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Good quality screen - no bells and whistles

Hi all,

 

First post.

 

I'm in the market for a new telly - it's been a few years and things have moved on considerably, although I'm not sure it's for the best!?

I've a half decent set up that's not bad for my needs - Denon 2310 AV Amp, a 40" Sony, Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders, centre & rears, Panny Freesat PVR/Blu-Ray player/recorder and a PS3 (plus turntable& CD player).

Broadly I'm after a bigger (50", maybe 55") high quality screen - I don't mind paying for that quality, but want the cash to go on the picture and not a load of bells and whistles that I'll never use like the functionality to draw on the picture with a light pen, or to video conference, or to change channels using my mobile, or to facebook my mates whilst watching the football etc. etc!

It strikes me that all the top TVs are full of stuff I just don't want - my PS3 and the Panny box between them already do more 'smart' things than I use...I currently don't even use the tuner or speakers on the TV - it's just there for the picture.

So help!  Is there such a thing as a good quality screen out there, or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Tellywatcher

 

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Tellywatcher wrote:

.. or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Yes.

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Son_of_SJ wrote:

Tellywatcher wrote:

.. or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Yes.

+1

Generally speaking, the best TV technology is employed to make screens for high end models, which have to come with all bells and whistles due to competition in that sector. There are some cheap TVs with very good screens for the price (like Samsung EH5000) and not too much tech you won't use. But they can't compete with the best.

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It seems these days everything has to be some kind of media center, I don't think you can get away from it if you're looking at decent screens from the big players. You don't have to use any of these features of course...

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Tellywatcher wrote:

Hi all,

 

First post.

 

I'm in the market for a new telly - it's been a few years and things have moved on considerably, although I'm not sure it's for the best!?

I've a half decent set up that's not bad for my needs - Denon 2310 AV Amp, a 40" Sony, Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders, centre & rears, Panny Freesat PVR/Blu-Ray player/recorder and a PS3 (plus turntable& CD player).

Broadly I'm after a bigger (50", maybe 55") high quality screen - I don't mind paying for that quality, but want the cash to go on the picture and not a load of bells and whistles that I'll never use like the functionality to draw on the picture with a light pen, or to video conference, or to change channels using my mobile, or to facebook my mates whilst watching the football etc. etc!

It strikes me that all the top TVs are full of stuff I just don't want - my PS3 and the Panny box between them already do more 'smart' things than I use...I currently don't even use the tuner or speakers on the TV - it's just there for the picture.

So help!  Is there such a thing as a good quality screen out there, or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Tellywatcher

 

 

That is easy man, you just buy a Panasonic plasma for a good deal - you can't lose, TVs of this quality used to cost twice as much!  And they are twice as good as LEDs and they cost twice as much!

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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gel wrote:

Tellywatcher wrote:

Hi all,

 

First post.

 

I'm in the market for a new telly - it's been a few years and things have moved on considerably, although I'm not sure it's for the best!?

I've a half decent set up that's not bad for my needs - Denon 2310 AV Amp, a 40" Sony, Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders, centre & rears, Panny Freesat PVR/Blu-Ray player/recorder and a PS3 (plus turntable& CD player).

Broadly I'm after a bigger (50", maybe 55") high quality screen - I don't mind paying for that quality, but want the cash to go on the picture and not a load of bells and whistles that I'll never use like the functionality to draw on the picture with a light pen, or to video conference, or to change channels using my mobile, or to facebook my mates whilst watching the football etc. etc!

It strikes me that all the top TVs are full of stuff I just don't want - my PS3 and the Panny box between them already do more 'smart' things than I use...I currently don't even use the tuner or speakers on the TV - it's just there for the picture.

So help!  Is there such a thing as a good quality screen out there, or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Tellywatcher

 

 

That is easy man, you just buy a Panasonic plasma for a good deal - you can't lose, TVs of this quality used to cost twice as much!  And they are twice as good as LEDs and they cost twice as much!

....and you'll probably have to get it replaced twice until you get one without any major faults !! : :grin:

Sorry, just couldn't resist!

 

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robjcooper wrote:

gel wrote:

Tellywatcher wrote:

Hi all,

 

First post.

 

I'm in the market for a new telly - it's been a few years and things have moved on considerably, although I'm not sure it's for the best!?

I've a half decent set up that's not bad for my needs - Denon 2310 AV Amp, a 40" Sony, Wharfedale Diamond floorstanders, centre & rears, Panny Freesat PVR/Blu-Ray player/recorder and a PS3 (plus turntable& CD player).

Broadly I'm after a bigger (50", maybe 55") high quality screen - I don't mind paying for that quality, but want the cash to go on the picture and not a load of bells and whistles that I'll never use like the functionality to draw on the picture with a light pen, or to video conference, or to change channels using my mobile, or to facebook my mates whilst watching the football etc. etc!

It strikes me that all the top TVs are full of stuff I just don't want - my PS3 and the Panny box between them already do more 'smart' things than I use...I currently don't even use the tuner or speakers on the TV - it's just there for the picture.

So help!  Is there such a thing as a good quality screen out there, or am I doomed to spend half my budget on unwanted frippery and widgets???

Tellywatcher

 

 

That is easy man, you just buy a Panasonic plasma for a good deal - you can't lose, TVs of this quality used to cost twice as much!  And they are twice as good as LEDs and they cost twice as much!

....and you'll probably have to get it replaced twice until you get one without any major faults !! : :grin:

Sorry, just couldn't resist!

 

 

Laughing

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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+1000

You also get the same smart features (you tube etc) on your TV and your bluray player.

It's real annoying that we have to pay for these features several times over, when many of us don't even want them to start with.

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Sliced Bread wrote:
+1000 You also get the same smart features (you tube etc) on your TV and your bluray player. It's real annoying that we have to pay for these features several times over, when many of us don't even want them to start with.

 

Don't buy it then!   Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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It seems these days everything has to be some kind of media center, I don't think you can get away from it if you're looking at decent screens from the big players. You don't have to use any of these features of course...

 

Wow!  Nice systems man, any chance of some pictures?   Smile

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

Gadgets: iPad 2 and iPhone 4s.  Headphones: B&O H6.  Dab radio: Roberts Dreamtime.

 

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Really pleased with my new 2013 non-3D Panasonic LED. (and I'm a Pioneer plasma owner too).

Mine's only a 42", but they do come bigger.  The 42" cost £799. I think the 50" costs about £899.

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/VIERA+Flat+Screen+TV/Smart+VIERA+LED+TV/TX-L50E6B/Overview/12197267/index.html

And uses a lot less juice than a plasma.

 

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DandyCobalt wrote:

Really pleased with my new 2013 non-3D Panasonic LED. (and I'm a Pioneer plasma owner too).

Mine's only a 42", but they do come bigger.  The 42" cost £799. I think the 50" costs about £899.

http://www.panasonic.co.uk/html/en_GB/Products/VIERA+Flat+Screen+TV/Smart+VIERA+LED+TV/TX-L50E6B/Overview/12197267/index.html

And uses a lot less juice than a plasma.

 

 

They don't review great though:

 

http://www.digitalversus.com/tv-television/panasonic-tx-l42e6-p16191/test.html#full-review

Home cinema system: Panasonic 50VT65 (THX calibrated), Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1.

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gel] <p>[quote=Roundhead 5000 wrote:
It seems these days everything has to be some kind of media center, I don't think you can get away from it if you're looking at decent screens from the big players. You don't have to use any of these features of course...

 

Wow!  Nice systems man, any chance of some pictures?

Thanks Gel, I will try sometime in the near future, have just acquired an Xperia Z, good excuse to try out the camera. Smile

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After I learn how to quote properly first :doh:

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Tellywatcher,

Firstly welcome.  To my eyes you still cannot beat a Panasonic plasma, particularly where motion gets going.  You pay a bit extra to run them because of the higher electric usage but I have yet to see an LED/LCD match a Panasonic plasma.

To the detractors, I have 2 Panasonic plasmas and neither has missed a beat and one is way over 5 years old.  I have never had a Panasonic product fail in over 30 years of various item ownership.

Good luck.

:cheers:

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