TV Purchase help



  • Our not so old TV (3-4 years old)went boom last night so we are on the hunt for a new TV.

    What is the deal with 4K? What is it?

    We are spending up to $2k max as from what I see avail at Harvey Norman we don't need to spend more as Living Room is not massive. 55-60inch by the looks.

    We don't play spacies (Nintendo etc) so no worries there.

    Any help on what I should be looking out for would be welcome.

    Cheers



  • I recently upgraded my very old TV so had the same dilemma, there are so many choices now it's hard to know what to get.

    I settled on this - https://store.sony.co.nz/KD55X8500D.html#product-specifications

    The picture quality is absolutely awesome, far superior to my old TV, even old movies look great on it. The built in Android TV is a bonus and easy to use.

    4K (or 8K) is just a higher resolution, but not many shows or movies are actually streamed in 4K yet so you won't see the benefits of it for a while.

    I'm no expert though!

    Edit - on special at Noel Leeming for about the price that we paid for it (https://www.noelleeming.co.nz/shop/televisions/televisions/ultra-hd-4k-televisions/49-59-uhd-tvs/sony-kd-55x8500d-55-ultra-hd-4k-hdr-android-smart-led/prod173465.html)



  • @No-Quarter

    Yup thats a decent model. I just got the 65inch version of that

    It's not a top end tv (the HDR isn't as good as the more expensive models).. but its still good

    There's very little 4K content available (some stuff on netflix if you pay a higher monthly fee). However the quality of lower resolution images on that screen compared my old tv is huge





  • Pretty sure 3D is the future, so you better get one with that..



  • Good advice thanks team. Like Sony gear too so may whip in for that one



  • OLED!!!



  • What is that and why should I buy it please?



  • I like Panasonic TVs myself but I still have a Sony CRT that works.



  • @Hooroo said in TV Purchase help:

    What is that and why should I buy it please?

    Highest quality picture on the market, probably looking at $4k+ for one I think. I couldn't justify the cost.



  • Isn't @Hooroo some kind of racing guru? $4k is just a drop in the well 😉

    Saw one in JB hi-fi for $2998 Aussie on the weekend. 55" flat. Curved was an extra $1k.

    Not sure what the price jump is for NZD



  • Last 2 TVs have both been LG, both still going great.
    My current main is a 55 inch, must be about 4 years old
    If I was to replace it now if aim for a 60-65 inch, 4K etc
    I wouldn't bother with too many smart tv features, they are generally clunky as fuck. That's what you have Apple TV etc for
    As long as it has built in wifi a big fucken screen, kick ass picture. I'm happy



  • I've found wifi on TVs sucks. Then again I think that about most things wifi. If you can cable it in, absolutely worth it



  • Yes agree. Buy a TV for a TV. All the smart tv stuff, you should generally have anyway via apple tv or equivalents.

    I've got an LG at the moment, and love it. Although the analyst at work told me last week that LG is tier 2 when it comes to panels, with Samsung being tier 1. That surprised me.

    I'd say 90% of HK supply is Samsung or LG. Barely see Japanese models anymore.



  • The shape of our TV viewing area dictated a smaller TV, so we went for a 60" Samsung UHD 4K thing. Not the curved one which was another 25% Any closer and it would be like IMAX.

    Cabled into my home network. Apps for Netflix and Spotify etc.

    Picture is excellent. For such a large screen, the magic is in the upscaling.



  • Samsung are great imo. Avoid the curved tellies as that just seems gimicky to me. Good advice already re 4K+. Great to have the capability but sweet F all content being made/released with that level of resolution.

    Fully agree with cables too. oh and if you are doing any wiring and use a receiver to run things through. Make sure you do HDMI in and out so you can send sound from your tv back to your sound system. You never know when you might want to use the smart tv features or plug/connect something direct to your tv.



  • I actually quite like the smart TV stuff, which looks great on Sony. Unfortunately I didn't do my research properly and ended up with the Opera TV version rather than the Google TV, but still, like it much better going straight from the TV to Netflix/Plex/Amazon than having to switch over to my phone or another remote to control what's on.



  • @Bones said in TV Purchase help:

    I actually quite like the smart TV stuff, which looks great on Sony. Unfortunately I didn't do my research properly and ended up with the Opera TV version rather than the Google TV, but still, like it much better going straight from the TV to Netflix/Plex/Amazon than having to switch over to my phone or another remote to control what's on.

    We tend to use AppleTV for movie purchases, unless there is better value on Google Play (via ChromeCast) but the built-in apps are quite good for the Sony TVs we have. The Samsung one is a bit older so its a bit crap - designed to work with Samsung Phones and that whole Samsung Store/TouchWiz OS



  • We found it cheaper to use an old PC as a media hub (and far more functionality) than to buy a smart TV, but agree with the comments above.



  • Lots of hdmi inputs, the more the better. You will be surprised at the number of TVs that only offer 2 or some shitty amount.