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  • Blakester 23 Jan 2012 10:16:08 3,664 posts
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    So the family and I spent the best part of the weekend testing out most of the TV's mentioned recently in the thread. The winner and the set that the whole family agreed was the best for our needs was the 46D7000, it's arriving on Wednesday :eek

    I was seriously tempted by the GT30 because we watch a lot of movies but the power consumption, potential green spots and required running-in period eventually put me off.

    I've always been an LCD guy, so have generally accepted a certain amount of backlight inconsistencies. The Samsung had easily the most impressive picture and of course the design is sublime.

    Now just need to avoid all AV forums.

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  • Dougs 23 Jan 2012 10:56:57 69,498 posts
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    Running in isn't really needed these days. And by green spots, I assume you mean phosphor trails? Which is an individual thing, and should be obvious on a demo....

    Anyway, I'll stop now. Enjoy, sure it'll be ace
  • Blakester 23 Jan 2012 11:03:56 3,664 posts
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    Deleted User wrote:
    Running in isn't really needed these days. And by green spots, I assume you mean phosphor trails? Which is an individual thing, and should be obvious on a demo....

    Anyway, I'll stop now. Enjoy, sure it'll be ace
    Thanks dude!

    The green spot has been furiously debated on AV Forums, link here.

    Multiple pages which suggests to me it's a significant problem.

    Edited by Blakester at 11:04:23 23-01-2012

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  • billythekid 23 Jan 2012 13:17:19 11,397 posts
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    I shall be spending this evening setting up an Epson TW6000 3D projector and a 120" screen, then playing some games in massive-o-vision!
  • woodnotes 24 Jan 2012 01:29:32 4,943 posts
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    Blakester wrote:
    So the family and I spent the best part of the weekend testing out most of the TV's mentioned recently in the thread. The winner and the set that the whole family agreed was the best for our needs was the 46D7000, it's arriving on Wednesday :eek

    I was seriously tempted by the GT30 because we watch a lot of movies but the power consumption, potential green spots and required running-in period eventually put me off.

    I've always been an LCD guy, so have generally accepted a certain amount of backlight inconsistencies. The Samsung had easily the most impressive picture and of course the design is sublime.

    Now just need to avoid all AV forums.
    Let us know when you get it and give us an update :D
  • Spunkweazle 24 Jan 2012 11:18:30 470 posts
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    does anyone on here have any experiance of the panasonic TX-L42E30B
    (or the comet version TX-L42E31B)LED tv, considering getting one of these for a bit of hd gaming, found loads of reviews, but not much mention of gaming performance

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  • Buztafen 21 Feb 2012 09:09:08 16,531 posts
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    Dammit i should not have clicked through the email i received from AVForums today...

    I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!!!!

    Edited by Buztafen at 09:09:24 21-02-2012
  • Blakester 21 Feb 2012 09:28:25 3,664 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Dammit i should not have clicked through the email i received from AVForums today...

    I WANT IT, I WANT IT, I WANT IT!!!!
    Hmmmm, methinks Panasonic's R&D team has been taking style tips from the Samsung 7000 & 8000 series.

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  • Buztafen 21 Feb 2012 09:30:27 16,531 posts
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    Just a bit yeah. Unfortunately the viewing area doesn't stretch right to the bezel like on the Sammy but i do like the look of it very much...plus im a Panasonic whore. :)
  • Blakester 21 Feb 2012 09:49:50 3,664 posts
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    Buztafen wrote:
    Just a bit yeah. Unfortunately the viewing area doesn't stretch right to the bezel like on the Sammy but i do like the look of it very much...plus im a Panasonic whore. :)
    Hmmm, I hadn't noticed that. So it's the illusion of a slim bezel. Seems like a missed opportunity.

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  • asha 25 Feb 2012 18:17:23 2,009 posts
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    I'm in the market for a new tv for the bedroom, I've got up to 260 to spend. It's got to be at least 26" and 1080p. I'm going to be using it mainly for the Xbox 360, so it's got to have a good response time and have good black levels.

    Which tv should I get?
  • boo 17 Apr 2012 14:05:36 11,936 posts
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    Greetings AV peoples.

    Our Panasonic plasma is about 4 years old now, but is still very much the nuts of the mutt.
    Bought a Panasonic HDD/Blu Ray player just before Xmas, which is hooked up via HDMI. Trouble is, I can't remember whether that was the one and only HDMI port on the TV or not. Obviously I can have a look when I get home, but in the meantime, I'm considering an Apple TV box, so I can stream photos to the TV.

    Assuming the TV only has one HDMI socket, are the multiple input HDMI boxes (like the old scart blocks you used to get), any good? Do they autodetect signals, or is it manual switching etc?

    Anybody recommend one in particular?

    Cheers.

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  • mikew1985 17 Apr 2012 14:12:13 13,033 posts
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    You can get cheap autodetecting ones on ebay for very little.

    If it works at all then it works perfectly and I'd imagine most of them work(at least initially.
  • souvlaki 17 Apr 2012 14:13:33 728 posts
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    I use one of these - it works a charm

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neet%C2%AE-SWITCH-input-output-Switcher/dp/B001DAHS5Q/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1334668377&sr=8-9
  • mikew1985 17 Apr 2012 14:13:44 13,033 posts
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    Quick ebay throws up one for me here in ROI for 7, auto switcher.

    http://www.ebay.ie/itm/CE-LINK-Mini-3-Port-HDMI-Intelligent-Auto-Switch-Switcher-distribution-3T01-/170821141742?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_205&hash=item27c5bbc4ee
  • KayJay 17 Apr 2012 14:16:10 5,290 posts
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    Sounds like you have a nice little setup but perhaps lacking an AV Receiver and perhaps a set of 5.1 Speakers. Grab one of those and feed everything to the TV via that.

    That said, id find it hard to believe a 4 year old Panny Plasma would only have 1 HDMI port. Id say minimum 2 on the back and possibly even 1 on the side.
  • mikew1985 17 Apr 2012 14:23:25 13,033 posts
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    :)

    Reciever is obviously the best solution if he doesn't have more than 1 port, but it's hardly a matter of just deciding to get them and that's it. A semi decent one will cost upwards of 200 without speakers.

    Switcher box? 8 - 10

    Edited by mikew1985 at 14:24:17 17-04-2012
  • Buztafen 17 Apr 2012 14:23:45 16,531 posts
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    Yeah depending on model it should have atleast 2. The one i had 5 years ago had 3. My current panny (2 years old) has 4.

    Edited by Buztafen at 14:24:34 17-04-2012
  • mikew1985 17 Apr 2012 14:25:33 13,033 posts
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    My Panny is 3 years old and the models in the same range the year before it had 3 ports (but one was on the front bizarrely).

    I'd say you'll be fine tbh.

    Edited by mikew1985 at 14:25:51 17-04-2012
  • KayJay 17 Apr 2012 14:33:18 5,290 posts
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    mikew1985 wrote:
    :)

    Reciever is obviously the best solution if he doesn't have more than 1 port, but it's hardly a matter of just deciding to get them and that's it. A semi decent one will cost upwards of 200 without speakers.

    Switcher box? 8 - 10
    Yes quite. :)
    However this one sounds a bit flash. He's going to drop 100 notes on his way home on an Apple TV without even knowing if he's going to be able to use the bugger.

    Just go home via Richer Sounds and grab one of these...
    Budget...

    My one...

    Or... :)

    This bad boy...
  • billythekid 17 Apr 2012 14:57:03 11,397 posts
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    Get the amp and use your apple tv for music too.
  • Scurrminator 17 Apr 2012 14:57:31 8,465 posts
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    I've got that Onkyo - it's Stonkin'

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  • KayJay 17 Apr 2012 15:02:52 5,290 posts
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    Scurrminator wrote:
    I've got that Onkyo - it's Stonkin'
    We also have the same Samsung 3D TV too...

    /stalks

    Although mines got WiFi built in. I bet your's hasn't (old joke that Scurrminator probably doesn't remember) :)
  • boo 17 Apr 2012 17:01:43 11,936 posts
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    I'm not about to buy an Apple TV without knowing if I can connect it! That'll wait for another day.

    Music's completely separate at the moment. The amp sits under the TV and is hooked up to my old Mission 753 floorstanders. At the moment, the TV and my iPod are the only inputs.

    At some point I'll have to figure out away of feeding my iTunes library from my laptop, though the amp. Crawling around on the floor to peer at the iPod's tiny screen is not the most elegant way to manage your music.

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  • Flightrisker 23 Apr 2012 17:45:26 18,138 posts
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    Looks good for the price, anyone gotten any first hand experience?

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/LG-HT806PH-Channel-Cinema-System/dp/B005CO6QFW/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1335198032&sr=1-1&tag=acleint06-21
  • woodnotes 25 Apr 2012 17:38:39 4,943 posts
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    OK, so though I'd let this thread know that I've just exchanged my brand new Samsung 46" ES8000 LED (1,899) for a 42" Panasonic ST50 Plasma (899) and it shits all over the Samsung at a grand less!

    It might not look as sexy and stylish, but the picture quality is leagues ahead. The ES8000 was plagued with backlight bleed in all four corners, vertical banding (a nightmare when watching the footy), clouding and plenty of 3D crosstalk.

    This ST50 plasma on the other hand, looks sublime. Turn the lights off and the blacks stay black. The motion resolution is also insane - 60fps games are given a whole new lease of life, especially games like Rayman Origins, Forza, Joe Danger, Daytona, Sonic 4 Episode 1 etc. All with absolutely no motion blur whatsoever, just crystal clear clarity.

    I know my post sounds a little hyperbolic, but I'm still getting over the fact that I've just pocketed 1k back and been left with a far superior telly. It's awesome and I'm left wondering why I've been stuck in the LCD club for the past 10 years :)
  • KayJay 25 Apr 2012 17:44:41 5,290 posts
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    Yeah, plasma rulez. Most of the Samsung Plasmas would out perform most LED's. But you have gone the whole hog, it doesn't get much better than a Panasonic Plasma. Awesome.

    Stick that g in the bank and perhaps treat yourself to a nice holiday somewhere later in the year. :)
  • Dougs 25 Apr 2012 17:50:33 69,498 posts
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    Pretty sure we all told you to get a Panny Plasma in the first place!
  • thelzdking 28 Apr 2012 21:29:59 4,413 posts
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    Hello chaps, it's new telly time and I'm looking at a 32" screen for less than 300. This Toshiba seems to offer the most bang for your bucks and it's got good reviews. I was wondering what the EG TV experts reckon. Are there any decent alternatives that anyone knows of?
  • thelzdking 29 Apr 2012 15:50:29 4,413 posts
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    I might go for this Sony instead now. I went down to Sainsbury's to have a look at the Toshiba and this was next to it, and it had - to my eyes at least - a better picture. It's not LED edge-lit, but the picture seemed crisper and less blurry. Hardly a comprehensive test I know, but nevertheless.
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