I'm finally getting round to replacing a 32" Sony CRT (yes I know!) and before I fork out for a bunch of fancy new kit, I would like some reassurance that I'm getting reasonable stuff and that it will work well together.
I want to mount the TV on a wall to keep it safely out of reach of my young son and think 40-42" is optimum size for our living room. We want to pair the TV with an existing Sky+ HD box and a new DVD/Blu-Ray player. Both of these will be hidden in a cupboard underneath the TV so we need some way of controlling those hidden boxes
Picture quality, sound quality and design are more important to me than smart features or 3D but I've found it night on impossible to find a TV without them! Even if I could find one, I don't want a plasma as the room is very bright and reflections likely to be an issue.
This is the short list so far and the price I've found them at. Comments welcome on viable alternatives with similar (or lower) prices please.
Panasonic Viera TXL42ET60B 42" 3D LED TV (£550)
Sanus VMF322 B1 Cantilever 32 - 50 TV Bracket (£120)
Canton DM 50 Sound Base (£330)
Panasonic DMP-BDT460 Smart 3D Blu-ray player (£170)
Logitech Harmony Ultimate Universal Remote (£160) (controls blu-ray & sky in a cupboard)
Sky plus HD BOX (existing)
I'd also like some advice on calibration - is it worth getting in an expert?
And finally (I know this is thorny issue) cables. Does one need to spend a fortune on HDMI or will a bulk standard one do?
Thanks in advance
(edited for spelling)