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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4960 on: January 3, 2019, 11:05:54 AM »
Has anyone with an OLED had issues with image retention or screen burn?

Really want one for the contrast but can see the Mrs or little one leaving it on a menu. Thinking the Samsung QLED's might be a better option.

OLED burn can be an issue but if you are often changing the content on the screen its not something you will ever experience.

It often comes with things like side bars like on Sky Sports news or 24 hour news channels. But you have to leave your screen on for a long time on the same channel for that to happen (think airport lounge TV's, train stations and hotel advertisement TV's).

Most TV's now have eco features that either dim or turn the TV off if left on for a continuous amount of time.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4961 on: January 3, 2019, 11:17:29 AM »
That's reassuring to know - seems to be a good level of choice now with the LG's, Sony's, Panny's and even some of the Philips ones have been getting strong reviews.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4962 on: January 3, 2019, 02:37:00 PM »
Been looking for a decent 28 inch TV for my daughter's bedroom...hardly any in the usual places, all seem to be either 24 or 32 inch, the couple I have found don't look anything decent. Any recommendations for decent 28 inch TV's?
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4963 on: January 5, 2019, 07:25:50 PM »
Been looking for a decent 28 inch TV for my daughter's bedroom...hardly any in the usual places, all seem to be either 24 or 32 inch, the couple I have found don't look anything decent. Any recommendations for decent 28 inch TV's?

https://www.richersounds.com/tv-projectors/all-tvs/lg-28tk410v.html

Doesn't seem too bad.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4964 on: January 5, 2019, 07:48:58 PM »
https://www.richersounds.com/tv-projectors/all-tvs/lg-28tk410v.html

Doesn't seem too bad.

Saw that earlier, ending up getting a 32 inch, cheers for the post though
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4965 on: January 5, 2019, 07:51:00 PM »
Saw that earlier, ending up getting a 32 inch, cheers for the post though

No bother, bigger is always better anyhow with TV's  :).

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4966 on: January 7, 2019, 03:53:15 PM »
Right. I am not great with technical stuff. I have been debating getting a new telly for a while. One we have is a 50" HD telly from about 5 years ago. I have watched the prices of OLED tv's come down a bit over the last 12 months. However, I am not sure I want to wait until they become a sensible price. What I need to know is whether or not there is a huge difference between the 4K UHD TV's which are quite a bit cheaper and the OLED TV's which are nearly all above £1000 at their cheapest. Any advice greatly appreciated.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4967 on: January 8, 2019, 11:58:04 AM »
OLED burn can be an issue but if you are often changing the content on the screen its not something you will ever experience.

It often comes with things like side bars like on Sky Sports news or 24 hour news channels. But you have to leave your screen on for a long time on the same channel for that to happen (think airport lounge TV's, train stations and hotel advertisement TV's).

Most TV's now have eco features that either dim or turn the TV off if left on for a continuous amount of time.

I have an OLED the burn in is a little different to plasma burn in which you have described.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4968 on: January 9, 2019, 07:40:43 PM »
Right. I am not great with technical stuff. I have been debating getting a new telly for a while. One we have is a 50" HD telly from about 5 years ago. I have watched the prices of OLED tv's come down a bit over the last 12 months. However, I am not sure I want to wait until they become a sensible price. What I need to know is whether or not there is a huge difference between the 4K UHD TV's which are quite a bit cheaper and the OLED TV's which are nearly all above £1000 at their cheapest. Any advice greatly appreciated.

I'm in the same boat. Want to watch season 8 of Game of Thrones in full 4k glory but unsure of they extra cost for OLED/QLED is quite worth it yet.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4969 on: January 9, 2019, 11:37:25 PM »
OLED burn can be an issue but if you are often changing the content on the screen its not something you will ever experience.

It often comes with things like side bars like on Sky Sports news or 24 hour news channels. But you have to leave your screen on for a long time on the same channel for that to happen (think airport lounge TV's, train stations and hotel advertisement TV's).

Most TV's now have eco features that either dim or turn the TV off if left on for a continuous amount of time.

Was fucking around with my lads TV settings the other day. One of the options was to display a screen saver type thing if the same image was on the screen for a certain period of time. His isn't OLED though.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4970 on: January 10, 2019, 08:42:14 AM »
Was fucking around with my lads TV settings the other day. One of the options was to display a screen saver type thing if the same image was on the screen for a certain period of time. His isn't OLED though.

our OLED goes into a screensaver if you leave it paused or on netflix or something, it looks like a little fireworks display.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4971 on: January 20, 2019, 12:33:53 PM »
The TV in my spare bedroom seems to be giving up the ghost. It's had a good innings, I've had it since 2010 and it had a couple of years in my parents living room before then.

It's only a box room so don't want anything bigger than 24 inches. I did buy a mini SNES about 18 months ago and couldn't get any sound so want something I could use a PS4 or XBOX on without any issues.

Have used LG without any issues, any recommendations?

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4972 on: February 16, 2019, 06:37:29 PM »
I've got a question...

Most of my TV watching happens like this:

Download show/film off the internet onto an external hard drive via my computer
Copy to USB stick
Plug into telly
Watch

Is there an easy way I can use the external hard drive instead, so that I don't have to mess around copying series to the USB? Direct in? Or via an intermediary device?

I did try and just plug it in, but the telly wouldn't recognise it. I'll probably get a new telly soon, do any have provisions for this kind of thing?

First world problems really, but sometimes its really annoying when I haven't got the thing I want and have to go back in the other room and delete stuff to make room, then copy files across to USB.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4973 on: February 16, 2019, 08:45:18 PM »
I've got a question...

Most of my TV watching happens like this:

Download show/film off the internet onto an external hard drive via my computer
Copy to USB stick
Plug into telly
Watch

Is there an easy way I can use the external hard drive instead, so that I don't have to mess around copying series to the USB? Direct in? Or via an intermediary device?

I did try and just plug it in, but the telly wouldn't recognise it. I'll probably get a new telly soon, do any have provisions for this kind of thing?

First world problems really, but sometimes its really annoying when I haven't got the thing I want and have to go back in the other room and delete stuff to make room, then copy files across to USB.

It comes back to when you used to play videos on a computer years ago. Codecs

Now you can put VLC on a computer and play everything. TV's aren't the same.

If you're only after 1080p content and lower then get yourself a Raspberry pi and remote, install Kodi on it, plug in your external hard drive and off you go.

If your plan is to move to 4K downloads then it gets difficult because raspberry pi can't handle that bandwidth. Most new 4K TVs have better compatibility to directly plug in your external drive and go. But my Samsung TV doesn't do DTS Audio so won't play them. I have to do some conversion before they will play.

Best advice is to find the TV you want them look at Media compatibility.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4974 on: February 17, 2019, 12:19:32 AM »
It comes back to when you used to play videos on a computer years ago. Codecs

Now you can put VLC on a computer and play everything. TV's aren't the same.

If you're only after 1080p content and lower then get yourself a Raspberry pi and remote, install Kodi on it, plug in your external hard drive and off you go.

If your plan is to move to 4K downloads then it gets difficult because raspberry pi can't handle that bandwidth. Most new 4K TVs have better compatibility to directly plug in your external drive and go. But my Samsung TV doesn't do DTS Audio so won't play them. I have to do some conversion before they will play.

Best advice is to find the TV you want them look at Media compatibility.

Cheers. That is a really helpful post, appreciate it. If I was to get a new TV that was 4k then I would probably consider 4k downloads at some point? Depends on file sizes I suppose. I'll be sure to look into the media compatibility.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4975 on: February 17, 2019, 12:20:37 AM »
Networked media centre (and HDD) should enable you to do it all without too much fuss.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4976 on: February 17, 2019, 12:28:17 AM »
Cheers. That is a really helpful post, appreciate it. If I was to get a new TV that was 4k then I would probably consider 4k downloads at some point? Depends on file sizes I suppose. I'll be sure to look into the media compatibility.

What model is the tv ?
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4977 on: February 17, 2019, 08:33:35 AM »
What model is the tv ?

Haven't particularly decided what to get. Currently got an old LG which has been reliable so was probably going to look for similar but a bit bigger and 4k.
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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4978 on: February 25, 2019, 02:48:02 AM »
Networked media centre (and HDD) should enable you to do it all without too much fuss.


Or streaming from your laptop

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4979 on: February 26, 2019, 10:08:43 AM »
I have a flat screen TV and the sound is a not the best. I researched a bit on soundbars but I came away with the notion they are not very good so could I simply use wired speakers as in the "old" days ? I have loads of films and I have to turn the volume right up as we cannot hear it properly (especially conversations) so wanted to get a better experience, cheers.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4980 on: February 27, 2019, 12:47:11 PM »
I have a flat screen TV and the sound is a not the best. I researched a bit on soundbars but I came away with the notion they are not very good so could I simply use wired speakers as in the "old" days ? I have loads of films and I have to turn the volume right up as we cannot hear it properly (especially conversations) so wanted to get a better experience, cheers.

Sound Bars are still much better than the sound that comes out of a flat screen TV. Get a decent one with a wireless Sub and you'll be fine.

Alternatively, get a 5.1 surround sound system with an AV Reciever. You're looking at between £500-£1000 for something approaching decent though, and there's also a lot of wires to hide.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4981 on: February 28, 2019, 07:35:59 AM »
Thanks for the reply, looks like I will be buying a soundbar with a wireless sub - whatever that is !

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4982 on: February 28, 2019, 07:38:08 AM »
Sub = subwoofer. Provides the deep bass sounds.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4983 on: February 28, 2019, 08:25:12 AM »
I have a flat screen TV and the sound is a not the best. I researched a bit on soundbars but I came away with the notion they are not very good so could I simply use wired speakers as in the "old" days ? I have loads of films and I have to turn the volume right up as we cannot hear it properly (especially conversations) so wanted to get a better experience, cheers.

Have a look at sonos, we've got the playbar and it's fantastic on its own, don't need the sub or any extras. There's a new one as well which is more geared to setups that are on a cabinet than on the wall. They have them in John Lewis and Richer Sounds, ask for a demo.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4984 on: February 28, 2019, 11:20:01 AM »
Thanks for the reply, looks like I will be buying a soundbar with a wireless sub - whatever that is !

Was having a look on Richer Sounds website earlier and saw this

https://www.richersounds.com/clearance-bargains/online/lg-soundbar-3.html

Seems to have decent reviews.

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4985 on: April 26, 2019, 07:58:33 PM »
Just ordered an lg c8 65. Canít see the prices going any lower now that the c9 one is out any day now. Was going to wait for the price drop on that but Iíd be looking at Black Friday so feck it. Doesnít sound too much better as far as I can tell anyway.

Anyone else have one?

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4986 on: May 18, 2019, 12:30:26 PM »
Looking to buy a new tv and Iíve narrowed it down to these two:

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8192855

https://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue55nu7400-hdr-4k-ultra-hd-smart-tv-55-inch-with-tvplus-freesat-hd-dynamic-crystal-colour-360-design-ultra-hd-certified-black/p3547440

Price difference of £270. I know the PQI and brightness etc on the 8000 is better but is there that much difference to make it worth paying the extra £270?

Does anyone have either of these models and would recommend it?

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Re: Television buying
« Reply #4987 on: May 20, 2019, 10:10:54 PM »
Looking to buy a new tv and Iíve narrowed it down to these two:

https://www.argos.co.uk/product/8192855

https://www.johnlewis.com/samsung-ue55nu7400-hdr-4k-ultra-hd-smart-tv-55-inch-with-tvplus-freesat-hd-dynamic-crystal-colour-360-design-ultra-hd-certified-black/p3547440

Price difference of £270. I know the PQI and brightness etc on the 8000 is better but is there that much difference to make it worth paying the extra £270?

Does anyone have either of these models and would recommend it?
Have read that the nu8000 is one of the best for the price. Especially if you game. Not read anything on the other one.

Iíd recommend buying from richersounds if the price is right. Great customer service (they dropped the price on my tv a few weeks after I bought so refunded me the difference) and a 6 year warranty. Also https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/14/richer-sounds-staff-julian-richer

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« Reply #4988 on: May 21, 2019, 08:18:10 PM »
Have read that the nu8000 is one of the best for the price. Especially if you game. Not read anything on the other one.

Iíd recommend buying from richersounds if the price is right. Great customer service (they dropped the price on my tv a few weeks after I bought so refunded me the difference) and a 6 year warranty. Also https://www.theguardian.com/business/2019/may/14/richer-sounds-staff-julian-richer

Cheers. I went with the 7400 from John Lewis in the end. 5 year guarantee. Iím not a gamer, my 7 year plays the PlayStation on it but heís too young to notice the difference. I couldnít justify the extra £270 for a difference in quality that I probably wouldnít be able to appreciate.

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« Reply #4989 on: May 21, 2019, 11:38:12 PM »
Cheers. I went with the 7400 from John Lewis in the end. 5 year guarantee. Iím not a gamer, my 7 year plays the PlayStation on it but heís too young to notice the difference. I couldnít justify the extra £270 for a difference in quality that I probably wouldnít be able to appreciate.
Youíd be hard pushed to see a difference if they were side by side. Enjoy.