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on 24 August 2013
Right, where do we start.
Fantastic service from Amazon as usual. Arrived next morning but ofcourse I had chosen express delivery, but it's always nice to get what you pay for.
Reason why I went with this TV is for Freeview HD and 3D. Price seemed very good until flaws.
Now..the TV...pulled it out of the box and put it on the stand. Looked nice and sleek. To me, 42'' was a TAD too small and 47'' a bit too big. The 43'' happened to be the dream size. Switched on the TV, picture quality on SD and HD is fairly good, but crank it up to 1080p and It suffers with lack of detail. Freeview HD looked fine and crispy, but I still could 'feel' lack of detail as I'm coming from a 47'' full HD LED TV which I got rid of due to banding and DSE problems.
Sound is very good, crisp and clear. Dialogue is very easily heard, and there's miniscule bass there too, just enough for late night viewing enough to enjoy the lows and keep the neighbours happy. If you're into high quality audio and 'cinema sound', you'd definitely want to invest in a soundbar. But the sound on this is by no means as tinny as we've been hearing over the years.
HD Ready? May be I'm not right when I say this and I welcome responses. For a minimum of 720p, you need a display capable of producing 1280x720 pixels per frame. So, essentially your minimum display resolution ought to be 1366x768. This panel is 1024x768, so while it displays 720 lines down, it does not do the 1280 lines across. NOT HD! It could be my lack of understanding technology, but the math doesn't lie. In my opinion, the only reason it's labelled as HD Ready is because it displays a signal coming from an HDMI source.
3D is very very good. 2D to 3D works brilliantly. The Central Perk coffee shop in Friends has plenty of depth into the screen.
Now, reason why SD pictures look so good is because there arent too many pixels left on display with missing detail or information. An SD picture viewed on a 1920x1080 display has plenty of detail missing, which needs to be processed and 'filled' by the on-board image processing chip. Because this TV is of a low resolution, there aren't many pixels, if at all, it needs to process. Displays everything it receives and I must say it looks very good.
For day to day TV viewing, I'd say go for it. If you have that eye that spots lack in detail, go for a FullHD tv, which I am about to do.
HERE'S THE MAIN BIT. As soon as you receive the telly, switch it on, and double check the annoying buzzing while displaying a bright picture. Mine was so loud it began giving me migraines. Again, down to personal preference, but I've noticed other reviewers talking about it, not all, and I suppose I was one of those unlucky ones. The other niggle is, the screen. One of the most reflective I've seen. I've had a few plasmas and they tend to be reflective with their glass panels, but this one's horrible. Winter/night viewing should be fine, but come summer or during the day when you have the curtains or blinds open, you'll struggle to see anything that's slightly dark. Amazon were great to send out a prepaid label and as of now I have returned the item.
So, all in all, If you're not someone like me who can easily detect lack in picture detail, go for it. Make sure you check for the buzzing noise. Everything runs on it perfectly, including fast motion in sports and films and low response times in games. But for a bit extra, you could get an LED offering Full HD service, very low power consumption without all that screen reflection and buzzing noise, which I am about to do.