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The budget large TV discussion thread
« on: September 07, 2019, 13:34 »
It's good news for all members and everyone in SG.
We now have real options for the lower end.
Previously one will need to spend above 5k for a 65" and now amazingly they are available at around the one grand mark.

But the caveat is that you gain inches of acreage, but do check if the spec sheet, the feature list and also the picture quality matches your needs and expectations. Don't forget, whatever price you pay, you want it to last for quite a few years (in my books, 5 years for a budget set is good) and that what you see is what you want. Otherwise TVs aren't like other items - they are much harder to sell and so, choose wisely.

From the larger mainstream brands, we have some offers, and some are past year models, so be careful what you choose and see if they suit your needs. LG, Samsung and even Sony have some models in the under 2k range, and past year models may be even cheaper.
Be careful of certain shops which do a switcheroo... they offer a 65" TV at an attractive price, with a picture of what looks like a current range TV, only for them to sell you their 2-3 year old models.

Also take note of whether they are true 4k and HDR capable, if they have the latest HDMI 2.0a and HDCP 2.3, do they have enough ports and what kind of smart TV features do they possess. The cheaper ones also tend to be edgelit, and have an overall lower nit value and even the video processor is more basic, with lower quality upscaling. The sound from the speakers built also tend to be mediocre.

The new brands bring a lot more excitement and value...

Those you see in the larger electronic stores tend to be the mainstream brands, whereas the new brands may appear in computer stores, grocery stores and promotional pop ups.

TCL, Aiwa, Akai, and many other options are now available at very enticing prices.

Then there are the internet brands, like Xiaomi, which has been offering their current range TVs for under one grand for some time. The caveat? The menu often comes in Chinese and you need to check if the set sold has an English menu option.
Other items to check are if the warranty is included and where do you send the set, as well as how long is the warranty.
They also do not come with local tuners, unlike the other options.

So if your wallet feels a little light, but you feel a need for a larger screen, there is hope and there are options, but as always, caveat emptor...
« Last Edit: September 07, 2019, 14:03 by petetherock »
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Re: The budget large TV discussion thread
« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2019, 14:14 »
The AhTiong brands that makes it to penetrate into European/American markets are TCL, HiSense, SkyWorth as well as ChangHong.

TCL needs no sub brands which it may have acquired to fight the conservative Asian consumer war.
HiSense will have to rely on Toshiba, SkyWorth with Metz. ChangHong... I'm still researching is it thru AIWA or Thomson or not.

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Re: The budget large TV discussion thread
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2019, 14:20 »
Those who wants no brainer reliable brand with good stable and strong after sales warranty, shouldn't shun away from the old brand that grown with us.
Such as Philips or Panasonic as well as ... Perhaps Sharp.
Philips 65PUT7303 with Philips P5 image processor can be had @ $1.6k approximate.


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