 year guarantee. The Sale of Goods Act gives you 6 years protection (not guarantee)

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...ty-EU-law.html

Argos and dealers such as Nigel Goodwin don't agree but the law is the law.
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Old 27-04-2013, 08:49
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Rubbish. EU rules give you a 2 year guarantee. The Sale of Goods Act gives you 6 years protection (not guarantee)

http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/b...ty-EU-law.html

Argos and dealers such as Nigel Goodwin don't agree but the law is the law.
You're still spouting the same utter rubbish - CHECK THE LAW!! - the UK didn't ratify the supposed EU 2 year 'guarantee' as our existing SOGA was already superior.

Check with Trading Standards who will explain the correct situation to you - but as you seem to have an agenda to spread this lie, presumably you never bother doing that?.

EDIT:

To make it easy for you - here's a quote from Trading Standards.

Q. I've heard that under European Union (EU) law I'm allowed a two year minimum guarantee on goods. Is that correct?
A. EU Directive 1999/44/EC states that all European Union member states must allow consumers to make a claim for faulty or misdescribed goods under their consumer rights for a minimum of two years. English law already allows you to make a claim for up to six years from the date you bought the goods and for up to five years in Scotland. Therefore if you buy any goods from any other EU member state, you can assume that you can make a claim for faulty or misdescribed goods for at least two years after.
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Old 27-04-2013, 21:53
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You're still spouting the same utter rubbish - CHECK THE LAW!! - the UK didn't ratify the supposed EU 2 year 'guarantee' as our existing SOGA was already superior.
The UK cannot opt out of EU law by not ratifying it. If the SOGA is superior than the EU 2 year guarantee than by definition of the word superior at least a 2 year guarantee must apply here.

Has it occurred to you that Trading Standards may have got their facts wrong? It wouldn't be the first time a government quango has.
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Old 28-04-2013, 13:59
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The UK cannot opt out of EU law by not ratifying it. If the SOGA is superior than the EU 2 year guarantee than by definition of the word superior at least a 2 year guarantee must apply here.
Try reading what it actually says - it's NOT a 2 year guarantee, it's 2 years in order to make a claim - hence the UK not ratifying it, as our existing 6 year SOGA is far superior.


Has it occurred to you that Trading Standards may have got their facts wrong? It wouldn't be the first time a government quango has.
All relevant government departments say the same thing, as does every one involved in the trade.

Who should we believe?, random posters on the internet quoting badly written newspaper articles, or the official UK authorities?.
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