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Kudos

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2,426 posts

57 months

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Tuesday 18th September 2012 quote quote all
I know this is perhaps how long is apiece of string, but I'm thinking of treating myself to a new TV. Was looking at one of the Samsung series 8 TVs, but then also saw the Panasonic and I know how well they are thought of on here. Was planning on going the whole hog with 3D bluray and sound bar type affair.

So, any thought good or bad?

craigjm

3,152 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 18th September 2012 quote quote all
Go somewhere where you can test the two you are looking at side by side with content you are familiar with. All you will get here really is fanboyism from one side or the other which wont really help along with maybe one person who owns / works in TV sales that will give you a balanced view. No replacement for your own test drive.

tdm34

5,605 posts

93 months

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Tuesday 18th September 2012 quote quote all
just make sure wherever you do your side by side demo, that you ask them to set the light level to the same as
you watch at home if possible.

Because an overly bright environment will favour a LCD set over a plasma, but both the D8000 series and VT50 series
sets are capable of excellent results.

But I honestly think the VT50 shades it.

craigjm

3,152 posts

83 months

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Tuesday 18th September 2012 quote quote all
tdm34 said:
just make sure wherever you do your side by side demo, that you ask them to set the light level to the same as
you watch at home if possible.

Because an overly bright environment will favour a LCD set over a plasma, but both the D8000 series and VT50 series
sets are capable of excellent results.

But I honestly think the VT50 shades it.
I think the deciding factor will be the other features the TV's offer in terms of SMART ability etc.

toxicnerve

7,451 posts

60 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
I don't think you can go far wrong with either brand to be honest. Having said that, I went for a VT50 back in April (IIRC) and am very pleased with it.
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tdm34

5,605 posts

93 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
craigjm said:
I think the deciding factor will be the other features the TV's offer in terms of SMART ability etc.
I find that statement amazing, whilst understanding that the "Smart" ability of the TV set is important, I always thought the most important quality of a set is its picture quality!

There are many ways of getting "smart" tech through a TV, with a PS3 being the obvious solution.

craigjm

3,152 posts

83 months

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Wednesday 19th September 2012 quote quote all
tdm34 said:
I find that statement amazing, whilst understanding that the "Smart" ability of the TV set is important, I always thought the most important quality of a set is its picture quality!

There are many ways of getting "smart" tech through a TV, with a PS3 being the obvious solution.
Indeed, what I meant was that he will probably conclude that the picture and sound quality are extremely similar once he has tested both so his decision may come down to other things. With some people it may even come down to the design of the damn case!

maxfan

1,622 posts

26 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
Cai I just say your original post in this is one of the truist (?) things written

IforB

5,222 posts

112 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
Both are excellent and you won't be unhappy with either. I tried both and went for the Panny as I preferred the fast motion handling, but there was naff all in it really.

Both have got some excellent features.

There's no right or wrong answer to this one really, you just might mildly prefer one to the other for some inexplicable reason.

nando

48 posts

26 months

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Thursday 20th September 2012 quote quote all
I prefer LG. Cheaper, nearly as good, and both mine work faultlessly.

vx220

1,081 posts

117 months

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Friday 21st September 2012 quote quote all
Panasonic for plasma
But Samsung for led
During quiet times we've had both side by side
Samsung led much better for motion handling than Panasonic led
If not a gamer then Panasonic plasma

Dave Dax builder

662 posts

142 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
Just make sure you get it from somewhere that throws in a free 5 year warranty!
I have a 55" LED Samsung that is almost 2 years old and the top corner of the screen is now going off colour.
Samsung say they won't fix it as it's out of warranty, this set was £2300 when I bought it.
12 months warranty is not really good enough for something that is (by the selling price) a "Premium product".


vx220

1,081 posts

117 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
Our local independent does a free five year warranty
Worthless on a led/plasma as most faults can't be repaired and the free warranties seem to be parts and labour
...and get it in writing, these guys won't

marcosgt

7,444 posts

59 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
Panasonic then smile

Must admit, of all the tech I've ever bought, my Panasonic plasma TV (only a 37") is one of the few things that nearly every day makes me glad I picked it.

Great picture quality on HD and SD signals.

M.

craigjm

3,152 posts

83 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
vx220 said:
Our local independent does a free five year warranty
Worthless on a led/plasma as most faults can't be repaired and the free warranties seem to be parts and labour
...and get it in writing, these guys won't
The John Lewis free 5 year guarantees are pretty good

http://www.johnlewis.com/Help/Help.aspx?HelpId=9#g...

madcaplaughs

17 posts

65 months

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Saturday 22nd September 2012 quote quote all
The Samsung led is brighter than the plasma Panasonic but the motion handling of the plasma is far superior. Picture quality is excellent on both but again the Panasonic is superior and has the THX award for superlative picture quality. Both sets are smart tvs and offer similar software, so go for the Panasonic it's worth the extra money.

vx220

1,081 posts

117 months

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Sunday 23rd September 2012 quote quote all
I would definitely have pana plasma over sams led
If you play games grab the led
If you get the pana use a sound bar or home cinema but with most samsungs you can simply plug one of the Bose companions into the headphone sockets, sounds loads better than any similarly priced home cinemas
But don't do this with Panasonic as they have a strange logic to their volume controls

tdm34

5,605 posts

93 months

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Monday 24th September 2012 quote quote all
Will people stop calling the Samsung set an LED, because its not!
it's an LCD set thats light source is an array of LEDs behind the screen.

Panasonics volume system shows a degree of intelligence, because the headphone socket
has its own volume control in the sound menu, primarily for people who are hard of hearing but have other people who view the set that aren't, if you connect anything to the headphone socket of most sets it cuts out the sound to the sets main speakers, with the Panasonic you can have the main speakers on at whatever volume you require and a set of headphones at a completely differant volume.

henrycrun

1,601 posts

123 months

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
Has anyone been able to try out a TV remote control for themselves in John Lewis ?
I'd like to be able to go through the menus for the wife who can be a bit cack handed with little buttons

craigjm

3,152 posts

83 months

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Thursday 27th September 2012 quote quote all
henrycrun said:
Has anyone been able to try out a TV remote control for themselves in John Lewis ?
I'd like to be able to go through the menus for the wife who can be a bit cack handed with little buttons
Yeah I have done that. I wanted to look around the SMART features and menu systems as part of my choice of new TV and they did allow that. One thing it made me realise is that no matter how good the Samsung TV's are the remotes are very cheap feeling.

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