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Started by WibbleAgain on Dec 29, 2017 2:58:54 PM
I want to buy a 40" TV but it seems a 49" one would future-prove a bit better

but I have limited space.


I reserve my rights to buy or not buy a Miele.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:02:20 (#1 of 171)

I've spent some time studying all the different specs, not that I understand all of them. For example, most smaller (as in 40" or smaller) tvs don't have Bluetooth, but you can configure it. Most also don't have a headphone outlet, but you can use one of the something something or others.

But if you're willing to go up to 49" then the world is a bit better.

Should I succumb and rearrange my room, and turn my life upside down for a bigger tv?

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:05:42 (#2 of 171)

Every year, at this time of the year I think, it's time to upgrade my tv while the sales are on. Then I think, this time next year, technology will be better and cheaper, and smart tvs will be more user-friendly.

Should I continue my so far successful procrastination, and save my pennies for turnips after Brexit?

Or will be Brexit be so bad we shan't be importing smart tvs, and old ones will be traded for truckloads of turnips, in which case I should stock up on smart tvs?

breakfast - 29 Dec 2017 15:09:53 (#3 of 171)

What size TV do you have now?

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:13:08 (#4 of 171)

32" and eight years old.


WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:17:24 (#5 of 171)

What is an Audio Return Channel for, if not for a headphone? It seems to be primarily for surround sound, which I don't have and shan't bother with. But I do have a soundbar with a subwoofer. Does that count in this context?

Any technical people around?

TommyDCMBR8 - 29 Dec 2017 15:18:41 (#6 of 171)

The thing about big tellies is, you can never go back. Our 47" seemed monstrous when we got it to replace the old 36" CRT seven or eight years ago, but it just looks "normal" now; a 40" would seem small, maybe even unacceptably so.

It won't be replaced until it dies (which I suppose could be any day now) but when it is, it'll be with something at least as big. I've yet to be convinced that "smart" adds anything but, as with phones, it seems to be the norm, now.

MaryMC - 29 Dec 2017 15:20:31 (#7 of 171)

I'm also thinking of getting a new TV to replace our really ancient one, but I think we'll need a smart TV (or at least one that connects to the Internet somehow), because I want to get Neflix.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:24:47 (#8 of 171)

I don't really want anything bigger than 40" in my little house which is already crammed full of bookcases and every inch of wall space is precious.

I'm ready to upgrade my 32" because I do want to the Ultra HD that 40" are now capable of.

I've been procrastinating for years partly because the smart TVs were getting too complex, especially for someone like me. I've been waiting for things to settle down and get simplified and more user-friendly. That seems to be better now, and the next generation may get more complicated again.

My yardstick is user reviews that say it's easy to set up, by an oap who's not doolally and can use a smart phone or android.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:27:31 (#9 of 171)

I can always get someone else to set up, but if I can set it up it'd mean I'd be able to navigate the myriad of programmes/thingys.

If someone else sets it up chances are I'll never learn, and always just press button randomly and hopefully, half the time screwing things up and getting more frustrated than ever.

Gotout - 29 Dec 2017 15:27:34 (#10 of 171)

If there's a Richer Sounds near you I'd pop along for a chat. I bought my last TV ( a Panasonic ) from them and they were really helpful, discussing my needs.

TheExcession - 29 Dec 2017 15:28:10 (#11 of 171)

"I've yet to be convinced that "smart" adds anything but, as with phones, it seems to be the norm, now."

Being able to watch iPlayer etc on a proper telly is nice, rather than hunching over a laptop or PC.

My main gripe about a lot of newer TVs is that the thinner ones tend to have shit speakers with tinny sound. Our 40" Samsung is older than the one my parents have (which has more bells and whistles) and though it's thicker, the sound quality of the speakers is miles better. Theirs sounds like an iPhone in a biscuit tin.

breakfast - 29 Dec 2017 15:28:18 (#12 of 171)

I am not technical.

Just wondered what your starting point was TV wise. I have a 32" tv and if i got a 40er I reckon would initially think wow huge! And then six months later... this seems quite small (as is the way in this strange world of ever bigger tv's. When will it stop I ask you?)

How much rearranging would you have to do for a 49er?

HouseOfLametta - 29 Dec 2017 15:29:29 (#13 of 171)

I’m not understanding. Just get the telly you want. It doesn’t need future proofing, you’re not marrying it.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:30:07 (#14 of 171)

There isn't really but I can call them. I bought my last tv from them after chatting in the shop.

However, I didn't finding chatting in the shop helpful perhaps because I hadn't done enough homework and didn't ask the right questions. I could have bought better models than the one I've got, I learned afterwards.

So this time I'm putting in a bit more effort, before I ask question at Richer Sounds, from whom I intend to buy as they give 6-year waranties.

Gotout - 29 Dec 2017 15:30:29 (#15 of 171)

the thinner ones tend to have shit speakers with tinny sound.

That's why they invented soundbars.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:35:06 (#16 of 171)


It's a question of whether going for a 49" one, really, that would tick more boxes than a 40" one, technology-wise, as in headphone socket, and bluetooth.

Without them apparently I can stick something or other onto the tv and make it provide a headphone socket and wireless communication with my phone/laptop/tablet, etc. But for someone like me, it'd be a great deal of faff and aggro.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:36:35 (#17 of 171)

I can watch iPlayer/ITV Hub and Demand4 on my current TV. I am taking those for granted.

HouseOfLametta - 29 Dec 2017 15:40:36 (#18 of 171)

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:44:20 (#19 of 171)

I'll probably talk myself out of it again this year.

WibbleAgain - 29 Dec 2017 15:45:42 (#20 of 171)

I have a Sony phone, and a Sony DVD player, which probably means I should get a Sony. And Sony do massively huge tvs mostly nowadays if you want all the bits and pieces.

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