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    Hi, looking to get a new TV, around the 40" size, but wanting to do some research first so does anyone have any recommendations of make/model and where to get it?Many thanks,Lewis

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    That's a pretty open question. Do you want cheap or good? How cheap or how good? Features?

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    Also, what is your budget and what features are you looking for? 3D? 4K? Freeview HD?

    Nowadays, I personally wouldn't pay extra for a smart TV because you could get so much more for about £50 by getting a Raspberry Pi and putting on XBMC.

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    In general: get a proper brand. The random makes at Tesco/Asda/Argos always have awful user interfaces and remotes and are massively frustrating to use. I'm all for LG, personally - great value for money for the quality you get - but if you want to go all out, Panasonic plasma TVs have gorgeous images.

    Smart TV is also a good thing, having iPlayer to hand is very useful.

    EDIT: Contrary to what @Zoom7000 says both posted at the same time. It's a personal preference thing I think - my missus would get annoyed at dealing with a RaspPi XBMC, but iPlayer on the TV is easy to get to. It's probably not worth paying £150+ to upgrade to a smart TV - even AppleTV is cheaper than that - but if it's a matter of £30 on a £500 telly, I reckon it's worth having the option there.
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    I've got a Samsung F8000 40" at home, really good TV with lots of features

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    RaspberryPi XBMc drives me nuts, its just too slow, fine for some bits, painful in others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYNACK View Post
    RaspberryPi XBMc drives me nuts, its just too slow, fine for some bits, painful in others.
    The majority of Smart TVs I've come across (And I mean the big brands, Samsung, LG, Panasonic etc) have a terribly clunky, horrible and sloooow interface that makes Raspberry Pi look like a concorde compared to jumbo jet!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoom7000 View Post
    The majority of Smart TVs I've come across (And I mean the big brands, Samsung, LG, Panasonic etc) have a terribly clunky, horrible and sloooow interface that makes Raspberry Pi look like a concorde compared to jumbo jet!
    depends what you want it to do y sony is fine (as was the old one) and it saves another damned box with a hdmi lead (and on my old tv it detested my raspberry pi even having it turned on screwed up other inputs. I supose it depends what interface etc you want im quite happy with a basic up down left right through folders dont want/need show info just want to go click click play

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    Did you see the article on smart tv's the other day - it said that people are finding that features no longer work after a while because the companies wont/doesnt update.

    I'd go with a "normal" tv rather than a smart tv - I agree with Zoom7000

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    Well, the Which best buys are...

    Samsung UE40H6400 40" £449.00
    Sony Bravia KDL-42W829 42" £533.99
    Samsung UE40F7000 40" £786.00
    Samsung UE40F8000 40" £999.99
    Samsung UE46F6500 46" £625.08

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    Samsung, all my tvs are Samsung, have network and DLNA, the UI does not matter if you are pushing media from a pc via your a phone app.

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    As with anything modern, upgrading the firmware on Smart TVs does make all the difference. I think most of the better known brands do make an effort to improve their OS and Apps.

    The biggest problem with all Smart TVs is the ability to organise channels. When you have hundreds is pants to do with a remote, but in the context of Samsung, you can download TV channels and export to a USB flash drive, use an application on a PC to organise the channels, then re-import via USB.

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    We have a Samsung one and absolutely love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SpuffMonkey View Post
    Well, the Which best buys are...

    Samsung UE40H6400 40" £449.00
    Sony Bravia KDL-42W829 42" £533.99
    Samsung UE40F7000 40" £786.00
    Samsung UE40F8000 40" £999.99
    Samsung UE46F6500 46" £625.08
    The W series Bravias are great gaming TVs with very good response time for such large screens/price. I've had Samsung and LG plasmas, friend has the 70" sharp LCD. I've now settled on 46w905 which is fantastic, although I needed a soundbar because of terrible speakers.

    DLNA on TV is great, less devices and less power plus no cinevera (cos of no BRD). No need to use a last gen console for DLNA now. Chromecast isn't much cop.
    Last edited by Theblacksheep; 12th June 2014 at 03:26 PM.

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    For the smart side of things a roku or now tv box would be good allthough I guess most TV's are probably smart tv's these days.

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