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Choosing between 1080p or 4K tv - which to go for?

Discussion in 'Audio Visual and Digital Home' started by beanz, 30 Dec 2014.

  1. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Our old tv is showing its age and we're thinking of plumping for a new one in the sales and upgrading to a bigger screen and 'smart' capabilites at the same time.

    At the moment, we're looking at two similarly-priced models: a 50" HDTV (which has 3D but I'm not bothered about having that) or a 50" 4K UHDTV (but with only a 200Hz processor. which I am told is on the slow side nowadays).

    Which option (given that 200Hz processor) is the best to go for for general tv watching, blu-ray, dvd, movies, (possibly) a bit of game-playing, internet browsing, and sports?
     
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  2. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Well depending on how good your eyes are and how close you sit to the TV, you will probably not see that much difference in the picture quality so I would say go for the standard HD.
     
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  3. 0-markymark-0

    0-markymark-0 Über Geek

    4k is a few years away. Don't compromise good quality for a redundant feature.
     
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  4. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Looks like we're going for the 50" HDTV - it has a 5 year guarantee which is another factor in its favour.
     
  5. paul04

    paul04 Active Geek

    Just don't buy a cheap tv, might be good for your pocket, but not good on your eyes, and with some of the cheaper TV's the sound is quite bad.

    Stick with the well known brands, LG, Samsung, Sony.
     
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  6. accountantpete

    accountantpete Active Geek

    I use Richer Sounds - there is a 5 year guarantee on every TV and the prices are very good.

    Check the usual failings - viewing quality at an angle - SD upscaling - sound quality - and make sure you get the freeview HD. I look at all the consumer reviews to judge these - don't rely on the What TV type reviews.

    As above - stick with the big names - Panasonic, LG, Samsung & Sony.
     
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  7. 0-markymark-0

    0-markymark-0 Über Geek

    Stick with Panasonic or Samsung only.
     
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  8. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    I've used Richer Sounds once before for a record deck amp. Never actually thought of looking there for the tv. Will give them a peruse. :thumbsup:
     
  9. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Samsung or Sony is where I was looking. The Panasonics I've looked at have relatively low processor rates of 100Hz, or the screen size is less than the 50", or the prices are quite high with the 5 year guarantee included. Otherwise I would give them more consideration. Am I missing a good retailer?
     
  10. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Whenever I compare TVs in stores Panasonic always seem to come out on top for viewing angle. Real 180° viewing.
     
  11. accountantpete

    accountantpete Active Geek

    They are probably IPS TV's (In-plane Switching) which have good wide-angled viewing but can suffer from problems with motion.
     
  12. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    Indeed, it all depends on what is important to you, all seem to have their strengths and weaknesses.
     
  13. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    So I guess my other question would be (accepting that answers will be entirely down to personal preference), on principle, would you pay an extra £200 for a Sony tv with 3D, 800Hz processor and a 5-year guarantee or buy a same-size Samsung for £200 less from a place that only had a 1-year manufacturer's guarantee, 100Hz processor and no 3D?

    And as a supplementary... in the absence of a 'free' 5-year guarantee, would you buy an extended warranty if it brought the Samsung up to the price of the Sony in doing so?
     
  14. 0-markymark-0

    0-markymark-0 Über Geek

    Panasonic have probably the best picture imo. Worth paying higher price for top picture.
     
  15. amusicsite

    amusicsite dn ʎɐʍ sᴉɥ┴ Staff Member

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    The Samsung is probably more likely to break first. Don't know what their quality of build is like for new tvs but the old Sony crt tvs would work for decades.
     
  16. My Panasonic CRT TV is about 13 years old and now and still going strong. A friend said that she would have it when I buy my new HDTV. That pleases me because I hate to scrap working technology just because something better has come along.

    What amazes me is that the old set cost over £400 all those years ago, but its replacement will be better and cost about half the amount, and that does not even take account of inflation!
     
  17. beanz

    beanz Staff Member Staff Member

    Thanks all. We're going with a Sony. We've had a Sony Bravia before and it performed very well. The one we're plumped for has good customer and tech site reviews and includes the 5-year guarantee so should see us sorted until 2020 with luck. :)
     
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  18. paul04

    paul04 Active Geek

    I personally would not bother with 3D, you would have to replace your dvd player to a 3d one, if you have sky it will cost more money to get the 3D channels

    although the Samsung only has a 1 year guarantee, if you go through Samsung for the extended guarantee, think its only £99 for 3 years, my sister got one before Christmas, and she took the guarantee out with Samsung.