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Recommendations for a 50” tv with half decent sound quality?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by JezmondTutu, Dec 27, 2021.

  1. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Dear wise PFM,

    I’m looking to replace the main TV which by todays standards is virtually a portable at 40”. It’s an older Sony LCD that was one of the better panels at the time.

    I’d like to buy a 50” but wondered if anyone could recommend a set that sounds half decent without breaking the bank? By that, I’d say sub £1000.

    I do have a soundbar (Yamaha projection job with a separate sub) but it only tends to get used for the odd movie.

    Thanks Jez
  2. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    We have the 2019 65” LG equivalent of these:

    I found this at John Lewis & Partners. What do you think?

    I found this at John Lewis & Partners. What do you think?

    ound quality on ours is astonishing. Important to keep the stand in place I’d imagine (so no wall mounting) as the stand doubles as part of the way the sound is projected.

    FWIW I’d go for the 55” if it fits your room.
  3. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Thanks Whaleblue. I should add that I have a 65” LG OLED in my music room and agree it does sound surprisingly good.

    50” is the biggest we want to go in the sitting room though. I’ll check out that 48” LG you linked to.
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  4. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

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  5. mjw

    mjw pfm Member

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  6. Suffolk Tony

    Suffolk Tony Aim low, achieve your goals, avoid disappointment.

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  7. Whaleblue

    Whaleblue Southbound

    @JezmondTutu Worth understanding the difference between the “a” model you linked and the “c” model @mjw linked. I think sound may be part of the improvement in the “c” model from recollection.
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  8. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    C1 has 40W rather than 20W speakers, A9 vs A7 cpu so more horsepower in the picture processing dept, 4 HDMI and 3 USB vs 3 and 2 and does the PS5 120Hz thang.
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  9. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Thanks for the advice all - much appreciated.
  10. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    Our 40" Sony has passed the ten year mark and as far as I can see, is as good as when new; like you, it was the recommended one back when and has a 'frame', which today's TVs do not. Whereas I'm happy to progress to a 50" (or 55" if I can get it in; doubtful), it'll not be before my lovely Sony goes belly up.
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  11. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    Yes, ours was a What Hifi award winner. Although tbh I have never been as happy with it as I was with my previous Sony despite tweaking settings.

    We do sit some distance from the tv though, which means 40” does look on the small side.
  12. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    We have a John Lewis at Home and a Curry’s nearly next to each other in Horsham, so will pay a trip there in the next couple of days.
  13. Martin M

    Martin M Crueller than April

  14. Bob McC

    Bob McC Living the life of Riley

    If you have a choice of a Richersounds Nearby I wouldn’t touch John Lewis for its poor, and Curry’s for its non existent, customer service.
  15. Mike Reed

    Mike Reed pfm Member

    J.L used to be good and my Sony came from there; things have changed, however. Currys, in contrast, have always put one into a Korma; never again. Their 'Know-how' servicing really is a 'No way' 'cos they never seem to know why !
  16. Amber Audio

    Amber Audio This is the Day

    John Lewis was my go to when asked for advice on buying IT or AV and what I used myself for many items over the years, unfortunately it appears over the last couple of years their customer support has fallen off a cliff. Bought the then latest iPhone a while ago and when it arrived and wouldn’t charge up the JL support was utterly frustratingly useless.

    Richersounds however on the 2 occasions I have needed them recently have been excellent.
  17. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    Decent sound quality in a flat TV? Nah.
    Soundbars are all appalling too, so just use an amp with good hi-fi speakers. That’s what I do – I couldn’t care less about Dolby, DTS, surround, sub, etc.
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  18. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    don't bother - treat em as a showroom. But JLs customer service has declined - and Curry's, less said yhe better.

    Richer Sounds

    mostly I agree, but clearly like you I haven't tested every one, so I can't really comment with any authority. You are clearly more expert than everyone on PFM in these matters.

    There are some interesting developments in using the integrated stand that improve matters. Yes I've heard them.

    Again have you heard all the ones on the market. I have heard some good ones though. All are a compromise, but appalling is not something I would ascribe to them. Clearly you have the expertise.
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  19. chartz

    chartz If it’s broke fix it!

    I haven’t heard all of them obviously, but all the ones I did hear (even the expensive ones) were pretty horrid things. And don’t get me started on picture quality!
    I’ll get my coat.
  20. JezmondTutu

    JezmondTutu pfm Member

    I’d not say the soundbar is appalling but I do have the 65” OLED running through
    my main system for movies, You Tube music etc and that’s fantastic.

    I just don’t want the sitting room tv to sound crap.
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