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    Which TV?

    I am looking for a new TV, min 50 inch WiFi built in so that I can access www via modem and it must support separate speakers through its own amplifier to give decent sound. At the moment I have a Samsung and the only complaint is the poor sound quality it will run separate speakers but only through a separate amp which I do not want to do. Any suggestions please.
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    I'd have a look at the LG range, I've had quite a bit of their kit over the years, can't find much mention of audio out except for a digital audio out, but it has web functionality built in. Screen sizes from 49" up to 65". I currently don't have a TV sold my 32"LG about 4 weeks ago, hadn't even been plugged in since I moved last March, so was just taking up space.
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    No good asking me. I still have the 12 inch black and white set I bought 37 years ago.

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    I had a 42 inch Dick Smith flat screen TV = G9442 106 CM. gave it away 2-3 years ago and that supported separate speakers. I had a look at a few TV on Monday and came away undecided a few were offering a deal on sound bars purchased with a TV ??? Also decided a 60 inch not 50.
    I do have a spare amp that I could use but need to get it checked out also a couple of old stereo systems that although not in use could provide an amp just a matter of concealing it at least that is a free option. I see the matter of which is best sound bar or amp is contentious, the speakers that I have are not too bad Technics 3 way so mounted on stands would give better sound than a sound bar I am guessing.
    So Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony ??????? I think LG or Samsung.
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    I would (personally) stay clear of Sony in the present day. What they made 12, 15 and 20 years ago was far far far superior than the stuff they produce currently. The entire quality control seems to have slipped, and totally the wrong way.

    Samsung and LG are better ... and Toshiba is, imho, really great. I have a 32" Toshiba color set I bought in 1998 (new) and have not had one single iota of problem with it, and no service calls either. Also have Toshiba DVD unit as well. Considering Toshiba tablet (for musicians) currently.

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    I have two flat screens and the Samsung is the best. Also the speaker quality is far superior to most makes. No booming

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    Well my old amp is out one channel so not worth fixing, may yet finish up with a sound bar but it must be a good one, I understand one manufacturer is now building their TV onto a sound bar, at last they are listening to the consumers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teddy View Post
    I have two flat screens and the Samsung is the best. Also the speaker quality is far superior to most makes. No booming

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    My 19" flat screen PC screen is Samsung. Bought it 10 years ago and only problem was the swivel connection broke, so it is propped up with a small block of wood.

    On the other hand, we got my wife a Samsung 19" a couple years later and the power switch fell inside the casing. Returned it to the store who wanted to charge me a $50 re-stocking fee. I called the manager over and asked why they were going to re-stock a damaged item, and he could not understand why they wouldn't re-stock it.
    I threatened to call the police and they suddenly backed down on that.

    The replacement unit did the same exact thing and we took it back also (round #2 of the re-stocking crap - and I won that one too) and we bought a Dell screen online instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Krummhorn View Post

    The replacement unit did the same exact thing and we took it back also (round #2 of the re-stocking crap - and I won that one too) and we bought a Dell screen online instead.
    My desk top is DELL with a 24 inch monitor I can't fault DELL at all, and of particular use is the DELL 'restore' that never fails, unlike the MS restore which does not even compete.
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    I'm on my 2nd Dell PC - latest one bought in late 2010 and no problems at all with it. Had the 19" flat screen monitor with previous unit.

    The former Dell PC mother board crapped after 8 years, but was able to save all the data from the drive onto an external 1 TB drive.

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    Lovin' my two Dell 24" monitors - a 1920 x 1200 and the new one - 2560 x 1440. Should've done this years ago. I can 'see' so much more when using my DAW (REAPER).

    We've had a 42" Panasonic plasma for about 10 years and it's still has a beautiful picture - not quite up to your size requirements, however.

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    Finally the Samsung smart 60 inch (thats diagonal John) has been installed with a Samsung soundbar, had to wind the woofer down on the sound bar it sounded like a boy racer's boom box, even @ only 5mbps I have had no buffering from the www, the pic is superb for TV stations that transmit in HD even a lot of Youtube videos are good, still getting used to it the built in keyboard is a bit tricky and will require a big extra effort on my part, I suppose a wireless key board is the answer they are pretty cheap now.
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    Does anyone know how much data (G) 1 hour of 4K streaming uses up I believe Netfiix streams in 4K.
    Why do I ask ? Well, I can now get the Berlin PO concerts streamed about 40 new concerts per year + hundreds from archive and all pre concert talks and all interviews etc, sure it costs but as I can no longer get to local concerts this will do nicely for approx &NZ300 per year

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    I was a bit out John it is $243/yr 30 days $32 and 7 days $16 I now realise that I get a 7 day free trial (as part of the Samsung app) so I will try it out and see how much data it hogs. but when you consider that to attend a concert we were paying about $120 for a couple of tickets plus a trip and a night in a motel about $200, it is not too bad. OK you don't get the atmosphere so it is a compromise as is life.
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    Hi Colin,

    I can only supply you with figures we have for the US:

    We can select our own "rate" for streaming off our Roku box when accessing Netflix:

    Low ... 0.3 Gb/hr
    Medium ... (standard def) 0.7 Gb/hr
    High ... up to 3.0 Gb/hr for high def and up to 7.0 Gb/hr for ultra high def

    I have our system set for "high" as I have a 40 Mb downstream connection on my DSL service. I route the audio through my stereo system. I do not have a HD TV set ... mine is a 1998 Toshiba 32" set that still has a great picture and has not (yet) had the need for any service or adjustment. My next set will be HD, but I'm not going to replace it until this one craps out.

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