First HDTV, needs certain features and on a budget - have no idea!

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#1

OK, I have no flat panel TVs in the house.

For £200 or more with extras, I am after a new TV that will enable 480p on my Wii, as well as that I obviously want it to be future proof, so it’s gotta be HD (I assume that will have component input?). I do not want a massive TV; it will be replacing a 21" and I’d want that or maybe a little larger.

I want 4:3 ratio, and if it has a built in Freeview tuner, that would quite frankly be amazing as it would save a lot of cabling hassle and mine is dying. I also want a 5.1 surround system - power is not what I’m after, just 3D sound and if a TV came with that then it would be ideal as it would save hooking my input gear into a separate system.

I don’t know what will be quality and what won’t be, and I’d hate to get it home and find it had dead pixels that the manufacturer/retailer wasn’t willing to replace which a cheapo brand is more likely to do.

So to summarise:
21"+
4:3
HD

Ideal pluses:
Freeview tuner
Comes with 5.1 speakers

Price - £200 ish, obviously more with the optional pluses.

Can anyone help me, or at least recommend brands or even places to buy (UK)?


#2

No such thing as a 4:3 HDTV.


#3

Well actually there is but I’ve changed my mind.

I’m actually after a 16:9 22" with the above requirements!


#4

Just my humble opinion here. My computer monitor is 22". If you are going for a tv that small I would think even 480i would look pretty darned good. My daughters have a 32" LG LCD 720p tv and the normal cable channels (non HD) are very good. HD is a bit better but I think anything smaller in HD would be a waste of your hard earned cash.:slight_smile:


#5

Just my opinion.

£200 is targeting yourself into a small corner with out much selection at all. You’ll have a bunch of T.V. 's that are really no name brands and a guy is going to have to do some leg work to find out who really makes them and question themselves if I should purchase it.

£400 to £600 will put you into a range where you can a least purchase a mainstream brand.[B]

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#6

£200 is all I can spare! Or £300 with the digi AND speakers.


#7

Maybe you can list and give us links all the HDTVs in your price range so our knowledgable members can let you know which one is the better one?


#8

Samsung - LN-T1954H 19" 720p LCD HDTV is about all I could find in that range. Samsung does make a good product IMHO.


#9

Just splurge for the 65" Fujitsu Plasma. That’s my purchase soon. :slight_smile:


#10

Great. Want to give me a couple of grand?


#11

With no extras, and only 22", the nicest one (Samsung) we could find in Curry’s was about £279.

With all those requirements and such a small budget, I’d save a bit more then think about it, or take Zathros’ advice.

Maybe you could also take Zevia’s advice and give us a bunch to pick the best from?