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What TV?

Action-packed and thrusting existence measuring up the TV :poke:  making phone calls to a couple of outlets to do a size comparison. As John said (thanks for that JD) 32" sets are about the same size as the old CRT.

Requirements (in no particular order): No wider than 80cm; adept at fast motion; budget £400 or less; must have at least 2 scart inputs; prefer HD tuner, although not essential.

A friend has a Phillips 32" and the clarity and detail is superb. Moreover the remote is one of the best I've seen on a TV; really solid, almost like Creeks. However the fast motion issue is a real let-down.

Suggestions welcome.

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No wider than 80cm?  I thought your current one was 90-odd (as are a lot of 32"ers)?

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(as are a lot of 32"ers)

Actually, scratch that - the first four I looked at in JL are all less than 80 Smile

In which case, I'd buy this:

http://www.johnlewis.com/231562834/Product.aspx

You'd have to see it for yourself to judge whether the motion thing is up to scratch though.  I find mine (NX503) absolutely great on films but a bit rubbish on BBC HD for the football.  YMMV.

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John Duncan wrote:
John Duncan wrote:
(as are a lot of 32"ers)

Actually, scratch that - the first four I looked at in JL are all less than 80 Smile

In which case, I'd buy this:

http://www.johnlewis.com/231562834/Product.aspx

You'd have to see it for yourself to judge whether the motion thing is up to scratch though.  I find mine (NX503) absolutely great on films but a bit rubbish on BBC HD for the football.  YMMV.

You'll have to scrub that one as well John. (It only has 1 SCART andd PP needs two.)

[Edit] I haven't used SCART for years but - having just checked behind my Panasonic - it has two. Weird. Apart from VHS, I cannot remember what else they are used for. Old games consoles maybe?

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All 32" TVs on John Lewis's website ( 23 in total ) have only one scart socket.

Finding a newish model with two may be problematic given that not much that you can buy now to plug into a TV uses a scart anymore.

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You'll have to scrub that one as well John. (It only has 1 SCART andd PP needs two.)

[Edit] I haven't used SCART for years but - having just checked behind my Panasonic - it has two. Weird. Apart from VHS, I cannot remember what else they are used for. Old games consoles maybe?

Curses.  I presumed it would have since mine does.  Though 1 is better than - as I found out at the weekend whilst setting up a friend's Samsung - none.  There was a weird 'external' socket that looked like a USB sort of thing and came with a USB adapter.

Let me have a dig on Richers...

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Right, sorted.  Just buy this:

http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-led-tvs/sony/bravia-kdl32ex713/sony-kdl32ex713

You won't get a better TV for £350.  And you can save the £50 towards a bluray player to save you a SCART socket Biggrin

EDIT - 4* at £800...

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John Duncan wrote:
Right, sorted.  Just buy this:

http://www.richersounds.com/product/lcd-led-tvs/sony/bravia-kdl32ex713/sony-kdl32ex713

You won't get a better TV for £350.  And you can save the £50 towards a bluray player to save you a SCART socket Biggrin

EDIT - 4* at £800...

And it has two SCART inputs. Perfick!

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And 100hz, so probably better for football than mine.

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John Duncan wrote:
And 100hz, so probably better for football than mine.

Mine is so good with football (on BBC HD*) that I even watched some the other day. (And I really hate football.)

*Freeview HD is still a novelty as we have only had it for a couple of weeks in this area. Some BBC HD stuff seems better than Blu-ray! We watched 'Modern Spies' episode one just now (recorded in HD last night), and some of the aerial night-time shots over London had me convinced I could see window handles if I got close enough to the screen!

 

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Thanks guys.

Funny little (and short) story. I phoned RS Kingston this afternoon and told him my exact requirements - as per my original post - and he said the only solution was to spend £500 plus on a Panasonic LED. Then when I mentioned a TV on their website he said: "Forgot about that one. Yes, that should do you fine, given your requirements." Don't expect miracles from anyone, but spend an extra 60 secs or so and he could've found the answer without any probing from me.

Certainly have a look at these over the coming days.

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Last few.  Buy!  Buy!

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John Duncan wrote:
Last few.  Buy!  Buy!

This is PP John.

We'll have to wait for the week long home demo first Smile

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chebby wrote:

John Duncan wrote:
Last few.  Buy!  Buy!

This is PP John.

We'll have to wait for the week long home demo first Smile

That's with hi-fi and not TVs. Personally I couldn't give a damn about TV, but little'un needs her VHSs and DVDs (hence the 2 scart inputs) and err indoors like the soaps.

Fighting a lone battle here.

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That's with hi-fi and not TVs.

Just buy the Sony then. Smile

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John Duncan wrote:

plastic penguin wrote:

That's with hi-fi and not TVs.

Just buy the Sony then. Smile

The OH is scanning the TV tonight.

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